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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V8]

Learn installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 8, which includes VMware ESXi 8 and VMware vCenter 8.

GK# 821690 Vendor# EDU-VSICM8-EL

Course Overview


This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 8, which includes VMware ESXi 8 and VMware vCenter 8. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. This course is the foundation for most VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.


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What You'll Learn


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

  • Install and configure ESXi hosts
  • Deploy and configure vCenter
  • Use the vSphere Client to create the vCenter inventory and assign roles to vCenter users
  • Create virtual networks using vSphere standard switches and distributed switches
  • Create and configure datastores using storage technologies supported by vSphere
  • Use the vSphere ClientTM to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create content libraries for managing templates and deploying virtual machines
  • Manage virtual machine resource allocation
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion and VMware vSphere Storage vMotion
  • Create and configure a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere Distributed Resource SchedulerTM
  • Manage the life cycle of vSphere to keep vCenter, ESXi hosts, and virtual machines up to date


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  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
  2. vSphere and Virtualization Overview
    • Explain basic virtualization concepts
    • Describe how vSphere fits in the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
    • Recognize the user interfaces for accessing vSphere
    • Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, storage, and GPUs
  3. Installing and Configuring ESXi
    • Install an ESXi host
    • Recognize ESXi user account best practices
    • Configure the ESXi host settings using the DCUI and VMware Host Client
  4. Deploying and Configuring vCenter
    • Recognize ESXi hosts communication with vCenter
    • Deploy vCenter Server Appliance
    • Configure vCenter settings
    • Use the vSphere Client to add and manage license keys
    • Create and organize vCenter inventory objects
    • Recognize the rules for applying vCenter permissions
    • View vCenter logs and events
  5. Configuring vSphere Networking
    • Configure and view standard switch configurations
    • Configure and view distributed switch configurations
    • Recognize the difference between standard switches and distributed switches
    • Explain how to set networking policies on standard and distributed switches
  6. Configuring vSphere Storage
    • Recognize vSphere storage technologies
    • Identify types of vSphere datastores
    • Describe Fibre Channel components and addressing
    • Describe iSCSI components and addressing
    • Configure iSCSI storage on ESXi
    • Create and manage VMFS datastores
    • Configure and manage NFS datastores
  7. Deploying Virtual Machines
    • Create and provision VMs
    • Explain the importance of VMware Tools
    • Identify the files that make up a VM
    • Recognize the components of a VM
    • Navigate the vSphere Client and examine VM settings and options
    • Modify VMs by dynamically increasing resources
    • Create VM templates and deploy VMs from them
    • Clone VMs
    • Create customization specifications for guest operating systems
    • Create local, published, and subscribed content libraries
    • Deploy VMs from content libraries
    • Manage multiple versions of VM templates in content libraries
  8. Managing Virtual Machines
    • Recognize the types of VM migrations that you can perform within a vCenter instance and across vCenter instances
    • Migrate VMs using vSphere vMotion
    • Describe the role of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility in migrations
    • Migrate VMs using vSphere Storage vMotion
    • Take a snapshot of a VM • Manage, consolidate, and delete snapshots
    • Describe CPU and memory concepts in relation to a virtualized environment
    • Describe how VMs compete for resources
    • Define CPU and memory shares, reservations, and limits
  9. Deploying and Configuring vSphere Clusters
    • Create a vSphere cluster enabled for vSphere DRS and vSphere HA
    • View information about a vSphere cluster
    • Explain how vSphere DRS determines VM placement on hosts in the cluster
    • Recognize use cases for vSphere DRS settings
    • Monitor a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Describe how vSphere HA responds to various types of failures
    • Identify options for configuring network redundancy in a vSphere HA cluster
    • Recognize vSphere HA design considerations
    • Recognize the use cases for various vSphere HA settings
    • Configure a vSphere HA cluster
    • Recognize when to use vSphere Fault Tolerance
  10. Managing the vSphere Lifecycle
    • Enable vSphere Lifecycle Manager in a vSphere cluster
    • Describe features of the vCenter Update Planner
    • Run vCenter upgrade prechecks and interoperability reports
    • Recognize features of VMware vSphere Lifecycle ManagerTM
    • Distinguish between managing hosts using baselines and managing hosts using images
    • Describe how to update hosts using baselines
    • Describe ESXi images
    • Validate ESXi host compliance against a cluster image and update ESXi hosts
    • Update ESXi hosts using vSphere Lifecycle Manager
    • Describe vSphere Lifecycle Manager automatic recommendations
    • Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware



This course has the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Who Should Attend

  • System administrators
  • System engineer
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