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VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.5 to V6.0]

Get introduced to the newest features and enhancements of vSphere 6.

GK# 3247

Course Overview


In this course, you will learn the newest features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server 6 and VMware ESXi 6. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lecture material teach the skills you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere 6. This class is recommended for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6.0 into their existing vSphere environment.


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What You'll Learn

  • Key enhancements made to vSphere in version 6
  • New feature and maximum configuration allowances in vCenter Server 6
  • Configure new ESXi security and account management features
  • Deployment process of vSphere 6 release products
  • Platform Services Controller use case scenarios and apply these in vSphere 6 environments
  • Differences between VMware vSphere Client and VMware vSphere Web Client in the vSphere 6 release
  • Configure enhancements made to virtual machines in the vSphere 6 release
  • Apply the uses and benefits of VMware vRealize Operations Manager
  • Apply storage security and policies
  • Configure storage fault domains
  • The benefits of and configure virtual volumes
  • Apply network performance enhancements
  • Enhancements to VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler and VMware vSphere Storage DRS in the vSphere 6 release
  • Configure cross-vCenter Server systems migration
  • Apply multiprocessor fault tolerance and VMware vSphere App HA enhancements


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1. Introduction to vSphere 6

  • Discuss vSphere 6 feature enhancements
  • Discuss vSphere 6 installation and upgrade differences
  • Describe and apply ESXi lockdown mode
  • Discuss and apply ESXi account management
  • Discuss the integration and benefits of VMware vCloud Air

2. vCenter Server 6

  • Discuss the new features and benefits of vCenter Server 6
  • Use the new installation process to deploy vCenter Server
  • Apply vCenter Server configuration maximums
  • Use Platform Services Controller to manage system services
  • Use VMware Certificate Authority and VMware Endpoint Certificate Services to manage certificate lifecycles
  • Use the vSphere Web Client to apply enhanced performance configurations

3. Virtual Machine Enhancements

  • Use virtual hardware version 11 enhancements to virtual machines in the vSphere 6 release

4. Management Enhancements

  • Discuss VMware vSphere Network I/O Control features
  • Describe changes between Network I/O Control version 2 and Network I/O Control version 3
  • Apply virtual machine and distributed switch bandwidth configuration changes to increase performance
  • Describe IPv6 use cases in the vSphere environment

5. Storage Enhancements

  • Define key storage security enhancements made to the storage stack supported by vSphere 6
  • Discuss changes in lease management, share reservation, and authentication Remote Procedure Call authentication brought by the vSphere NFS 4.1 client for datastores
  • Describe and apply disk and storage bandwidth configuration to improve performance
  • Describe the differences between VMware Virtual SAN version 1 and Virtual SAN version 2
  • Create virtual machine storage policies
  • Create fault domains
  • Describe the ways that Virtual Volumes changes how virtual machine storage is presented and managed
  • Create, discover, and connect to storage containers

6. Network Enhancements

  • Discuss Network I/O Control features
  • Describe changes between Network I/O Control version 2 and version 3
  • Discuss virtual machine and distributed switch bandwidth configuration changes to increase performance
  • Discuss IPv6 use cases in the vSphere environment

7. Scalability Enhancements

  • Discuss and apply vSphere DRS enhancements
  • Discuss and apply vSphere Storage DRS enhancements

8. Availability Enhancements

  • Configure cross-vCenter Server system migration
  • Discuss multiprocessor fault tolerance features in vSphere 6
  • Discuss enhancements to App HA in vSphere 6


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You will spend approximately 50% of class time completing hands-on labs.


  • Attendance of VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage [V5.x] (or equivalent knowledge)
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Who Should Attend

  • VMware vSphere administrators
  • Systems engineers and operators who have attended VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage V5.x (or equivalent experience)
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: 2 day

Virtual Classroom Live

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

Duration: 2 day

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