VMware NSX Install Configure Manage

5 days


At the end of the course, you should meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy a vCenter Server windows instance or VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Use the Windows client to directly manage an ESXi server
  • 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 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
  • Introduce 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


This VMware vSphere 6 Installation & Configuration course is ideal for system administrators who are responsible for the installation and configuration of VMware ESX 6 Server, VMware vCentre & VMware vServer - collectively known as VMware vSphere 6.

This class can also be delivered at version 4 or 5 if required.

Skills Gained

  • Describe the evolution of the software-defined data center
  • Configure and deploy VMware NSX components for management and control
  • Describe basic VMware NSX layer 2 networking
  • Configure, deploy, and use logical switch networks
  • Configure and deploy VMware NSX distributed router appliances to establish east-west connectivity
  • Configure and deploy VMware NSX Edge services gateway appliances to establish north-south connectivity
  • Configure VMware NSX L2 bridging
  • Configure and use all main features of the NSX Edge services gateway
  • Configure NSX Edge firewall rules to restrict network traffic
  • Configure VMware NSX distributed firewall rules to restrict network traffic
  • Configure Service Composer policies
  • Configure an identity-aware firewall
  • Describe VMware NSX data security
  • Use the cross-vCenter VMware NSX feature


  • Understanding of enterprise switching and routing
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP services
  • Experience with firewalls and firewall rule sets
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course or VCA-DCV certification

Course Outline

  • 1 - Course Introduction
  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Describe the content of this course
  • Detail the learning environment, remote access labs and course timings
  • 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 client
  • 5 - Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Detail the security options available within 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
  • Detail the installation and configuration of vSan
  • Describe guest file encryption
  • Implement a key management server for use with Virtual Machine Encryption
  • Implement Virtual Machine disk encryption
  • 7 - Virtual Machine Management
  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create a virtual machine
  • 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 over commitment and resource competition
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Use various tools to monitor resource usage
  • Detail the main counters indicating performance issues
  • 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

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Main Taunus Kreis
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Utrecht5 2500 £2500 2019-07-01
Thame5 3069 £3069 2019-07-01
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Paris5 2500 £2500 2019-07-08
Belgium5 2500 £2500 2019-07-08
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TBC5 2500 £2500 2019-10-14
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Thame5 2500 £2500 2019-10-14
Thame5 3069 £3069 2019-10-14
Ile de France
Paris5 2500 £2500 2019-10-14
Ile de France
Paris5 2500 £2500 2019-10-14
Online0 2500 £2500 2019-10-29
Berlin0 2500 £2500 2019-11-02