30 days.


Before taking this course, students should take the following courses or have equivalent knowledge and experience:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage
  • VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage
  • VMware vSAN: Install, Configure, Manage

Skills Gained

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Plan a deployment for VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Understand VMware Cloud Foundation and supporting architecture
  • Configure VMware Cloud Foundation for VMware Cloud Connectivity
  • Understand the VMware Cloud Foundation subscription licensing model
  • Perform Day-Zero tasks
  • Perform VMware Cloud Foundation platform onboarding
  • Manage user credentials in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Configure NSX networking in VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Deploy and manage Workload Domains
  • Deploy vSphere with Tanzu on VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Understand and implement storage solutions and related policies
  • Perform maintenance tasks for the VMware Cloud Foundation platform
  • Manage certificates for VMware Cloud Foundation and connected technologies
  • Manage the lifecycle for VMware Cloud Foundation
  • Engage with VMware Cloud Foundation Technical Support

Who Can Benefit?

System architects and system administrators.

    Outline for VMware Cloud Foundation: Deploy, Configure, Manage [V5.0] - On Demand Training


    Course Introduction

    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

    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

    VMware Cloud Foundation+ and VMware Cloud Connectivity

    • Describe the VMware Cloud Foundation+™ architecture
    • Identify the pre-requisites for VCF+
    • Describe the VCF+ value added features
    • Describe subscription-based licensing parameters
    • Describe the subscription process
    • Describe the VMware Cloud Gateway™ functionality
    • Identify the VMware Cloud Gateway components
    • Describe the VMware Cloud Gateway architecture
    • Describe VMware Cloud Gateway connectivity to VMware Cloud
    • Describe the VMware Cloud platform
    • Describe the vSphere+ services used in VCF+
    • Demonstrate the capabilities of the cloud UI for VCF+

    Day Zero Tasks

    • Identify the requirements for deploying VMware Cloud Foundation
    • Describe the VMware Cloud Foundation bring-up process
    • Identify the information required for the Planning and Preparation Workbook
    • Complete the Deployment Parameter Workbook
    • Describe how VMware Cloud Builder™ automates the deployment process
    • Identify the configuration validation process performed by VMware Cloud Builder
    • Describe the deployment of the management domain

    Post-Deployment Operations

    • Complete the onboarding wizard
    • Understand VMware Cloud Foundation integration with VMware Single Sign-On
    • Configure user access to VMware Cloud Foundation
    • Describe the importance of user roles in vSphere
    • Configure identity sources for VMware Cloud Foundation
    • Perform the SDDC Manager backup and restore process
    • Identify steps in the NSX backup and restore process
    • Manage passwords in VMware Cloud Foundation
    • Explain the importance of using VMware Cloud Foundation to manage passwords for vSphere components
    • Manage and secure a primary password list
    • Describe the process for rotating passwords not managed by VMware Cloud Foundation

    VMware Cloud Foundation Networking with NSX

    • Describe network virtualization with NSX
    • Recognize NSX operational planes
    • Identify NSX components
    • Describe logical switching
    • Describe NSX Data Center deployment in VMware Cloud Foundation
    • Explain how logical routing works in NSX
    • Identify VMware NSX® Edge™ functions
    • Describe data plane preparation for NSX Edge nodes in a workload domain
    • Recognize tier-0 and tier-1 gateway topologies
    • Define application virtual networks
    • Describe management domain rack options
    • List NSX Edge cluster requirements for vSphere with Tanzu
    • Discuss NSX Edge cluster placement considerations

    Managing Workload Domains

    • Define workload domains
    • List the types of workload domains
    • State scale limits for workload domains
    • Identify use cases for multiple clusters in a workload domain
    • Define network pools
    • Size network pools
    • Create network pools
    • Commission hosts
    • Identify workload domain prerequisites
    • Create a workload domain
    • Scale a workload domain
    • Delete a workload domain
    • Decommission hosts
    • Describe distinctive design decisions for VMware Cloud Foundation components

    vSphere with Tanzu in VMware Cloud Foundation

    • Explain vSphere with Tanzu
    • Define the role of Spherelet
    • Describe the supervisor cluster control plane
    • Define vSphere with Tanzu namespaces
    • Describe the role of NSX networking components
    • Discuss vSphere with Tanzu networking topology
    • Describe control plane VM management networking requirements
    • Plan appropriate IP address CIDR ranges for pod, ingress, and egress networking
    • Describe prerequisites for vSphere with Tanzu cluster compatibility
    • Deploy VMware vSphere® Add-on for Kubernetes
    • Create a vSphere namespace
    • Configure limits and permissions for a vSphere namespace

    VMware Cloud Foundation Storage Management

    • Identify storage use cases in VMware Cloud Foundation
    • Determine the most appropriate storage option for a workload domain
    • Describe different vSphere-native storage design options
    • Identify VMware vSAN architecture and components
    • Describe vSAN requirements for the management and workload domains
    • Define deduplication and compression
    • Discuss how to scale vSAN clusters in VMware Cloud Foundation
    • Explain how storage policies work with VMware Cloud Foundation vSAN clusters
    • Configure storage policies for vSAN
    • Explain storage policy failure tolerance rules
    • Identify a virtual machine storage policy compliance status

    Availability and Business Continuity

    • Recognize the importance of external service availability
    • Describe native vSphere availability options
    • Identify stretched cluster use cases
    • Identify stretched cluster components
    • Recognize stretched cluster requirements in VMware Cloud Foundation
    • Prepare and deploy a vSAN stretched cluster using APIs

    VMware Cloud Foundation Certificate Management

    • Learn basics of public key infrastructure (PKI)
    • Describe the purpose of certificate signing requests (CSRs)
    • Describe the use of subject alternative names (SAN)
    • Describe available options in SDDC Manager for certificate authorities
    • View certificates
    • Generate a CSR
    • Replace and install certificates for VMware Cloud Foundation components
    • Know the available CA options in SDDC Manager
    • Configure the Microsoft CA server
    • Add OpenSSL CA in SDDC Manager
    • Install certificates issued by Microsoft, OpenSSL, and third-party certificate authorities

    VMware Cloud Foundation Lifecycle Management

    • Describe VMware Cloud Foundation Life Cycle Management
    • List the products you can upgrade using VMware Cloud Foundation Lifecycle management
    • Use online and offline bundle downloads using VMware Cloud Foundation Lifecycle management
    • Understand the role of vSphere Lifecycle Management in VMware Cloud Foundation
    • Understand vSphere Lifecycle Manager baseline-based and image-based clusters
    • Understand how and when to use cluster images
    • Describe the importance of Hardware Support Managers
    • Describe the upgrade prerequisites
    • Outline the upgrade precheck process
    • Describe the order of upgrade for VMware Cloud Foundation components
    • Upgrade VMware Cloud Foundation software and components

    VMware Cloud Foundation Troubleshooting

    • Use the SoS command-line tool to create log bundles, perform health checks, and check password validity
    • List VMware Cloud Foundation services
    • Identify VMware Cloud Foundation log files
    • Use token IDs to troubleshoot failed workflows

    Product Alignment

    • VMware Cloud Foundation 5.0
    • VMware vSphere 8.0
    • VMware NSX 4
    • vSphere with Tanzu