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Deploying VMware vSphere



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Reduce total cost of ownership and improve disaster recovery by virtualizing your organization's infrastructure with VMware vSphere. In this training course, you gain the knowledge and skills to deploy, configure, and manage a highly available virtual infrastructure by leveraging VMware vSphere, vCenter Server, and ESXi Server in an enterprise environment.

You Will Learn How To

  • Deploy and configure a virtual infrastructure with VMware vSphere
  • Allocate networking and storage resources
  • Create direct-attached storage and storage area networks
  • Leverage vCenter Server for a secure and efficient IT environment

Important Course Information


  • Experience with Windows or Linux system administration and networking knowledge
  • You should know how to:
    • Create and administer users, groups, and shared network resources
    • Configure networking resources, such as routers, switches, and firewalls
    • Specify hardware requirements for server operating systems and applications
    • Remotely access and administer computers in a network environment


  • This course uses VMware vSphere 6.0, but is applicable to older versions of the software

Course Outline

  • Enterprise Virtualization Concepts
  • Virtualizing physical hardware
  • Mapping a physical data center topology to a virtual one
  • Sharing storage resources
  • Installing and Configuring ESXi Server

First steps

  • Walking through the installation steps
  • Working with the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI)

Leveraging vCenter Server 6.0

  • vCenter vs. Direct Connection for management
  • Applying additional vCenter management objects
  • Configuring Network Resources

Defining vSphere network terminology

  • Utilizing physical network resources
  • Establishing ports and port groups

Designing virtual switches

  • Engineering a virtual switch layout
  • Combining physical network cards for automatic failover

Establishing policies

  • Implementing network policies for security
  • Shaping network traffic
  • Teaming network cards
  • Accessing Shared Storage

Creating and managing a data store

  • VMkernel access to LUNs
  • Multipathing
  • Setting up a Network File System (NFS) data store
  • Comparing ESXi Server data store options

Enabling Fibre Channel storage

  • Controlling access to the shared storage
  • Making Fibre Channel LUNs available

Completing iSCSI setups

  • Identifying the components of iSCSI
  • Authenticating the ESXi Server with CHAP

Initiating VMFS data stores

  • Creating a VMFS
  • Extending a VMFS
  • Managing via VirtualCenter

Installing the vCenter components

  • vCenter vs. vSphere Client
  • vSphere license keys
  • Maintaining and adding an ESXi Server to the inventory

vCenter and multiple data centers

  • Grouping data centers in folders
  • Combining hosts into a cluster
  • Working with Virtual Machines

Creating virtual machines

  • Creating a base virtual machine image
  • Enabling multiple CPUs with Virtual SMP

Customizing advanced VM features

  • Improving performance with Vmware Tools
  • Provisioning new VMs with templates and clones

Managing VMs

  • Moving VMs between ESXi Servers
  • Preserving VM states with snapshots
  • Securing Access to the Infrastructure

Setting up security

  • Authoring vCenter permissions
  • Establishing permission inheritance

Initiating web access controls

  • Providing end user access to VMs
  • Managing VMs from the web
  • Extending Resource Management

Handling resource pools

  • Allocating CPU and memory resources
  • Defining Shares, Reservations and Limits

vSphere enterprise features

  • Adding hosts to a High Availability (HA) cluster
  • Moving a powered-on VM with vMotion
  • Balancing resources with Distributed Resource Scheduler
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“With the VMware skills I learned, I was able to modify our existing environment with advanced features such as fault tolerance. Now, hardware failures no longer shut down our environment. This has saved my company time and money in reduced downtime.”

- B. Pearman, Advanced Engineer I
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