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Cloud Computing and Virtualisation

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage

  • Length 5 days
  • Version 7.0
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Why study this course

This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 7 and VMware vCenter Server® 7.

This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organisation of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Product Alignment
•  VMware ESXi 7.0
•  VMware vCenter Server 7.0

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What you’ll learn

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

  • Describe the software-defined data center (SDDC)

  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure

  • Install and configure VMware ESXi™ hosts

  • Deploy and configure VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™

  • Use VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Serverconfiguration

  • Manage, monitor, back up, and protect vCenter Server Appliance

  • Create virtual networks with vSphere standard switches

  • Describe the storage technologies supported by vSphere

  • Configure virtual storage using iSCSI and NFS storage

  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores

  • Use the vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots

  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library

  • Manage virtual machine resource use

  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®

  • Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability andVMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™

  • Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle

  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform upgrades to ESXi hosts andvirtual machines

VMware at DDLS

VMware is the world leader in server virtualisation technologies. DDLS is a VMware Authorised Training Reseller offering training in VMware and vSphere.

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Expert instructors with real world experience and the latest vendor- approved in-depth course content.

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No matter your chosen technologies or platforms, we can help you stay one step ahead.

Who is the course for?

  • System administrators

  • Systems engineers

We can also deliver and customise this training course for larger groups – saving your organisation time, money and resources. For more information, please contact us via email on


Course subjects

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics

  • Course objectives

2. Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Explain basic virtualisation concepts

  • Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure

  • Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage

  • Recognise the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts

  • Use VMware Host Client™ to access and manage ESXi host

3. Virtual Machines

  • Create and remove a virtual machine

  • Provision a virtual machine with virtual devices

  • Identify the files that make up a virtual machine

  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™

4. vCenter Server

  • Describe the vCenter Server architecture

  • Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server

  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance

  • Use the vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory

  • Add data center, organisational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server

  • Use roles and permissions to enable users to access objects in the vCenter Server inventory

  • Back up vCenter Server Appliance

  • Monitor vCenter Server tasks, events, and appliance health

  • Use vCenter Server High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Create and manage standard switches

  • Describe the virtual switch connection types

  • Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies

  • Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches

6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Identify storage protocols and storage device types

  • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

  • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores

  • Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage

  • Deploy virtual machines on a VMware vSAN™ datastore

7. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines

  • Modify and manage virtual machines

  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library

  • Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk

  • Use customisation specification files to customise a new virtual machine

  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations

  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™

8. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualised environment

  • Describe what overcommitment of a resource means

  • Describe methods for optimising CPU and memory usage

  • Use various tools to monitor resource use

  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

9. vSphere Cluster

  • Describe options for making a vSphere environment highly available

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture

  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster

  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance

  • Configure a vSphere cluster using ESXi Cluster Quickstart

  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster

  • Create a vSphere DRS cluster

10. vSphere Lifecycle

  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works

  • Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to update ESXi hosts in a cluster


This course requires the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

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The supply of this course by DDLS is governed by the booking terms and conditions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in this course, as enrolment in the course is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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