Training: VMware vSphere v7 – Fast Track



This five-day, intensive course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere management skills. Participant will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure and manage vSphere. You will explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size using vSphere 7, which includes VMware ESXi 7 and VMware vCenter Server 7.

Participant profiles

  • Experienced system administrators and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office


  • Install and configure ESXi hosts
  • Deploy and configure VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use VMware Host Client, VMware vSphere Web Client, and VMware vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration
  • 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 vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots


  • Comfort with system administration using command-line interfaces
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course content

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Lesson 1: Introductions and course logistics
  • Lesson 2: Course objectives
  • Lesson 3: Describe the content of this course
  • Lesson 4: Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
  • Lesson 5: Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
  • Lesson 6: Identify additional resources

Module 2: Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Lesson 1: Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
  • Lesson 2: Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage
  • Lesson 3: Use vSphere Client to access and manage your vCenter Server system and ESXi host
  • Lesson 4: Compare virtual machine hardware version 14 to other versions
  • Lesson 5: Identify the virtual network adapters, and describe the enhanced VMXNET3
  • Lesson 6: Compare the types of virtual disk provisioning
  • Lesson 7: Install and configure ESXi host settings
  • Lesson 8: Identify the advantages of ESXi Quick Boot

Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines

  • Lesson 1: Create, provision, and remove a virtual machine
  • Lesson 2: Explain the importance of VMware Tools
  • Lesson 3: Describe how to import a virtual appliance OVF template

Module 4: vCenter Server

  • Lesson 1: Describe the vCenter Server architecture
  • Lesson 2: Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
  • Lesson 3: Access and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Lesson 4: Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
  • Lesson 5: Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server
  • Lesson 6: Create custom inventory tags
  • Lesson 7: Describe the rules for applying permissions
  • Lesson 8: Create a custom role in vCenter Server
  • Lesson 9: Create a vCenter Server Appliance backup schedule
  • Lesson 10: Restore vCenter Server Appliance from a backup
  • Lesson 11: Monitor vCenter Server Appliance

Module 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Lesson 1: Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Lesson 2: Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies
  • Lesson 3: Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
  • Lesson 4: Describe the virtual switch connection types
  • Lesson 5: Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
  • Lesson 6: Use VLANs with standard switches

Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Lesson 1: Identify storage protocols and storage device types
  • Lesson 2: Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Lesson 3: Create and manage VMware vSphere VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Lesson 4: Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Lesson 5: Identify the advantages of VMware vSAN

Module 7: Virtual Machine Management

  • Lesson 1: Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Lesson 2: Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Lesson 3: Create an instant clone of a virtual machine
  • Lesson 4: Identify the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them
  • Lesson 5: Add a hot-pluggable device
  • Lesson 6: Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk
  • Lesson 7: Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
  • Lesson 8: Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Lesson 9: Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

Module 8: Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Lesson 1: Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
  • Lesson 2: Describe what overcommitment of a resource means
  • Lesson 3: Identify additional technologies that improve memory usage
  • Lesson 4: Configure and manage resource pools
  • Lesson 5: Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Lesson 6: Use various tools to monitor resource usage
  • Lesson 7: Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

Module 9: vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data

  • Lesson 1: Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Lesson 2: Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Lesson 3: Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Lesson 4: Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
  • Lesson 5: Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
  • Lesson 6: Examine the features and functions of vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Lesson 7: Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  • Lesson 8: Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
  • Lesson 9: Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
  • Lesson 10: Examine the features and functions of vSphere Replication

Module 10: vSphere DRS

  • Lesson 1: Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Lesson 2: Create a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Lesson 3: View information about a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Lesson 4: Configure virtual machine affinity, DRS groups, and VM-host affinity rules
  • Lesson 5: Remove a host from a vSphere DRS cluster

Module 11: Network Scalability

  • Lesson 1: Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
  • Lesson 2: Explain distributed features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow
  • Lesson 3: Configuring port mirroring on a distributed switch

Module 12: vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

  • Lesson 1: Describe the architecture, components, and capabilities of vSphere Update Manager
  • Lesson 2: Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the patching of ESXi, virtual machines, and vApps
  • Lesson 3: Examine the features and functions of vSphere Update Manager EAM integration
  • Lesson 4: Integrate vSphere Update Manager with vSphere DRS
  • Lesson 5: Describe and use host profiles

Module 13: Storage Scalability

  • Lesson 1: Explain VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Array Integration, VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness, and vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering
  • Lesson 2: Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
  • Lesson 3: Configure vSphere Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control

Module 14: Securing Virtual Machines

  • Lesson 1: Set up encryption in your vSphere environment
  • Lesson 2: Encrypt virtual machines
  • Lesson 3: Encrypt core dumps
  • Lesson 4: Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion
  • Lesson 5: Describe support for virtual machine security features, such as UEFI secure boot, vTPM, and virtualization-based security


  • Digital courseware included

Lab / Exercises

Lab 1: Course Introduction
Lab 2: Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center
Lab 3: Creating Virtual Machines
Lab 4: vCenter Server
Lab 5: Troubleshooting vSphere
Lab 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
Lab 7: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
Lab 8: Virtual Machine Management
Lab 9: Resource Management and Monitoring
Lab 10: vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data
Lab 11:  vSphere DRS
Lab 12: vSphere Update Manager


  • This course prepares you to the VMware Certified Professional 7 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP7-DCV) exam. If you wish to take this exam, please contact our secretariat who will let you know the cost of the exam and will take care of all the necessary administrative procedures for you.

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CHF 5'300.-

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