VMware vSphere 6.5 Ultimate Bootcamp

Summary & Schedule

VMware VSphere 6.5 Ultimate Bootcamp Course Information

Course Length: 5 Days

VMware vSphere 6.5 is here!

VMware vSphere® 6.5 is a vital component of the VMware vCloud 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 course in the industry. This course combines several popular VMware vSphere classes into one concentrated delivery, saving time and money while providing an in depth look at VMware’s latest version release (6.5) in an accelerated learning format designed to immerse the student into the new features inherent to version 6.5.

The VMware vSphere Ultimate Bootcamp course maximizes the students’ training experience with hands-on VMware vSphere labs based upon real-world scenarios and conducted with state-of-the art equipment. The Ultimate Bootcamp imparts students with the knowledge and skills necessary to maximize efficiency in the work place. The class will prepare the student to achieve the Certified Virtualization Expert 6.5 (CVE6.5) certification, which will demonstrate practical VMware vSphere knowledge and skills as a certified professional.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • Describe the vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy a VMware vCenter Server™ Appliance™ 
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host 
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with NEW VMware vSphere® Client™,  NEW vSphere® Host Client and VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere® standard switches 
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage  
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, vApps and snapshots
  • Describe new enhancements to NFS 4.1, VSAN 6.5 & Virtual Volumes
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage 
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
  • Describe Proactive HA, VM-level encryption, Network Aware DRS & Predictive DRS  
  • Use vSphere® distributed switches to improve network scalability
  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a sophisticated enterprise
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
  • Harden the vSphere® environment against security threats
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell to manage vSphere
  • Describe BC/DR solutions vSphere® Replication 6.5 & Site Recovery Manager
  • Use NEW web based Sphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches
  • Use vSphere® Data Protection appliance to backup and restores virtual machines
  • Describe proper steps and pathways for upgrades of previous versions of vSphere® to 6.5
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations


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

Intended Audience

  • Experienced system administrators
  • Systems engineers
  • System integrators


Sample VMware vSphere 6.5 Ultimate Bootcamp Course Outline

Chapter 1: Course Introduction and Methodology (HOL)

Chapter 2: Virtualization Overview in vSphere 6.5

1.     Virtualization & Cloud Overview

2.     Other VMware and 3rd Party Virtualization Products

3.     What’s New in vSphere 6.5 Overview

Chapter 3: Planning and Installing ESXi 6.5 (VMware vSphere Hypervisor)

1.     Planning ESXi 6.5 Host Deployment

2.     vSphere 6.5 Deployment Guidelines

3.     ESXi 6.5 Image Builder

4.     vSphere 6.5 Auto Deploy (GUI & Command Line)

5.     ESXi 6.5 Host Install (HOL)

6.     Configuring Hostname Resolution and NTP (HOL)

7.     Troubleshooting ESXi 6.5 Host

Chapter 4: Using Tools to Administer a VMware® Environment

1.     Overview of 3rd Party Tools

2.     ESXi Management (vSphere Client, NEW V6.5 esxcli, vCLI, vMA, Putty, PowerCLI, Web) (HOL)

3.     Linux Command Review

4.     Troubleshooting the vSphere Client

Chapter 5: vCenter™ Server 6.5 and Licensing

1.     Demystifying vSphere Licensing

2.     Planning vCenter Server 6.5 Deployment

3.     vCenter Server 6.5 Virtual Appliance & vCenter High Availability (VCHA)

4.     vCenter Server 6.5 Installation (HOL)

5.     vSphere 6.5 Web Client & new 6.5 vSphere Clients (HOL)

6.     vCenter Server 6.5 Inventory (HOL)

7.     Managing vCenter Server 6.5 & new File based Backup/Restore (HOL)

8.     Troubleshooting vCenter Server 6.5, License & Database

Chapter 6: Configuring Networking

1.     Create & Modify Virtual Networks (HOL)

2.     vSphere Distributed Virtual Switches & NIOC (HOL)

3.     3rd Party Distributed Switches

4.     Create & Modify Virtual Networks using CLI (HOL)

Chapter 7: Configuring Storage

1.     New Storage Features in vSphere 6.5

2.     Storage Concepts, Storage Awareness & Profile Driven Storage

3.     iSCSI Storage (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)

4.     Fibre Channel Storage & Software FCoE (GUI & Command Line)

5.     VMFS5 Datastores & new VMFS6 features like SEsparse (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)

6.     NFS 3 & NFS 4.1 Datastores (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)

7.     Raw Device Mapping (RDM) (HOL)

8.     Solid State Disks (SSD)

9.     vSphere Flash Read Cache

10.  Storage & Management Solutions

11.  VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6.5/6.1/6.2/6.5 & vsanSparse snapshot

12.  VMware Virtual Volumes & VASA 3.0 (VVols)

Chapter 8: VM Creation and Configuration & Snapshots

1.     Create a VM (HOL)

2.     Create Multiple VMs, Templates & Clones (HOL)

3.     Virtual Appliances (HOL)

4.     Configuration & Use of vApps

5.     VMware vCenter™ Standalone Converter (P2V, V2V) (HOL)

6.     Manage VMs, PCI pass-through, Direct I/O, remote direct memory access, and NVMe  (HOL)

7.     Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown (HOL)

8.     Virtual Machine Snapshots (HOL)

9.     Troubleshooting Virtual Machines

Chapter 9: Security and Permissions

1.     Controlling User Access and Passwords (HOL)

2.     ESXi Lockdown Mode

3.     ESXi 6.5 AD Integration (HOL)

4.     Managing ESXi 6.5 Firewalls (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)

5.     VMware Certificate Authority (VCA) & VMware Endpoint Certificate Services

Chapter 10: Server and VM Monitoring

1.     Optimizing Resources

2.     Resource Pools

3.     Latency Sensitive Applications

4.     Performance Monitoring (HOL)

5.     Configuring Alarms (HOL)

6.     ESXi, vCenter™ Logs and syslog, NetFlow, Port Mirroring, esxtop (HOL)

Chapter 11: Advanced ESXi and vCenter™ Management

1.     Storage VMotion (HOL)

2.     Configuring VMotion (Enhanced, Cross-vCenter, Long Distance) (HOL)

3.     Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) (HOL)

4.     DRS Cluster Monitoring (HOL)

5.     Storage Policy Based Management

6.     Storage Clusters & Storage DRS (SDRS) (HOL)

7.     Host Profiles 6.5 (HOL)

8.     Enhanced Linked Mode

Chapter 12: Patching and Upgrading vSphere™ vCenter™ ESXi

1.     Patching ESXi 6.5 & VCSA 6.5 (HOL)

2.     Patching with Update Manager (HOL)

3.     Upgrading & Migrations from earlier vSphere versions to vSphere 6.5

Chapter 13: Disaster Recovery, Backup and Deployment

1.     vSphere Replication 6.5

2.     Site Recovery Manager 6.5 (SRM)

3.     High Availability (HA) & Fault Domain Manager (FDM) (HOL)

4.     VM Fault Tolerance

5.     Microsoft Clustering

6.     Backup Strategies

7.     VMware Data Protection 6.5 (VDP includes Advanced) (HOL)

8.     Third Party Backups (HOL)


VMware vSphere 6.5 Ultimate Bootcamp Certification Information

Certified Virtualization Expert® 6.5

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.

Certified Virtualization Expert 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® 6.5 certification is $195.00. Testing is available at authorized VMTraining testing centers throughout the world. Click here to purchase a certification exam voucher.