Section 3: Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage

Section 3 of the VCP6-DCV blueprint

Objective 3.1: Manage vSphere Storage Virtualization

  • Discover new storage LUNs
  • Configure FC/iSCSI/FCoE LUNs as ESXi boot devices
  • Create 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

  • Discover new storage LUNs
  • Configure FC/iSCSI/FCoE LUNs as ESXi boot devices
  • Create 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 3.3: Configure vSphere Storage Multi-pathing and Failover

  • Explain common multi-pathing components
  • Differentiate APD and PDL states
  • Given a scenario, 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 vExplain 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 Multi-pathing Policies
  • Configure Storage Policies
  • Locate failover events in the UI

Objective 3.4: Perform Advanced VMFS and NFS Configurations and Upgrades

  • Describe VAAI primitives for block devices and NAS
  • Differentiate VMware file system technologies
  • Upgrade VMFS3 to VMFS5
  • Compare functionality of newly created vs. upgraded VMFS5 datastores
  • 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)
  • Given a scenario, determine a proper use case for multiple VMFS/NFS datastores

Objective 3.5: Setup and Configure Storage I/O Control

  • Describe the benefits of SIOC
  • Enable and configure SIOC
  • Configure/Manage SIOC
  • Monitor SIOC
  • Differentiate between SIOC and Dynamic Queue Depth - Throttling features
  • Given a scenario, determine a proper use case for SIOC
  • Compare and contrast the effects of I/O contention in environments with and without SIOC

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