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VMware vSphere 6: Install, Configure, Manage (VICM)

Course Description

Duration 5 Days

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage is our best-selling course. 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 prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size and forms the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Who should attend

  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers


  • 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 Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to 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 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: VMware vSphere® VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, and Virtual Volumes
  • 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
  • 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 and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations

Course Content

  • 1 Course Introduction
  • 2 Software-Defined Data Center
  • 3 Creating Virtual Machines
  • 4 vCenter Server
  • 5 Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
  • 6 Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
  • 7 Virtual Machine Management
  • 8 Resource Management and Monitoring
  • 9 vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • 10 Host Scalability
  • 11 vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance
  • 12 Installing vSphere Components

Detailed Course Outline

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

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

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 clients

Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • • Describe, create, and manage standard 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

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
  • • Describe guest file encryption

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
  • • Introduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

Resource Management and Monitoring

  • • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • • Explain virtual memory reclamation techniques
  • • Describe virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition
  • • Configure and manage resource pools
  • • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • • Use various tools to monitor resource usage
  • • 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
  • • Create, clone, and export vApps
  • • Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance

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

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

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

Course Curriculum

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