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VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V5.5] Course Information

Course Length: 2 Days

VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators is a two-day technical classroom training course designed to help operators and administrators create and manage virtual machines. This two-day lecture and lab course will help students gain the skills required to work effectively with VMware® virtual machines. This course is based on VMware® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5. After completing this course, students may enroll in advanced VMware vSphere® courses. For advanced vSphere course options, go to http://www.vmware.com/education.

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to provide students a strong understanding of VMware virtual machine features in vSphere 5.5. By the end of this course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  Describe virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
•  Describe the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
•  Deploy, configure, and manage virtual machines
•  Use vCenter Server to monitor virtual machine resource usage
•  Use VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machines


System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Intended Audience

Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server management

Sample VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V5.5] Course Outline

  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course goals and objectives
    • Online vSphere resources
    • Location of online vSphere documentation

  2. Introduction to VMware Virtualization
    • Compare the components and concepts of virtual and traditional architecture
    • Describe a virtual machine
    • Identify the benefits of using a virtual machine
    • Describe VMware virtualization concepts
    • Describe the components and features of vSphere
    • Describe inventory objects managed by vSphere
    • Describe the features of vCenter Server

  3. VMware vSphere Web Client
    • Access and use the VMware vSphere® Web Client
    • Describe the navigation panes in the vSphere Web Client

  4. Creating and Managing Virtual Machines
    • Describe virtual machine components
    • Create a virtual machine
    • Install a guest operating system and VMware® Tools™
    • Clone a virtual machine
    • Create an OVF template
    • Customize a virtual machine
    • Register and unregister a virtual machine in vCenter Server
    • Perform snapshot operations

  5. Virtual Machine Resource Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU, memory, and disk usage
    • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor virtual machine resource usage
    • Describe and monitor tasks
    • Describe, monitor, and manage events
    • Describe, monitor, manage, and acknowledge alarms

  6. Using VMware vSphere vApps
    • Describe VMware vSphere® vApps™
    • Create, edit, and manage a vApp
    • Clone a vApp
    • Manage the power status of a vApp

  7. Migrating Virtual Machines
    • Describe and use cold migration to migrate a virtual machine
    • Verify host and virtual machine requirements for vSphere vMotion
    • Migrate a virtual machine with vSphere vMotion
    • Migrate virtual machine storage with vSphere Storage vMotion
    • Describe CPU compatibility with Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
    • Describe VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™
    • Summarize VMware vSphere® High Availability