VMware vSphere 6.5: Fast Track


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This extended hours, five-day course features intensive, hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere® 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center. The material is presented in the Fast Track format.

Product Alignment

  • ESXi 6.5
  • vCenter Server 6.5

Intended Audience:

  • System administrators
  • System engineers


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Deploy an ESXi host
  • Deploy VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
  • Use a local content library as an ISO store and deploy a virtual machine
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware Host Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Troubleshoot vSphere environments with VMware vSphere® Management Assistant and command-line commands
  • Describe virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Configure standard switch policies
  • Troubleshoot virtual networks
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere® VMFS, NFS, iSCSI, and RDM
  • Examine the features and functions of Fibre Channel and VMware vSAN™
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create, clone, and deploy a vApp
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Troubleshoot virtual machines
  • Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Troubleshoot vSphere storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Use esxtop to identify and solve performance issues
  • Troubleshoot ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
  • Discuss the VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster architecture
  • Configure vSphere HA
  • Manage vSphere HA and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Troubleshoot vSphere HA
  • 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
  • Troubleshoot vSphere DRS clusters
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations


Module 1: Course Introduction

Module 2: Software-Defined Data Center

Lesson 1: Overview of vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center
Lesson 2: Abstraction: Overview of a Viertual Machine
Lesson 3: Shared Resources: Overview of ESXi
Lesson 4: Centralized Management: Overview of vCenter Server

Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines

Lesson 1: Virtual Machine Concepts
Lesson 2: Creating a Virtual Machine

Module 4: vCenter Server

Lesson 1: vCenter Server Architecture
Lesson 2: Deploying, Backing Up, and Restoring vCenter Server Appliance
Lesson 3: vSphere Clients
Lesson 4: Managing the vCenter Server Inventory
Lesson 5: vCenter Server Roles and Permissions

Module 5: Troubleshooting vSphere

Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Method for vSphere
Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Tools
Lesson 3: Logging and Log Files

Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

Lesson 1: Introduction to vSphere Standard Switches
Lesson 2: Configuring Standard Switch Policies
Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Virtual Networks

Module 7: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

Lesson 1: Storage Concepts
Lesson 2: Fibre Channel Storage
Lesson 3: iSCSI Storage
Lesson 4: VMFS Datastores
Lesson 5: NFS Datastores
Lesson 6: vSAN Datastores
Lesson 7: Troubleshooting Storage Connectivity and Configuration
Lesson 8: Troubleshooting Multipathing

Module 8: Virtual Machine Management

Lesson 1: Creating Templates and Clones
Lesson 2: Working with Content Libraries
Lesson 3: Modifying Virtual Machines
Lesson 4: Migrating Virtual Machines
Lesson 5: Creating Virtual Machine Snapshots
Lesson 6: Troubleshooting Virtual Machines

Module 9: Resource Management and Monitoring

Lesson 1: Virtual CPU and Memory Concepts
Lesson 2: Resource Controls and Resource Pools
Lesson 3: Creating vApps
Lesson 4: Monitoring Resource Usage
Lesson 4: Using Alarms
Lesson 5: Troubleshooting ESXi and vCenter Server

Module 10: vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance and Protecting Data

Lesson 1: Introduction to vSphere HA
Lesson 2: vSphere HA Architecture
Lesson 3: Configuring vSphere HA
Lesson 4: Introduction to vSphere Fault Tolerance
Lesson 5: vSphere Replication and vSphere Data Protection
Lesson 6: Troubleshooting vSphere HA

Module 11: vSphere DRS

Lesson 1: Scaling ESXi Hosts with vSphere DRS
Lesson 2: Troubleshooting DRS

Module 12: vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance


Lab 1: Installing vSphere
Lab 2: Configuring ESXi Hosts
Lab 3: Deploying and Configuring a Virtual Machine
Lab 4: Working with vCenter Server
Lab 5: Navigating the vSphere Clients
Lab 6: Creating Folders in vCenter Server Appliance
Lab 7: Using the Command Line (VSTW65 Lab 1 Tasks 3-7)
Lab 8: Using vSphere Management Assistant (VSTW65 Lab 2)
Lab 9: Searching Log Files (VSTW65 Lab 3)
Lab 10: Using Standard Switches
Lab 11: Accessing iSCSI Storage
Lab 12: Managing VMFS Datastores
Lab 13: Accessing NFS Storage
Lab 14: Using Templates and Clones
Lab 15: Modifying Virtual Machines
Lab 16: Migrating Virtual Machines
Lab 17: Managing Virtual Machines
Lab 18: Managing Resource Pools
Lab 19: Managing vApps
Lab 20: Monitoring Virtual Machine Performance
Lab 21: Using Alarms
Lab 22: Using vSphere HA
Lab 23: Implementing a vSphere DRS Cluster
Lab 24: Using vSphere Update Manager


Please note: All VMware course materials are available to delegates in e-courseware format only. VMware will email delegates with instructions on how to access their e-book entitlement no less than 48 hours before their course is due to take place. If you have an existing VMware MyLearn account it is imperative that you notify QA of the email address you have registered to this account.

Those delegates who are attending via either virtual or extended classroom will be required to provide either dual monitors or single monitor plus a tablet device.

Technical pre-requisites

This course requires the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems


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5520,00  + VAT