VMFT: VMware vSphere: Fast Track (V5.5)

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About This Course

This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5.5. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.


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

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Create, configure, migrate, manage, and monitor virtual machines and virtual appliances
  • Manage user access to the VMware virtual infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Implement VMware vSphere® High Availability and vSphere® Fault Tolerance (FT)
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to scale networking
  • Use prolicy-driven storage and VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ to scale storage
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply ESXi patches
  • Use VMware vSphere® Management Assistant (vMA) to manage vSphere
  • Deploy ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware® vCenter Server™ Appliance™
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI to create an ESXi image
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts

 Course Outline

Lesson 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics

  • Course objectives

Lesson 2: Software-Defined Data Center

  • Introduce virtualization and vSphere components

  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization

  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture

  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces

  • Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

Lesson 3: Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files

  • Deploy a single virtual machine

Lesson 4: VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce vCenter Server architecture

  • Introduce vCenter Server Appliance

  • Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance

  • Using the VMware vSphere® Web Client

  • Configuring VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™

  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

Lesson 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch

  • Describe and modify standard switch properties

  • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group

Lesson 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names

  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores

  • Introduce VMware® Virtual SAN™ datastores

Lesson 7: Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines

  • Modify and manage virtual machines

  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

  • Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations

  • Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™

Lesson 8: Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions

  • Discuss ESXi host access and authentication

  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory

Lesson 9: Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts

  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage

  • Configure and manage resource pools

  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

Lesson 10: High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture

  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster

  • Set vSphere HA advanced parameters

  • Enable vSphere FT on a virtual machine

  • Describe VMware vSphere® Replication

Lesson 11: Network Scalability

  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups

  • Discuss distributed switch features, such as private VLANs, discovery protocols, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring

Lesson 12: Host Scalability

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance

  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster

  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility

  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

Lesson 13: Storage Scalability

  • Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs – Array Integration and Storage Awareness

  • Explain policy-driven storage

  • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile

  • Introduce VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control

  • Create a datastore cluster

  • Configure Storage DRS

Lesson 14: Patch Management

  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching

  • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in

  • Create patch baselines

  • Scan and remediate hosts

Lesson 15: VMware Management Resources

  • Describe vSphere Management Assistant

  • Configure vSphere Management Assistant

  • Discuss the VMware vSphere® Command-Line Interface command set

  • Perform command-line operations for host management, network management, storage management, and performance monitoring

Lesson 16: Installing VMware Components

  • Describe vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories

  • Introduce ESXi installation

  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements

  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements

  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

Lesson 17: Host and Management Scalability

  • Configure and manage VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™

  • Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™

  • Use vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLIto create an ESXi installation image

  • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host

Hands-on Labs

Lab 1: Install VMware vSphere Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)

Lab 2: Configure VMware ESXi

Lab 3: Work with Virtual Machines

Lab 4: Use VMware vCenter Server

Lab 5: Standard Virtual Switches

Lab 6: Access ISCSI Storage

Lab 7: Access IP Storage

Lab 8: Manage VMware vSphere VMFS

Lab 9: Use Templates and Clones

Lab 10: Modify a Virtual Machine

Lab 11: Migrate Virtual Machines

Lab 12: Manage Virtual Machines

Lab 13: Manage vApps

Lab 14: Access Control

Lab 15: Resource Pools

Lab 16: Monitor Virtual Machine Performance

Lab 17: Use Alarms

Lab 18: Use vSphere High Availability (HA)

Lab 19: Configure VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance

Lab 20: vSphere Distributed Switches

Lab 21: Port Mirroring

Lab 22: vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler

Lab 23: Work with Host Profiles

Lab 24: Profile-Driven Storage

Lab 25: Manage Datastore Clusters

Lab 26: VMware vSphere Update Manager

Lab 27: Use VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

Lab 28: Using Image Builder

Lab 29: Configure VMware vSphere Auto Deploy on a Windows vCenter Server System




Who Should Attend

  • Solution architects

  • System Engineers

  • Network Engineers

  • Network Administrators

  • vSphere Administrators

  • Storage Administrators

  • System administrators

  • VCP Candidates