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About this Course

During the VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage three-day course, you will focus on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN 6.2. You will learn how Virtual SAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC). You will gain practical experience with Virtual SAN concepts through the completion of hands-on lab exercises.

Audience Profile

  • Storage and virtual infrastructure administrators who want to use software-defined storage with Virtual SAN

At Course Completion

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Virtual SAN architecture and use cases
  • Configure Virtual SAN networking components
  • Configure a Virtual SAN cluster
  • Deploy virtual machines on a Virtual SAN datastore
  • Configure virtual machine storage policies
  • Perform ongoing Virtual SAN management tasks
  • Outline the tasks for upgrading from Virtual SAN 5 to Virtual SAN 6.2
  • Describe Virtual SAN interoperability with VMware vSphere features and other products
  • Use the Virtual SAN health service to monitor Virtual SAN health and performance
  • Use the command line to monitor Virtual SAN
  • Configure a stretched cluster and observe failover scenarios
  • Plan and design a Virtual SAN cluster


Before attending this course, you must have the following:

  • Storage administration experience on block or file storage devices
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] course
  • Experience with working at the command line is helpful

Course Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Describe the software-defined data center

Module 2: Storage Fundamentals

  • Define common storage technologies
  • Identify common SAN architectures
  • Identify characteristics of storage devices: magnetic and flash-based devices
  • Identify and explain the differences between file, block, and object-oriented storage architectures
  • Identify SAN performance factors
  • Compare and contrast local, centralized, and distributed storage architectures

Module 3: Introduction to Virtual SAN

  • Describe the Virtual SAN architecture and components
  • Describe the differences between the Virtual SAN hybrid and all-flash architectures
  • Describe the space efficiency features of Virtual SAN

Module 4: Virtual SAN Configuration

  • Identify physical network configuration requirements
  • Configure Virtual SAN networking
  • Configure a Virtual SAN cluster
  • Test and validate the Virtual SAN configuration and functionality

Module 5: Virtual SAN Policies and Virtual Machines

  • Explain how storage policies work with Virtual SAN
  • Define and create a virtual machine storage policy
  • Apply and modify virtual machine storage policies
  • Explain the considerations for vsanSparse snapshots
  • Discuss the vsanSparse snapshot format

Module 6: Managing and Operating Virtual SAN

  • Manage hardware storage devices
  • Manage hardware device failures
  • Identify vCenter Server alarms for Virtual SAN events
  • Configure fault domains
  • Upgrade from Virtual SAN 5.5 to Virtual SAN 6.2

Module 7: Interoperability with vSphere Features

  • Identify vSphere features and VMware products that interoperate with Virtual SAN
  • Describe how Virtual SAN interoperates with VMware vSphere Enterprise Edition features
  • Describe how Virtual SAN interoperates with third party products and solutions

Module 8: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Virtual SAN

  • Identify tools to troubleshoot Virtual SAN
  • Use the Virtual SAN health service to monitor health and performance
  • Monitor Virtual SAN with VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • Monitor Virtual SAN with Ruby vSphere Console and Virtual SAN Observer

Module 9: Stretched Clustering and Two-Node Models

  • Compare a stretched cluster and a two-node cluster configuration
  • Configure a stretched cluster using a two-node configuration
  • Demonstrate stretched cluster failover scenarios

Module 10: Designing a Virtual SAN Deployment

  • Understand the Virtual SAN design basics
  • Plan and design Virtual SAN clusters
  • Consider the Virtual SAN hybrid and all-flash designs
  • Describe the Virtual SAN use case design considerations
  • Identify the design and sizing tools for Virtual SAN