Fast Track [V6.5]

Session Detail:    Classroom 5 Day

This extended hours, five-day course features intensive, hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere® 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center. The material is presented in the Fast Track format.


  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Who Can Benefit

  • System administrators
  • System engineers

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Lesson 1: Introductions and course logistics
  • Lesson 2: Course objectives
  • Lesson 3: Describe the content of this course
  • Lesson 4: Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system
  • Lesson 5: Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone
  • Lesson 6: Identify additional resources

Module 2: Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Lesson 1: Describe the topology of a physical data center
  • Lesson 2: Explain the vSphere virtual infrastructure
  • Lesson 3: Define the files and components of virtual machines
  • Lesson 4: Describe the benefits of using virtual machines
  • Lesson 5: Explain the similarities and differences between physical architectures and virtual architectures
  • Lesson 6: Define the purpose of ESXi
  • Lesson 7: Define the purpose of vCenter Server
  • Lesson 8: Explain the software-defined data center
  • Lesson 9: Describe private, public, and hybrid clouds

Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines

  • Lesson 1: Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Lesson 2: Identify the files that make up a virtual machine
  • Lesson 3: Discuss the latest virtual machine hardware and its features
  • Lesson 4: Describe virtual machine CPU, memory, disk, and network resource usage
  • Lesson 5: Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
  • Lesson 6: Discuss PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe
  • Lesson 7: Deploy and configure virtual machines and templates
  • Lesson 8: Identify the virtual machine disk format

Module 4: vCenter Server

  • Lesson 1: Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Lesson 2: Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Lesson 3: Use vSphere Web Client
  • Lesson 4: Back up and restore vCenter Server
  • Lesson 5: Examine vCenter Server permissions and roles
  • Lesson 6: Explain the vSphere HA architectures and features
  • Lesson 7: Examine the new vSphere authentication proxy
  • Lesson 8: Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  • Lesson 9: Access and navigate the new vSphere clients

Module 5: Troubleshooting vSphere

  • Lesson 1: Use command-line commands with vSphere
  • Lesson 2: Use vSphere Management Assistant
  • Lesson 3: Describe the troubleshooting methodology for vSphere
  • Lesson 4: Identify the location of vSphere log files

Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Lesson 1: Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Lesson 2: Configure virtual switch security and load-balancing policies
  • Lesson 3: Compare and contrast vSphere distributed switches and standard switches
  • Lesson 4: Describe the virtual switch connection types
  • Lesson 5: Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture
  • Lesson 6: Use VLANs with standard switches
  • Lesson 7: Troubleshoot networks

Module 7: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Lesson 1: Identify storage protocols and storage device types
  • Lesson 2: Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Lesson 3: Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Lesson 4: Describe the new features of VMFS6.5
  • Lesson 5: Describe guest file encryption
  • Lesson 6: Describe storage connectivity and configuration
  • Lesson 7: Describe storage multipathing
  • Lesson 8: Discuss the use of vSAN and VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™

Module 8: Virtual Machine Management

  • Lesson 1: Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Lesson 2: Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Lesson 3: Clone a virtual machine
  • Lesson 4: Upgrade virtual machine hardware to version 13
  • Lesson 5: Remove virtual machines from the vCenter Server inventory and datastore
  • Lesson 6: Customize a new virtual machine using customization specification files
  • Lesson 7: Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Lesson 8: Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Lesson 9: Create, clone, and export vApps
  • Lesson 10: Identify the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them

Module 9: Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Lesson 1: Explain virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Lesson 2: Explain virtual memory reclamation techniques
  • Lesson 3: Describe virtual machine overcommitment and resource competition
  • Lesson 4: Configure and manage resource pools
  • Lesson 5: Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Lesson 6: Use various tools to monitor resource usage
  • Lesson 7: Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
  • Lesson 8: Describe and deploy resource pools
  • Lesson 9: Set reservations, limits, and shares
  • Lesson 10: Describe expandable reservations
  • Lesson 11: Schedule changes to resource settings
  • Lesson 12: Create, clone, and export vApps
  • Lesson 13: Use vCenter Server performance charts and esxtop to analyze vSphere performance
  • Lesson 14: Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi hosts

Module 10: vSphere HA, vSphere Fault Tolerance, and Protecting Data

  • Lesson 1: Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Lesson 2: Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Lesson 3: Use vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Lesson 4: Define clusterwide restart ordering capabilities
  • Lesson 5: Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover
  • Lesson 6: Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats
  • Lesson 7: Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Lesson 8: Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines
  • Lesson 9: Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN
  • Lesson 10: Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines
  • Lesson 11: Introduce vSphere Replication
  • Lesson 12: Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data
  • Lesson 13: Troubleshoot vSphere HA

Module 11: vSphere DRS

  • Lesson 1: Describe the functions and benefits of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Lesson 2: Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Lesson 3: Work with affinity and anti-affinity rules
  • Lesson 4: Describe the new capabilities for what-if analysis and Predictive DRS
  • Lesson 5:Describe the evolution of vSphere DRS using predictive data from VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™
  • Lesson 6: Perform preemptive actions to prepare for CPU or memory changes
  • Lesson 7: Describe the vCenter Server embedded vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI, and VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ capabilities
  • Lesson 8: Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together for business continuity
  • Lesson 9: Troubleshoot vSphere DRS

Module 12: vSphere Update Manager

  • Lesson 1: Describe the new vSphere Update Manager architecture, components, and capabilities
  • Lesson 2: Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the patching of ESXi, virtual machines, and vApps
  • Lesson 3: Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
  • Lesson 4: Create patch baselines
  • Lesson 5: Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
  • Lesson 6: Scan and remediate hosts

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