VMCFMO - VMware Cloud Foundation: Management and Operations

This three-day course includes instruction on the capabilities, including customization and management, and explains the architecture of VMware Cloud Foundation™. This course explains license management, certificate management, maintenance, and lifecycle management. The course covers workload domains, workload migration, availability, and troubleshooting and provides an overview of VMware vSAN™ and VMware NSX® implementation in VMware Cloud Foundation. This course provides live labs for hands-on experience of key course objectives and explains how to use and configure VMware Cloud Foundation 3.9.

Duration: 3.0 days

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By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
  • Describe VMware Cloud Foundation architecture
  • Use SDDC Manager to perform operational tasks
  • Describe user roles in VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware vSphere®
  • Manage users and passwords using VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Describe workload domains
  • Manage workload domains in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Manage vSAN storage in a workload domain
  • Implement NSX networking for the management domain and VI workload domains
  • Describe the importance of business continuity measures in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Plan appropriate backup-and-restore workflows for VMware Cloud Foundation components
  • Implement stretched clusters in VMware Cloud Foundation workload domains
  • Manage certificate rotation for VMware Cloud Foundation components
  • Plan workload migration from a legacy datacenter to your VMware Cloud Foundation instance
  • Describe VMware Cloud Foundation lifecycle management 
  • Troubleshoot VMware Cloud Foundation with appropriate tools 


1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives 

2. VMware Cloud Foundation Overview 

  • Describe the VMware Cloud Foundation solution
  • Describe VMware Cloud Foundation architecture
  • Identify VMware Cloud Foundation components
  • Describe VMware Cloud Foundation topology
  • Define VMware Cloud Foundation terminology 

3. Post-deployment Operations 

  • Integrate VMware Cloud Foundation with VMware vCenter® Single Sign-On
  • Manage user roles in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Manage passwords in VMware Cloud Foundation 

4. License Management

  • Use SDDC Manager to license managed components
  • Add, upgrade, and replace licenses in VMware Cloud Foundation 
  • Use SoS commands to add licenses 

5. Managing Workload Domains 

  • Define workload domains 
  • Create, scale, and delete workload domains
  • Describe use cases for multiple clusters in a workload domain
  • Manage storage options for workload domains
  • Plan and implement network pools for consumption by workload domains 

6. vSAN Management 

  • Identify vSAN architecture and components 
  • Describe vSAN requirements for the management domain and VI workload domains 
  • Discuss how to scale vSAN clusters in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Explain deduplication and compression in a vSAN cluster
  • Describe vSAN data-at-rest encryption 
  • Discuss the importance of driver/firmware compatibility 
  • Use vSAN Health to monitor vSAN clusters 

7. VMware Cloud Foundation Networking with NSX 

  • Describe network virtualization with NSX
  • Describe NSX Data Center for vSphere logical switching and routing 
  • Examine NSX Data Center for vSphere configuration in the management domain 
  • Define Application Virtual Networks (AVNs) 
  • Describe NSX-T Data Center deployment in VMware Cloud Foundation workload domains 
  • Describe data-plane preparation for NSX-T Data Center edge nodes for workload domains
  • Recognize Tier-0 and Tier-1 gateway topologies 

8. Availability and Business Continuity 

  • Configure availability options for management domains
  • Backup and restore VMware Cloud Foundation components 
  • Use vSAN storage policies to increase availability
  • Describe backup and restore for networking, VMware vCenter®, and NSX components. 
  • Define prerequisites for stretched clusters in VCF environments 
  • Configure stretched clusters using SOS commands 
  • Troubleshoot stretched cluster workflows 
  • Describe cross-site VMware vSphere® vMotion® and cross-site NSX 
  • Describe how to use VMware Site Recovery Manager™ to protect critical management components across regions 

9. Certificate Management

  • Discuss general certificate concepts
  • Describe the initial deployment state of certificates
  • Manage SDDC certificate rotation
  • Describe certificate creation options 
  • Describe certificate rotation using Active Directory
  • Use SDDC Manager to create CSRs

10 Workload Migration

  • Explain workload migration use cases
  • Describe workload migration methods 
  • Describe VLAN bridging using NSX 
  • Use VMware vSphere® Replication™ for workload migration 
  • Discuss VMware HCX® for workload migration from legacy datacenters and between public and private clouds 

11 Life Cycle Management 

  • Describe the role of SDDC Manager in lifecycle management 
  • Define upgrade bundle types
  • Discuss bundle download options
  • Describe the upgrade automation process and components 
  • Outline the upgrade workflow
  • Describe the role of VMware vRealize® Suite Lifecycle Manager™ 
  • Manage offline local depots 

12 Troubleshooting

  • Use SOS commands to perform health checks and log bundle operations. 
  • Create service requests using best practices 
  • Troubleshoot failed workflows 
  • Restart services using the correct procedures 
  • Use VMware vRealize® Log Insight™ capabilities


Experienced system administrators, system integrators, and consultants responsible for implementing and managing VMware Cloud Foundation 


This class requires system administration experience with VMware vSphere® deployments or completion of one of the following courses:
  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage 
  • VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale 



Course Benefits

  • Career growth
  • Broad Career opportunities
  • Worldwide recognition from leaders
  • Up-to Date technical skills
  • Popular Certification Badges

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