VCAP5-DCA Objective 2.1 – Implement and Manage Complex Networking



  • Configure SNMP
  • Determine use cases for and applying VMware DirectPath I/O
  • Migrate a vSS network to a Hybrid or Full vDS solution
  • Configure vSS and vDS settings using command line tools
  • Analyze command line output to identify vSS and vDS configuration details
  • Configure NetFlow
  • Determine appropriate discovery protocol
  • CDP
  • LLDP

UPDATE: 2012-07-03

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Mindmapping the ESXCLI command


UPDATE: 2013-12-01

One of the most interesting vSphere CLI commands is ESXCLI. In fact ESXCLI is a complete set of commands. With the vSphere 5 edition of ESXCLI many new features were introduced.

ESXCLI is available in various forms:

  • On a ESXI server in the shell
  • In the vSphere CLI package, available for Windows and Linux
  • As part of the commands in the vMA
  • Even the vSphere PowerCLI has a Get-EsxCli cmdlet

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VCAP5-DCA Objective 1.3 – Configure and manage complex multipathing and PSA plugins



  • Install and Configure PSA plug-ins
  • Understand different multipathing policy functionalities
  • Perform command line configuration of multipathing options
  • Change a multipath policy
  • Configure Software iSCSI port binding

Install and Configure PSA plug-ins

Official Documentation:
vSphere Storage Guide
, Chapter 17, “Understanding Multipathing and Failover , page 153.

Starting from page 158, the vSphere Storage guide presents a very clear explanation on the pluggable Storage Architecture. Some highlights.

Figure 1 – Graphic provided by VMware

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VCAP5-DCA Objective 1.2 – Manage storage capacity in a vSphere environment



  • Apply space utilization data to manage storage resources
  • Provision and manage storage resources according to Virtual Machine requirements
  • Understand interactions between virtual storage provisioning and physical storage provisioning
  • Apply VMware storage best practices
  • Configure Datastore Alarms
  • Analyze Datastore Alarms and errors to determine space availability
  • Configure Datastore Clusters

Last update: 14-06-2012

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VCAP5-DCA Objective 1.1 – Implement and Manage complex storage



  • Determine use cases for and configure VMware DirectPath I/O
  • Determine requirements for and configure NPIV
  • Determine appropriate RAID level for various Virtual Machine workloads
  • Apply VMware storage best practices
  • Understand use cases for Raw Device Mapping
  • Configure vCenter Server storage filters
  • Understand and apply VMFS resignaturing
  • Understand and apply LUN masking using PSA‐related commands
  • Analyze I/O workloads to determine storage performance requirements
  • Identify and tag SSD devices
  • Administer hardware acceleration for VAAI
  • Configure and administer profile-based storage
  • Prepare storage for maintenance (mounting/un-mounting)
  • Upgrade VMware storage infrastructure

Last update 16-09-2012
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