VMware vSphere 6.x with ESXi and vCenter Boot Camp

Catalog Home Cloud, AWS, VMware & Citrix VMware

This powerful five-day, extended hours class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere including VMware ESXi 6.x and vCenter. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.x. Our courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use 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, hot migration, and workload consolidation are 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. Every attendee performs one or more Hands on Labs at the end of each chapter.

By the end of the class, attendees will have developed in-depth vSphere knowledge, skills, and best practices. Attendees will be able to design, implement, configure, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot vSphere 6.x. Attendees have the option to earn ESXLab Certified Virtualization Specialist (ECVS) by challenging a certification exam at the end of the course.

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 & Labs

This class is suitable for anyone who want 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.x Installable
  • Virtual and Physical Networking
  • Advanced Virtual Networking
  • Configure and use NAS Shared Storage
  • Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines
  • Install and Deploy the vCenter Server Appliance
  • VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones
  • Advanced Virtual Hardware – Hot Plug CPU/Memory
  • ESXi and vCenter Permission Model
  • Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage
  • Work with Raw Device Maps
  • VMFS – The VMware Cluster File System
  • ESXi and vCenter Alarms
  • Resource Management and Resource Pools
  • Consolidation with vCenter Converter
  • VMotion Hot migration, Cold Migration, Storage VMotion
  • Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters
  • Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters
  • High VM availability with HA Fault Tolerance
  • Disaster Preparedness with vSphere Replication
  • Patch Management with VMware Update Manager
  • Managing Scalability and Performance
  • Create, configure, and use vNetwork Distributed Virtual Switches
  • Final Thoughts




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