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VCAP-DCA resources

Here are some links to external resources and links to help pass the VCAP-DCA exam and to also learn as much as possible about VMWare virtualisation.

First and foremost I would recommend going over all the PDFs on the VMWare website that I used to pass the VCP exam in the first place.  There is a lot of information in these PDF’s and I am sure that reading those again will remind me of things I forgot all about since I read them.
From the general consensus of those people who have taken the exam so far this is quite possibly one of the hardest exams out there and knowing those VMWare PDF’s inside and out is essential.
The PDF’s are listed at the end of each exam objective and so I won’t provide additional links here for them I would just recommend checking out Kendrick Coleman’s website.

My Website – I am working on a series of posts that will cover a lot of the material you need to understand for the VCAP-DCA.  You can find this on my site by clicking VCAP on the menu bar.

VMware Certified Advanced Professional forum – VMWare communities website covering both the VCAP-DCA and the VCAP-DCD exam

VMWare Knowledge Base – VMWare Knowledge Base full of technical resources and references covering everything from the data centre & desktop environment as well as providing additional developer support.

Sean Crookston – An excellent site containing links listing the exam objectives and resources to help with studying each area.  it also has a PDF version of the same information.

Kendrick Coleman blog site – Also containing a list of the objectives and links to various sites with information on the study areas.

vExperienced.co.uk – Ed Grigson’s VCAP-DCA study notes.  Also available in PDF format.

Eric Sloof & vSphereReference – VCAP-DCA practice questions.  Multiple choice to gauge exam readiness written by Robert Stothard.  Robert also wrote these flashcards.

Greg Robertson – A great central location of various recommendations to help study for the VCAP-DCA and soon some VCAP-DCD links as well.

VMWare Videos & Train Signal Videos – David Davis provides some excellent videos on all aspects of VMWare virtualisation and he has released several videos in a series covering the topics covered in the VCAP-DCA recommended classroom courses.  This is the first VCAP-DCA video training series available.

Videos
VMware vSphere PowerCLI Training
VMware vSphere Troubleshooting Training
VMware vSphere Performance Monitoring Training
VMware vSphere Security Design Training – Not released yet but will be soon….

VMWare KBTV – Knowledgebase TV from VMWare covering many topics including some items listed on VCAP exam blueprint.

VMWorld Sessions – Sessions recorded at each VMWorld conference since 2004.  The 2010 is only available if you were at one of the VMWorld sessions this year.  There is about 275 hours of videos available!!

Ray Heffer – Ray has been compiling a series of VCAP-DCA articles over on his website.  Ray is a vExpert 2011.

Books
I would also recommend the following books for those times when a PC or internet connection is just not an option.
VMware VSphere Design
VMware VSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating VSphere Administration
Mastering VMware VSphere 4
Maximum VSphere: Tips, How-tos, and Best Practices for Working with VMware VSphere 4
VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS technical deepdive

 

VCAP Exam Blueprint

VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration

Here is a list of the topics covered on the VCAP-DCA exam. Full details can be found by reading the Exam blueprint.

VDCA410 Section 1 – Implement and Manage Storage
Objective 1.1 – Implement and Manage Complex Storage Solutions
Knowledge
• Identify RAID levels
• Identify supported HBA types
• Identify virtual disk format types
Skills and Abilities
• Determine use cases for and configure VMware DirectPath I/O
• Determine requirements for and configure NPIV
• Determine appropriate RAID level for various Virtual Machine workloads
• Apply VMware storage best practices
• Understand use cases for Raw Device Mapping
• Configure vCenter Server storage filters
• Understand and apply VMFS resignaturing
• Understand and apply LUN masking using PSA‐related commands
• Analyze I/O workloads to determine storage performance requirements
Tools
• Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide
• iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vscsiStats
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-*
o vifs
o vmkfstools
o esxtop/resxtop
Objective 1.2 – Manage Storage Capacity in a vSphere Environment
Knowledge
• Identify storage provisioning methods
• Identify available storage monitoring tools, metrics and alarms
Skills and Abilities
• Apply space utilization data to manage storage resources
• Provision and manage storage resources according to Virtual Machine requirements
• Understand interactions between virtual storage provisioning and physical storage provisioning
• Apply VMware storage best practices
• Configure datastore alarms
• Analyze datastore alarms and errors to determine space availability
Tools
• vSphere Datacenter Administration Guide
• Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide
• iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o vmkfstools
Objective 1.3 – Configure and Manage Complex Multipathing and PSA Plug‐ins
Knowledge
• Explain the Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) layout
Skills and Abilities
• Install and Configure PSA plug‐ins
• Understand different multipathing policy functionalities
• Perform command line configuration of multipathing options
• Change a multipath policy
• Configure Software iSCSI port binding 8
Tools
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide
• iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o esxcli
Section 2 – Implement and Manage Networking
Objective 2.1 – Implement and Manage Complex Virtual Networks
Knowledge
• Identify common virtual switch configurations
Skills and Abilities
• Determine use cases for and apply IPv6
• Configure NetQueue
• Configure SNMP
• Determine use cases for and apply VMware DirectPath I/O
• Migrate a vSS network to a Hybrid or Full vDS solution
• Configure vSS and vDS settings using command line tools
• Analyze command line output to identify vSS and vDS configuration details
Tools
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• vNetwork Distributed Switch: Migration and Configuration
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-*9
Objective 2.2 – Configure and Maintain VLANs, PVLANs and VLAN Setting
Knowledge
• Identify types of VLANs and PVLANs
Skills and Abilities
• Determine use cases for and configure VLAN Trunking
• Determine use cases for and configure PVLANs
• Use command line tools to troubleshoot and identify VLAN configurations Tools
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-*
Objective 2.3 – Deploy and Maintain Scalable Virtual Networking
Knowledge
• Identify VMware NIC Teaming policies
• Identify common network protocols
Skills and Abilities
• Understand the NIC Teaming failover types and related physical network settings
• Determine and apply Failover settings
• Configure explicit failover to conform with VMware best practices
• Configure port groups to properly isolate network traffic
Tools
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client10
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-*
Objective 2.4 – Administer vNetwork Distributed Switch Settings
Knowledge
• Explain relationship between vDS and logical vSSes
Skills and Abilities
• Understand the use of command line tools to configure appropriate vDS settings on an ESX/ESXi host
• Determine use cases for and apply Port Binding settings
• Configure Live Port Moving
• Given a set of network requirements, identify the appropriate distributed switch technology to use
• Use command line tools to troubleshoot and identify configuration items from an existing vDS
Tools
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-*
Section 3 – Deploy DRS Clusters and Manage Performance
Objective 3.1 – Tune and Optimize vSphere Performance
Knowledge
• Identify appropriate BIOS and firmware setting requirements for optimal ESX/ESXi Host performance
• Identify appropriate ESX driver revisions required for optimal ESX/ESXi Host performance
• Recall where to locate information resources to verify compliance with VMware and third party vendor best practices 11
Skills and Abilities
• Tune ESX/ESXi Host and Virtual Machine memory configurations
• Tune ESX/ESXi Host and Virtual Machine networking configurations
• Tune ESX/ESXi Host and Virtual Machine CPU configurations
• Tune ESX/ESXi Host and Virtual Machine storage configurations
• Configure and apply advanced ESX/ESXi Host attributes
• Configure and apply advanced Virtual Machine attributes
• Tune and optimize NUMA controls
Tools
• vSphere Resource Management Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Performance Troubleshooting for VMware vSphere 4

Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
o Performance Graphs
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-*
o resxtop/esxtop
o vscsiStats
Objective 3.2 – Optimize Virtual Machine Resources
Knowledge
• Compare and contrast virtual and physical hardware resources
Identify VMware memory management techniques
• Identify VMware CPU load balancing techniques
• Identify pre‐requisites for Hot Add features
Skills and Abilities
• Calculate available resources
• properly size a Virtual Machine based on application workload
• Configure large memory pages
• Understand appropriate use cases for CPU affinity
Tools
• vSphere Resource Management Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Understanding Memory Resource Management in VMware® ESX™ Server 4.1
• VMware vSphere™ : The CPU Scheduler in VMware® ESX™ 4.1
• vSphere Client
o Performance Charts
• vSphere CLI
o resxtop/esxtop
Objective 3.3 – Implement and Maintain Complex DRS Solutions
Knowledge
• Explain DRS affinity and anti‐affinity rules
• Identify required hardware components to support DPM
• Identify EVC requirements, baselines and components
• Understand the DRS Slot‐size algorithm and its impact on migration recommendations
Skills and Abilities
• properly configure BIOS and management settings to support DPM
• Test DPM to verify proper configuration
• Configure appropriate DPM Threshold to meet business requirements
• Configure EVC using appropriate baseline
• Change the EVC mode on an existing DRS cluster
• Create DRS and DPM alarms
• Configure applicable power management settings for ESX Hosts
• properly size virtual machines and clusters for optimal DRS efficiency
• properly apply virtual machine automation levels based upon application requirements
Tools
• vSphere Resource Management Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
o DRS Resource Distribution Chart
Objective 3.4 – Perform Capacity Planning in a vSphere Environment
Knowledge
• Understand the DRS slot‐size algorithm and its impact on migration recommendations
• Identify tools needed for monitoring capacity planning
• Identify performance metrics related to resource contention and saturation
Skills and Abilities
• Predict when additional ESX/ESXi Host, network or storage resources will be required by observing an existing environment
• Determine when to expand or contract provisioned Virtual Machine resources based upon observed Virtual Machine utilization
• Interpret performance metrics from vCenter to properly size the environment
Tools
• vSphere Resource Management Guide
• Overview Performance Charts Help
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Clien
Objective 3.5 – Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools
Knowledge
• Identify hot keys and fields used with resxtop/esxtop
• Identify fields used with vscsiStats
Skills and Abilities
• Configure esxtop/resxtop custom profiles
• Determine use cases for and apply esxtop/resxtop Interactive, Batch and Replay modes
• Use vscsiStats to gather storage performance data
• Use esxtop/resxtop to collect performance data
• Given esxtop/resxtop output, identify relative performance data for capacity planning Purpose
Tools
• vSphere Resource Management Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o esxtop/resxtop
o vscsiStats14
Section 4 – Manage Business Continuity and Protect Data
Objective 4.1 – Implement and Maintain Complex VMware HA Solutions
Knowledge
• Identify the three admission control policies for HA
• Identify heartbeat options and dependencies
Skills and Abilities
• Calculate host failure requirements
• Configure customized isolation response settings
• Configure HA redundancy in a mixed ESX/ESXi environment
• Configure HA related alarms and monitor an HA cluster
• Create a custom slot size configuration
• Understand interactions between DRS and HA
• Create an HA solution that ensures primary node distribution across sites
• Analyze vSphere environment to determine appropriate HA admission control policy
• Analyze performance metrics to calculate host failure requirements
• Analyze Virtual Machine workload to determine optimum slot size
• Analyze HA cluster capacity to determine optimum cluster size
Tools
• vSphere Availability Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
Objective 4.2 – Deploy and Test VMware FT
Knowledge
• Identify VMware FT hardware requirements
• Identify VMware FT compatibility requirements
Skills and Abilities
• Modify VM and ESX/ESXi Host settings to allow for FT compatibility
• Use VMware best practices to prepare a vSphere environment for FT
• Configure FT logging15
• Prepare the infrastructure for FT compliance
• Test FT failover, secondary restart and application fault tolerance in a FT Virtual Machine
Tools
• vSphere Availability Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
Objective 4.3 – Configure a vSphere Environment to support MSCS Clustering
Knowledge
• Identify MSCS clustering solution requirements
• Identify the three supported MSCS configurations
Skills and Abilities
• Configure Virtual Machine hardware to support cluster type and guest OS
• Configure a MSCS cluster on a single ESX/ESXi Host
• Configure a MSCS cluster across ESX/ESXi Hosts
• Configure standby host clustering
Tools
• Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
Objective 4.4 – Deploy and Maintain vCenter Server Heartbeat
Knowledge
• Identify the five protection levels for vCenter Server Heartbeat
• Identify the three server protection options for vCenter Server Heartbeat
• Identify supported cloning options
Skills and Abilities
• Install and configure vCenter Server Heartbeat
• Determine use cases for and execute a manual switchover
• Recover from a failover16
• Monitor vCenter Server Heartbeat and communication status
• Configure heartbeat settings
• Configure shutdown options
• Configure application protection
• Add/Edit Services
• Add/Edit Tasks
• Edit/Test Rules
• Install/Edit Plug‐ins
• Add/Remove Inclusion/Exclusion Filters
• Perform Full System and Full Registry checks
• Configure/Test Alerts
• Troubleshoot common vCenter Server Heartbeat error conditions
Tools
• vCenter Server Heartbeat QuickStart Guide
• vCenter Server Heartbeat Reference Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
Section 5 – Perform Operational Maintenance
Objective 5.1 – Implement and Maintain Host Profiles
Skills and Abilities
• Use Profile Editor to edit and/or disable policies
• Create sub‐profiles
• Use Host Profiles to deploy vDS
Tools
• vSphere Datacenter Administration Guide
• VMware vSphere™ 4: Deployment Methods for the VMware® vNetwork Distributed Switch
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
Objective 5.2 – Deploy and Manage Complex Update Manager Environments
Knowledge
• Identify firewall access rules for Update Manager
Skills and Abilities
• Determine use case for, install and configure Update Manager Download Service
• Configure a shared repository
• Configure smart rebooting
• Manually download updates to a repository
• Perform orchestrated vSphere upgrades
• Create and modify baseline groups
• Troubleshoot Update Manager problem areas and issues
• Generate database reports using MS Excel or MS SQL
• Upgrade vApps using Update Manager
Tools
• VMware vCenter Update Manager Installation and Administration Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vmware-umds
Section 6 – Perform Advanced Troubleshooting
Objective 6.1 – Configure, Manage and Analyze vSphere Log Files
Knowledge
• Identify vCenter Server log file names and locations
• Identify ESX/ESXi log files names and locations
• Identify tools used to view vSphere log files
Skills and Abilities
• Generate vCenter Server and ESX/ESXi log bundles
• Use vicfg‐syslog to configure centralized logging on ESX/ESXi Hosts
• Test centralized logging configuration
• Configure the vMA appliance as a log host
• Use vilogger to enable/disable log collection on the vMA appliance
• Use vilogger to configure log rotation and retention
• Analyze log entries to obtain configuration information
• Analyze log entries to identify and resolve issues
Tools
• vSphere Management Assistant Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• vSphere Datacenter Administration Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vicfg-syslog
• vilogger
Objective 6.2 – Troubleshoot CPU and Memory Performance
Knowledge
• Identify resxtop/esxtop metrics related to memory and CPU
• Identify vCenter Server Performance Chart metrics related to memory and CPU
Skills and Abilities
• Troubleshoot ESX/ESXi Host and Virtual Machine CPU performance issues using appropriate metrics
• Troubleshoot ESX/ESXi Host and Virtual Machine memory performance issues using appropriate metrics
• Use Hot‐Add functionality to resolve identified Virtual Machine CPU and memory performance issues
Tools
• vSphere Resource Management Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o resxtop/esxtop
Objective 6.3 – Troubleshoot Network Performance and Connectivity
Knowledge
• Identify virtual switch entries in a Virtual Machine’s configuration file
• Identify virtual switch entries in the ESX/ESXi Host configuration file
• Identify CLI commands and tools used to troubleshoot vSphere networking configurations
• Identify logs used to troubleshoot network issues
Skills and Abilities
• Utilize net-dvs to troubleshoot vNetwork Distributed Switch configurations
• Utilize vicfg-* commands to troubleshoot ESX/ESXi network configurations
• Configure a network packet analyzer in a vSphere environment
• Troubleshoot Private VLANs
• Troubleshoot Service Console and vmkernel network configuration issues
• Troubleshoot DNS and routing related issues
• Use esxtop/resxtop to identify network performance problems
• Use CDP and/or network hints to identify connectivity issues
• Analyze troubleshooting data to determine if the root cause for a given network problem originates in the physical infrastructure or vSphere environment
Tools
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-*
o net-dvs
o resxtop/esxtop
Objective 6.4 – Troubleshoot Storage Performance and Connectivity
Knowledge
• Recall vicfg-* commands related to listing storage configuration
• Recall vSphere 4 storage maximums
• Identify logs used to troubleshoot storage issues
• Describe the VMFS file system
Skills and Abilities
• Use vicfg-* and esxcli to troubleshoot multipathing and PSA‐related issues
• Use vicfg-module to troubleshoot VMkernel storage module configurations
• Use vicfg-* and esxcli to troubleshoot iSCSI related issues
• Troubleshoot NFS mounting and permission issues
• Use esxtop/resxtop and vscsiStats to identify storage performance issues
• Configure and troubleshoot VMFS datastores using vmkfstools
• Troubleshoot snapshot and resignaturing issues
• Analyze log files to identify storage and multipathing problems20
Tools
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-*
o esxcli
o resxtop/esxtop
o vscsiStats
o vmkfstools
Objective 6.4 – Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESX/ESXi Host Management
Knowledge
• Identify CLI commands and tools used to troubleshoot management issues
Skills and Abilities
• Troubleshoot vCenter Server service and database connection issues
• Troubleshoot the ESX Service Console firewall
• Troubleshoot ESX/ESXi server management and connectivity issues
• Determine the root cause of vSphere management or connectivity issue
Tools
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-*
Section 7 – Secure a vSphere Environment
Objective 7.1 – Secure ESX/ESXi Hosts
Knowledge
• Identify configuration files related to network security
• Identify virtual switch security characteristics
Skills and Abilities
• Add/Edit Remove users/groups on an ESX Host
• Customize SSH settings for increased security
• Enable/Disable certificate checking
• Generate ESX Host certificates
• Enable ESXi lockdown mode
• Replace default certificate with CA‐signed certificate
• Configure SSL timeouts
• Secure ESX Web Proxy
• Enable strong passwords and configure password policies
• Identify methods for hardening virtual machines
• Analyze logs for security‐related messages
Tools
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-user
o vifs
Objective 7.2 – Configure and Maintain the ESX Firewall
Knowledge
• Identify vicfg-firewall commands
• Explain the three firewall security levels
• Identify ESX firewall architecture with/without vCenter Server22
Skills and Abilities
• Enable/Disable pre‐configured services
• Configure service behavior automation
• Open/Close ports in the firewall
• Create a custom service
• Set firewall security level
Tools
• ESX Configuration Guide
• ESXi Configuration Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-firewall
Objective 7.3 – Deploy and Administer vShield Zones
Knowledge
• Identify vShield Zones components
• Identify the four CLI command modes
Skills and Abilities
• Configure vShield Zones
• Backup and restore vShield Manager Data
• Backup CLI Configuration
• Create/Delete Layer 2/3/4 firewall rules using VM Wall
• Install/Uninstall a vShield manually and from template
• Configure vShield Manager plug‐in capability
• Configure VM Flow charts
• Update vShield Zones
• Add/Edit/Delete User Accounts
• Assign rights to a user
• Add/Delete Application‐Port Pair mapping
• Execute/Schedule Execution of virtual machine discovery
• Utilize vShield Zones CLI commands to configure and monitor vShield Zones
• Analyze traffic using VM Flow to determine root cause of network related issues23
Tools
• vShield Zones QuickStart Guide
• vShield Zones Administration Guide
• Introduction to vShield Zones
• Product Documentation
• vShield Manager
• vShield CLI
• vSphere Client
Section 8 – Perform Scripting and Automation
Objective 8.1 – Execute VMware Cmdlets and Customize Scripts Using PowerCLI
Knowledge
• Identify vSphere PowerCLI requirements
• Identify Cmdlet concepts
• Identify environment variables usage
Skills and Abilities
• Use VMRun to execute commands in a guest OS
• Install vSphere PowerCLI
• Install Update Manager PowerShell Library
• Use basic and advanced Cmdlets to manage VMs and ESX Hosts
• Use Web Service Access Cmdlets
• Use Datastore and Inventory Providers
• Given a sample script, modify the script to perform a given action
Tools
• vSphere PowerCLI Installation Guide
• vSphere PowerCLI Administration Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere PowerCLI commands
• vSphere PowerCLI Cmdlets24
Objective 8.2 – Administer vCenter Orchestrator
Knowledge
• Identify vCenter Orchestrator requirements
• Identify default Orchestrator plug‐ins
Skills and Abilities
• Install and Configure vCenter Orchestrator
• Configure vCenter Orchestrator database
• Configure vCenter Orchestrator LDAP connection
• Configure vCenter Orchestrator vCenter server connections
• Run a Workflow
• Administer Actions, Tasks, Workflows and Policies
• Administer Packages
• Identify appropriate Workflow for a given management activity
Tools
• vCenter Orchestrator Installation and Configuration Guide
• vCenter Orchestrator Administration Guide
• Product Documentation
• vCenter Orchestrator Web Configuration
• vCenter Orchestrator Client
• vSphere Client
Objective 8.3 – Administer vSphere Using the vSphere Management Assistant
Knowledge
• Identify vMA prerequisites
• Identify vMA specific commands
• Determine when vMA is needed
Skills and Abilities
• Install and Configure vMA
• Add/Remove target servers
• Perform updates to the vMA
• Use vmkfstools to manage VMFS datastores
• Use vmware-cmd to manage VMs
• Use esxcli to manage Storage Multipathing
• Troubleshoot common vMA errors and conditions
• vSphere Management Assistant Guide
• vSphere Command‐Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Management Appliance
• vifp
• vima-update
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-*
o vmkfstools
o esxcli
o vmware-cmd
• vSphere Client
Section 9 – Perform Advanced vSphere Installations and Configurations
Objective 9.1 – Install ESX Server with custom settings
Knowledge
• Identify Service Console memory defaults and maximums
• Identify default and optional ESX partitions
Skills and Abilities
• Configure optional ESX partitions during installation
• Install/uninstall custom drivers
• Configure advanced bootloader options
• Configure kernel options
• Given a scenario, determine when to customize a configuration
Tools
• ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere CLI
o vicfg-advcfg
o vicfg-module
• vSphere Client26
Objective 9.2 – Plan and Execute Scripted Installations
Knowledge
• Identify default installation scripts
• Identify boot options for scripted installation
Skills and Abilities
• Perform a scripted ESX Host installation
• Perform a scripted ESXi Host installation
• Configure media repository
• Edit installation script parameters
• Configure pre/post script tasks
• Evaluate use cases for scripted installation
Tools
• ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide
• Product Documentation
• ks-first-safe.cfg
• ks-first.cfg
Objective 9.3 – Configure vCenter Server Linked Mode
Knowledge
• Identify Linked Mode Prerequisites
• Identify differences between Linked and non‐linked vCenter Server Configurations
• Identify when a role requires reconciliation
Skills and Abilities
• Reconcile Roles in a Linked Mode Configuration
• Create and Join a Linked Mode Group
• Determine use cases for vCenter Server Linked Mode
• Troubleshoot Linked Mode Configurations
Tools
• ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide
• vSphere Datacenter Administration Guide
• Product Documentation
• vSphere Client