VMware 6.x Fast Track course

This course is designed to cover material from the VMware install, configure and manage course in more depth, but also additional material in not covered in the standard VMware 6.x Install, Configure and Manage course.  With the VMware 5.5 client no longer being supported past September it is essential that people come up to speed with the 6.5 client so that their VMware installation can be fully managed via the web interface.

The course will be delivered on-line via lecture/demo. Course materials will be provided in .pdf format to delegates. The course runs over a period of three days and costs $495 per person.


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Course Objectives

At the end of the course, you should meet the following objectives:

·         Understand the concepts and features of VMware virtualization

·         Describe the software-defined data center

·         Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines

·         Describe vCenter Server architecture

·         Deploy VMware vCenter Server™ Appliance™

·         Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host

·         Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Web Client

·         Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches

·         Use vCenter Server to manage host storage

·         Manage, create and deploy virtual machines, templates and clones

·         Create, manage and detail the advantages and disadvantages of snapshots

·         Describe vApps

·         Describe and use the content libraries

·         Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere®

·         Enable virtual machine encryption to encrypt and decrypt virtual disks

·         Use encrypted vSphere vMotion to securely migrate virtual machines

·         Detail Migration from Windows vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance

·         Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine’s storage

·         View and utilize vCenter map views

·         Monitor resource usage and critical parameters to proactively maintain an ESXi environment

·         Create and manage resource pools, and discuss their implications

·         Use VMware vRealize™ Operations Manager™ to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts

·         Create, Manage, implement and test VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® fault Tolerance

·         Detail VMware vSphere® Data Protection™

·         Use VMware vSphere® Replication™  to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery

·         Create and manage VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability and even load across the ESXi environment

·         Create and manage 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

·         Cover real world scenarios relating to the above technologies, and the real world correct way to implement them.


Course Modules



1     Introduction to VMware Virtualisation

·         Introduce virtualisation, virtual and vSphere components

·         Explain the concepts of server, network and storage virtualisation

·         Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture

·         Install and use vSphere user interfaces


2      Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Create a vApp
  • Exporting a virtual Machine to an OVF
  • Deploying a virtual machine from an OVF
  • Introduce the various types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them


3      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      Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU, memory  and disk concepts
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Configure shares
  • 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
  • Detail the most common performance problems and their solutions
  • Introduce vRealize Operations Manager for data center monitoring and management
  • Install, configure and Manage vRealize Operations Manager
  • Introduce vRealize Orchestrator and vCloud suite.
  • Use esxtop to identify and solve performance issues


5      Creating Virtual Machines

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


6      Sphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure,  manage and test a vSphere HA cluster
  • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  • Test vSphere Fault tolerance
  • Use vSphere HA, DRS and FT together
  • Introduce vSphere Replication
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data
  • Discuss VMware backup APIs, solutions and products


7      vCenter Server

  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Detail migrating a vCenter from 5.5 to 6.5, then to 6.7
  • Configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Install and use vSphere Web Client
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  • Adding Active Directory authentication support
  • Explain the benefits of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility


8             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


9             Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Configure vSwitch load balancing / Resilience algorithms
  • Describe vSwitch security options
  • Configure Jumbo frames
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  • Detail and configure the features of VMKernel gateways


10          vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
  • Create patch baselines
  • Scan and remediate hosts
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance


11          Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Detail  VSphere Pluggable Storage Architecture
  • Introduce storage protocols and storage device names
  • Introduce Storage IO control
  • Discuss ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Detail Raw device mapping
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and VASA
  • Describe and configure storage policies
  • Describe Storage DRS Operation
  • Allocate different storage profiles to different virtual machines
  • Create, configure and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores both local and SAN based
  • Introduce VMware Virtual SAN™
  • Detail mulitpathing failover options
  • Common datastore problems
  • Recovering lost Luns

12          Access and Authentication Control

  • Configure user access with roles and permissions
  • Managing SSH
  • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
  • Configure ESXi lockdown mode with different users
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory


13          Installing VMware Components

  • Introduce ESXi installation
  • Perform an 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
  • Deploy / Install  vCenter Server