VM-VSFT VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage plus Optimize and Scale Fast Track

Duration: 5 days
Price: $6265

This intensive, extended-hours and hands-on lab training course focuses on installing, configuring, managing and mastering VMware vSphere® 6.0, including VMware ESXi™ 6.0 and VMware vCenter™ 6.0. This course combines the content of our best-selling VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced scalability and performance monitoring tasks and skills needed for configuring highly available and scalable vSphere environments. Students gain practical experience with these concepts through the completion of hands-on labs.

Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) exam.

Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several more advanced vSphere courses.

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Course Modules

  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
    • References and resources

  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

  3. Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Deploy a single virtual machine

  4. vCenter Server
    • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
    • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
    • Use vSphere Web Client
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

  5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
    • Describe and modify standard switch properties
    • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group

  6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Introduce storage protocols and device names
    • Configure ESXi with iSCSI and NFS storage
    • Create and manage VMFS datastores
    • Introduce Virtual SAN datastores
    • Introduce Virtual Volumes

  7. Virtual Machine Management
    • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    • Create VMware vSphere? vApp(s)?
    • Introduce content libraries

  8. Access and Authentication Control
    • Control user access through roles and permissions
    • Discuss ESXi host access and authentication
    • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory

  9. Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

  10. 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 VMware vSphere? Replication?
    • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

  11. Network Scalability
    • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
    • Discuss distributed switch features, such as private VLANs, discovery protocols, Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring

  12. Host Scalability
    • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
    • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
    • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

  13. Storage Scalability
    • Describe VMware vSphere? Storage APIs - Array Integration and VMware vSphere? API for Storage Awareness?
    • Explain policy-driven storage
    • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
    • Introduce vSphere Storage I/O Control
    • Create a datastore cluster
    • Configure vSphere Storage DRS

  14. Patch Management
    • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
    • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Scan and remediate hosts

  15. VMware Management Resources
    • Describe VMware vSphere? Management Assistant
    • Configure vSphere Management Assistant
    • Discuss the VMware vSphere? Command-Line Interface command set
    • Perform command-line operations for host management, network management, storage management, and performance monitoring

  16. Installing VMware Components
    • Describe vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories
    • Introduce ESXi installation
    • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
    • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
    • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

  17. Host and Management Scalability
    • Configure and manage VMware vSphere? Distributed Power Management?
    • Use VMware vSphere? PowerCLI?
    • Use vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI to create an ESXi installation image
    • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host
This course is intended for administrators with foundational knowledge of virtualization along with experienced system administrators, systems engineers, and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office.


  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course or?VCA-DCV certification
  • Hands-on experience with vSphere

Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) exam.