This quick reference page provides a summary of the specifications of this topology.
For the implementation of the VMware vSphere O&S Pod for v6.0 it is necessary to request virtual machine templates from CSSIA. Using these templates will simplify your setup, since the virtual machines will be pre-configured.
Please be aware of the robust server requirements that are necessary in order to run nested virtual machines. Review the virtual machine server recommendations.
VMware vSphere O&S Pod v6.0
In the NETLAB+ pod design for the VMware IT Academy vSphere (O&S) course, all lab components are 100% virtualized (i.e. ESXi-in-ESXi) to achieve a high pod to physical host ratio, at a significantly lower cost point relative to traditional delivery of vSphere O&S. Using virtualization and the sharing and scheduling capabilities of NETLAB+, each student (or team of students) has access to their own set of virtual equipment, which they may maintain exclusive use of throughout the course.
NETLAB+'s use of virtualized lab components results in a significant cost reduction by allowing several pods to run simultaneously on one physical server (final ratio to be determined). This cost reduction can open up the possibility of participating in the VMware IT Academy Program for many organizations who would be unable to afford it otherwise.
The VMware vSphere O&S 6 course will consume 78.5 GB of storage per each master pod instance. Details of the storage requirements for each of the lab virtual machines in the pod are provided in the table below. Some fluctuation in the numbers may occur.
|Virtual Machine||Role||Initial Master Pod
|esxi-1||Virtualized ESXi server||5GB|
|esxi-2||Virtualized ESXi server||0.5GB|
|san||Virtualized Storage Area Network server||36GB|
|vcenter-1||A virtual Microsoft Windows Server that runs an instance of VMware vCenter server||13GB|
The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) provides virtual machine templates to install on the pod.
To request access to the preconfigured virtual machine templates from CSSIA: