Summary & Schedule

VMware VSphere 5.5 Ultimate Bootcamp Course Information

Course Length: 5 Days

VMware vSphere® 5.5 is a vital component of the VMware vCloud 5.5 Suite®. Currently it is the industry leading virtualization technology platform accelerating the shift to cloud computing. The Ultimate Bootcamp® has become known to be the most comprehensive VMware training and certification course in the industry. Experience the comprehensive content included in multiple VMware vSphere classes in one concentrated delivery, saving time and money while providing an in depth look at VMware’s latest version release (5.5) in an accelerated learning format designed to immerse the student into the new features inside version 5.5.


Sample VMware vSphere 5.5 Ultimate Bootcamp Course Outline

Chapter 1: Course Introduction and Methodology (HOL)

Chapter 2: Virtualization Overview and What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5

  • Virtualization Overview
  • Features of 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5

Chapter 3: Planning and Installing ESXi 5.5 (VMware vSphere Hypervisor)

  • Planning ESXi 5.5 Server Deployment
  • Deployment Guidelines
  • ESXi 5.5 Image Builder
  • ESXi 5.5 Server Install (HOL)
  • Configuring Hostname Resolution and NTP (HOL)
  • Troubleshooting ESXi 5.5 Server

Chapter 4: Using Tools to Administer a VMware® Environment

  • Overview of 3rd Party Tools
  • ESXi Management (vSphere Client, NEW V5.5 esxcli, vCLI, vMA,Putty, PowerCLI, Web) (HOL)
  • Linux Command Review
  • Troubleshooting the VMware vSphere Client (VIC)

Chapter 5: vCenter™ Server 5.5 and Licensing

  • Demystifying vSphere 5.x Licensing
  • vCenter Server 5.5 Installation (HOL)
  • vSphere 5.5 Web Client (HOL)
  • vCenter Server 5.5 Virtual Appliance
  • vCenter Server 5.5 Inventory (HOL)
  • Managing vCenter Server 5.5 (HOL)
  • Planning vCenter Server 5.5 Deployment
  • Troubleshooting vCenter Server 5.5 Deployment

Chapter 6: Configuring Networking

  • Create & Modify Virtual Networks (HOL)
  • Create & Modify Virtual Networks using CLI (HOL)
  • vNetwork Distributed Virtual Switches & NIOC (HOL)
  • Network Monitoring and Troubleshooting (NetFlow, Port Mirror, LLDP, 802.1p Tagging)

Chapter 7: Configuring Storage

  • Storage Concepts, Storage Awareness & Profile Driven Storage
  • iSCSI Storage (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  • Fibre Channel Storage & Software FCoE (GUI &Command Line)
  • VMFS 5 Datastores (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  • Solid State Disks (SSD)
  • VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache & VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN)
  • NAS Storage and NFS Datastores(GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  • Raw Device Mapping (RDM) (HOL)
  • VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions
  • Storage & Management Solutions

Chapter 8: VM Creation and Configuration & Snapshots

  • Create a VM (HOL)
  • Create Multiple VMs, Templates & Clones (HOL)
  • Virtual Appliances (HOL)
  • Configuration & Use of vApps
  • VMware vCenter™ Standalone Converter(P2V, V2V) (HOL)
  • Manage VMs (HOL)
  • Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown (HOL)
  • Virtual Machine Snapshots (HOL)
  • Troubleshooting Virtual Machines

Chapter 9: Security and Permissions

  • Controlling User Access and Passwords (HOL)
  • ESXi 5.5 AD Integration (HOL)
  • Managing ESXi 5.5 Firewalls & Certificates (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  • SSH Access
  • vCloud Networking & Security, VMSafe and vShield Zones

Chapter 10: Server and VM Monitoring

  • Optimizing Resources
  • Resource Pools
  • Monitor VM Performance (HOL)
  • Configuring Alarms (HOL)
  • ESXi, vCenter™ Logs and syslog, NetFlow, Port Mirroring (HOL)

Chapter 11: Advanced ESXi and vCenter™ Management

  • Storage Views & Topology Maps
  • Storage VMotion and SvMotion Snapshots (HOL)
  • Configuring VMotion (HOL)
  • Enhanced vMotion
  • Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) (HOL)
  • Resource Pools and Monitoring (HOL)
  • Storage Clusters & Storage DRS (SDRS) (HOL)
  • Cluster Monitoring
  • Host Profiles (HOL)
  • VMware VSphere 5.5 Auto Deploy (GUI & Command Line)
  • Linked Mode Group of vCenter™ Servers
  • VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)

Chapter 12: Patching and Upgrading vCenter™/ESX/ESXi

  • Patching ESXi 5.5 (HOL)
  • Patching with Update Manager (HOL)
  • Upgrades and Migrations (ESX to ESXi)
  • Upgrading from ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.5

Chapter 13: Disaster Recovery, Backup and Deployment

  • VMware vSphere Replication 5.5
  • Site Recovery Manager 5.5 (SRM55)
  • High Availability (HA) & Fault Domain Manager (FDM) (HOL)
  • VMware vSphere App HA
  • VM Fault Tolerance
  • Microsoft Clustering
  • Backup Strategies
  • VMware Data Protection 5.5 (HOL)
  • Third Party Backups (HOL)


VMware vSphere 5.5 Ultimate Bootcamp Certification Information

Certified Virtualization Expert® 5.5

CVE5.5 is here!

Certification can lead to better visibility, opportunities, and jobs. In today’s increasingly complex and highly-specialized economy, credentials are everything. Sure, the student knows that he/she has the skills to do the job, but how do they convince potential customers and employers? For many career-minded professionals, certification is often the answer.

For IT professionals, it is recognized as a valuable way to prove professional credentials to employers and the general public. For others, the topic can generate a puzzled response. Why become certified? Isn’t a college degree and/or years of practical hands-on experience enough to establish one’s credentials? Either response of yes or no is correct, depending on your clientele and colleagues.

Certified Virtualization Expert® Objective

The objective of the Certified Virtualization Expert® designation is to confirm upon the certificate holder the best of breed of virtual infrastructure professional certifications. The CVE® conveys that the individual who achieves the certification not only has the certificate, but more importantly possesses the in-depth knowledge related to virtual design, maintenance, and infrastructure management, is a subject matter expert in the field of virtualization, and that his/her training is current, relevant, and complete.

CVE®, CVE® 4.1, CVE® 5.0, CVE® 5.1 and CVE® 5.5 Candidates

Candidates for this exam typically work in a Virtual Infrastructure environment where they are responsible for the implementation and configuration of virtualized servers using VMware ESXi Server and VMware vCenter Server. Their organizations use VMware vSphere to reduce the number of physical servers required to run their business through the virtualization of existing servers, reducing space requirements and the cost of electricity and cooling, due to the reduction in the number physical servers.

Candidates should have six months to a year of experience in monitoring, analyzing, and planning the use of VMware vSphere in a medium-size to enterprise-size computing environment.

The qualified candidate for this exam will have learned all aspects of planning, architecting, installation, configuration, deployment, analyzing, backing up, monitoring, and securing a VMware Virtual Infrastructure consisting of ESXi Servers and the virtual machines created on them. Candidates become qualified to take this certification exam by attending one of the VMware Ultimate Bootcamps® worldwide.

Why Should Individuals Get Certified?

Certification can lead to better visibility, opportunities, and jobs. In today’s increasingly complex and highly-specialized economy, credentials are everything. Sure, the student knows that he/she has the skills to do the job, but how do they convince potential customers and employers? For many career-minded professionals, certification is often the answer.

How to Get Your CVE® Certification

  • Attend an Official Ultimate Bootcamp® prior to taking the test
  • Purchase an Exam Voucher
  • Pass the CVE® exam with a score of 75% or better
  • A certificate suitable for framing and a letter explaining certification benefits will arrive 8-10 weeks after receiving a passing score on the exam

The CVE® exam is 2 hours in length, consists of 80 questions covering critical virtualization technologies in use today, and is offered every Friday at the conclusion of qualifying classes and bootcamps. Each student is given a 3 hour window to complete it on Friday. Usually, the instructor wraps up the class on Friday around 2pm, gives the students a break, and from 3pm-6pm students take the exam.

Once the exam is completed the student learn on the spot if they passed the exam.

“Second Shot Free” policy

A second chance to pass the exam is only offered to students who take the exam on Friday of the class. If a student elects to take the exam at a later date, they get one shot at it.

Certification Price

The cost of the Certified Virtualization Expert® 5.5 certification is $195.00. Testing is available at authorized VMTraining testing centers throughout the world. Click here to purchase a certification exam voucher.


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