vSphere Install, Configure, Manage v6.0 Training



VMware vSphere Install, Configure Manage 6.0 – 5 Days

Course Description

This vSphere Install, Configure, Manage v6.0 Training course 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.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for system administrators and/or system engineers.


  • Describe the software-defi­ned data center
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Confi­gure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Client and VMware vSphere Web Client
  • Confi­gure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create a vApp
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Use VMware vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Use VMware vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Use VMware vRealize Operations Manager to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts
  • Manage VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Use VMware vSphere Replication and VMware vSphere Data Protection™ to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery
  • Use VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters to improve host scalability
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere Update Manager to apply patches
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations


Participants should have system administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems and understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certi­fication.


    • Course Introduction
      • Introductions and course logistics
      • Course objectives
    • 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
    • Creating Virtual Machines
      • Introduce virtual machines, virtual hardware, and virtual machine files
      • Create and work with virtual machines
    • vCenter Server
      • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
      • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliances
      • Install and use vSphere Web Client
      • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
      • Explain the benefits of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
    • 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 SANä
    • Virtual Machine Management
      • Use template and cloning to deploy virtual machines
      • Modify and manage virtual machines
      • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migration
      • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
      • Create a vApp
      • Introduce the various types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
    • Resource Management and Monitoring
      • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
      • Configure and manage resource pools
      • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
      • Use v Center 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
    • 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
    • Host Scalability
      • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
      • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
      • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
    • 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
    • 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

    1 HoL – Every attendee perform one or more Hands on Labs at the end of each chapter


Prepares attendees to challenge the ESXLab Certified Virtualization Specialist exam.

Hands On Labs

Attendees will complete the following hands on labs during the class:

  • Install of ESXi 6.0 Update 2 and perform post-install configurations

  • Create and update network Standard Virtual Switches

  • Define, connect to and browse NFS file shares. Create a Content Library and add ISO images

  • Create a Virtual Machine and install a guest OS into the VM. Install VMware Tools into the VM. Add 3rd party tools and utilities to the VM

  • Manually Clone a VM (without vCenter)

  • Installing and Configuring the Platform Service Controller

  • Install and configure the vCenter Server Appliance

  • Configure Single Sign On (SSO) identity sources including Active Directory

  • Configure vCenter’s inventory views to organize inventory objects

  • Install and configure the VMware Next Generation Web Client

  • Work with Clones and Templates. Convert a VM into a template. Rapidly deploy new VMs from template. Copy VMs using cloning.

  • Use guest OS customization to easily change the identity of a VM. Create, update and deploy VMs using Guest OS Customization Specifications

  • Work with virtual disks. Hot add a secondary virtual disk. Grow a non-system volume. Grow a Windows system disk and increase it’s partitions without the need for 3rd party tools

  • Configure and test hotplug memory. Create multi-core vCPUs

  • Work with vCenter permissions. Use and customize Roles

  • Create, update Network Standard vSwitches. Use NIC Teams for performance and redundancy

  • iSCSI, Fibre Storage Area Networks. Connecting to shared storage

  • Create, manage and monitor Resource Pools. Work with resource tuning settings.

  • VM migration including Cold Migration, Storage Migration and VMotion

  • Automated VM resource load balancing with DRS clusters

  • Use HA clusters to minimize VM down time due to server failures

  • Hot replicate and restore VMs using VMware Replication

  • Using Converter Enterprise 6.0 to migrate physical machines to VMs

  • vCenter alarms for monitoring key infrastructure objects. Send SNMP traps to a trap receiver on high VM resource consumption

  • Set up VMware Update Manager to patch/update ESXi hosts

  • Performance analysis and benchmarking storage and networking

Detailed Chapter List

Chapter 1 – Virtualization Infrastructure Overview

  • Virtualization explained
  • How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments
  • Common pain points in PC Server management
  • How virtualization effectively addresses common IT issues
  • VMware vSphere software products
  • What’s New and Improved in vSphere 6.0

Chapter 2 – How to Install, Configure ESXi 6.0 Update 2

  • Understanding ESXi
  • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
  • Storage controllers, disks and partitions
  • Software installation and best practices
  • Joining ESXi to a Domain
  • Local User Management and Policies
  • First look at the VMware vSphere Client

Chapter 3 – Virtual and Physical Networking

  • vNetwork standard and distributed virtual Switches
  • Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups
  • Creating VMkernel ports
  • Creating, sizing and customizing Virtual Switches

Chapter 4 – Connecting to and Using NAS Shared Storage

  • Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure
  • Shared Storage options
  • NFS Overview
  • Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
  • Configuring NFS for performance and redundancy
  • NFS Use Cases
  • Troubleshooting NFS connections

Chapter 5 – Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

  • VM virtual hardware, options and limits
  • Sizing and creating a new VM
  • Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware
  • Working with a VM’s BIOS
  • VMware remote console applications
  • Installing an OS into a VM
  • Driver installation and customization

Chapter 6 – vCenter Server and Web Client

  • The need for Identity Source management
  • Installing the Platform Service Controller
  • Installing and configuring vCenter Server Appliance
  • Connecting Single Sign On (SSO) to Active Directory and other identity sources
  • vCenter feature overview and components
  • Organizing vCenter’s inventory views
  • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management
  • Installing and Using the vSphere Next Generation Web Client

Chapter 7 – VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones

  • Templates – Virtual Machine Golden Master images
  • Creating, modifying, updating and working with Templates
  • Patching, and refreshing Templates
  • Cloning, one time copies of VMs
  • Best practices for cloning and templating
  • Adding and resizing virtual disks

Chapter 8 – ESXi and vCenter Permission Model

  • VMware Security model
  • Configuring local users and groups
  • Managing local permissions
  • vCenter security model
  • Local, Domain and Active Directory users and groups
  • How permissions are applied

Chapter 9 – Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage

  • Fibre SAN overview
  • Identifying and using Fibre Host Bus Adapters
  • Scanning and Rescanning Fibre SANs
  • iSCSI overview
  • Virtual and physical iSCSI adapters
  • Connecting to iSCSI storage
  • Scanning and rescanning iSCSI SANS
  • Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices
  • Understanding the benefits of VMware VAAI compliant storage

Chapter 9.1 – Raw Device Maps

  • Connecting VMs directly to SAN LUNs
  • Physical vs. Virtual Raw Device Maps
  • Impact of VMotion, Storage VMotion on RDMs

Chapter 10 – VMware File System (VMFS)

  • Unique file system properties of VMFS
  • Managing shared Volumes
  • Creating new VMFS partitions
  • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion
  • Native and 3rd party Multipathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs
  • VMFS performance considerations
  • VMFS scalability and reliability

Chapter 11 – ESXi and vCenter Alarms

  • Alarm categories and definitions
  • Creating custom alarms and actions
  • Reviewing alarms and acknowledging them

Chapter 12 – Resource Management and Resource Pools

  • How ESX delivers resources to VMs
  • Shares, Reservations and Limits
  • CPU resource scheduling
  • Memory resource scheduling
  • Resource Pools

Chapter 13 – Consolidation with VMware Converter

  • vCenter Converter overview
  • Converting physical machines, virtual machines and OS Images
  • Cold migrations of physical machines to virtual machines
  • Hot migrations of physical machines to virtual machines

Chapter 14 – VMotion Migration, Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

  • Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores
  • Hot Migrations with VMotion
  • VMotion requirements and dependencies
  • How VMotion works – detailed explanation
  • Troubleshooting VMotion
  • Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations

Chapter 15 – Distributed Resource Scheduling Clusters

  • Delegated resource management with Resource Pools
  • Resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • DRS Cluster configuration and tuning
  • Per-VM cluster policy overrides
  • Learn the features and benefits of DRS Power Management

Chapter 16 – Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters

  • High Availability options to minimize unplanned down time
  • VMware High Availability clusters
  • VMware Fault Tolerance

Chapter 17 – Disaster Preparedness with vSphere Replication

  • Explain vSphere Replication features and Use Cases
  • Import the vSphere Replication virtual appliance
  • Configure vSphere Replication including Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs)
  • Enable vSphere Replication on a VM
  • Recover a VM using vSphere Replication

Chapter 18 – Patch Management with VMware Update Manager

  • Configure and enable VMware Update Manager
  • Establishing a patch baseline
  • Verifying compliance and patching ESXi hosts

Chapter 19 – Managing Scalability and Performance

  • VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms
  • Tuning VM storage I/O performance
  • Identifying and resolving resource contention
  • Monitoring VM and ESX host performance
  • Performance and capacity planning strategies

Chapter 20 – Final Thoughts

  • Consolidation guidelines for VMs and Storage
  • Determining which workloads to consolidate
  • Other considerations

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