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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage plus Optimize and Scale Fast Track [V6.0]

Prepare for the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) exam.

GK# 3991

Course Overview


In this intensive, extended-hours and hands-on lab training course, you will learn how to install, configure, manage, and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 6, including VMware ESXi 6 and VMware vCenter 6. This course combines the content of our best-selling VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced scalability and performance monitoring tasks and skills needed for configuring highly available and scalable vSphere environments. You will gain practical experience with these concepts through the completion of hands-on labs.

This fast-track course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) exam.


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What You'll Learn

  • Software-defined data center
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • VMware vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Client and VMware vSphere
  • Web Client
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere VMFS, NFS, VMware
  • Virtual SAN and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create a vApp
  • Use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Use VMware vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Use VMware vRealize Operations Manager™ to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts
  • Manage VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • 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
  • Use VMware vSphere Update Manager to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations
  • Manage role-based access to the VMware virtual infrastructure
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance and large-scale deployment
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to scale networking
  • Use VMware vSphere  Network I/O Control to ensure network service availability
  • Use VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control to ensure storage availability
  • Use policy-driven storage and VMware vSphere Storage DRS to scale storage
  • Use VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI to create an ESXi image and use that image with  VMware vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi host


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1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • References and resources

2. Software-Defined Data Center

  • Components of the software-defined data center
  • Where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere Client
  • Overview of ESXi

3. Creating Virtual Machines

  • Virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine

4. vCenter Server

  • vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vSphere Web Client
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Create and manage a standard switch
  • Modify standard switch properties
  • NIC teaming of a standard switch port group

6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI and NFS storage
  • Create and manage VMFS datastores
  • Virtual SAN datastores
  • Virtual Volumes

7. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create VMware vSphere vApp(s)
  • Content libraries

8. Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • ESXi host access and authentication
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory

9. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

10. vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  • VMware vSphere Replication
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

11. Network Scalability

  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  • Distributed switch features such as private VLANs, discovery protocols, Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring

12. Host Scalability

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

13. Storage Scalability

  • VMware vSphere Storage APIs - Array Integration and VMware vSphere API for Storage Awareness
  • Policy-driven storage
  • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  • vSphere Storage I/O Control
  • Create a datastore cluster
  • Configure vSphere Storage DRS

14. Patch Management

  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching

  • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Scan and remediate hosts

15. VMware Management Resources

  • VMware vSphere Management Assistant
  • Configure vSphere Management Assistant
  • VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface command set
  • Perform command-line operations for host management, network management, storage management, and performance monitoring

16. Installing VMware Components

  • vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories
  • ESXi installation
  • Boot-from-SAN requirements
  • vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)

17. Host and Management Scalability

  • Configure and manage VMware vSphere Distributed Power Management
  • Use VMware vSphere PowerCLI
  • Use vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI to create an ESXi installation image
  • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host


  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course (on VMware’s website) or VCA-DCV certification
  • Hands-on experience with vSphere

Who Should Attend

  • Administrators with foundational knowledge of virtualization
  • Experienced system administrators, systems engineers, and system integrators who want to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office
Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 5 day

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 5 day

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