VMware vSphere on NetApp (VVNA)

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About this Course

This course covers the installation, configuration, and administration of an ESX/vSphere Server and focuses on optimal connectivity on NetApp Storage Systems using FCP, iSCSI, and NFS. Backup and Restore of VMware ESX/vSphere Server storage LUNs with ESX and NetApp are also covered, as is the planning and operation of VMware ESX Server and NetApp Storage Systems in a high availability scenario. Provides practical scenarios for implementing ESX/vSphere on NetApp utilizing utilities from both environments.

Audience Profile

  • Persons interested in understanding NetApp Storage System technologies and their integration with VMware’s ESX/vSphere environments
  • Those responsible for maintaining a constant virtualization infrastructure while communicating with NetApp storage
  • Storage administrators with working environments of virtualization or in the process of planning a virtual configuration

At Course Completion

Upon completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Give you a better understanding of how to deploy a virtualized infrastructure within a NetApp environment.
  • Provide a firm comprehension of VMware services, protocols and connectivity Utilize NetApp virtualization applications to ensure proper functionality and performance for virtual machines


  • Knowledge on NetApp Storage Systems, VMware Virtualization, Linux and Windows Servers.
  • Data ONTAP 7-Mode Administration (D7ADM)

Course Outline

  • Overview of the VMware virtualization concepts
  • Basic configuration of the VMware ESX Server and the VMs
  • Virtualization concepts for networking in VMware
  • Configuration and implementation of Standard and Distributed Virtual Switches within vSphere
  • NetApp networking best practices including VIFs and trunking concepts
  • Storage concepts and availability in vSphere NetApp environment
  • Planning, installation and configuration of FCP, NFS, and iSCSI in the VM Kernel
  • Overview and configuration of NetApp ESX/vSphere Host Utility Kit (HUK) for FCP & iSCS
  • I Configuration recommendations for VMs running in VMFS Datastores Best practices for vSphere deployment and intelligent caching using NetApp PAM cards
  • Backup scenarios including NetApp SnapDrive 2.6, Snap Manager for Virtual Infrastructure, SnapMirror, SnapVault, OSSV and MetroCluster.
  • Installation and configuration of NetApp Virtual Console for storage mining and collecting data
  • Rapid Cloning Utility for rapid VM deployment on NetApp storage
  • High availability scenarios
  • Monitoring and system management
  • Troubleshooting