VMware vSphere: Optimise & Scale v6.0

This course is designed for those experienced at using VMware vSphere®. Utilising a mixture of lecture and hands-on labs, it will provide advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. ​

Who's it for?

This course is designed for experienced users of VMware vSphere looking to develop their knowledge and skills. 

Key objectives

After attending this course a delegate will be able to:

  • configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
  • manage changes to the vSphere environment
  • optimise the performance of all vSphere components
  • harden the vSphere environment against security threats
  • troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes
  • use VMware vSphere ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • utilise VMware vSphere Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts.


Prior to attending delegates should have completed the ‘VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage’ (at version 5.5 or 6) or ‘VMware vSphere: Fast Track’ courses or have equivalent knowledge of and admin experience with ESXi and vCenter Server. Additionally, experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.

What's covered?


  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Additional resources

vSphere security

  • Describe the features and benefits of VMware Platform Services Controller™
  • Configure ESXi host access and authorisation
  • Secure ESXi, vCenter Server and virtual machines
  • Upgrade ESXi and vCenter Server instances

VMware management resources

  • Understand the purpose of VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface (CLI) commands
  • Discuss options for running vSphere CLI commands
  • Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
  • Use vmware-cmd for virtual machine operations

Performance in a virtualised environment

  • Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
  • Explain software and hardware virtualisation techniques and their effects on performance
  • Use vSphere performance monitoring tools

Network scalability

  • Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
  • Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
  • Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging and NetFlow

Network optimisation

  • Explain the performance features of network adapters
  • Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
  • Monitor key network performance metrics
  • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configurations
  • Troubleshoot common network performance problems

Storage scalability

  • Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
  • Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
  • Configure VMware vSphere Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control
  • Create and use virtual volumes in vSphere

Storage optimisation

  • Diagnose storage access problems
  • Configure VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache™
  • Monitor key storage performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

CPU optimisation

  • Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support plus other features that affect CPU performance
  • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

Memory optimisation

  • Explain ballooning, memory compression and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
  • Monitor key memory performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common memory performance problems

Virtual machine and cluster optimisation

  • Describe guidelines for optimising virtual machine configuration
  • Discuss how vGPU usage affects virtual machine performance
  • Discuss guidelines for using resource allocation settings
  • Discuss guidelines for using resource pools
  • Discuss guidelines for using vSphere DRS clusters
  • Troubleshoot common vSphere cluster problems

Host and management scalability

  • Describe and use host profiles
  • Define and use content libraries
  • Use VMware vSphere PowerCLI™
  • Use Virtual Machine Converter
  • Use VMware vSphere ESXi™ Image Builder CLI and vSphere Auto Deploy

Next step

To obtain course venues/dates and pricing please email your account manager, submit the enquiry form below or call us on 0845 647 0000*

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