VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [v6]


Course Overview

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It 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.

This unique online training course is taught by the most elite and skilled VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) with VMware Authorized Courseware using the latest HD video broadcast technology. The result is an online training classroom experience unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Learn faster and retain more so you are fully prepared to install and support VMware PLUS take the VCP6-DCV certification exam.

Exam: 2V0-620


Instructor: Vince Rightley

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Skills Learned

At the end of the online training course, you should gain an understanding of the functionality in vSphere 6 and be able to do the following:

  • Software-defined data center
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • 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
  • 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

Who Should Attend This Course


  • 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

1. Software-Defined Data Center

  • Introduce Components of the Software-Defined Data Center/li>
  • Where vSphere fits into the Cloud Architecture
  • Install and use vSphere Client
  • Overview of ESXi

2. Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Hardware, and Virtual Machine Files
  • Create and Work with Virtual Machines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/li>
  • Scan and re-mediate hosts

11. Installing VMware 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

Hands-On Labs

Hands-on Labs with Live Gear (available for 3 weeks from the start of the live class date)
Get hands on practice with real world scenarios. This course includes the following hands-on labs. This list is subject to change.

Lab 1: Installing vSphere Client

  • Access Your Student Desktop System
  • Install vSphere Client

Lab 2: 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

Lab 3: 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

Lab 4: 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

Lab 5: Using vSphere Web Client

  • Navigate vSphere Web Client
  • Pin and Unpin Panes
  • Hide the Getting Started Tabs
  • Upgrade the Virtual Machine’s Hardware

Lab 6: Creating Folders in vCenter Server Appliance

  • Create a Host and Cluster Folder
  • Create Virtual Machine and Template Folders

Lab 7: 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

Lab 8: 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

Lab 9: Accessing iSCSI Storage

  • Add a VMkernel Port Group to a Standard Switch
  • Configure the iSCSI Software Adapter and Connect It to the Storage

Lab 10: Accessing NFS Storage

  • Configure Access to NFS Datastores
  • View NFS Storage Information

Lab 11: 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

Lab 12: 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

Lab 13: 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

Lab 14: 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

Lab 15: 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

Lab 16: Managing vApps

  • Create a vApp
  • Power On a vApp
  • Remove a vApp

Lab 17: Managing Resource Pools

  • Create CPU Contention
  • Create Resource Pools
  • Verify Resource Pool Functionality

Lab 18: Monitoring Virtual Machine Performance

  • Create CPU Workload
  • Use Performance Charts to Monitor CPU Utilization
  • Undo Changes Made to the Virtual Machines

Lab 19: 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

Lab 20: 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

Lab 21: 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 Rulev
  • Create, Test, and Disable an Anti-Affinity Rule
  • Create, Test, and Disable a VM-Host Affinity Rule
  • Lab 22: 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