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Exam Objectives

Exam Objectives

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VCP510 Exam Blueprint

Section 1—Plan, Install, Configure and Upgrade vCenter Server and VMware ESXi

Objective 1.1—Install and Configure vCenter Server
  • Identify available vCenter Server editions
  • Deploy the vCenter Appliance
  • Install vCenter Server into a virtual machine
  • Size the vCenter Server database
  • Install additional vCenter Server components
  • Install/Remove vSphere Client plug-ins
  • Enable/Disable vSphere Client plug-ins
  • License vCenter Server
  • Determine availability requirements for a vCenter Server in a given vSphere implementation
  • Determine use case for vSphere Client and Web Client
Objective 1.2—Install and Configure VMware ESXi
  • Perform an interactive installation of ESXi
  • Deploy an ESXi host using Auto Deploy
  • Configure NTP on an ESXi Host
  • Configure DNS and Routing on an ESXi Host
  • Enable/Configure/Disable hyperthreading
  • Enable/Size/Disable memory compression cache
  • License an ESXi host
Objective 1.3—Plan and Perform Upgrades of vCenter Server and VMware ESXi
  • Identify upgrade requirements for ESXi hosts
  • Identify steps required to upgrade a vSphere implementation
  • Upgrade a vNetwork Distributed Switch
  • Upgrade from VMFS3 to VMFS5
  • Upgrade VMware Tools
  • Upgrade Virtual Machine hardware
  • Upgrade an ESXi Host using vCenter Update Manager
  • Determine whether an in-place upgrade is appropriate in a given upgrade scenario
Objective 1.4—Secure vCenter Server and ESXi
  • Identify common vCenter Server privileges and roles
  • Describe how permissions are applied and inherited in vCenter Server
  • Configure and administer the ESXi firewall
  • Enable/Configure/Disable services in the ESXi firewall
  • Enable Lockdown Mode
  • Configure network security policies
  • View/Sort/Export user and group lists
  • Add/Modify/Remove permissions for users and groups on vCenter Server inventory objects
  • Create/Clone/Edit vCenter Server Roles
  • Add an ESXi Host to a directory service
  • Apply permissions to ESXi Hosts using Host Profiles
  • Determine the appropriate set of privileges for common tasks in vCenter Server
Objective 1.5—Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions
  • Identify available vSphere editions and features
  • Explain ESXi and vCenter Server architectures
  • Explain Private/Public/Hybrid cloud concepts
  • Determine appropriate vSphere edition based on customer requirements

Section 2—Plan and Configure vSphere Networking

OObjective 2.1—Configure vNetwork Standard Switches
  • Identify vNetwork Standard Switch (vSS) capabilities
  • Create/Delete a vNetwork Standard Switch
  • Add/Configure/Remove vmnics on a vNetwork Standard Switch
  • Configure vmkernel ports for network services
  • Add/Edit/Remove port groups on a vNetwork Standard Switch
  • Determine use case for a vNetwork Standard Switch
Objective 2.2—Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches
  • Identify vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) capabilities
  • Create/Delete a vNetwork Distributed Switch
  • Add/Remove ESXi hosts from a vNetwork Distributed Switch
  • Add/Configure/Remove dvPort groups
  • Add/Remove uplink adapters to dvUplink groups
  • Create/Configure/Remove virtual adapters
  • Migrate virtual adapters to/from a vNetwork Standard Switch
  • Migrate virtual machines to/from a vNetwork Distributed Switch
  • Determine use case for a vNetwork Distributed Switch
Objective 2.3—Configure vSS and vDS Policies
  • Identify common vSS and vDS policies
  • Configure dvPort group blocking policies
  • Configure load balancing and failover policies
  • Configure VLAN settings
  • Configure traffic shaping policies
  • Enable TCP Segmentation Offload support for a virtual machine
  • Enable Jumbo Frames support on appropriate components
  • Determine appropriate VLAN configuration for a vSphere implementation

Section 3—Plan and Configure vSphere Storage

Objective 3.1—Configure Shared Storage for vSphere
  • Identify storage adapters and devices
  • Identify storage naming conventions
  • Identify hardware/dependent hardware/software iSCSI initiator requirements
  • Compare and contrast array thin provisioning and virtual disk thin provisioning
  • Describe zoning and LUN masking practices
  • Scan/Rescan storage
  • Identify use cases for FCoE
  • Create an NFS share for use with vSphere
  • Connect to a NAS device
  • Enable/Configure/Disable vCenter Server storage filters
  • Configure/Edit hardware/dependent hardware initiators
  • Enable/Disable software iSCSI initiator
  • Configure/Edit software iSCSI initiator settings
  • Configure iSCSI port binding
  • Enable/Configure/Disable iSCSI CHAP
  • Determine use case for hardware/dependent hardware/software iSCSI initiator
  • Determine use case for and configure array thin provisioning
Objective 3.2—Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere
  • Define Storage Virtual Appliance (SVA) architecture
  • Configure ESXi hosts as SVA hosts
  • Configure the storage network for the SVA
  • Deploy/Configure the SVA Manager
  • Administer SVA storage resources
  • Determine use case for deploying the SVA
  • Determine appropriate ESXi host resources for the SVA
Objective 3.3—Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores
  • Identify VMFS and NFS Datastore properties
  • Identify VMFS5 capabilities
  • Create/Rename/Delete/Unmount a VMFS Datastore
  • Mount/Unmount an NFS Datastore
  • Extend/Expand VMFS Datastores
  • Upgrade a VMFS3 Datastore to VMFS5
  • Place a VMFS Datastore in Maintenance Mode
  • Select the Preferred Path for a VMFS Datastore
  • Disable a path to a VMFS Datastore
  • Determine use case for multiple VMFS/NFS Datastores
  • Determine appropriate Path Selection Policy for a given VMFS Datastore

Section 4—Deploy and Administer Virtual Machines and vApps

Objective 4.1—Create and Deploy Virtual Machines
  • Identify capabilities of virtual machine hardware versions
  • Identify VMware Tools device drivers
  • Identify methods to access and use a virtual machine console
  • Identify virtual machine storage resources
  • Place virtual machines in selected ESXi hosts/Clusters/Resource Pools
  • Configure and deploy a Guest OS into a new virtual machine
  • Configure/Modify disk controller for virtual disks
  • Configure appropriate virtual disk type for a virtual machine
  • Create/Convert thin/thick provisioned virtual disks
  • Configure disk shares
  • Install/Upgrade/Update VMware Tools
  • Configure virtual machine time synchronization
  • Convert a physical machine using VMware Converter
  • Import a supported virtual machine source using VMware Converter
  • Modify virtual hardware settings using VMware Converter
  • Configure/Modify virtual CPU and Memory resources according to OS and application requirements
  • Configure/Modify virtual NIC adapter and connect virtual machines to appropriate network resources
  • Determine appropriate datastore locations for virtual machines based on application workloads
Objective 4.2—Create and Deploy vApps
  • Identify vApp settings
  • Create/Clone/Export a vApp
  • Add objects to an existing vApp
  • Edit vApp settings
  • Configure IP pools
  • Suspend/Resume a vApp
  • Determine when a tiered application should be deployed as a vApp
Objective 4.3—Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates
  • Identify the vCenter Server managed ESXi hosts and Virtual Machine maximums
  • Identify Cloning and Template options
  • Clone an existing virtual machine
  • Create a template from an existing virtual machine
  • Deploy a virtual machine from a template
  • Update existing virtual machine templates
  • Deploy virtual appliances and/or vApps from an OVF template
  • Import and/or Export an OVF template
  • Determine the appropriate deployment methodology for a given virtual machine application
Objective 4. —Administer Virtual Machines and vApps
  • Identify files used by virtual machines
  • Identify locations for virtual machine configuration files and virtual disks
  • Identify common practices for securing virtual machines
  • Hot Extend a virtual disk
  • Configure virtual machine options
  • Configure virtual machine power settings
  • Configure virtual machine boot options
  • Configure virtual machine troubleshooting options
  • Assign a Storage Policy to a virtual machine
  • Verify Storage Policy compliance for virtual machines
  • Determine when an advanced virtual machine parameter is required
  • Adjust virtual machine resources (shares, limits and reservations) based on virtual machine workloads

Section 5—Establish and Maintain Service Levels

Objective 5.1—Create and Configure VMware Clusters
  • Describe DRS virtual machine entitlement
  • Create/Delete a DRS/HA Cluster
  • Add/Remove ESXi Hosts from a DRS/HA Cluster
  • Add/Remove virtual machines from a DRS/HA Cluster
  • Configure Storage DRS
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Monitor a DRS/HA Cluster
  • Configure migration thresholds for DRS and virtual machines
  • Configure automation levels for DRS and virtual machines
  • Create VM-Host and VM-VM affinity rules
  • Enable/Disable Host Monitoring
  • Enable/Configure/Disable virtual machine and application monitoring
  • Configure admission control for HA and virtual machines
  • Determine appropriate failover methodology and required resources for an HA implementation
Objective 5.2—Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance
  • Identify VMware Fault Tolerance requirements
  • Configure VMware Fault Tolerance networking
  • Enable/Disable VMware Fault Tolerance on a virtual machine
  • Test an FT configuration
  • Determine use case for enabling VMware Fault Tolerance on a virtual machine
Objective 5.3—Create and Administer Resource Pools
  • Describe the Resource Pool hierarchy
  • Define the Expandable Reservation parameter
  • Create/Remove a Resource Pool
  • Configure Resource Pool attributes
  • Add/Remove virtual machines from a Resource Pool
  • Determine Resource Pool requirements for a given vSphere implementation
  • Evaluate appropriate shares, reservations and limits for a Resource Pool based on virtual machine workloads
  • Clone a vApp
Objective 5.4—Migrate Virtual Machines
  • Identify ESXi host and virtual machine requirements for vMotion and Storage vMotion
  • Identify Enhanced vMotion Compatibility CPU requirements
  • Identify snapshot requirements for vMotion/Storage vMotion migration
  • Migrate virtual machines using vMotion/Storage vMotion
  • Configure virtual machine swap file location
  • Migrate a powered-off or suspended virtual machine
  • Utilize Storage vMotion techniques (changing virtual disk type, renaming virtual machines, etc.)
Objective 5.5—Backup and Restore Virtual Machines
  • Identify snapshot requirements
  • Create/Delete/Consolidate virtual machine snapshots
  • Install and Configure VMware Data Recovery
  • Create a backup job with VMware Date Recovery
  • Perform a test and live full/file-level restore with VMware Data Recovery
  • Determine appropriate backup solution for a given vSphere implementation
Objective 5.6—Patch and Update ESXi and Virtual Machines
  • Identify patching requirements for ESXi hosts and virtual machine hardware/tools
  • Create/Edit/Remove a Host Profile from an ESXi host
  • Attach/Apply a Host Profile to an ESXi host or cluster
  • Perform compliance scanning and remediation of an ESXi host using Host Profiles
  • Install and Configure vCenter Update Manager
  • Configure patch download options
  • Create/Edit/Delete an Update Manager baseline
  • Attach an Update Manager baseline to an ESXi host or cluster
  • Scan and remediate ESXi hosts and virtual machine hardware/tools using Update Manager
  • Stage ESXi host updates

Section 6—Perform Basic Troubleshooting

Objective 6.1—Perform Basic Troubleshooting for ESXi Hosts
  • Identify general ESXi host troubleshooting guidelines
  • Troubleshoot common installation issues
  • Monitor ESXi system health
  • Export diagnostic information
Objective 6.2—Perform Basic vSphere Network Troubleshooting
  • Verify network configuration
  • Verify a given virtual machine is configured with the correct network resources
  • Troubleshoot virtual switch and port group configuration issues
  • Troubleshoot physical network adapter configuration issues
  • Identify the root cause of a network issue based on troubleshooting information
Objective 6.3—Perform Basic vSphere Storage Troubleshooting
  • Verify storage configuration
  • Troubleshoot storage contention issues
  • Troubleshoot storage over-commitment issues
  • Troubleshoot iSCSI software initiator configuration issues
  • Troubleshoot Storage Reports and Storage Maps
  • Identify the root cause of a storage issue based on troubleshooting information
Objective 6.4—Perform Basic Troubleshooting for HA/DRS Clusters and vMotion/Storage vMotion
  • Identify HA/DRS and vMotion requirements
  • Verify vMotion/Storage vMotion configuration
  • Verify HA network configuration
  • Verify HA/DRS cluster configuration
  • Troubleshoot HA capacity issues
  • Troubleshoot HA redundancy issues
  • Interpret the DRS Resource Distribution Graph and Target/Current Host Load Deviation
  • Troubleshoot DRS load imbalance issues
  • Troubleshoot vMotion/Storage vMotion migration issues
  • Interpret vMotion Resource Maps
  • Identify the root cause of a DRS/HA cluster or migration issue based on troubleshooting information

Section 7—Monitor a vSphere Implementation and Manage vCenter Server Alarms

Objective 7.1—Monitor ESXi, vCenter Server and Virtual Machines
  • Describe how Tasks and Events are viewed in vCenter Server
  • Identify critical performance metrics
  • Explain common memory metrics
  • Explain common CPU metrics
  • Explain common network metrics
  • Explain common storage metrics
  • Compare and contrast Overview and Advanced Charts
  • Configure SNMP for vCenter Server
  • Configure Active Directory and SMTP settings for vCenter Server
  • Configure vCenter Server logging options
  • Create a log bundle
  • Create/Edit/Delete a Scheduled Task
  • Configure/View/Print/Export resource maps
  • Start/Stop/Verify vCenter Server service status
  • Start/Stop/Verify ESXi host agent status
  • Configure vCenter Server timeout settings
  • Monitor/Administer vCenter Server connections
  • Create an Advanced Chart
  • Determine host performance using resxtop and guest Perfmon
  • Given performance data, identify the affected vSphere resource
Objective 7.2—Create and Administer vCenter Server Alarms
  • List vCenter default utilization alarms
  • List vCenter default connectivity alarms
  • List possible actions for utilization and connectivity alarms
  • Create a vCenter utilization alarm
  • Create a vCenter connectivity alarm
  • Configure alarm triggers
  • Configure alarm actions
  • For a given alarm, identify the affected resource in a vSphere implementation
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