Fast Track [V7]

Session Detail:    Classroom, Virtual 5 Day

This five-day, intensive course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® 7 management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure and manage vSphere 7. You will explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size using vSphere 7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 7 and VMware vCenter Server® 7.


This course has the following prerequisites:

  • 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

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

  • Lesson 1: Explain basic virtualization concepts
  • Lesson 2: Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure
  • Lesson 3: Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage
  • Lesson 4: Recognize the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts
  • Lesson 5: Use VMware Host Client™ to access and manage ESXi host

Module 3: Virtual Machines

  • Lesson 1: Create and remove a virtual machine
  • Lesson 2: Provision a virtual machine with virtual devices
  • Lesson 3: Identify the files that make up a virtual machine
  • Lesson 4: Explain the importance of VMware Tools™

Module 4: vCenter Server

  • Lesson 1: Describe the vCenter Server architecture
  • Lesson 2: Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server
  • Lesson 3: Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Lesson 4: Use the vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory
  • Lesson 5: Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server
  • Lesson 6: Use roles and permissions to enable users to access objects in the vCenter Server inventory
  • Lesson 7: Back up vCenter Server Appliance
  • Lesson 8: Monitor vCenter Server tasks, events, and appliance health
  • Lesson 9: Use vCenter Server High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance

Module 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Lesson 1: Create and manage standard switches
  • Lesson 2: Describe the virtual switch connection types
  • Lesson 3: Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies
  • Lesson 4: Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches

Module 6: 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: Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Lesson 5: Deploy virtual machines on a VMware vSAN™ datastore

Module 7: Virtual Machine Management

  • Lesson 1: Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines
  • Lesson 2: Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Lesson 3: Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library
  • Lesson 4: Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk
  • Lesson 5: Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine
  • Lesson 6: Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Lesson 7: Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Lesson 8: Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™

Module 8: Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Lesson 1: Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment
  • Lesson 2: Describe what overcommitment of a resource means
  • Lesson 3: Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Lesson 4: Use various tools to monitor resource use
  • Lesson 5: Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

Module 9: vSphere Clusters

  • Lesson 1: Describe options for making a vSphere environment highly available
  • Lesson 2: Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Lesson 3: Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Lesson 4: Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Lesson 5: Configure a vSphere cluster using ESXi Cluster Quickstart
  • Lesson 6: Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Lesson 7: Create a vSphere DRS cluster

Module 10: Network Scalability

  • Lesson 1: Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
  • Lesson 2: Describe how VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control enhances performance
  • Lesson 3: Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring and NetFlow

Module 11: vSphere Lifecycle Management

  • Lesson 1: Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works
  • Lesson 2: Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to update ESXi hosts in a cluster

Module 12: Host and Management Scalability

  • Lesson 1: Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Lesson 2: Create and manage resource pools in a cluster

Module 13: Storage Scalability

  • Lesson 1: Explain why VMware vSphere® VMFS is a high-performance, scalable file system
  • Lesson 2: Explain VMware vSphere® Storage APIs – Array Integration, VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™, and vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering
  • Lesson 3: Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
  • Lesson 4: Create VMware vSAN™ storage policies
  • Lesson 5: Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
  • Lesson 6: Discuss vSphere support for NVMe and iSER

Module 14: Introduction to vSphere with Kubernetes

  • Lesson 1: Differentiate between containers and virtual machines
  • Lesson 2: Identify the parts of a container system
  • Lesson 3: Recognize the basic architecture of Kubernetes
  • Lesson 4: Describe a basic Kubernetes workflow
  • Lesson 5: Describe the purpose of vSphere with Kubernetes and how it fits into the VMware Tanzu portfolio
  • Lesson 6: Explain the vSphere with Kubernetes supervisor cluster
  • Lesson 7: Describe the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid service

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Fast Track [V7]

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Classroom, Virtual


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