VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage is one of our best-selling courses in VMware, and is also part of the requirements for obtaining the VMware Certified Professional (VCP). It features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6. This course will give you a solid understanding of how to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size.

With the update to the vSphere suite of products, the VCP certification has also been updated.  This industry-recognized certification validates that you know how to install, administer and troubleshoot vSphere V6 infrastructures, leveraging best practices to provide a scalable and reliable virtualization platform for your company. VCP is the most popular and highly sought-out VMware certification with 1000s of professionals certified around the world.  The requirements to achieve VCP, or VCP6-DCV to be exact, including attending and completing this course, or one of several other more advanced courses.  In addition to attending the course, new applicants must pass 2 exams:
1- The vSphere 6 Foundations Exam; (Exam Number: 2V0-620)
2- VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam; (Exam Number: 2V0-621)

Register today to gain valuable experience in installing, configuring, and maintaining VMware environments, and advance your career by starting the path to obtain your VCP.

Who Should Attend
  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Lesson 2: 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

Lesson 3: Creating Virtual Machines

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

Lesson 4: 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

Lesson 5: 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

Lesson 6: 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™

Lesson 7: 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

Lesson 8: Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • 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
  • Introduce vRealize Operations Manager for data center monitoring and management

Lesson 9: 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 virtual machines
  • Introduce vSphere Replication
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

Lesson 10: 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

Lesson 11: 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

Lesson 12: 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