VMWare vSphere: FastTrack

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​This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere© 5.5. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware© ESXi 5.5 and VMware© vCenter Server 5.5. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware© Certified Professional 5 exam.

Intended Audience

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

If someone looking to pass the VCP5-DCV exam and looking for a test-prep course the recommended training is the VMware vSphere Fast Track course. The VMware vSphere Install Configure Manage course covers a portion of the exam content, whereas the Fast Track course covers significantly more. 

At Completion

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

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Create, configure, migrate, manage, and monitor virtual machines and virtual appliances
  • Manage user access to the VMware©_ virtual infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Implement VMware vSphere©_ High Availability and VMware vSphere©_ Fault Tolerance
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use vSphere distributed switches to scale networking
  • Use policy-driven storage and VMware vSphere©_ Storage DRS to scale storage
  • Use VMware vSphere©_ Update Manager to apply ESXi patches
  • Use VMware vSphere©_ Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • Deploy ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware©_ vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use VMware vSphere©_ ESXi Image Builder CLI to create an ESXi image
  • Use VMware vSphere©_ Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts


System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certification

Exams & Certifications



Course Outline

​Module 1: Course Introduction 

  • Introductions and course logistics 
  • Course objectives


Module 2: Software-Defined Data Center 

  • Introduce virtualization and vSphere components 
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization 
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture 
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces 
  • Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings


Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines 

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


Module 4: VMware vCenter Server 

  • Introduce vCenter Server architecture 
  • Introduce vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Using the VMware vSphere©_ Web Client 
  • Configuring VMware©_ vCenter Single Sign-On 
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses


Module 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks 

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch 
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties 
  • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group


Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage 

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names 
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage 
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere©_ VMFS datastores 
  • Introduce VMware©_ Virtual SAN datastores


Module 7: Virtual Machine Management 

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines 
  • Modify and manage virtual machines 
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots 
  • Perform VMware vSphere©_ vMotion©_ and VMware vSphere©_ Storage vMotion©_ migrations 
  • Create a VMware vSphere©_ vApp


Module 8: Access and Authentication Control 

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


Module 9: Resource Management and Monitoring 

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts 
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage 
  • Configure and manage resource pools 
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage


Module 10: High Availability and Fault Tolerance 

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture 
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster 
  • Set vSphere HA advanced parameters 
  • Enable vSphere FT on a virtual machine 
  • Describe VMware vSphere©_ Replication


Module 11: Network Scalability 

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


Module 12: Host Scalability 

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance 
  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere©_ Distributed Resource Scheduler cluster 
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility 
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together



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