VMWare vSphere: What's New

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​This hands-on training course explores new features in VMware© vCenter Server 5.5 and VMware ESXi 5.5. Topics include VMware vSphere© 5.5 installation and how to upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5. Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several advanced vSphere 5.5 courses.

Intended Audience

  • System administrators
  • IT managers
  • System architects
  • People responsible for implementing or managing vSphere environments

At Completion

​By the end of the course, you should have an understanding of the functions and features in vSphere 5.5 and be able to do the meet the following objectives:

  • List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 5
  • Describe the upgrade process from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5
  • Use VMware©_ vCenter Server Appliance and the VMware vSphere©_ Web Client to manage the vSphere platform
  • Understand how VMware©_ vCenter Single Sign-On works
  • Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere©_ VMFS-5 datastore
  • Create a port mirroring session
  • Configure virtual machine storage policies
  • Create a datastore cluster and configure VMware vSphere©_ Storage DRS
  • Monitor VMware vSphere©_ High Availability cluster activity
  • Use VMware vSphere©_ Auto Deploy to provision an ESXi host


Attendance at one of these VMware vSphere 4 courses:

  • Install, Configure, Manage
  • Fast Track
  • What's New
  • Or equivalent vSphere 4 administration experience

Exams & Certifications


Course Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • vSphere 5 documentation resources


Module 2: Introducing VMware vSphere 5.5

  • Describe key enhancements in ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Describe the upgrade process from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5
  • Use vCenter Server Appliance to manage the vSphere platform
  • Use the vSphere Web Client to search for objects and view object information
  • Use vCenter Single Sign-On to add users and assign roles


Module 3: Virtual Machine Management

  • Describe virtual machine hardware features introduced in vSphere 5.x
  • Describe virtual machine enhancements introduced in vSphere 5.5


Module 4: Network Management

  • Describe new features of distributed switches, including network rollback, exporting, importing, and restoring a distributed switch configuration, traffic filtering and marking policy, NetFlow, port mirroring, Link Aggregation Control Protocol, Link Layer, Discover Protocol, Single Root I/O Virtualization, and health check
  • Describe enhancements to VMware vSphere©_ Network I/O Control
  • Configure and test port mirroring


Module 5: Storage Management

  • Describe new storage features, including VMFS-5, Fibre Channel over Ethernet software adapters, virtual machine, storage policies, VMware vSphere©_ Flash Read Cache, and VMware©_ Virtual SAN
  • Describe enhancements to VMware vSphere©_ Storage vMotion©_, solid-state drive support, and VMware vSphere©_ Storage APIs - Array Integration
  • Upgrade VMFS-3 to VMFS-5
  • Create user-defined storage capabilities and virtual machine storage policies


Module 6: Scalability

  • Describe vSphere Storage DRS and VMware vSphere©_ Storage I/O Control
  • Create a datastore cluster
  • Configure vSphere Storage DRS


Module 7: Availability

  • Describe the features, benefits, and architecture of VMware vSphere©_ Data Protection
  • Describe the features, benefits, and architecture of VMware vSphere©_ Replication
  • Describe the enhancements to vSphere HA
  • Monitor vSphere HA cluster activity


Module 8: VMware vSphere Deployment Alternatives

  • Use VMware vSphere©_ ESXi Image Builder CLI to create and export an image profile
  • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision an ESXi host



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