VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage


VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage

This course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Target Audience

  • System Administrators
  • System Engineer


  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Explain the vSphere components
  • Deploy an ESXi host
  • Deploy VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Describe virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Configure switch policies
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere©_ VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, Fibre Channel, and VMware Virtual SAN
  • Create, clone, and export a vApp
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • VMware vSphere High Availability cluster architecture
  • VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters to improve host scalability



Course Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction

  • Course objectives
  • Benefits of the VMware Education Learning
  • Identify additional resources

Section 2 : vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Topology of a physical data center
  • vSphere virtual infrastructure
  • Files and components of virtual machines
  • Benefits of using virtual machines
  • Purpose of ESXi
  • Purpose of vCenter Server
  • Software-defined data center
  • Private, Public, and Hybrid clouds

Section 3: Creating Virtual Machines

  • Virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
  • Importance of VMware Tools
  • Discuss PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access
  • Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
  • Identify the virtual machine disk format

Section 4: vCenter Server

  • vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • vSphere Web Client
  • Backup and restore vCenter Server
  • vCenter Server permissions and roles
  • vSphere HA architectures and features
  • vSphere authentication proxy
  • vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  • Access and navigate the new vSphere clients

Section 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
  • Contrast and compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
  • virtual switch connection types
  • New TCP/IP stack architecture
  • VLANs with standard switches

Section 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Storage protocols and storage device types
  • ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Virtual SAN
  • Guest file encryption

Section 7: Virtual Machine Management

  • Templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Clone a virtual machine
  • Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and data store
  • Customize a new virtual machine using customization specification files
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Create, clone, and export vApps
  • Introduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

Section 8: Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Virtual memory reclamation techniques
  • Virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Use various tools to monitor resource usage
  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
  • Describe and deploy resource pools
  • Set reservations, limits, and shares
  • Describe expandable reservations
  • Schedule changes to resource settings
  • Create, clone, and export vApps

Section 9: vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Define clusterwide restart ordering capabilities
  • Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
  • Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  • Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with Virtual SAN
  • Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
  • Introduce vSphere Replication
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

Section 10: Host Scalability

  • Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
  • Describe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and proactive vSphere DRS
  • Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity

Section 11: vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

  • Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi, virtual machine and vApp patching
  • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
  • Scan and remediate hosts