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VMware Cloud Foundation: Planning, Management, Operations [V4.3]

4.6 out of 5 rating

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5 Days

30 CPD hours

About this course

Experienced system administrators, system integrators, and consultants responsible for implementing and managing VMware Cloud Foundation


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
Describe design implications of VMware Cloud Foundation standard or consolidated architecture
List requirements for VMware Cloud Foundation deployment
Describe the VMware Cloud Foundation bring-up process and the VMware Cloud Foundation architecture
Perform VMware Cloud Foundation bring-up
Describe physical and virtual networking considerations
Outline VMware Cloud Foundation storage options
Use the VMware Imaging Appliance to image ESXi hosts
Describe VMware Cloud Foundation multi-instance federation
Use VMware Cloud Foundation™ SDDC Manager™ to perform operational tasks
Describe user roles in VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware vSphere®
Manage users and passwords using VMware Cloud Foundation
Manage certificate rotation for VMware Cloud Foundation components
Use Active Directory integration to automate certificate generation and rotation
Describe workload domains
Manage workload domains in VMware Cloud Foundation
Manage VMware NSX-T™ for VMware Cloud Foundation
Describe use cases for Application Virtual Networks (AVNs)
Meet vSphere with VMware Tanzu™ requirements
Deploy a vSphere with Tanzu enabled workload domain
Manage VMware vSAN™ storage in a workload domain
Create vSAN storage policies
Describe Cloud Native storage
Describe the importance of business continuity measures in VMware Cloud Foundation
Plan appropriate backup and restore workflows for VMware Cloud Foundation components
Implement stretched clusters in VMware Cloud Foundation workload domains


This five-day course includes instruction on the capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation and how to successfully plan, deploy, manage, and operate hybrid and cloud infrastructures, including customization. The course explains the architecture of VMware Cloud Foundation and explains licensing, certificates, and storage and network management. The course also covers workload domains, availability, life cycle management, and troubleshooting.

Course Introduction
  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
VMware Cloud Foundation Overview
  • Describe the VMware Cloud Foundation solution
  • Describe VMware Cloud Foundation architecture
  • Identify VMware Cloud Foundation components
  • Describe VMware Cloud Foundation topology
  • Define VMware Cloud Foundation terminology
Day Zero Tasks
  • Identify the requirements for deploying VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Identify management domain sizing considerations
  • Identify workload domain sizing considerations
  • Detail design considerations for ESXi in management and VI workload domains
  • Detail design considerations for vCenter in management and VI workload domains
  • Detail the VMware Cloud Foundation bring-up process
  • Identify information required for the Planning and Preparation Workbook
  • Identify information required for the Deployment Parameter Workbook
  • Describe how VMware Cloud Builder automates the deployment process
  • Explain how the Deployment Parameter Workbook is imported into VMware Cloud Builder
  • Recognize the configuration validation process performed by VMware Cloud Builder
  • Detail the deployment of the management domain
  • Recognize the options to image a host
  • Identify the key capabilities of VIA
  • Recognize how to use VIA for imaging the ESXi Nodes
Post Deployment Operations
  • Understand VMware Cloud Foundation integration with VMware Single Sign-On
  • Configure user access to VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Describe the importance of user roles in vSphere
  • Configure identity sources in vSphere to use with VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Manage passwords in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Explain the importance of using VMware Cloud Foundation to manage passwords for vSphere components
  • Detail the best practices for password management for VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Retrieve and secure the password list
  • Describe the process for rotating passwords not managed by VMware Cloud Foundation
VMware Cloud Foundation License Management
  • Describe how to add license keys to the VMware Cloud Foundation inventory
  • Describe how to view license keys in SDDC Manager
  • Describe how to assign license keys
  • Describe how to remove license keys
  • Describe how to replace expiring licenses
VMware Cloud Foundation Networking with NSX-T
  • Describe NSX Management plane and Control planes
  • Detail design considerations for workload domains with shared NSX Manager instances
  • Detail design considerations for workload domains with dedicated NSX Manager instances
  • Describe the spine-and-leaf design
  • Describe the addressing scheme for the underlay
  • Recognize possible variations of the spine-and-leaf design
  • Describe the multi-NIC design
  • Describe NSX Edge node design and BGP peering with the physical network
  • Describe cluster design and rack design
  • Explain dynamic routing with BGP
  • Explain virtual IP addressing
  • Describe logical switching
  • Detail NSX Edge functions
  • Define application virtual networks
  • Describe management domain rack options
  • List NSX Edge cluster requirements for vSphere with Tanzu
  • Discuss NSX Edge cluster placement considerations
  • Describe NSX-T Data Center deployment in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Explain how logical routing works in NSX-T Data Center
  • Identify NSX Edge functions
  • Describe data plane preparation for NSX-T Data Center Edge nodes in a workload domain
  • Recognize Tier-0 and Tier-1 gateway topologies
  • Recognize features of NSX distributed firewalls
  • Describe the benefits of NSX Federation in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Identify NSX Federation Use Cases
  • Explain NSX Federation Components and Architecture
  • Discuss NSX Federation configuration basics
Managing Workload Domains
  • Define workload domains
  • Detail design considerations for vSphere networking in management and VI workload domains
  • Detail design considerations for storage in management and VI workload domains
  • Recognize design choices for a consolidated design or standard design
  • List the types of workload domains
  • State scale limits for workload domains
  • Identify use cases for multiple clusters in a workload domain
  • List workload domain prerequisites
  • Explain how to create a workload domain
  • Describe how to scale a workload domain
  • Explain how to delete a workload domain
  • Describe host decommissioning
vSphere with Tanzu in VMware Could Foundation
  • Discuss the vSphere with Tanzu solution
  • Define the role of Spherelet
  • Describe the supervisor cluster control plane
  • Define vSphere with Tanzu namespaces
  • Describe the role of NSX-T networking components
  • Discuss vSphere with Tanzu networking topology
  • Describe VMware Container Networking with Antrea
  • Describe control plane VM management networking requirements
  • Plan appropriate IP address CIDR ranges for pod, ingress, and egress networking
  • Describe prerequisites for vSphere with Tanzu cluster compatibility
  • Deploy vSphere with Kubernetes
  • Create a vSphere namespace
  • Configure limits and permissions for a vSphere namespace
  • Enabling Harbor Image Registry
VMware Cloud Foundation Storage Management
  • Identify vSAN architecture and components
  • Recognize storage options for VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Recognize the connectivity options for supplemental storage
  • Explain why vSAN is the best option for VMware Cloud Foundation storage
  • Recognize vSAN design considerations
  • Identify sizing and performance considerations that impact the storage design
  • Describe vSAN requirements for the management and workload domains
  • Define deduplication and compression
  • Discuss how to scale vSAN clusters in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Explain how storage policies work with VMware Cloud Foundation vSAN clusters
  • Explain storage policy failure tolerance rules
  • Identify a VM storage policy compliance status
  • Relate storage policies to Kubernetes storage classes
  • Describe persistent volumes
  • Monitor Cloud Native Storage in the vSphere Client
Availability and Business Continuity
  • Identify steps in the SDDC Manager backup and restore process
  • Recognize the importance of external service availability
  • Describe native vSphere availability options
  • Identify steps in the NSX backup and restore process
  • Identify stretched cluster use cases
  • Identify stretched cluster components
  • Recognize stretched cluster requirements in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Prepare and deploy a vSAN stretched cluster using APIs
VMware Cloud Foundation Certificate Management
  • Describe public key infrastructure (PKI)
  • Explain the purpose of certificate signing requests (CSRs)
  • List the available CA options in SDDC Manager
  • Describe how to view certificates
  • Explain how to generate a CSR
  • Describe how to replace and install certificates for VMware Cloud Foundation components
  • List the available CA options in SDDC Manager
  • Explain how to configure the Microsoft CA server
  • Describe how to install certificates issued by the Microsoft CA server
  • Explain how to add OpenSSL CA in SDDC Manager
  • Describe how to install certificates issued by OpenSSL CA
  • Explain how to install certificates issued by third-party CAs
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Delivery by TDSynex, Exit Certified and New Horizons an VMware Authorised Training Centre (VATC)

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