VMWare 7 Fast Track

VMware's latest vSphere offering to transfer from physical to virtual infrastructure

This course is designed to cover material from the install, configure and manage course in more depth, but also additional material in not covered in the standard VMware 7.x Install, Configure and Manage course.  We have also invested in very high performance servers with SSD arrays, 10GB infrastructure etc. These servers allow us to add extra practical not usually covered, as such it is a very full 5 days of material.  

Please Note: If paying for this course by Training Days, the cost is 8 Training days. 

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This course requires a wired internet connection to run, preferably dedicated to the classroom.
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  • Date18 Jul 2022
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Purpose of this course

This course is designed to cover material from the install, configure and manage course in more depth; but also additional material not covered in the standard VMware 6.7 Install, Configure and Manage course.

We have also invested in very high performance servers with SSD arrays, 10GB infrastructure etc. These servers allow us to add extra practical experience which is not usually covered; as such it is a very full 5 days of material.

This is the only VMware course based on the HTML5 client.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for experienced system administrators and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office.

You will learn how to
  • Describe the software-defined data center (SDDC)
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Install and configure ESXi hosts
  • Deploy and configure VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
  • Use VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration
  • 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, manage and detail the advantages and disadvantages of snapshots
  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library
  • Manage and plan virtual machine resource use 
  • Describe vApps
  • Create and manage resource pools, and discuss their implications
  • Monitor resource usage and critical parameters to proactively maintain an ESXi environment
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® 
  • Use VMware vSphere® Replication™  to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery
  • Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™
  • Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle
  • Use VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ to perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machines
Benefits for your organisation

The organisation gains skills in a highly sought after and important area of service provision. They will benefit from an individual with the ability to configure virtual infrastructure and therefore deliver higher levels of availability and capacity while driving down costs in a range of areas such as hardware, power consumption and application provision.

Benefits for you as an individual

You will obtain the skills which are critical in the move from a physical to a virtual infrastructure. Learning how to build a VMware infrastructure to support a wide range of operating systems and applications and how to configure them to work within a range of technology domains As well as gaining exposure to a range of supporting technologies, such as storage infrastructure, and achieving an understanding of how to piece them together to support the organisation.

Course Introduction

Introductions and course logistics
Course objectives

Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

Explain basic virtualization 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
Recognize the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts
Describe the ESXi host architecture
Navigate the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) to configure an ESXi host
Recognize ESXi host user account best practices
Install and configure an ESXi host
Use VMware Host Client™ to configure ESXi host settings

Virtual Machines

Create and provision a virtual machine
Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
Install VMware Tools
Identify the files that make up a VM
Recognize the components of a VM
Recognize virtual devices supported by a VM
Describe the benefits and use cases for containers
Identify the parts of a container system 
Exporting a virtual Machine to an OVF
Deploying a virtual machine from an OVF

vCenter Server

Describe the vCenter Server architecture
Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
Add data center, organizational 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 VMware vCenter Server® High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance

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
Describe and modify standard switch properties
Configure vSwitch load balancing / Resilience algorithms
Describe vSwitch security options
Configure Jumbo frames
Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
Detail and configure the features of VMKernel gateways

Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

Identify storage protocols and storage device types
Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage 
Detail Raw device mapping
Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and VASA
Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
Recognize the components of a VMware vSAN™ configuration 
Detail mulitpathing failover options
Common datastore problems
Recovering lost Luns

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
Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
Describe the Enhanced vMotion Compatibility feature
Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™
Describe the benefits of VMware vSphere® Storage APIs – Data Protection

Resource Management and Monitoring

Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
Describe what over commitment of a resource means
Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
Use various tools to monitor resource use
Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

vSphere Clusters

Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
Create a vSphere DRS cluster
Monitor a vSphere cluster configuration
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
Create, configure and Manage vSphere Fault tolerance

vSphere Lifecycle Management

Recognize the importance of vCenter Server Update Planner
Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works
Describe how to update ESXi hosts using baselines
Validate ESXi host compliance using a cluster image
Describe how to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware


A willingness to participate in a demanding, high-intensity training experience.  You need to be comfortable with system administration using command-line interfaces.