This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 7, which includes VMware ESXi 7 and VMware vCenter Server 7. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. This course is the foundation for most of the other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center


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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

Describe the software-defined data center (SDDC)
Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
Install and configure VMware ESXi hosts
Deploy and configure VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Use VMware vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration
Manage, monitor, back up, and protect vCenter Server Appliance
Create virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
Describe the storage technologies supported by vSphere
Configure virtual storage using iSCSI and NFS storage
Create and manage VMware vSphere VMFS datastores
Use the vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library
Manage virtual machine resource use
Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion and VMware vSphere Storage vMotion
Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler
Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle
Use VMware vSphere Update Manager to apply patches and perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machines

  • Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
    Course objectives

  • Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Explain basic virtualization concept
    Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
    Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage
    Recognize the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts
    Use VMware Host Client™ to access and manage ESXi host

  • Virtual Machines

  • Create and remove a virtual machine
    Provision a virtual machine with virtual devices
    Identify the files that make up a virtual machine
    Explain the importance of VMware Tools

  • vCenter Server

  • Describe the vCenter Server architecture
    Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
    Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
    Use the vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
    Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server
    Use roles and permissions to enable users to access objects in the vCenter Server inventory
    Back up vCenter Server Appliance
    Monitor vCenter Server tasks, events, and appliance health
    Use vCenter Server High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance

  • Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Create and manage standard switches
    Describe the virtual switch connection types
    Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies
    Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches

  • Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Identify storage protocols and storage device types
    Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
    Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    Deploy virtual machines on a VMware vSAN™ datastore

  • Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
    Modify and manage virtual machines
    Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library
    Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk
    Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
    Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™

  • Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
    Describe what overcommitment of a resource means
    Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    Use various tools to monitor resource use
    Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

  • vSphere Clusters

  • Describe options for making a vSphere environment highly available
    Explain the vSphere HA architecture
    Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
    Configure a vSphere cluster using ESXi Cluster Quickstart
    Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
    Create a vSphere DRS cluster

  • vSphere Lifecycle Management

  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works
    Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to update ESXi hosts in a cluster


This course is ideal for Software Engineers, Senior Software Engineers. Java Developers, DevOps Engineers, Software Developers, .NET Developers, Systems Engineers, Full Stack Developers, Full Stack Java Developers, and Data Scientists.




System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Length: 30.0 days (40 hours)


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