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Virtual Classroom VMware vSphere: Install Configure Manage

  • Price £1,995.00
  • Duration 5 day(s)
All major credit cards accepted


This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware ESXi™ and VMware® vCenter Server™. This course is based on versions of ESXi 5.5 and vCenter Server 5.5.

Target Audience

System administrators
Systems engineers
Operators of ESXi and vCenter Server

Course Suitability

Administrator - Professional
Engineer - Professional


Please note, whilst this course satisfies VMware's mandatory course attendance prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam it does not fully map to the VCP exam blueprint. Delegates who wish to prepare for the VCP-DCV exam should instead consider attending the 'VMware vSphere: Fast Track (5.5)' VMWAREFT55 course instead as this course represents a far better mapping to the exam objectives.

Further to this, delegates must have practical experience working with vSphere and be prepared to undertake further self study to ensure best chances of passing the VCP-DCV exam.


Those delegates who are attending via either virtual or extended classroom will be required to provide either dual monitors or single monitor plus a tablet device.

Technical prerequisites:

System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.
Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certification.


By the end of the course, you should understand vSphere 5.5 functions and features and be able to meet the following objectives:

Deploy an ESXi host
Deploy a vCenter Server instance
Deploy a vCenter Server appliance
Manage an ESXi host using vCenter Server
Manage ESXi storage using vCenter Server
Manage ESXi networking using vCenter Server
Manage virtual machines using vCenter Server
Deploy and manage thin-provisioned virtual machines
Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
Manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Web Client and VMware vSphere® Client™
Migrate virtual machines using VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
Manage access control using vCenter Server
Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server
Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability, VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance, and VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ using vCenter Server
Apply patches using VMware vSphere®Update Manager™

Course Content

Course Introduction

Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives

Virtualized Data Center

Introduce components of the virtualized data center
Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
Install and use vSphere Client

Creating Virtual Machines

Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
Deploy a single virtual machine

VMware vCenter Server

Introduce the vCenter Server architecture

Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™
Install and use vSphere Web Client
Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
Describe and modify standard switch properties
Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

Introduce storage protocols and device names
Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
Create and manage vSphere datastores
Deploy and manage VMware® Virtual SAN™

Virtual Machine Management

Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
Modify and manage virtual machines
Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™

Access and Authentication Control

Control user access through roles and permissions
Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
Configure ESXi lockdown mode
Integrate ESXi with Active Directory

Resource Management and Monitoring

Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
Configure and manage resource pools
Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms

High Availability and Fault Tolerance

Introduce the new vSphere High Availability architecture
Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
Describe VMware vSphere® Replication


Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (DRS) cluster
Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
Use vSphere HA and DRS together

Patch Management

Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
Create patch baselines
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
Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

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