VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage

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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage is our best-selling course. It features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6.

Course Details

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage is our best-selling course. It features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6. This course will give you a solid understanding of how to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size.

This course meets the prerequisite for advanced vSphere courses, which can be found at www.vmware.com/education.

Note: This course is based on beta software.

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following


  • Describe the software-defined data center

  • Describe vCenter Server architecture

  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines

  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server™


  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host

  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches

  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots

  • Describe and use the content library

  • Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage

  • Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere®

  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client

  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage

  • Create a vApp

  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®

  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools · Use VMware vRealize™ Operations Manager™ to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts


  • 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 VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches

  • Use vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability

  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations

Course Outline

  • 1 Course Introduction

    Introductions and course logistics
    Course objectives

  • 3 Creating Virtual Machines

    Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    Create and work with virtual machines

  • 5 Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

    Describe, create, and manage standard switches
    Describe and modify standard switch properties
    Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
    Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups

  • 12 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

  • 10 Host Scalability

    Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
    Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
    Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
    Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

  • 8 Resource Management and Monitoring

    Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    Configure and manage resource pools
    Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    Use vCenter 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

  • 7 Virtual Machine Management

    Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
    Modify and manage virtual machines
    Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion

  • 2 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

  • 4 vCenter Server

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

  • 6 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™

  • 11 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

  • 9 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 data

  • migrations

    Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    Create a vApp
    Introduce the various types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

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