VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (v6.0)

VMware | VCenter

About this Course

VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage 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 prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size and forms the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Audience Profile

  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers 

At Course Completion

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • 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: VMware vSphere VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, and Virtual Volumes
  • 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
  • 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 and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations


Before attending this course, you must have the following:

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

Course Outline

Module 1: Software-Defined Data Center
  • Introduce Components of the Software-Defined Data Center
  • Where vSphere Fits into the Cloud Architecture
  • Install and Use vSphere Client
  • Overview of ESXi
  • Module 1 Labs:
    • Installing vSphere Client:
      • Access Your Student Desktop System
      • Install vSphere Client
    • Configuring ESXi Hosts:
      • Examine the ESXi Host Hardware Configuration
      • Configure the DNS and Routing Information for an ESXi Host
      • Configure an ESXi Host to Use Directory Services
Module 2: Creating Virtual Machines
  • Introduce Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Hardware, and Virtual Machine Files
  • Create and Work with Virtual Machines
  • Module 2 Labs: Working with Virtual Machines
    • Create a Virtual Machine
    • Install a Guest Operating System in a Virtual Machine
    • Identify the Virtual Machine’s Disk Format and View Storage Metrics
    • Install VMware Tools on a Virtual Machine Installed with a Windows OS
Module 3: vCenter Server
  • Introduce the vCenter Server Architecture
  • Deploy and Configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Install and Use vSphere Web Client
  • Manage vCenter Server Inventory Objects and Licenses
  • Explain the Benefits of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Module 3 Labs:
    • Working with vCenter Server:
      • Access vCenter Server Appliance
      • Install vCenter Server Appliance and Host License Keys
      • Create a Data Center Object
      • Add Your ESXi Host to the vCenter Server Inventory
      • Configure Your ESXi Host as an NTP Client
    • Using vSphere Web Client:
      • Navigate vSphere Web Client
      • Pin and Unpin Panes
      • Hide the Getting Started Tabs
      • Upgrade the Virtual Machine’s Hardware
    • Creating Folders in vCenter Server Appliance:
      • Create a Host and Cluster Folder
      • Create Virtual Machine and Template Folders
Module 4: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
  • Create and Manage Standard Switches
  • Modify Standard Switch Properties
  • Configure Virtual Switch Load-Balancing Algorithms
  • Create, Configure, and Manage vSphere Distributed Switches, Network Connections, and Port Groups
  • Module 4 Labs:
    • Using Standard Switches:
      • View the Standard Switch Configuration
      • Create a Standard Switch with a Virtual Machine Port Group
      • Attach Your Virtual Machine to the New Virtual Machine Port Group
    • Using vSphere Distributed Switches:
      • Create a Distributed Switch
      • Add the ESXi Hosts to the New Distributed Switch
      • Examine Your Distributed Switch Configuration
      • Migrate the Virtual Machines to a Distributed Switch Port Group
Module 5: 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 SAN
  • Module 5 Labs:
    • Accessing iSCSI Storage:
      • Add a VMkernel Port Group to a Standard Switch
      • Configure the iSCSI Software Adapter and Connect It to the Storage
    • Accessing NFS Storage:
      • Configure Access to NFS Datastores
      • View NFS Storage Information
    • Managing VMFS Datastores:
      • Change the Name of a VMFS Datastore
      • Create VMFS Datastores for the ESXi Host
      • Expand a VMFS Datastore to Consume Unused Space on a LUN
      • Remove a VMFS Datastore
      • Extend a VMFS Datastore
Module 6: Virtual Machine Management
  • Use Templates and Cloning to Deploy Virtual Machines
  • Modify and Manage Virtual Machines
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion Migrations
  • Create and Manage Virtual Machine Snapshots
  • Create a vApp
  • Introduce the Various Types of Content Libraries and How to Deploy and Use Them
  • Module 6 Labs:
    • Using Templates and Clones:
      • Create a Virtual Machine Template
      • Create Customization Specifications
      • Deploy a Virtual Machine from a Template
      • Clone a Powered-On Virtual Machine
    • Modifying Virtual Machines:
      • Increase the Size of a VMDK File
      • Adjust Memory Allocation on a Virtual Machine
      • Rename a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Inventory
      • Add and Remove a Raw LUN on a Virtual Machine
      • Expand a Thin-Provisioned Virtual Disk
    • Migrating Virtual Machines:
      • Migrate Virtual Machine Files from the Local Storage to the Shared Storage
      • Create a Virtual Switch and a VMkernel Port Group for vSphere vMotion Migration
      • Perform a vSphere vMotion Migration of a Virtual Machine on a Shared Datastore
      • Perform a Cross-Host vSphere Storage vMotion Migration to a Local Datastore
Module 7: Resource Management and Monitoring
  • Introduce Virtual CPU and Memory Concepts
  • Configure and Manage Resource Pools
  • Methods for Optimizing CPU and Memory Usage
  • Use vCenter 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
  • Module 7 Labs:
    • Managing Virtual Machines:
      • Unregister a Virtual Machine from the vCenter Server Appliance Inventory
      • Register a Virtual Machine in the vCenter Server Appliance Inventory
      • Unregister and Delete a Virtual Machine from the Disk
      • Take Snapshots of a Virtual Machine
      • Revert to a Snapshot
      • Delete an Individual Snapshot
      • Use the Delete All Function in the Snapshot Manager
    • Managing vApps:
      • Create a vApp
      • Power On a vApp
      • Remove a vApp
    • Managing Resource Pools:
      • Create CPU Contention
      • Create Resource Pools
      • Verify Resource Pool Functionality
    • Monitoring Virtual Machine Performance:
      • Create CPU Workload
      • Use Performance Charts to Monitor CPU Utilization
      • Undo Changes Made to the Virtual Machines
    • Using Alarms:
      • Create a Virtual Machine Alarm to Monitor a Condition
      • Create a Virtual Machine Alarm to Monitor an Event
      • Trigger Virtual Machine Alarms and Acknowledge the Alarms
      • Disable Virtual Machine Alarms
Module 8: 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 Data
  • Module 8 Labs: Using vSphere HA
    • Create a Cluster Enabled for vSphere HA
    • Add Your ESXi Host to a Cluster
    • Test vSphere HA Functionality
    • View the vSphere HA Cluster Resource Usage
    • Manage vSphere HA Slot Size
    • Configure a vSphere HA Cluster with Strict Admission Control
Module 9: Host Scalability
  • Functions of a vSphere DRS Cluster
  • Configure and Manage a vSphere DRS Cluster
  • Work with Affinity and Anti-Affinity Rules
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS Together
  • Module 9 Labs: Implementing a vSphere DRS Cluster
    • Create a Load Imbalance
    • Create a vSphere DRS Cluster
    • Verify Proper vSphere DRS Cluster Functionality
    • Create, Test, and Disable a VM-VM Affinity Rule
    • Create, Test, and Disable an Anti-Affinity Rule
    • Create, Test, and Disable a VM-Host Affinity Rule
Module 10: 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
  • Module 10 Labs: Using vSphere Update Manager
    • Install the vSphere Update Manager Server
    • Install vSphere Update Manager
    • Modify the Cluster Settings
    • Configure vSphere Update Manager
    • Create a Patch Baseline
    • Attach a Baseline and Scan for Updates
    • Stage the Patches onto the ESXi Hosts
    • Remediate the ESXi Hosts
Module 12: Installing vSphere Components
  • ESXi Installation
  • Boot-from-SAN Requirements
  • Introduce vCenter Server Deployment Options
  • vCenter Server Hardware, Software, and Database Requirements
  • Installation of vCenter Server Appliance and a vCenter Server Instance

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