VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5]

You will learn how to install, configure, and manage VMware vSphere 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server 6.5 and also learn how to administer a vSphere infrastructure for all sizes of organizations. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.


  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
    • Content of this course
    • A complete picture of the VMware certification system
    • Benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
    • Additional resources
  2. Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center
    • Topology of a physical data center
    • vSphere virtual infrastructure
    • Files and components of virtual machines
    • Benefits of using virtual machines
    • Similarities and differences between physical architectures and virtual architectures
    • Purpose of ESXi
    • Purpose of vCenter Server
    • Software-defined data center
    • Private, public, and hybrid clouds
  3. Creating Virtual Machines
    • Virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Files that make up a virtual machine
    • Latest virtual machine hardware and its features
    • Virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
    • Importance of VMware Tools
    • PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe
    • Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
    • Virtual machine disk format
  4. vCenter Server
    • vCenter Server architecture
    • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
    • Use vSphere Web Client
    • Back up and restore vCenter Server
    • vCenter Server permissions and roles
    • vSphere HA architectures and features
    • New vSphere authentication proxy
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
    • Access and navigate the new vSphere clients
  5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Create and manage standard switches
    • Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
    • Contrast and compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
    • Virtual switch connection types
    • New TCP/IP stack architecture
    • Use VLANs with standard switches
  6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Storage protocols and storage device types
    • ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
    • New features of VMFS 6.5
    • vSAN
    • 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
    • Types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
  8. Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Virtual memory reclamation techniques
    • Virtual machine over commitment and resource competition
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Use various tools to monitor resource usage
    • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
    • Deploy resource pools
    • Set reservations, limits, and shares
    • Expandable reservations
    • Schedule changes to resource settings
    • Create, clone, and export vApps
    • Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance
  9. vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data
    • vSphere HA architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
    • Clusterwide restart ordering capabilities
    • Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
    • vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
    • vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
    • Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
    • Enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
    • vSphere Replication
    • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data