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VMware vSphere: Fast Track

  • Length 5 days
  • Price  $10043 inc GST
  • Version 8.0
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Why study this course

This five-day, extended-hours course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® 8 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 8. 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 8, which includes VMware ESXi™ 8 and VMware vCenter Server® 8.

Product alignment:

  • VMware ESXi 8.0

  • VMware vCenter 8.0

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:

  • Install and configure ESXi hosts

  • Deploy and configure vCenter

  • Use the vSphere Client to create the vCenter inventory and assign roles to vCenter users

  • Configure vCenter High Availability

  • Create and configure virtual networks using vSphere standard switches and distributed switches

  • Create and configure datastores using storage technologies supported by vSphere

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

  • Configure and manage a VMware Tools Repository

  • Create content libraries for managing templates and deploying virtual machines

  • Manage virtual machine resource use

  • Migrate virtual machines with vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion

  • Create and configure a vSphere cluster that is enabled with vSphere High Availability and vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler

  • Manage the life cycle of vSphere to keep vCenter, ESXi hosts, and virtual machines up to date

  • Configure and manage vSphere networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise

  • Use host profiles to manage VMware ESXi host compliance

  • Monitor the vCenter, ESXi, and VMs performance in the vSphere client

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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. vSphere and Virtualisation Overview

  • Explain basic virtualisation concepts

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

  • Recognise the user interfaces for accessing vSphere

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

  • Install an ESXi host

3. vCenter Management

  • Recognise ESXi hosts communication with vCenter

  • Deploy vCenter Server Appliance

  • Configure vCenter settings

  • Use the vSphere Client to add and manage license keys

  • Create and organise vCenter inventory objects

  • Recognise the rules for applying vCenter permissions

  • View vSphere tasks and events

  • Create a vCenter backup schedule

  • Recognise the importance of vCenter High Availability

  • Explain how vCenter High Availability works

4. Deploying Virtual Machines

  • Create and provision VMs

  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools

  • Identify the files that make up a VM

  • Recognise the components of a VM

  • Navigate the vSphere Client and examine VM settings and options

  • Modify VMs by dynamically increasing resources

  • Create VM templates and deploy VMs from them

  • Clone VMs

  • Create customisation specifications for guest operating systems

  • Create local, published, and subscribed content libraries

  • Deploy VMs from content libraries

  • Manage multiple versions of VM templates in content libraries

5. Configure and Manage vSphere Networking

  • Configure and view standard switch configurations

  • Configure and view distributed switch configurations

  • Recognise the difference between standard switches and distributed switches

  • Explain how to set networking policies on standard and distributed switches

6. Configure and Manage vSphere Storage

  • Recognise vSphere storage technologies

  • Identify types of vSphere datastores

  • Describe Fibre Channel components and addressing

  • Describe iSCSI components and addressing

  • Configure iSCSI storage on ESXi

  • Create and manage VMFS datastores

  • Configure and manage NFS datastores

  • Discuss vSphere support for NVMe and iSER technologies

7. Managing Virtual Machines

  • Recognise the types of VM migrations that you can perform within a vCenter instance and across vCenter instances

  • Migrate VMs using vSphere vMotion

  • Describe the role of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility in migrations

  • Migrate VMs using vSphere Storage vMotion

  • Take a snapshot of a VM

  • Manage, consolidate, and delete snapshots

  • Describe CPU and memory concepts in relation to a virtualised environment

  • Describe how VMs compete for resources

  • Define CPU and memory shares, reservations, and limits

  • Recognise the role of a VMware Tools Repository

  • Configure a VMware Tools Repository

  • Recognise the backup and restore solution for VMs

8. vSphere Monitoring

  • Monitor the key factors that can affect a virtual machine's performance

  • Describe the factors that influence vCenter performance

  • Use vCenter tools to monitor resource use

  • Create custom alarms in vCenter

  • Describe the benefits and capabilities of VMware Skyline

  • Recognise uses for Skyline Advisor Pro

9. Deploying and Configuring vSphere Cluster

  • Use Cluster Quickstart to enable vSphere cluster services and configure the cluster

  • View information about a vSphere cluster

  • Explain how vSphere DRS determines VM placement on hosts in the cluster

  • Recognise use cases for vSphere DRS settings

  • Monitor a vSphere DRS cluster

  • Describe how vSphere HA responds to different types of failures

  • Identify options for configuring network redundancy in a vSphere HA cluster

  • Recognise the use cases for various vSphere HA settings

  • Configure a cluster enabled for vSphere DRS and vSphere HA

  • Recognise when to use vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Describe the function of the vCLS

  • Recognise operations that might disrupt the healthy functioning of vCLS VMs

10. ESXi Operations

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance

  • Recognise the benefits of using configuration profiles

11. Managing the vSphere Lifecycle

  • Generate vCenter interoperability reports

  • Recognise features of vSphere Lifecycle Manager

  • Describe ESXi images and image depots

  • Enable vSphere Lifecycle Manager in a vSphere cluster

  • Validate ESXi host compliance against a cluster image and remediate ESXi hosts using vSphere Lifecycle Manager

  • Describe vSphere Lifecycle Manager automatic recommendations

  • Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware

12. Network Operations

  • Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches

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

  • Define vSphere Distributed Services Engine

  • Describe the use cases and benefits of vSphere Distributed Services Engine

13. Storage Operations

  • Describe the architecture and requirements of vSAN configuration

  • Describe storage policy-based management

  • Recognise components in the vSphere Virtual Volumes architecture

  • Configure Storage I/O Control


This course requires the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

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