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vSphere 6 Foundations Exam Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-620)


vSphere 6 Foundations Exam Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-620) presents you with an organized test-preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. “Do I Know This Already?” quizzes open each chapter and enable you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly.

·         Master VMware vSphere 6 Foundations Exam topics

·         Assess your knowledge with chapter-opening quizzes

·         Review key concepts with exam-preparation tasks

·         Practice with realistic exam questions


vSphere 6 Foundations Exam Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-620) focuses specifically on the objectives for the vSphere 6 Foundations (#2V0-620) Exam. Leading VMware consultant and trainer Bill Ferguson shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

The companion website contains a powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Test engine that enables you to focus on individual topic areas or take a complete, timed exam. The assessment engine tracks your performance and provides feedback on a module-by-module basis, laying out a complete assessment of your knowledge to help you focus your study where it is needed most.

Well regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, comprehensive design scenarios, and challenging review questions and exercises, this official study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.


vSphere 6 Foundations Exam Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-620) is part of a recommended learning path from VMware that includes simulation and hands-on training from authorized VMware instructors and self-study products from VMware Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered worldwide, please visit www.vmware.com/training.

The official study guide helps you master all the topics on the vSphere 6 Foundations Exam (#2V0-620), including

·         Identifying vSphere architecture and solutions for a given use case

·         Installing and configuring vCenter Server and ESXi

·         Configuring vSphere networking, including vSS, vDS, and their features

·         Configuring vSphere storage

·         Deploying and administering virtual machines, VM clones, templates, and vApps

·         Establishing and maintaining availability and resource management features, including clusters, fault tolerance, and resource pools

·         Troubleshooting ESXi, vCenter Server, vCenter operations, VM operations, and basic misconfigurations

·         Monitoring a vSphere implementation, including ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines

·         Installing, configuring, and managing vCenter Operations Manager

Table of Contents

  1. About This E-Book
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents at a Glance
  5. Table of Contents
  6. About the Author
  7. Dedications
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. We Want to Hear from You!
  10. Reader Services
  11. About This Book
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. Goals and Methods
    3. How to Use This Book
    4. Certification Exam and This Preparation Guide
    5. Book Content Updates
    6. Companion Website
    7. Pearson IT Certification Practice Test Engine and Questions
      1. Install the Software
      2. Activate and Download the Practice Exam
      3. Activating Other Exams
      4. Assessing Exam Readiness
      5. Premium Edition eBook and Practice Tests
  12. Chapter 1. Identifying vSphere Architecture and Solutions
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Identifying and Explaining vSphere Editions and Features
      2. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  13. Chapter 2. Installing and Configuring vCenter Server
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. vCenter Server and vCenter Database Requirements
      2. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  14. Chapter 3. Installing and Configuring ESXi
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. ESXi Host Requirements
      2. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  15. Chapter 4. Configuring vSphere Standard Switches
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. vSphere Standard Switch (vSS) Capabilities
      2. Creating/Deleting a vSphere Standard Switch
      3. Adding/Editing/Removing vmnics on a vSphere Standard Switch
      4. Configuring VMkernel Ports for Network Services
      5. Adding/Configuring/Removing Port Groups on a vSphere Standard Switch
      6. Determining Use Cases for a vSphere Standard Switch
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  16. Chapter 5. Configuring vSphere Distributed Switches
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. vSphere Distributed Switch Capabilities
      2. Creating/Deleting a vSphere Distributed Switch
      3. Adding/Removing ESXi Hosts from a vSphere Distributed Switch
      4. Adding/Configuring/Removing dvPort Groups
      5. Adding/Removing Uplink Adapters to dvUplink Groups
      6. Creating/Configuring/Removing Virtual Adapters
      7. Migrating Virtual Adapters to/from a vSphere Standard Switch
      8. Migrating Virtual Machines to/from a vSphere Standard Switch
      9. Configuring LACP on Uplink Port Groups
      10. Determining Use Cases for a vSphere Distributed Switch
      11. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  17. Chapter 6. Configuring vSS and vDS Features
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Common vSS and vDS Policies
      2. Configuring dvPort Group Blocking Policies
      3. Configuring Load Balancing and Failover Policies
      4. Configuring VLAN and PVLAN Settings
      5. Configuring Traffic Shaping Policies
      6. Enabling TCP Segmentation Offload Support for a Virtual Machine
      7. Enabling Jumbo Frames Support on Appropriate Components
      8. Determining Appropriate VLAN Configuration for a vSphere Implementation
      9. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  18. Chapter 7. Connecting Shared Storage Devices to vSphere
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Storage Adapters and Devices
      2. Storage Naming Conventions
      3. Hardware/Dependent Hardware/Software iSCSI Initiators
      4. Zoning and LUN Masking
      5. Creating an NFS Share for Use with vSphere
      6. Configuring and Editing Hardware and Dependent Hardware Initiators
      7. Configuring and Editing Software Initiator Settings
      8. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  19. Chapter 8. Configuring Software-Defined Storage
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Benefits of NFS 4.1
      2. Virtual SAN Hardware Requirements
      3. Virtual SAN Network Requirements
      4. Use Cases for VSAN Configurations
      5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Volumes (VVOLs)
      6. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  20. Chapter 9. Creating and Configuring VMFS and NFS Datastores
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Supported NFS Versions
      2. Configuring NFS Storage for vmdk Formatting
      3. Configuring Storage Multipathing (SAN)
      4. Determining VMFS Requirements
      5. Configuring and Managing VMFS Extents
      6. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  21. Chapter 10. Creating and Deploying Virtual Machines
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Capabilities of Virtual Machine Hardware Versions
      2. Methods to Access and Use Virtual Machine Console
      3. Virtual Machine Clones and Templates
      4. Virtual Machine Requirements for DirectPath I/O Passthrough
      5. Configuring and Deploying a Guest OS into a New Virtual Machine
      6. Configuring/Modifying Virtual CPU and Memory Resources
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  22. Chapter 11. Creating and Deploying vApps
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. vApp Requirements
      2. Creating/Cloning/Exporting a vApp
      3. Adding Objects to an Existing vApp
      4. Configuring and Editing vApp Settings
      5. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  23. Chapter 12. Managing Virtual Machine Clones and Templates
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Cloning and Template Options
      2. Configuring Virtual Machine Options
      3. Adding/Removing Virtual Machines
      4. Creating a Template from an Existing Virtual Machine
      5. Deploying a Virtual Machine from a Template
      6. Updating Existing Virtual Machine Templates
      7. Configuring CPU and Memory Reservations and Shares
      8. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  24. Chapter 13. Administering Virtual Machines and vApps
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Files Used by Virtual Machines
      2. Locations for Virtual Machine Configuration Files and Virtual Disks
      3. Common Practices for Securing Virtual Machines
      4. Configuring IP Pools
      5. Configuring and Managing a Content Library
      6. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  25. Chapter 14. Creating and Configuring VMware Clusters
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. DRS Virtual Machine Entitlement
      2. Creating/Deleting a DRS/HA Cluster
      3. Adding/Removing ESXi Hosts
      4. Adding or Removing Virtual Machines
      5. Configuring Storage DRS
      6. Configuring VM Component Protection
      7. Configuring Migration Thresholds for DRS and Virtual Machines
      8. Configuring Admission Control for HA and Virtual Machines
      9. Determining Appropriate Failover Methodology and Required Resources for HA
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  26. Chapter 15. Planning and Implementing VMware Fault Tolerance
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. VMware Fault Tolerance Requirements
      2. Configuring VMware Fault Tolerance Networking
      3. Enabling/Disabling VMware Fault Tolerance on a Virtual Machine
      4. Testing an FT Configuration
      5. Determining Use Case for Enabling VMware Fault Tolerance on a Virtual Machine
      6. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  27. Chapter 16. Creating and Administering Resource Pools
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Resource Pool Hierarchies
      2. vFlash Architecture
      3. Creating/Removing a Resource Pool
      4. Configuring Resource Pool Attributes
      5. Adding/Removing Virtual Machines from a Resource Pool
      6. Creating and Deleting a vFlash Resource Pool
      7. Determining Resource Pool Requirements for a Given vSphere Implementation
      8. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  28. Chapter 17. Migrating Virtual Machines
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. ESXi Host and Virtual Machine Requirements for vMotion and Storage vMotion
      2. Enhanced vMotion Compatibility CPU Requirements
      3. Long-Distance vMotion
      4. Snapshot Requirements for vMotion/Storage vMotion Migration
      5. Migrating Virtual Machines Using vMotion/Storage vMotion
      6. Migrating a Powered-Off or Suspended Virtual Machine
      7. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  29. Chapter 18. Backing Up and Restoring Virtual Machines
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Snapshot Requirements
      2. VMware Data Protection Requirements and Sizing Guidelines
      3. VMware Data Protection Version Offerings
      4. vSphere Replication Architecture
      5. Creating/Deleting/Consolidating Virtual Machine Snapshots
      6. Installing and Configuring VMware Data Protection
      7. Creating a Backup Job with VMware Data Protection
      8. Installing, Configuring, and Upgrading vSphere Replication
      9. Configuring Replication for Single/Multiple VMs
      10. Recovering a VM Using vSphere Replication
      11. Performing a Failback Operation Using vSphere Replication
      12. Determining an Appropriate Backup Solution for a Given vSphere Implementation
      13. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  30. Chapter 19. Updating ESXi and Virtual Machines
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Patching Requirements for ESXi Hosts and Virtual Machine Hardware/Tools
      2. Creating/Editing/Removing a Host Profile from an ESXi Host
      3. Importing/Exporting a Host Profile
      4. Attaching/Applying a Host Profile to an ESXi Host or Cluster
      5. Performing Compliance Scanning and Remediation of an ESXi Host Using Host Profiles
      6. Installing and Configuring vCenter Update Manager
      7. Configuring Patch Download Options
      8. Creating/Editing/Deleting an Update Manager Baseline
      9. Attaching an Update Manager Baseline to an ESXi Host or Cluster
      10. Scanning and Remediating ESXi Hosts and Virtual Machine Hardware/Tools Using Update Manager or Staging for Later
      11. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  31. Chapter 20. Performing Basic Troubleshooting of ESXi and vCenter Server
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. ESXi Host Troubleshooting Guidelines
      2. vCenter Troubleshooting Guidelines
      3. Troubleshooting Common Installation Issues
      4. Monitoring ESXi System Health
      5. Exporting Diagnostic Information
      6. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  32. Chapter 21. Performing Basic Troubleshooting of ESXi and vCenter Server Operations
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Verifying Network Configuration
      2. Troubleshooting Common Storage Issues
      3. Troubleshooting Common VM Issues
      4. Verifying Correct Network Resources
      5. Troubleshooting Virtual Switch and Port Group Configuration Issues
      6. Troubleshooting Physical Network Adapter Configuration Issues
      7. Identifying and Detecting Common Knowledge Base Article Solutions
      8. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  33. Chapter 22. Performing Basic Troubleshooting of Virtual Machine Operations
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Troubleshooting Virtual Machine Resource Contention Issues
      2. Troubleshooting Storage Overcommitment Issues
      3. Troubleshooting iSCSI Software Initiator Configuration Issues
      4. Fault Tolerant VM Network Latency Issues
      5. Troubleshooting VMware Tools Installation Issues
      6. Troubleshooting VM States
      7. Virtual Machine Constraints
      8. Identifying the Root Cause of a Storage Issue
      9. Identifying Common Virtual Machine Boot Disk Errors
      10. Setting and Managing Settings in the vSphere Web Client
      11. Correcting Common Warnings and Alerts Within the vSphere Web Client
      12. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  34. Chapter 23. Monitoring ESXi, vCenter Server, and Virtual Machines
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Viewing Tasks and Events in vCenter
      2. Critical Performance Metrics
      3. Common Memory Metrics
      4. Common CPU Metrics
      5. Common Network Metrics
      6. Common Storage Metrics
      7. Comparing and Contrasting Overview and Advanced Charts
      8. Configuring SNMP for vCenter Server
      9. Configuring Active Directory and SMTP Settings for vCenter Server
      10. Configuring vCenter Server Logging Options
      11. Creating a Log Bundle
      12. Creating/Editing/Deleting a Scheduled Task
      13. Configuring/Viewing/Printing/Exporting Resource Maps
      14. Starting/Stopping/Verifying vCenter Service Status
      15. Starting/Stopping/Verifying ESXi Host Agent Status
      16. Configuring vCenter Server Timeout Settings
      17. Monitoring/Administering vCenter Server Connections
      18. Creating an Advanced Chart
      19. Determining Host Performance Using Guest Performance Monitor
      20. Given Performance Data, Identify the Affected vSphere Resource
      21. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  35. Chapter 24. Creating and Administering vCenter Server Alarms
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. vCenter Server Default Utilization Alarms
      2. vCenter Server Default Connectivity Alarms
      3. Actions for Utilization and Connectivity Alarms
      4. Creating a vCenter Utilization Alarm
      5. Creating a vCenter Connectivity Alarm
      6. Configuring Alarm Triggers
      7. Configuring Alarm Actions
      8. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  36. Chapter 25. Installing and Administering vRealize Operations Manager
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
    2. Foundation Topics
      1. Differentiating Between Major/Minor vROPs Badges
      2. vROPs Architecture
      3. Deploying and Configuring a vROPs Appliance
      4. Upgrading vROPs
      5. Understanding Metrics Used by Major/Minor vROPs Badges
      6. Monitoring Your vSphere Environment
      7. Summary
    3. Exam Preparation Tasks
      1. Review All the Key Topics
    4. Review Questions
  37. Chapter 26. Final Preparation
    1. Getting Ready
    2. Taking the Exam
    3. Tools for Final Preparation
      1. Review Tools on the Companion Website
      2. Pearson Cert Practice Test Engine and Questions
      3. Using the Exam Engine
  38. Appendix A. Answers to the “Do I Know This Already”? Quizzes and Chapter Review Questions
    1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
      9. Chapter 9
      10. Chapter 10
      11. Chapter 11
      12. Chapter 12
      13. Chapter 13
      14. Chapter 14
      15. Chapter 15
      16. Chapter 16
      17. Chapter 17
      18. Chapter 18
      19. Chapter 19
      20. Chapter 20
      21. Chapter 21
      22. Chapter 22
      23. Chapter 23
      24. Chapter 24
      25. Chapter 25
    2. Chapter Review Questions
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
      9. Chapter 9
      10. Chapter 10
      11. Chapter 11
      12. Chapter 12
      13. Chapter 13
      14. Chapter 14
      15. Chapter 15
      16. Chapter 16
      17. Chapter 17
      18. Chapter 18
      19. Chapter 19
      20. Chapter 20
      21. Chapter 21
      22. Chapter 22
      23. Chapter 23
      24. Chapter 24
      25. Chapter 25
  39. Index
  40. Where are the companion content files?
  41. Inside Front Cover
  42. Inside Back Cover