VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5] Training


5 days Extended Hours


Employees of federal, state and local governments; and businesses working with the government.


  • 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 certifications

Course Description:

Achieve superior VMware vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office.

In this intensive, extended-hours course, you will focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5.5. You will explore topics covered in VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1], as well as advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware ESXi 5.5 and VMware vCenter Server 5.5. Approximately 40% of your class time will be devoted to 28 hands-on labs.

This fast-track course aligns to the VMware Certified Professional – Datacenter Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam objectives more closely than any other VMware training course, and it satisfies the coursework requirements for certification.

Upon completion of this training, participants will learn:

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Create, configure, migrate, manage, and monitor virtual machines and virtual appliances
  • Manage user access to the VMware virtual infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Implement VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance (FT)
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to scale networking
  • Use profile-driven storage and VMware vSphere Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler ™ to scale storage
  • Use VMware vSphere Update Manager™ to apply ESXi patches
  • Use VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) to manage vSphere
  • Deploy ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware vCenter Server™ Appliance™
  • Use VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder command line interface (CLI) to create an ESXi image
  • Use VMware vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts

This training session is intended for:

  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers
  • Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server

Training Outline:

1. VMware Virtualization

  • Virtualization and vSphere components
  • Server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Fitting vSphere into the cloud architecture
  • Installing and using vSphere user interfaces
  • ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

2. Creating Virtual Machines

  • Virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploying a single virtual machine

3. VMware vCenter Server

  • vCenter Server architecture
  • Managing vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

4. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Creating and managing a standard switch
  • Modifying standard switch properties
  • Configuring virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Storage protocols and device names
  • Configuring ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Creating and managing VMware vSphere VMFS datastores
  • VMware vSphere Storage Appliance

6. Virtual Machine Management

  • Using templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modifying and managing virtual machines
  • Creating and managing virtual machine snapshots
  • Performing VMware vSphere vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
  • Creating a VMware vSphere vApp™
  • Using VMware vCenter Converter™ Standalone to hot-clone a system

7. Access and Authentication Control

  • Controlling user access through roles and permissions
  • ESXi host access and authentication
  • Integrating ESXi with Active Directory
  • VMware vShield™ products

8. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Configuring and managing resource pools
  • Using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

9. High Availability (HA) and Fault Tolerance (FT)

  • vSphere HA architecture
  • Configuring and managing a vSphere HA cluster
  • Setting vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Enabling FT on a virtual machine

10. Host Scalability

  • Using host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Configuring and managing a VMware vSphere DRS cluster
  • Configuring Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Using vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together
  • Configuring and managing VMware vSphere Distributed Power Management™

11. Network Scalability

  • Creating, configuring, and managing vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  • Distributed switch features, such as private VLANs,discovery protocols, VMware vSphere Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring

12. Storage Scalability

  • VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration and Storage Awareness
  • Profile-driven storage
  • Adding a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  • VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control
  • Creating a datastore cluster
  • Configuring Storage DRS

13. Data Protection

  • Strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
  • VMware vSphere Data Protection
  • Solutions for efficiently backing up virtual machines

14. Patch Management

  • Using Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
  • Installing Update Manager and the Update Manager plug-in
  • Creating patch baselines
  • Scanning and remediating hosts

15. VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

  • Configuring vMA
  • VMware vSphere CLI command set
  • Performing command line operations for host management,network management, storage management, and performance monitoring

16. Installing VMware Components

  • vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories
  • ESXi installation
  • Boot-from-SAN requirements
  • vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Installing vCenter Server (Windows-based)
  • vCenter Server Appliance
  • Installing and configuring vCenter Server Appliance
  • Using Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
  • Using VMware vSphere Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host

Lab 1: Install VMware vSphere Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)

  • Access your student desktop
  • Install VMware Client

Lab 2: Configure VMware ESXi

  • Connect to an ESXi host with the vSphere Client
  • Add a license key to the ESXi host
  • View the host hardware configuration
  • Configure the DNS and routing information for an ESXi host
  • Configure an ESXi host as an NTP client
  • Configure an ESXi host to use the directory services

Lab 3: Work with Virtual Machines

  • Create a virtual machine
  • Install a guest operating system in a virtual machine
  • Identify a virtual machine’s disk format and usage statistics
  • Install VMware Tools on a virtual machine installed with a Windows operating system

Lab 4: Use VMware vCenter Server

  • Install vSphere license keys
  • Create a vCenter Server inventory datacenter object
  • Create vCenter Server inventory folder objects
  • Add your ESXi host to the vCenter Server inventory
  • Use the vSphere Web Client to log in to vCenter Server Appliance

Lab 5: Standard Virtual Switches

  • View the current standard virtual switch configuration
  • Create a standard virtual switch with a virtual machine port group
  • Attach your virtual machine to a virtual switch port group

Lab 6: Access ISCSI Storage

  • Add a VMkernel port group to a standard virtual switch
  • Configure access to an iSCSI software adapter

Lab 7: Access IP Storage

  • Configure access to NFS datastores
  • View iSCSI and NFS storage information

Lab 8: Manage VMware vSphere VMFS

  • Review your shared storage configuration
  • Change the name of a VMFS datastore
  • Create a VMFS datastore
  • Expand a VMFS datastore to consume unused space on a LUN
  • Remove a VMFS datastore
  • Extend a VMFS datastore
  • Clean up the inventory

Lab 9: Use Templates and Clones

  • Copy Sysprep files to the vCenter Server instance
  • Create a template
  • Create customization specifications
  • Deploy a virtual machine from a template
  • Clone a virtual machine that is powered on

Lab 10: Modify a Virtual Machine

  • Increase the size of a VMDK file
  • Adjust memory allocation on a virtual machine
  • Rename a virtual machine in the vCenter Server inventory
  • Add a raw LUN to a virtual machine and verify that the guest operating system can see it
  • Expand a thin-provisioned virtual disk

Lab 11: Migrate Virtual Machines

  • Configure the infrastructure to use a single vCenter Server (Part 1)
  • Configure the infrastructure to use a single vCenter Server (Part 2)
  • Use the Web Client to migrate virtual machine files with Storage vMotion
  • Create a virtual switch and a VMkernel port group for vMotion migration
  • Verify that your ESXi host meets vMotion requirements
  • Verify that your virtual machines meet vMotion requirements
  • Perform a vMotion migration of a virtual machine on a shared datastore
  • Perform a vMotion migration to a private datastore

Lab 12: Manage Virtual Machines

  • Unregister a virtual machine in the vCenter Server inventory
  • Register a virtual machine in the vCenter Server inventory
  • Unregister and delete virtual machines from disk
  • Take snapshots of a virtual machine
  • Revert to a snapshot
  • Delete an individual snapshot
  • Use the Delete All function in Snapshot Manager

Lab 13: Manage vApps

  • Create a vApp
  • Power on a vApp
  • Remove a vApp

Lab 14: Access Control

  • Log in directly to the ESXi host
  • Grant non-administrator access to a user
  • Explore the ESX Admins AD group
  • Create a custom role in vCenter Server
  • Assign permissions on vCenter Server inventory objects
  • Verify permission usability

Lab 15: Resource Pools

  • Create CPU contention
  • Create a resource pool named Fin-Test
  • Create a resource pool named Fin-Prod
  • Verify resource pool functionality

Lab 16: Monitor Virtual Machine Performance

  • Create CPU activity
  • Use vSphere Web Client to monitor CPU utilization
  • Undo changes made to your virtual machines

Lab 17: Use Alarms

  • Create a virtual machine alarm that monitors for a condition
  • Create a virtual machine alarm that monitors for an event
  • Trigger virtual machine alarms and acknowledge them
  • Disable virtual machine alarms

Lab 18: Use vSphere High Availability (HA)

  • Create a cluster enabled for vSphere HA
  • Add your ESXi host to a cluster
  • Test vSphere HA functionality
  • Determine vSphere HA cluster resource usage
  • Manage vSphere HA slot size
  • Configure a vSphere HA cluster with strict admission control

Lab 19: Configure VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Enable fault tolerance logging
  • Activate fault tolerance
  • Test fault tolerance
  • Disable fault tolerance

Lab 20: vSphere Distributed Switches

  • Create a distributed switch for the virtual machine network
  • Create a distributed switch port group
  • Migrate virtual machines to a distributed switch port group
  • Verify that your virtual machine has proper access to the production network

Lab 21: Port Mirroring

  • Back up the distributed switch configuration
  • Configure port mirroring on a distributed switch
  • Verify that port mirroring works properly
  • Restore the distributed switch configuration
  • Verify the distributed virtual switch configuration

Lab 22: vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler

  • Create load imbalance
  • Create a DRS cluster
  • Verify proper DRS cluster functionality
  • Create, test, and disable an affinity rule
  • Create, test, and disable an anti-affinity rule
  • Create, test, and disable a virtual machine to host an affinity rule

Lab 23: Work with Host Profiles

  • Create a host profile
  • Attach a host profile to an ESXi host and check compliance
  • Purposely introduce configuration drift
  • Check compliance again
  • Remediate the managed host
  • Detach the managed host from the host profile

Lab 24: Profile-Driven Storage

  • Create a VMFS datastore configuration for this lab
  • Create a user-defined storage capability
  • Create a virtual machine storage profile
  • Enable your host to use virtual machine storage profiles
  • Associate storage profiles with virtual machines

Lab 25: Manage Datastore Clusters

  • Create a datastore cluster enabled for Storage DRS
  • Perform a datastore evacuation with datastore maintenance mode
  • Manually run Storage DRS and apply migration recommendations
  • Acknowledge Storage DRS alarms

Lab 26: VMware vSphere Update Manager

  • Install Update Manager
  • Install the Update Manager plug-in into the vSphere Client
  • Modify cluster settings
  • Configure Update Manager
  • Create a patch baseline
  • Attach a baseline and scan for updates
  • Stage the patches onto the ESXi hosts
  • Remediate the ESXi hosts

Lab 27: Use VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

  • Log in to vMA and connect to your vCenter Server and ESXi host
  • Create a standard virtual switch
  • Configure storage

Lab 28: Using Image Builder

  • Export an image profile to an ISO image

Lab 29: Configure VMware vSphere Auto Deploy on a Windows vCenter Server System

  • Install Auto Deploy
  • Configure the DHCP server and TFTP server for Auto Deploy
  • Use vSphere PowerCLI to configure Auto Deploy
  • Configure the ESXi host to boot from the network
  • View the autodeployed host in the vCenter Server inventory