VCP 6.5 DCV Study – Week 3 – Section 3; Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Storage

This is week 3 out of 10 of my VCP 6.5 Study Plan. More info and links to the other weeks can be found at the Study Plan Intro page. Subscribe to to the Study Plan using this feed.

The third section of the 10 sections in the VCP 6.5 blueprint covers Storage in vSphere.

Practice Exams

Simon Long’s VCP 6.5 Practice Exams – Section 3

Study Material

The third section is made up of 5 high level objectives;

Full Section 3 Objectives List

  • Objective 3.1 – Manage vSphere Integration with Physical Storage
    • Perform NFS v3 and v4.1 configurations
    • Discover new storage LUNs
    • Configure FC/iSCSI/FCoE LUNs as ESXi boot devices
    • Mount an NFS share for use with vSphere
    • 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 cases for Fiber Channel zoning
    • Compare and contrast array thin provisioning and virtual disk thin provisioning
  • Objective 3.2 – Configure Software-Defined Storage
    • Create vSAN cluster
    • Create disk groups
    • Monitor vSAN
    • Describe vVOLs
    • Understand a vSAN iSCSI target
    • Explain vSAN and vVOL architectural components
    • Determine the role of storage providers in vSAN
    • Determine the role of storage providers in vVOLs
    • Explain vSAN failure domains functionality
    • Configure/Manage VMware vSAN
    • Create/Modify VMware Virtual Volumes (vVOLs)
    • Configure Storage Policies
    • Enable/Disable vSAN Fault Domains
    • Create Virtual Volumes given the workload and availability requirements
    • Collect vSAN Observer output
    • Create storage policies appropriate for given workloads and availability requirements
    • Configure vVOLs Protocol Endpoints
  • Objective 3.3 – Configure vSphere Storage Multipathing and Failover
    • Explain common multi-pathing components
    • Differentiate APD and PDL states
    • Compare and contrast Active Optimized vs. Active non-Optimized port group states
    • Explain features of Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA)
    • Understand the effects of a given claim rule on multipathing and failover
    • Explain the function of claim rule elements:
      • Vendor
      • Model
      • Device ID
      • SATP
      • PSP
    • Change the Path Selection Policy using the UI
    • Determine required claim rule elements to change the default PSP
    • Determine the effect of changing PSP on multipathing and failover
    • Determine the effects of changing SATP on relevant device behavior
    • Configure/Manage Storage load balancing
    • Differentiate available Storage load balancing options
    • Differentiate available Storage multipathing policies
    • Configure Storage Policies including vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness
    • Locate failover events in the UI
  • Objective 3.4 – Perform VMFS and NFS configurations and upgrades
    • Perform VMFS v5 and v6 configurations
    • Describe VAAI primitives for block devices and NAS
    • Differentiate VMware file system technologies
    • Migrate from VMFS5 to VMFS6
    • Differentiate Physical Mode RDMs and Virtual Mode RDMs
    • Create a Virtual/Physical Mode RDM
    • Differentiate NFS 3.x and 4.1 capabilities
    • Compare and contrast VMFS and NFS datastore properties
    • Configure Bus Sharing
    • Configure Multi-writer locking
    • Connect an NFS 4.1 datastore using Kerberos
    • Create/Rename/Delete/Unmount VMFS datastores
    • Mount/Unmount an NFS datastore
    • Extend/Expand VMFS datastores
    • Place a VMFS datastore in Maintenance Mode
    • Select the Preferred Path/Disable a Path to a VMFS datastore
    • Enable/Disable vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI)
    • Determine a proper use case for multiple VMFS/NFS datastores
  • Objective 3.5 – Set up and Configure Storage I/O Control (SIOC)
    • Describe the benefits of SIOC
    • Enable and configure SIOC
    • Configure/Manage SIOC
    • Monitor SIOC
    • Differentiate between SIOC and Dynamic Queue Depth Throttling features
    • Determine a proper use case for SIOC
    • Compare and contrast the effects of I/O contention in environments with and without SIOC
    • Understand SIOC metrics for Datastore Clusters and Storage DRS



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