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VMware vSphere: Troubleshoot a Deployment

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Learn how to identify and troubleshoot issues that occur within a VMware vSphere virtualized environment.

System admins who have a background in vSphere know that setup and configuration is just the beginning. Beyond that is deployment, implementation, and troubleshooting. This course covers troubleshooting vSphere and deploying virtual machines and resources. Learn how to troubleshoot issues related to virtual machine performance, virtual networking, and shared storage. Get techniques you can use for working with vCenter, virtual machines, ESXi, clusters, and more. This course is an exam preparation resource, as it maps to the VCP6-DCV exam section: Troubleshoot a vSphere Deployment.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
1. Performance Troubleshooting
  • Free labs from
  • Use vRealize badges and alerts
  • CPU and memory contention, part 1
  • CPU and memory contention, part 2
  • CPU and memory contention, part 3
  • Shares, limits, and reservations
  • Introduction to the lab environment
  • Performance charts and metrics
  • Using esxtop
2. Troubleshooting vCenter and VMs
  • Monitor windows vCenter services
  • vCenter database maintenance
  • vCenter logs
  • SSO troubleshooting
  • VMware tools installation
  • vCenter server connectivity
3. Troubleshooting ESXi
  • ESXi management agents
  • Gather ESXi diagnostics
  • Monitor ESXi host health
  • Work with log files
4. Troubleshooting Networks
  • Troubleshoot network resource contention
  • Verify network configuration
  • Create a vSphere distrbuted switch
  • NIOC configuration
  • PVLAN configuration issues
5. Troubleshooting Storage
  • Troubleshoot storage resource contention
  • Verify storage configuration
  • VM storage resource settings
  • Monitor storage DRS
  • VOMA metadata analyzer
6. Troubleshooting Upgrades
  • Common upgrade issues
  • ESXi host upgrade alternatives
  • vCenter logging options
7. Cluster Troubleshooting
  • DRS load balancing
  • Cluster configuration
  • HA network configuration, part 1
  • HA network configuration, part 2
  • vMotion troubleshooting
  • Next steps

Taught by

Rick Crisci


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