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If you had to list 10 of the top things to know as a VMware Admin, like a top 10 list what would they be (or however many you can think of?

Obviously it goes a lot more in-depth than a list, just wondering what are some specific areas that are the most important to focus on and learn how to do to be a good VM Ware admin.
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1. Networking Skills

2. Storage Skills

3. Programming with Powershell

4. Operating system skills - now your Guest OS

5. Performance

6. Capacity Management

7. Health and Monitoring

8. Knowledge (Know your VMware Product well)

9. Troubleshooting

10. Good Communication
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Thanks for the feedback. Can you expound a little more on the two points "Performance" and "Health and Monitoring" in reference to VM Ware?
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Performance

You will need to understand, and produce reports using spreadsheets, and check baselines of how well the VMware Hypervisor is performing, e.g. 100% CPU or 1% CPU and troubleshoot accordingly, by looking at all the resources which are being consumed by the virtual machines, e.g. Disk, CPU, Memory, Networking, and investigating Guest and Host performance.

Health and Monitoring

Understanding what Daily Health Checks, you should be checking every day, we call this watering and feeding the server.Just like a pet animal, needs to be watered and fed everyday, so does a server.

We have 100 daily checks, we conduct every morning at shift change, this takes up the first two hours of the day.

for example check backup jobs complete successfully. (that's 1 check!)
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Thanks for sharing, this helps a lot.
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