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VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage Certification Training – An Overview

VMware vCloud Director, released on 2 July 2019, provides the role-based access to a Web console allowing the members to interact with the organization's resources to create and work over the virtual machines and vApps. The vCloud Director system administrator creates an organization, assigns its resources, provides the URLs to access the Web console, sets the policies. Non-administrator users are required to log in and to create, use, and manage vApps and virtual machines.

We at Microtek Learning conduct virtual instructor led training for VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage certification course updated from VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage 8.20 (VMvCDICM-8.20).  The five days training is focused to deliver deep insights and hands-on experience for installing, configuring, and managing VMware vCloud Director®


Learning scope of VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage Course Training:

  • vCloud Director deployment

  • Using vCloud Director to satisfy service provider needs

  • vCloud Director organizations and vApps to satisfy business needs

  • vCloud Director catalogs

  • Transferring virtual machine workloads from VMware vSphere® into and out of vCloud Director

  • Networking for organizations and vApps with the help of NSX

  • NSX to create hybrid cloud connectivity between public and private clouds

  • Different customer on-boarding scenarios involving vCloud Director

  • Integration with vCloud Availability for vCloud Director

  • vCloud Director Extender for hybrid cloud setup and onboarding

Target Audience for VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage Exam Training:  

Cloud architects, data center administrators, cloud administrators and systems engineers etc with experience in managed services environment must have this globally recognized course for excellent career advancement.  

Growth Prospects after VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage Certification:

  • Cloud systems engineers Cloud architects are the top trending job roles in the USA.   

  • VMware ranks among the top ten hot technology skills.

  • A research report on ‘multi-cloud management’ job market indicates that it is expected to increase up to almost $4.5 billion by 2022.

  • The data center administrators, cloud administrators and other data engineering professionals need to have the latest skills to succeed in a complex and challenging environment; VMware vCloud Director certification gives you that power.   


VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage Certification Course Outline

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions; Course Logistics; Course Objectives

2. Software-Defined Data Center

  • Evolution of the software-defined data center; Cloud computing overview

  • Characteristics & Categories of cloud services

  • VMware product stack for software-defined data center

3. vCloud Director Concepts

  • Explain vCloud Director concepts

  • Configure and manage provider VDCs

  • Identify storage, compute, and network resources for vCloud Director

  • Create and manage organizations; vCloud Director organization VDCs

4. Organization VDC

  • Organization VDC allocation models

  • Recognize resource allocations for an organization

  • Network types available in vCloud Director

  • Organization and vApp network traffic choices; functions of network pools

5. Virtual Machines and vApps

  • Discuss the use of virtual machines; Design and manage vApps

6. Catalog

  • Create and manage catalogs; Manage vApp templates

7. Users and Role-Based Access

  • Role-based access; Custom security roles

  • Configure LDAP integration with Active Directory; Single sign-on

  • Enable a SAML identity provider; Two-factor authentication

8. Advanced Networking

  • Integration of NSX edge services gateways with vCloud Director

  • Review routing with distributed logical router & edge services gateways with vCloud Director

  • Firewall management in vCloud Director with edge services gateways & distributed firewall

9. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Manage provider and organization VDCs

  • VMware vCenter Server instances; VMware ESXi™ hosts; vSphere data stores

  • Configure and manage resource pools at vSphere level

  • Usage of information at provider & organization VDCs

  • Analyze vCloud Director logs

  • Management of vCloud Director environments with VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ and VMware vRealize® Log Insight™

  • VMware vRealize® Business™ for cost management

 10. Customer Onboarding and Hybrid Cloud

  • Tenant layer 2 VPN access; SSL VPN access

  • Review options for external connectivity with VPN

  • Importing existing infrastructure managed by vCenter Server into vCloud Director

  • Using vCloud Director Extender for hybrid cloud setup & onboarding

11. vCloud Availability for vCloud Director

  • Prerequisites, Architecture & Implementation for vCloud Availability for vCloud Director

 12. vCloud Director Installation

  • vCloud Director network, hardware, and software requirements

  • vCloud Director setup overview; vCloud Director cell design

  • Install & configure vCloud Director database (Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle database, or PostgreSQL)  Create SSL certificates

  • Configure VMware NSX® Manager™ for a new vCloud Director installation

  • Install and configure an AMQP broker

  • Download & install the VMware public key

  • Setting up vCloud Director federation

13. vCloud Director API and Metadata

  • Tools to access the API of vCloud Director

  • REST API in VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™

  • Access to vCloud Director using VMware PowerCLI™

  • Creating and updating metadata on objects

14. vCloud Director Upgrade

  • vCloud Director upgrade overview; Upgrade prerequisites; the best practices

  • NSX requirements; Additional information


Prerequisite for VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage Certification Training:

The course needs you to complete following trainings besides having substantial knowledge of TCP/IP networking:

  • VMware vCloud Director: Fundamentals

  • VMware Virtual SAN: Fundamentals

  • VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage

FAQs for VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage

Q: When did vCloud Director came in to existence?   

The vCloud Director for Service Providers website released on 2nd July 2019.

Q: What is new in VMware vCloud Director

It updates the vCloud Director appliance base OS and vCloud Director open-source components. The list of new features includes HTML5 Tenant Portal Enhancements, Per-Tenant Branding Options, HTML5 Provider Portal Enhancements, Access to Dedicated Private vCenter Instances through a Tenant Portal, vCD Appliance Improvements, NSX Edge Placement Enhancements etc.

Q: What is the exam format for VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage certification?

 VMware vCloud Director Badge exam is a 60 items exam. The passing score is 300. You will get 105 minutes to complete the exam. You are entitled for automatic 30 minutes time extension if you are a non-native English speaker.

Q: Is VMware vCloud Director the latest and will I need recertification at the arrival of new update?

Yes, VMware vCloud Director is the latest up to August 2019. After February 5, 2019, VMware certifications don’t need a recertification essentially. However, recertifying by upgrading your certification will keep your skills brushed up to take competitive performance advantage. 

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