VMware vSphere: Install, Configure and Manage v6.0

This course provides intensive hands-on training focused on installing, configuring and managing VMware vSphere® 6 (including VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6). It will provide a solid understanding of how to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organisation of any size.

Who's it for?

This course is intended for system administrators/engineers installing, configuring and managing VMware vSphere. 

Key objectives

After attending this course a delegate will be able to:

  • explain the software-defined data centre
  • implement an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • describe vCenter Server architecture
  • deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server™ Appliance™
  • use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage
  • manage virtual machines, templates, clones and snapshots
  • create a vApp
  • describe and use the content library
  • migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage
  • monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • apply VMware vRealize™ Operations Manager™ to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts
  • manage VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • utilise VMware vSphere® Replication™ and VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery
  • use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
  • apply vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
  • operate VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches
  • perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines and vCenter Server operations.


Attendees should have: 

  • system admin experience of Microsoft Windows or Linux OS
  • an understanding of the concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for the VCA-DCV certification. 

What's covered?


  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Software-defined data centre

  • Introduce components of the software-defined data centre
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere Client
  • Overview of ESXi

Creating virtual machines

  • Introduce virtual machines (VM), VM hardware and VM files
  • Create and work with VM

vCenter Server

  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Install and use vSphere Web Client
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  • Explain the benefits of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility

Configuring and managing virtual networks

  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
  • Create, configure and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections and port groups

Configuring and managing virtual storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and storage device names
  • Discuss ESXi with iSCSI, NFS and fibre channel storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
  • Introduce VMware Virtual SAN™

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
  • Introduce the various types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

Resource management and monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Describe methods for optimising 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
  • Introduce vRealize Operations Manager for data centre monitoring and management

vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on vm
  • Introduce vSphere Replication
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

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

vSphere Update Manager and host maintenance

  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
  • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • 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
  • Discuss installation of vCenter Server Appliance and a vCenter Server instance

Next step

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