This 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.

Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 6 exam.

Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several, more advanced vSphere courses.



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 Outline

Lesson 1

1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • References and resources

Lesson 2

2 Software-Defined Data Center

  • Introduce components of the software-defined data center
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere Client
  • Overview of ESXi

Lesson 3

3 Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Create and work with virtual machines and templatese

Lesson 4

4 vCenter Server

  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vSphere Web Client
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

Lesson 5

5 Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups

Lesson 6

6 Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  •  Introduce storage protocols and storage device types
  •  Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI and NFS storage
  •  Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
  •  Introduce VMware Virtual SAN™
  •  Introduce Virtual Volumes

Lesson 7

7 Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  •  Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  •  Create vApps
  • Introduce the

Lesson 8

8 Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • 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
  • Identify and troubleshoot virtual machine resource issues
  • Introduce vRealize Operations Manager for data center monitoring and management

Lesson 9

9 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

Lesson 10

10 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
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity

Lesson 11

11 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 host configuration compliance
  • Scan and remediate hosts

Lesson 12

12 Installing vSphere Components

  • Install ESXi
  • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Discuss installation of vCenter Server Appliance and a vCenter Server instance
  • Demonstrate vCenter Server installation


What's Included

  • Authorised Training
  • Official Courseware
  • Printed Colour Handouts
  • 100% off Exam Voucher
  • 90 days Practice Tests
  • 24/7 Lab Access