VMware Specialist: VMware vSAN 6.x Study Guide

This will be central my page for resources whilst studying for the the VMware Specialist: vSAN 6.x Digital Badge.

Exam Blueprint

The official VMware blueprint can be found here.  Unfortunately the official blueprint does not provide a lower level of detail that the objectives.

Section 1- Storage Fundamentals

  • Objective 1.1 – Identify storage device characteristics
  • Objective 1.2 – Identify storage performance factors

Section 2 – VSAN Fundamentals

Section 3 – vSAN Configuration

  • Objective 3.1 – Identify physical network requirements
  • Objective 3.2 – Configure vSAN networking
  • Objective 3.3 – Configure a vSAN cluster
  • Objective 3.4 – Create and manage disk groups
  • Objective 3.5 – Validate a vSAN configuration

Section 4 – vSAN Policies and Virtual Machines

  • Objective 4.1 – Explain how storage policies work
  • Objective 4.2 – Create and manage storage policies
  • Objective 4.3 – Explain how storage policies are applied to virtual machines
  • Objective 4.4 – Check storage policy compliance
  • Objective 4.5 – Describe vsanSparse snapshots

Section 5 – Managing and Operating vSAN

  • Objective 5.1 – Configure vSAN encryption
  • Objective 5.2 – Understand various failure events and how vSAN responds
  • Objective 5.3 – Describe maintenance mode options
  • Objective 5.4 – Manage hardware replacement
  • Objective 5.5 – Describe iSCSI Target service

Section 6 – Stretched Clusters and Two-Node Clusters

  • Objective 6.1 – Describe a stretched cluster architecture
  • Objective 6.2 – Create a stretched cluster
  • Objective 6.3 – Understand data placement in a stretched cluster
  • Objective 6.4 – Describe the two-node cluster architecture

Section 7 – Monitoring and Troubleshooting vSAN

  • Objective 7.1 – Understand hardware failure scenarios
  • Objective 7.2 – Interpret vSAN Health in the vSphere Web Client
  • Objective 7.3 – Access performance information in the UI and using CLI
  • Objective 7.4 – Access capacity management information

Section 8 – Interoperability with vSphere Features

  • Objective 8.1 – Identify vSphere features that work with vSAN
  • Objective 8.2 – Understand vSAN compatibility with SRM
  • Objective 8.3 – Describe 3rd-party solution integration with vSAN
  • Objective 8.4 – Understand vSAN compatibility with Horizon

Section 9 – Designing a vSAN Deployment

  • Objective 9.1 – Understand vSAN design considerations
  • Objective 9.2 – Understand vSAN cache tier sizing
  • Objective 9.3 – Design a vSAN cluster
  • Objective 9.4 – Identify vSAN design and sizing tools

Official Documentation:

Official Courses:

Hands on Labs (HOL):

The following VMware HOL are available for VSAN:

  • HOL-1708-SDC-1 – Virtual SAN 6.2 from A to Z
  • HOL-1708-SDC-2 – Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy Based Management
  • HOL-1708-CHG-3 – Virtual SAN 6.2: Challenge Lab
  • HOL-1731-SDC-1 – vSAN v6.5: What’s New
  • HOL-1731-SDC-2 – vSAN v6.5 Advanced: Operations
  • HOL-1808-01-HCI – vSAN v6.6 – Getting Started
  • HOL-1808-02-CHG – vSAN v6.6 – Challenge Lab
  • HOL-1845-01-SLN – Modernize Infrastructure – Build Your Own SDDC

Community Resources: