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VMware vSphere 5.0 with ESXi and vCenter

Course VMware5.0: Five Days; Instructor-Led




5-day instructor led training

Course Books

660 pg Study Guide with slide notes

200 pg Lab Guide with detailed steps for completing labs

vSphere Version

Covers VMware vSphere 5.0 including ESXi 5.0 and vCenter


Remote access to dedicated rack of servers with one HP DL365 server/student, an iSCSI SAN, etc.

Max Attendees

Limited by server availability. We currently have 90+ student servers available


Course can be run from any location that has a reliable Internet connection. Each attendee needs a PC that supports Microsoft Terminal Services

Lab Time

40+% of class time is devoted to hands-on labs


October, 2011


Prepares attendees to challenge the ESXLab Certified Virtualization Specialist exam


This powerful 5-day class is an intense introduction to virtualization using VMwares vSphere 5.0 including VMware ESX 5.0 and vCenter. Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to more advanced topics. More than 40% of class time is devoted to labs so concepts, skills and best practices are developed and reinforced.


Initial labs focus on installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers. As the class progresses, shared storage, networking and centralized management are introduced. The class continues on to more advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, back up and recovery, troubleshooting and more. Disaster recovery, rapid deployment, hot migration and workload consolidation are also covered.


This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify common IT pain points and then clearly explain and demonstrate how virtualization delivers clear, tangible benefits (e.g.: reduced costs, greater consistency, responsiveness, reduced administration, server consolidation, etc.). Each topic is presented from the perspective of delivering key business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.


By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the benefits, skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 5.0.


At the end of the course, attendees will be able to:


         Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization

         Install ESXi Server according to best practices

         Configure and manage local storage

         Create virtual, distributed virtual, and virtual to physical LAN segments

         Understand and use shared SAN storage including Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN

         Define and use file share (NAS) datastores

         Install, configure and administer VMware vCenter

         Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications

         Rapidly deployment of VMs using golden-master templates

         Create clones - one-time copies of virtual machine

         Perform VM cold migrations, hot migrations and Storage VMotion

         Configure, manage, monitor and secure users and groups

         Understand the benefits and trade offs of network, SAN,

         Deploy and use VMware Data Recovery to back up and recover VMs

         Create and manage load balanced clusters

         Manage power consumption with Distributed Power Management

         Understand, create and manage high availability clusters to protect against VM service loss caused by ESXi server failures

         Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance

         Patch and update ESXi servers using vCenter Update Manager

         Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization

         Troubleshoot common problems

Who Should Attend?

This class is suitable for anyone who want to learn how to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in Virtual Infrastructure, including:


-          System architects or others who need to design virtual infrastructure

-          Security specialists responsible for monitor, managing, securing and administering Virtual Infrastructure

-          Operators responsible for day-to-day operation of Virtual Infrastructure

-          Performance and capacity analysts who need to understand, provision, monitor and performance tune Virtual Infrastructure

-          Backup Administrators who need to understand the impact of existing and new back up strategies in a virtual environment

-          Business Continuity specialists responsible for disaster recovery and high availability

-          Storage administrators who need to understand how VMware ESX  uses Fibre SAN and iSCSI SAN volumes and NAS datastores

-          Managers who need an unbiased understanding of virtualization before committing their organization to a virtual infrastructure deployment.


Attendees should have user, operator or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, UNIX, etc. Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage systems and or networks is useful but not required. We assume that all attendees have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.

Chapter List

Our class consists of the following 22 chapters:


Chapter 1 - Virtualization Infrastructure

Chapter 2 How to install ESXi 5.0 Installable

Chapter 3 - Virtual and Physical Networking

Chapter 4 - NAS Shared Storage

Chapter 5 - Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

Chapter 6 - vCenter

Chapter 7 - VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones

Chapter 8 - ESX and vCenter Permission Model

Chapter 9 - Advanced Virtual Networking

Chapter 10 - Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage

Chapter 11 - VMware File System (VMFS)

Chapter 12 - Resource Management and Resource Pools

Chapter 13 Guided Consolidation

Chapter 14 - VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

Chapter 15 Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler

Chapter 16 Failure Recover with High Availability Clusters

Chapter 17 Back Up and Recovery with VMware Data Recovery

Chapter 18 - Consolidation with vCenter Converter

Chapter 19 ESX and vCenter Alarms

Chapter 20 Patch Management with VMware Update Manager

Chapter 21 Managing Scalability and Performance

Chapter 22 Final Thoughts

Hands On Labs

Attendees will complete the following hands on labs during the class:


  Install of ESXi 5.0 and perform post-install configurations

  Create and update network Standard Virtual Switches

  Define, connect to and browse NFS file shares

  Create a Virtual Machine. Install Windows 2003 into the VM. Install VMware Tools into the VM. Add 3rd party tools and utilities to the VM

  Install and configure vCenter on Windows 2003. Install vCenter Modules

  Configure vCenter's inventory views to organize inventory objects

  Work with Clones and Templates. Convert a VM into a template. Rapidly deploy new VMs from template. Copy VMs using cloning. Use guest OS customization to easily change the identity of a VM. Create, update and deploy VMs using Guest OS Customization Specifications

  Work with virtual disks. Hot add a secondary virtual disk. Grow a non-system volume. Grow a Windows system disk and increase it's partitions without the need for 3rd party tools

  Work with vCenter permissions. Use and customize Roles

  Create, update and work with Network Distributed vSwitches. Create NIC Teams for added performance and redundancy

  iSCSI, Fibre Storage Area Networks. Connecting to shared storage

  VMware VMFS VMware's proprietary cluster file system. How to create, tune and grow VMFS volumes

  Resource management. Work with resource tuning settings. Create, manage and monitor Resource Pools

  VM migration including Cold Migration, Storage Migration and VMotion

  Automated VM resource load balancing with DRS clusters

  Use HA clusters to minimize VM down time due to server failures

  Guided Consolidation. Rapidly discover, monitor and migrate physical machines into VMs

  Back up and restore VMs using VMware Data Recovery

  Using Converter Enterprise to migrate physical machines to VMs

  Set up and use VMware Guided Consolidation to import a Windows server

  vCenter alarms for monitoring key infrastructure objects. Send SNMP traps to a trap receiver on high VM resource consumption

  Set up VMware Update Manager to patch/update Windows VMs

  Performance analysis and benchmarking storage and networking


Attendees have the option to earn ESXLab Certified Virtualization Specialist (ECVS) by challenging a certification exam a the end of the course.

Detailed Chapter List

Chapter 1 - Virtualization Infrastructure

  Virtualization explained

  How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments

  Common pain points in PC Server management

  How virtualization effectively addresses common IT issues

  VMware vSphere software products

Chapter 2 How to Install ESXi 5.0 Installable

  Understanding ESXi

  Selecting, validating and preparing your server

  Storage controllers, disks and partitions

  Software installation and best practices

  Joining ESXi to a Domain

  First look at the VMware vSphere Client

Chapter 3 - Virtual and Physical Networking

  vNetwork standard and distributed virtual Switches

  Virtual Switches, Ports and Port Groups

  Creating VMkernel ports

  Creating, sizing and customizing Virtual Switches

Chapter 4 - NAS Shared Storage

  Benefits Shared Storage offer to Virtual Infrastructure

  Shared Storage options

  NFS Overview

  Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares

  Troubleshooting NFS connections


Chapter 5 - Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

  VM virtual hardware, options and limits

  Sizing and creating a new VM

  Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware

  Working with a VMs BIOS

  VMware remote console applications

  Installing an OS into a VM

  Driver installation and customization

Chapter 6 - vCenter

  vCenter feature overview and components

  VMware Licensing

  Organizing vCenter's inventory views

  Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management

  Troubleshooting vCenter

Chapter 7 - VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones

  Templates - Virtual Machine Golden Master images

  Creating, modifying, updating and working with Templates

  Patching, and refreshing Templates

  Cloning, one time copies of VMs

  Best practices for cloning and templating

Chapter 8 - ESXi and vCenter Permission Model

  VMware Security model

  Configuring local users and groups

  Managing local permissions

  vCenter security model

  Local, Domain and Active Directory users and groups

  How permissions are applied


Chapter 9 - Advanced Virtual Networking

  Uplinking Virtual and Physical Network segments using NICs

  Distributed virtual switches and distributed Port Groups

  NIC teaming for redundancy and Performance

  Connecting to vLANs

  Enhanced Network Security

  Virtual routers and firewalls

  Assigning physical NICs to VMs

Chapter 10 - Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage

  Fibre SAN overview

  Identifying and using Fibre Host Bus Adapters

  Scanning and Rescanning Fibre SANs

  iSCSI overview

  Virtual and physical iSCSI adapters

  Connecting to iSCSI storage

  Scanning and rescanning iSCSI SANS

  Performance and redundancy considerations and best practices

Chapter 11 - VMware File System (VMFS)

  Unique file system properties of VMFS

  Managing shared Volumes

  Creating new VMFS partitions

  Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion

  Native and 3rd party Multipathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs

  VMFS performance considerations

Chapter 12- Resource Management and Resource Pools

  How ESX delivers resources to VMs

  Shares, Reservations and Limits

  CPU resource scheduling

  Memory resource scheduling

  Resource Pools


Chapter 13 Guided Consolidation

  Use Guided Consolidation to discover, Domains, Workgroups and servers

  Extract hardware profiles from select servers

  Monitor physical server resource consumption

  Select and convert physical servers to VMs

Chapter 14 - VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

  Cold Migrations to new ESX hosts, datastores

  Hot Migrations with VMotion

  VMotion requirements and dependencies

  How VMotion works detailed explanation

  Troubleshooting VMotion

  Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations

Chapter 15 Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler

  Delegated resource management with Resource Pools

  Resource balanced clusters with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler

  DRS Cluster configuration and tuning

  Per-VM cluster policy overrides

Chapter 16 Failure Recover with High Availability Clusters

  High Availability options to minimize unplanned down time

  VMware High Availability clusters

  VMware Fault Tolerance

Chapter 17 Back Up, Recovery

  Pros and Cons of traditional back up strategies

  Backing up VMs with VMware Data Recovery

  Backing and restoring your ESXi server configuration

  Third party VM back up solutions

Chapter 18 - Consolidation with vCenter Converter

  vCenter Converter overview

  Converting physical machines, virtual machines and OS Images

  Cold migrations of physical machines to virtual machines

  Hot migrations of physical machines to virtual machines

Chapter 19 ESX and vCenter Alarms

  Alarm categories and definitions

  Creating custom alarms and actions

  Reviewing alarms and acknowledging them

Chapter 20 Managing Scalability and Performance

  VMkernel CPU and memory resource management mechanisms

  Tuning VM storage I/O performance

  Identifying and resolving resource contention

  Monitoring VM and ESX host performance

  Performance and capacity planning strategies

Chapter 21 Patch Management with VMware Update Manager

  Configure and enable VMware Update Manager

  Establishing a patch baseline

  Verifying compliance and patching ESXi hosts

Chapter 22 Final Thoughts

  Consolidation guidelines for VMs and Storage

  Determining which workloads to consolidate

  Other considerations


For More Information

This class can be customized to meet your unique training and delivery needs, including:


l  On-site delivery at your facility

l  Custom timetables including 3-day rapid delivery boot-camps

l  Content and Lab customization to meed your unique training needs

l  Distance training

l  Mentoring, implementation planning and assistance





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