SANPO67 - VMware vSAN: Production Operations [V6.7]

SANPO67 - VMware vSAN: Production Operations [V6.7]

SANPO67 - VMware vSAN: Production Operations [V6.7]


Duration: 2.0 days

In this two-day course, you focus on building skills in configuring and performing common administrator and end-user tasks with VMware vSAN™ 6.7. You gain practical experience with vSAN production operations through the completion of instructor-led activities and hands-on lab exercises.


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe vSAN host operations 
  • Discuss vSAN networking requirements 
  • Define the tasks involved in hardware replacement in a vSAN cluster 
  • Perform vSAN cluster scale-out and scale-up operations 
  • Describe common vSAN maintenance operations 
  • Define the tasks required for updating and upgrading vSAN 
  • Describe vSAN security operations 
  • Configure a key management server (KMS) cluster 
  • Configure vSAN storage policies and observe the effects of a cluster-wide change • Explain vSAN resilience and availability features 
  • Perform ongoing vSAN management tasks 
  • Use the vSAN health service to monitor health and performance


1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics 
  • Course objectives

2 vSAN Host and Hardware Operations

  • Recognize the importance of hardware compatibility 
  • Ensure the compatibility of driver and firmware versioning 
  • Use tools to automate driver validation and installation 
  • Apply host hardware settings for optimum performance 
  • Recognize the benefits of using VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™ 
  • Compare the benefits of NIC teaming and Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) 
  • Plan appropriately for networking configuration changes 
  • Identify ESXCLI commands and namespace options
  •  Recognize how to use ESXCLI commands for troubleshooting vSAN software and hardware issues 
  • Use Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) to get detailed information about the vSAN environment

3 vSAN Data Availability Operations

  • Describe vSAN storage policies 
  • Recognize the impact of a vSAN storage policy change 
  • Describe and configure the Object Repair Timer advanced option 
  • Plan disk replacement in a vSAN cluster 
  • Plan maintenance tasks to avoid vSAN object failures 
  • Recognize the importance of backing up data in vSAN 
  • Describe the VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Data Protection framework 
  • Recognize the importance of managing snapshot utilization in a vSAN cluster

4 vSAN Cluster Maintenance

  • Perform typical vSAN maintenance operations 
  • Describe vSAN maintenance modes and data evacuation options 
  • Assess the impact on cluster objects of entering maintenance mode 
  • Determine the specific data actions required after exiting maintenance mode 
  • Define the steps to shut down and reboot hosts and vSAN clusters 
  • Migrate vSAN to a new vCenter Server instance 
  • Use best practices for boot devices 
  • Upgrade and update vSAN 
  • Replace vSAN hardware by using scale-in and scale-out strategies

5 vSAN Security Operations

  • Identify differences between VM encryption and vSAN encryption • Recognize how to perform ongoing operations to maintain data security 
  • Identify steps in adding an existing encrypted vSAN cluster to a new vCenter Server instance

6 vSAN Monitoring and Performance

  • Describe how the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) enables VMware to improve products and services 
  • Identify the vSAN tools and health checks available for monitoring vSAN health 
  • Manage alerts, alarms, and notifications related to vSAN in vSphere Client 
  • Create and configure custom alarms to trigger vSAN health issues 
  • Describe the vSAN tools and services that monitor vSAN performance 
  • Use performance views to access metrics for monitoring vSAN clusters, hosts, and virtual machines 
  • Explain how the writing of data generates I/O traffic and affects vSAN performance 
  • Use performance metrics to analyze the vSAN environment


Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who are responsible for production support and administration of vSAN v6.x


This course has the following prerequisites:

  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] course 
  • Storage administration experience with block or file storage devices Completion of the VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [v6.x] course or equivalent experience with vSAN is desirable.

The course presumes that a student can perform the following tasks with no assistance or guidance before enrolling:

  • Use VMware vSphere® Web Client 
  • Create and manage VMware vCenter Server® objects, such as data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines 
  • Create and modify a standard switch
  • Connect a VMware ESXi™ host to NAS, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel storage 
  • Create a VMware vSphere® VMFS datastore 
  • Use a wizard or a template to create a virtual machine 
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® vMotion® 
  • Migrate a virtual machine with VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®

If you cannot complete all of these tasks, VMware recommends that you complete the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] and VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.x] courses before enrolling in VMware vSAN: Production Operations.

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