vSphere Install, Configure, Manage (v6.0)

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This course is intended for system administrators and/or system engineers.
Course Duration:
5 days


Participants should have system administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems and understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certi­fication.

Course Objectives:
  • Describe the software-defi­ned data center
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Confi­gure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Client and VMware vSphere Web Client
  • Confi­gure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create a vApp
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Use VMware vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Use VMware vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Use VMware vRealize Operations Manager to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts
  • Manage VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Use VMware vSphere Replication and VMware vSphere Data Protection™ to replicate virtual    machines and perform data recovery
  • Use VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters to improve host scalability
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere Update Manager to apply patches
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations
Course Outline:
  • Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives


  • Software-Defined Data Center
    • Introduce components of the software-defined data center
    • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
    • Install and use vSphere Client
    • Overview of ESXi


  • Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Create and work with virtual machines


  • vCenter Server
    • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
    • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliances
    • Install and use vSphere Web Client
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
    • Explain the benefits of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility


  • Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Introduce storage protocols and storage device names
    • Discuss ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage VMware vSphere VMFS datastores
    • Introduce VMware Virtual SAN


  • Virtual Machine Management
    • Use template and cloning to deploy virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migration
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Create a vApp
    • Introduce the various types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them


  • Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Use v Center Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage
    • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
    • Introduce vRealize Operations Manager for data center monitoring and management


  • vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
    • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
    • Introduce vSphere Replication
    • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore


  • Host Scalability
    • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules


  • vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance
    • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
    • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update
    • Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
    • Scan and remediate hosts


  • Installing VMware Components
    • Introduce ESXi installation
    • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
    • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
    • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
    • Discuss installation of vCenter Server Appliance and a vCenter Server instance
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