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VMware vSphere: Fast Track V6 Course Information

Course Length: 5 Days

This intensive, extended-hours course combines instructor training with hands-on labs to focus on how to install, configure, manage, and troubleshoot VMware vSphere® 6, including VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with training in the troubleshooting skills needed for maintaining highly available and scalable vSphere environments. Students gain practical experience with these concepts through the completion of hands-on labs.

Completion of this course satisfies the course requirement for the VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) certification.

Students who complete this course can enroll in more advanced vSphere courses. For advanced course options, go to www.vmware.com/education.


Course Objectives

  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter™ Server Appliance™
  • Configure and manage the vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Configure vSphere standard and distributed switches
  • Describe and use a content library
  • Migrate virtual machines and storage with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
  • Use VMware vRealize™ Operations Manager™ to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts
  • Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Use VMware vSphere® Replication™ and VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery
  • Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, vCenter Server, virtual networking, virtual storage, and other vSphere operations

Pre-requisites

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course or VCA-DCV certification

Intended Audience

 New and experienced system administrators, systems engineers, and system integrators seeking superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office

Sample VMware vSphere: Fast Track V6 Course Outline

  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

  2. Software-Defined Data Center
    • Introduce virtualization and vSphere components
    • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
    • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
    • Install and use vSphere user interfaces
    • Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

  3. Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Deploy a single virtual machine
    • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™
    • Describe how to import an OVF template

  4. vCenter Server
    • Introduce vCenter Server architecture
    • Introduce vCenter Server Appliance
    • Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance
    • Use vSphere Web Client
    • Configure VMware vCenter™ Single Sign-On™ and VMware Platform Services Controller™
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

  5. Troubleshooting vSphere
    • Use a structured approach to troubleshoot issues in vSphere
    • Discuss options for running vSphere commands
    • Locate and use important vSphere log files

  6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
    • Describe and modify standard switch properties
    • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group
    • Describe, create, and manage a distributed switch
    • Troubleshoot virtual networking

  7. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Introduce storage protocols and device names
    • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
    • Introduce VMware Virtual SAN™ datastores
    • Troubleshoot virtual storage

  8. Virtual Machine Management
    • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    • Create vApps
    • Describe the types of content libraries
    • Troubleshoot virtual machines and snapshots

  9. Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage
    • Use vRealize Operations Manager to manage a software-defined data center

  10. vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Set vSphere HA advanced parameters
    • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on a virtual machine
    • Describe vSphere Replication and vSphere Data Protection
    • Troubleshoot vSphere HA

  11. Host Scalability
    • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Create a vSphere DRS cluster
    • View information about a vSphere DRS cluster
    • Troubleshoot vSphere DRS clusters

  12. vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance
    • Describe, install, and configure vSphere Update Manager
    • Describe and use host profiles
    • Use baselines and remediate ESXi hosts
    • Perform patch management

VMware vSphere: Fast Track V6 Certification Information

VMware Certified Professional 6 - Datacenter Virtualization

As the demand for IT professionals with datacenter virtualization skills increases, it is essential to distinguish yourself in the market with a certification that validates your technical capabilities. Becoming a VMware Certified Professional does just that.

This industry-recognized certification requires completion of a VMware-authorized training course and hands-on experience with VMware technologies. Achieving the VCP certification confirms that you have the education needed to successfully install, deploy, scale and manage VMware vSphere environments, as well as the skills obtained by a minimum of six months experience with VMware infrastructure technologies.

VMware Certified Professional - Datacenter Virtualization (on vSphere 6)

Become a VCP6-DV

There are different paths to VCP6-DV certification based on your background. Choose your path and complete the three core validation components:

  • Attend a qualifying VMware authorized course.
  • Gain hands-on experience with VMware vSphere 6.
  • Pass the VCP6-DV Exam.

Certification Price

The cost of the VMware Certified Professional 6 - Datacenter Virtualization certification is $175.00. Testing is available at authorized VMTraining testing centers throughout the world. Click here to purchase a certification exam voucher.