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Cloud Computing and Virtualisation

VMware vSphere: Fast Track

  • Length 5 days
  • Price $8877 inc GST
  • Version 7.0
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Why study this course

This five-day, intensive course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® 7 management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure and manage vSphere 7. You will explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organisation of any size using vSphere 7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 7 and VMware vCenter Server® 7.

Product Alignment

  • ESXi 7

  • vCenter Server 7

Please note that the start and finish times of this intensive, extended-hours course will be confirmed after discussion with your instructor on day one of your training.

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What you’ll learn

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

  • Describe the software-defined data center (SDDC)

  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure

  • Install and configure VMware ESXi™ hosts

  • Deploy and configure VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™

  • Use VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Serverconfiguration

  • Manage, monitor, back up, and protect vCenter Server Appliance

  • Create virtual networks with vSphere standard switches

  • Describe the storage technologies supported by vSphere

  • Configure virtual storage using iSCSI and NFS storage

  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores

  • Use the vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots

  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library

  • Manage virtual machine resource use and manage resource pools

  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®

  • Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability andVMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™

  • Create virtual networks with VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™ and enable distributed switch features

  • Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle

  • Use VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ to perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machines

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance

  • Describe how vSphere storage APIs help storage systems integrate with vSphere

  • Configure and use virtual machine storage policies

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VMware is the world leader in server virtualisation technologies. DDLS is a VMware Authorised Training Reseller offering training in VMware and vSphere.

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Who is the course for?

  • System Administrators

  • System Engineers

Course subjects

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics

  • Course objectives

2. Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Explain basic virtualisation concepts

  • Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure

  • Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage

  • Recognise the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts

  • Describe the ESXi host architecture

  • Navigate the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) to configure an ESXi host

  • Recognise ESXi host user account best practices

  • Install an ESXi host

  • Use VMware Host Client™ to configure ESXi host settings

3. Virtual Machines

  • Create and provision a virtual machine

  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™

  • Install VMware Tools

  • Identify the files that make up a VM

  • Recognise the components of a VM

  • Recognise virtual devices supported by a VM

  • Describe the benefits and use cases for containers

  • Identify the parts of a container system

4. vCenter Server

  • Describe the vCenter Server architecture

  • Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server

  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance

  • Use the vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory

  • Add data center, organisational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server

  • Use roles and permissions to enable users to access objects in the vCenter Server inventory

  • Back up vCenter Server Appliance

  • Monitor vCenter Server tasks, events, and appliance health

  • Use vCenter Server High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Create and manage standard switches

  • Describe the virtual switch connection types

  • Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies

  • Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches

6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Identify storage protocols and storage device types

  • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

  • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores

  • Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

  • Recognise the components of a VMware vSAN™ configuration

7. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines

  • Modify and manage virtual machines

  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library

  • Use customisation specification files to customise a new virtual machine

  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations

  • Describe Enhanced vMotion Compatibility

  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™

  • Describe the benefits of vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection

8. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualised environment

  • Describe what overcommitment of a resource means

  • Describe methods for optimising CPU and memory usage

  • Use various tools to monitor resource use

  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

9. vSphere Clusters

  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster

  • Create a vSphere DRS cluster

  • Monitor a vSphere cluster configuration

  • Describe options for making a vSphere environment highly available

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture

  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster

  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance

10. Network Scalability

  • Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches

  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control enhances performance

  • Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring and NetFlow

11. vSphere Lifecycle Management

  • Recognise the importance of vCenter Server Update Planner

  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works

  • Describe how to update ESXi hosts using baselines

  • Validate ESXi host compliance using a cluster image

  • Describe how to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware

12. Host and Management Scalability

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance

  • Create and manage resource pools in a cluster

  • Describe how scalable shares work

13. Storage Scalability

  • Explain why VMware vSphere® VMFS is a high-performance, scalable file system

  • Explain VMware vSphere® Storage APIs – Array Integration, VMware vSphere® API for StorageAwareness™, and vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering

  • Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies

  • Create VMware vSAN™ storage policies

  • Recognise components of the vSphere Virtual Volumes architecture

  • Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control


This course requires the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

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