VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V8]

This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 7 and VMware vCenter Server® 7. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. This course is the foundation for most of the other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Course duration, academic hours: 40
Price (excl. VAT) 1700,00 
Price (with VAT): 2057,00 
Lecturer: Imants Šķērstens
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Course target
Target audience
  • System administrators;
  • System engineers.
At Course Completion you will be able to:
  • Describe the software-defined data center (SDDC);
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure;
  • Install and configure ESXi hosts;
  • Deploy and configure VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™;
  • Use VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration;
  • Manage, monitor, back up, and protect vCenter Server Appliance;
  • Create virtual networks with vSphere standard switches;
  • Describe the storage technologies supported by vSphere;
  • Configure virtual storage using iSCSI and NFS storage;
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores;
  • Use the vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots;
  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library;
  • Manage virtual machine resource use;
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®;
  • Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability and  VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™;
  • Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle;
  • Use VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ to perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machines.

Hands-on experience on system administration working with Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.

Training materials

VMvare training materials.

Certification Exam

Not intended.

Course outline

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics;
  • Course objectives.

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

  • Explain basic virtualization concepts;
  • Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure;
  • Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage;
  • Recognize the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts;
  • Describe the ESXi host architecture;
  • Navigate the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) to configure an ESXi host;
  • Recognize ESXi host user account best practices;
  • Install an ESXi host;
  • Use VMware Host Client™ to configure ESXi host settings.

3. Virtual Machines

  • Create and provision a virtual machine;
  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™;
  • Install VMware Tools;
  • Identify the files that make up a VM;
  • Recognize the components of a VM;
  • Recognize virtual devices supported by a VM;
  • Describe the benefits and use cases for containers;
  • Identify the parts of a container system.

4. vCenter Server

  • Describe the vCenter Server architecture;
  • Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server;
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance;
  • Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory;
  • Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server;
  • Use roles and permissions to enable users to access objects in the vCenter Server inventory;
  • Back up vCenter Server Appliance;
  • Monitor vCenter Server tasks, events, and appliance health;
  • Use VMware vCenter Server® High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance.

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Create and manage standard switches;
  • Describe the virtual switch connection types;
  • Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping, and load-balancing policies;
  • Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches.

6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Identify storage protocols and storage device types;
  • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage;
  • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores;
  • Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage;
  • Recognize the components of a VMware vSAN™ configuration.

7. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines;
  • Modify and manage virtual machines;
  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library;
  • Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine;
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations;
  • Describe the Enhanced vMotion Compatibility feature;
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots;
  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™;
  • Describe the benefits of VMware vSphere® Storage APIs – Data Protection.

8. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment;
  • Describe what overcommitment of a resource means;
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage;
  • Use various tools to monitor resource use;
  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events.

9. vSpheze Clusters

  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster;
  • Create a vSphere DRS cluster;
  • Monitor a vSphere cluster configuration;
  • Describe options for making a vSphere environment highly available;
  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture;
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster;
  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance.

10. vSphere Lifecycle Management

  • Recognize the importance of vCenter Server Update Planner;
  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works;
  • Describe how to update ESXi hosts using baselines;
  • Validate ESXi host compliance using a cluster image;
  • Describe how to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware.

If you want to get more information about this course, contact us by phone +371 67505091 or send an e-mail at mrn@bda.lv.