Connecting ESXi 6 to Network Attached Storage - NAS / NFS

Leveraging File Shares to help scale up storage in an ESXi 6 environment. | taught by Larry Karnis

Course description

File shares are the lowest cost way to connect ESXi 6 to shared storage. In this course, we'll see both the benefits and the mechanics of connecting ESXi 6 to NAS / NFS shared storage.

In this course you will learn the:

  • Benefits of using Shared Storage
  • Shared Storage option supported by ESXi 6.0
  • Configuration requirements for any server publishing shared storage for ESXi 6 use
  • Best practices for security and performance when connecting ESXi 6 to shared storage
  • Features and limitations of shared storage use

By the end of this course you will understand and know how to connect your ESXi 6 host to shared storage according to best practices.

Larry Karnis
Larry Karnis
VMware Certified Professional - Author, Consultant, Lecturer

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About Me

I am an Information Technology consultant / trainer with over 30 years of experience in system administration, networking, security, infrastructure and security.

I worked for 10 years as a UNIX programmer / consultant before moving to Linux in 1995. I started working with VMware products in 2001 and decided to focus exclusively on VMware in 2004. I earned my first VMware Certified Professional (VCP) designation on ESX 2.0 in 2004 (VCP #: 993). I have also earned VCP in ESX 3, and in vSphere 4 and 5.

My VMware Work Experience

  • I have been providing VMware consulting and training for more than 14 years. I have lead literally hundreds of classes and taught thousands of people how to use VMware. I teach both introductory and advanced VMware classes.
  • I worked for VMware as a senior contract VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) and consultant for almost 5 years. One of my regular duties was to help mentor new VCI's - helping them prepare for and successfully deliver vSphere classes.
  • After leaving VMware, I launched my own training business focused on VMware virtualization in 2008. In 2013, VMware called me back to help them ramp up support services for the upcoming vSphere 5.1 product launch.
  • Prior to VMware, I worked as a contract consultant / trainer for RedHat (I hold RHCE, RHCI and RHCX), Global Knowledge, Learning Tree and many other training and consulting companies.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Math) from the University of Toronto, Canada. 

I also hold numerous industry certifications including VMware Certified Professional on VMware Infrastructure 2 & 3 and vSphere 4 & 5 (ret.), VMware Certified Instructor (ret.), RedHat Certified Engineer (RHCE), RedHat Certified Instructor (RHCI) and RedHat Certified Examiner (RHCX) as well as certifications from LPI, HP, SCO and others.

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Larry Karnis

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Course Curriculum

Connecting ESXi 6 to Network Attached Storage - NAS / NFS
Network Attached Storage - Network File System FREE TRIAL
Network Attached Storage - Project Plan FREE TRIAL
Network Attached Storage - Overview FREE TRIAL
Network Attached Storage - Problems and Opportunities FREE TRIAL
ESXi as a Network Attached Storage Client FREE TRIAL
ESXi 6 NAS / NFS Uses
NAS Protocols
Network File System (NFS) - Overview
NAS / NFS Components
Defining NFS Shares on a Linux Server
NAS / NFS - VMkernel Port Requirements
Defining an ESXi 6 NFS Client Connection
Defining a NFS Share Properties
NFS Shares in the Datastores Roster
Unmounting (Disconnecting From) an NFS Share
Troubleshooting NFS
Benefits of Using NAS / NFS Shares
Concerns When Using NAS / NFS Shares
NFS v3 Multipathing, Speed Concerns
NAS / NFS v3 Sample Network Design
Addressing NFS v3 Performance, Reliability Concerns
NFS v3 Best Practices
NAS / NFS - Review and Questions FREE TRIAL
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