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VMware vSphere: Configure and Manage Networking

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Learn how to set up a vSphere network with ESXi components, VMkernel, and vSphere standard switches. Explore virtual neterwork configuration and more.

vSphere is a leading virtualization platform. Knowing how to configure a virtual network with vSphere is an important skill for any VMware administrator. Join Brandon Neill in this course for an overview of vSphere networking, covering the basic concepts of virtualized networking, VMkernel networking, and vSphere standard switches. Along the way, Brandon touches on ESXi components, vSphere traffic shaping, network interface controllers (NICs), and virtual network security.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know
1. ESXi Networking Components
  • Networking basics
  • The virtual switch
  • Connect VNICs
  • Connect physical NICs
2. vSphere Standard Switches
  • Create a vSwitch and portgroup
  • Configure MTU and VLANs
  • Configure security policy
  • Configure traffic shaping
  • Configure NIC teaming and failover
  • Understand NIC teaming options
  • Configure CDP
  • Get performance data from the web client
  • Get performance data from esxtop
3. VMkernel Networking
  • How the ESXI host communicates
  • Configure VMkernel Interfaces
  • Manage routing and TCP/IP stacks
  • Configure routing and TCP/IP stacks
  • Configure VMkernel firewall and services
  • Best practices
  • What's next?

Taught by

Brandon Neill

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