VMware vSphere Install Configure and Manage 6.x

5 days


This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Target Audience

  • System administrators
  • System engineer

This course prepares you for the following certification:

  • VMware Certified Professional 6 Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)


  • System administrators
  • System engineer
  • This course prepares you for the following certification:

VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)

Skills Gained

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

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Deploy an ESXi host
  • Deploy VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use a local content library as an ISO store and deploy a virtual machine
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Client and VMware vSphere
  • Web Client
  • Describe virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Configure standard switch policies
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, Fibre Channel, and VMware Virtual SAN
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create, clone, and export 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 esxtop to identify and solve performance issues
  • Discuss the VMware vSphere High Availability cluster architecture
  • Configure vSphere HA
  • Manage vSphere HA 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 VMware vSphere Update Manager to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXihosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations


Those delegates who are attending via either virtual or extended classroom will be required to provide either dual monitors or single monitor plus a tablet device.

Technical pre-requisites

This course requires the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course Outline

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Describe the content of this course
  • Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
  • Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
  • Identify additional resources

2.Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Describe the topology of a physical data center
  • Explain the vSphere virtual infrastructure
  • Define the files and components of virtual machines
  • Describe the benefits of using virtual machines
  • Explain the similarities and differences between physical architectures and virtual architectures
  • Define the purpose of ESXi
  • Define the purpose of vCenter Server
  • Explain the software-defined data center
  • Describe private, public, and hybrid clouds

3. Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Identify the files that make up a virtual machine
  • Discuss the latest virtual machine hardware and its features
  • Describe virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools
  • Discuss PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe
  • Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
  • Identify the virtual machine disk format

4. vCenter Server

  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vSphere Web Client
  • Backup and restore vCenter Server
  • Examine vCenter Server permissions and roles
  • Explain the vSphere HA architectures and features
  • Examine the new vSphere authentication proxy
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  • Access and navigate the new vSphere clients

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
  • Contrast and compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
  • Describe the virtual switch connection types
  • Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
  • Use VLANs with standard switches

6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and storage device types
  • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Describe the new features of VMFS 6.5
  • Introduce Virtual SAN
  • Describe guest file encryption

7. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Clone a virtual machine
  • Upgrade virtual machine hardware to version 12
  • Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore
  • Customize a new virtual machine using customization specification files
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Create, clone, and export vApps
  • Introduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

8. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Explain virtual memory reclamation techniques
  • Describe virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Use various tools to monitor resource usage
  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
  • Describe and deploy resource pools
  • Set reservations, limits, and shares
  • Describe expandable reservations
  • Schedule changes to resource settings
  • Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance

9. vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Define clusterwide restart ordering capabilities
  • Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
  • Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  • Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with Virtual SAN
  • Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
  • Introduce vSphere Replication
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

10. Host Scalability

  • Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
  • Describe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and proactive vSphere DRS
  • Highlight the evolution of vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes
  • Describe the vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI, and VMware vSphere Auto Deploy capabilities
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity

11. vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

  • Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi, virtual machine and vApp patching
  • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
  • Scan and remediate hosts


This course helps prepare delegates for VMware Certified Professional ( VCP) status and is recognised as the flagship course in the VMware education portfolio.

Please ask us about VMware VCP certification. We can advise about appropriate exams or simply have a chat with you regarding your specific requirements. Hundreds of delegates passed their VCP with us last year.

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