This three-day, hands-on training course is an introduction to VMware vSphere. In this course, you acquire the skills needed to perform Day 2 operational tasks that are typically assigned to the roles of operator or junior administrator in a vSphere environment.


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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
Describe virtualization and virtual machines
Describe vSphere components and the software-defined data center (SDDC)
Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
Monitor network and datastore configurations in VMware vSphere Client
Deploy, configure, and clone virtual machines
Migrate, monitor, and manage virtual machines
Monitor tasks and events in VMware vSphere Client
Recognize how vSphere DRS and VMware vSphere High Availability improve performance and availability of a vSphere cluster

  • Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
    Course objectives

  • Virtualization and vSphere Concepts

  • Describe how virtual machines (VMs) work
    Recognize the purpose of a hypervisor
    Describe how VMs share resources in a virtualized
    Recognize the components of an SDDC
    Describe the relationship between vSphere, the
    SDDC, and cloud computing
    Recognize the functions of the components in a
    vSphere environment
    Access and view vSphere graphical user interfaces
    Identify VMware solutions that integrate with
    vSphere in the SDDC

  • Navigating the vSphere Client

  • View and organize the inventory objects managed
    by vCenter Server
    Add and assign vSphere licenses
    Change the log level of vCenter Server
    Edit the startup policy of ESXi services
    Describe how vCenter Server roles and permissions work
    Add permissions to virtual machines

  • Lifecycle of Virtual Machines

  • Add and remove VM virtual hardware components
    Identify the purpose of different VM files
    Configure VM settings
    Create and delete virtual machines
    Recognize the benefits of installing VMware Tools™
    Install VMware Tools into a guest operating system
    Upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware

  • vSphere Networking

  • Describe virtual networking
    Recognize ways that virtual switches connect VMs and ESXi hosts to the network
    View components and properties of a vSphere standard switch configuration
    View a vSphere distributed switch configuration in vSphere Client
    Recognize when and how to use the settings for
    the security networking policy
    Recognize when and how to use the settings for
    the traffic shaping networking policy
    Describe how the NIC teaming and failover policy helps maintain network connectivity
    Perform basic checks to diagnose VM connectivity issues

  • vSphere Storage

  • Describe the function of a datastore
    Recognize types of vSphere datastores
    View datastore information in vSphere Client
    Monitor datastore usage in vSphere Client

  • Virtual Machine Management

  • Recognize the benefits of using VM templates
    Create and update a VM template
    Deploy a VM from an existing template
    Clone a virtual machine
    Recognize how to use guest OS customization specifications
    Deploy VMs from a content library
    Deploy a virtual appliance from an OVF template
    Perform a hot and cold migrations of VMs
    Identify requirements for using VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
    Perform a vSphere Storage vMotion migration
    Identify use cases for VM snapshots
    Create and manage snapshots of a virtual machine

  • Resource Monitoring

  • Recognize the purpose of each type of VM
    resource control
    Configure the resource allocation settings of a VM
    Observe the behavior of virtual machines with
    different share values
    Manage and acknowledge vSphere alarms
    Use performance charts to monitor VM CPU and
    memory usage
    Monitor tasks and events in vSphere Client

  • vSphere Clusters

  • View information about the services that a vSphere
    cluster offers
    Recognize how vSphere HA responds to different
    types of failures
    Monitor vSphere HA during a host failure
    Describe how vSphere DRS works
    Interpret DRS scores given to VMs
    Recognize how to apply the appropriate vSphere
    DRS automation and migration threshold levels
    Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance works
    Recognize how Enhanced vMotion Compatibility works


Technical professionals with basic system administration skills and operators responsible for managing virtual machines using VMware ESXi and VMware vCenter Server will benefit from this course.




This course has the following prerequisites: Working knowledge of operating systems Understanding of basic network, storage, and computer hardware concepts


Length: 4.0 days (32 hours)


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