VMware vSphere 6.5 with ESXi and vCenter

Catalog Home Cloud, AWS, VMware & Citrix VMware

This powerful 5-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere including VMware ESX 6.5 and vCenter. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5. Our courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere Client for both presentation material and lab procedures.

Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to advanced topics. With 40+% of class time is devoted to labs, students learn the skills they need to become effective vSphere administrators.

Labs start with installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers and progress to shared storage, networking and centralized management. The class continues to advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, power management, back-up and recovery, performance, vCenter redundancy, VM redundancy. Disaster recovery, rapid deployment and VM cold, hot and storage migration is also covered.

This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify and eliminate common IT pain points using vSphere. Students learn how to deliver business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot vSphere 6.5.

Before taking this course, attendees should have user, operator or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, UNIX, etc. Experience installing, configuring, and managing operating systems, storage systems and or networks is useful but not required. We assume that all attendees have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.

5 Days/Lecture & Lab

This class is suitable for anyone who wants to learn how to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in Virtual Infrastructure, including:

  • System architects or others who need to design virtual infrastructure
  • Security specialists responsible for administering, managing, securing Virtual Infrastructure
  • Operators responsible for day-to-day operation of Virtual Infrastructure
  • Performance analysts who need to understand, provision, monitor Virtual Infrastructure
  • Business Continuity specialists responsible for disaster recovery and high availability
  • Storage administrators who work with Fibre / iSCSI SAN volumes and NAS datastores
  • Managers who need an unbiased understanding of virtualization before committing their organization to a virtual infrastructure deployment.

Virtualization Infrastructure Overview

  • How to Install, Configure ESXi 6.5 (HoL1)
  • Virtual and Physical Networking (HoL)
  • NAS Shared Storage(HoL)
  • Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines (HoL)
  • Install and Deploy the vCenter Server Appliance (HoL)
  • VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones (HoL)
  • Add and Grow virtual disks (HoL)
  • Advanced Virtual Hardware – Hot Plug CPU/Memory (HoL)
  • ESXi and vCenter Permission Model (HoL)
  • Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage (HoL)
  • VMFS – The VMware Cluster File System (HoL)
  • ESX and vCenter Alarms (HoL)
  • Resource Management and Resource Pools (HoL)
  • VM Hot VMotion, Cold Migration and Storage VMotion (HoL)
  • Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduling Clusters (HoL)
  • Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters (HoL)
  • Disaster Preparedness with vSphere Replication (HoL)
  • Patch Management with VMware Update Manager (HoL)
  • Managing Scalability and Performance (HoL)
  • Final Thoughts




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