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VMware vSphere: 6.7 Boot Camp

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Course VMware vSphere 6.7 Boot Camp

Course Specifications

Course Length: 5 days
Rate: $4,395.00
Registration: Call 406-256-5700 or email entretraining@entremt.com to register or to request customized training or group pricing.


This class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere including VMware ESXi 6.7 and vCenter 6.7. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes introduced in vSphere 6.7. Our courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere Client for both presentation material and lab procedures.
Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to advanced topics. With 40+% of class time is devoted to labs, students learn the skills they need to become effective vSphere administrators.
Labs start with installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers and progress to shared storage, networking and centralized management. The class continues to advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, power management, back up and recovery, performance, vCenter redundancy, VM redundancy. Disaster preparedness, rapid deployment and VM cold, hot and storage migration.
This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify and eliminate common IT pain points using vSphere. Students learn how to deliver business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.
By the end of the class, attendees will have the knowledge, skills, and best practices to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot vSphere 6.7 installations.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Virtualization Infrastructure Overview
  • How to Install, Configure ESXi 6.7
  • Advanced Networking
  • Virtual and Physical Networking
  • Connecting to and Using NAS Shared Storage
  • Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines
  • vCenter Server Appliance and Web Client
  • VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones
  • ESXi and vCenter Permission Model
  • Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage
  • Direct VM to SAN Access with Raw Device Maps
  • VMware File System (VMFS)
  • Infrastructure Monitoring with vCenter Alarms


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 administering, managing, securing Virtual Infrastructure
  • Operators responsible for day-to-day operation of Virtual Infrastructure
  • Performance analysts who need to understand, provision, monitor Virtual Infrastructure
  • Business Continuity specialists responsible for disaster recovery and high availability
  • Storage administrators who work with Fibre / iSCSI SAN volumes and NAS datastores
  • Managers who need an unbiased understanding of virtualization before committing their organization to a virtual infrastructure deployment.


Before taking this course, 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.

Course Outline

Module 1: Virtualization Infrastructure Overview

  • Virtualization explained
  • How VMware virtualization
    compares to traditional PC
  • Common pain points in PC Server
  • How virtualization effectively
    addresses common IT issues
  • VMware vSphere software products
  • What’s New and Improved in
    vSphere 6.7

Module 2: How to Install, Configure ESXi 6.7

  • Understanding ESXi
  • Selecting, validating and preparing
    your server
  • Storage controllers, disks and
  • Software installation and best
  • Joining ESXi to a Domain
  • Local User Management and
  • First look at the VMware vSphere
    Host Client

Module 3: Advanced Networking

  • Use vSwitch Security policies to
    defend against malicious VM
    network activity
  • Explain and implement all five
    physical NIC team policies
  • Improve network health and fault
    detection by using Beaconing
  • How to enable and test Jumbo

Module 4: Virtual and Physical Networking

  • vNetwork standard and distributed
    virtual Switches
  • Virtual Switches, Ports and Port
  • Creating VMkernel ports
  • Creating, sizing and customizing
    Virtual Switches

Module 5: Connecting to and Using NAS Shared Storage

  • Benefits Shared Storage offer to
    Virtual Infrastructure
  • Shared Storage options
  • NFS Overview
  • Configuring ESX to use NFS Shares
  • Configuring NFS for performance
    and redundancy
  • NFS Use Cases
  • Troubleshooting NFS connections

Module 6: Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

  • VMvirtual hardware, options and
  • Sizing and creating a new VM
  • Assigning, modifying and removing
    Virtual Hardware
  • Working with a VM’s BIOS
  • VMware remote console
  • Installing an OS into a VM
  • Driver installation and customization
  • Use and update VMware Host Client

Module 7: vCenter Server Appliance and Web Client

  • The need for Identity Source
  • Installing and configuring vCenter
    Server Appliance with embedded
    Platform Service Controller
  • Connecting Single Sign On (SSO) to
    Active Directory and other identity
  • vCenter feature overview and
  • Organizing vCenter’s inventory
  • Importing ESXi hosts into vCenter
  • Installing and Using the vSphere
    Next Generation Web Client

Module 8: 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
  • Adding and resizing virtual disks
  • Hotplug VM virtual CPUs and Memory
  • Hotplug VM virtual CPUs and Memory

Module 9: ESXi and vCenter Permission Model

  • VMware Security model
  • Configuring local users
  • Managing local permissions
  • vCenter security model
  • Local, Domain and Active Directory
    users and groups
  • How permissions are applied

Module 10: Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage

  • Fibre SAN overview
  • Identifying and using Fibre Host Bus
  • 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
  • Understanding the benefits of VMware
    VAAI compliant storage

Module 11: Direct VM to SAN Access with Raw Device Maps

  • Explain Physical and Virtual Raw Device
    Maps (RDMs)
  • Use cases for Raw Device Maps
  • How Raw Device Maps work with VM
    cold, VMotion and Storage VMotion
  • Using RDMs to implement Virtual and
    Virtual/Physical Microsoft Fail Over

Module 12: VMware File System (VMFS)

  • Unique file system properties of VMFS
  • Managing shared Volumes
  • Creating new VMFS partitions
  • Introduction to VMFS 6 features and
  • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN
    spanning and LUN expansion
  • Native and 3rd party Multipathing with
    Fibre and iSCSI SANs
  • VMFS performance considerations
  • VMFS scalability and reliability

Module 13: Infrastructure Monitoring with vCenter Alarms

  • Alarm categories and definitions
  • Creating custom alarms and actions
  • Reviewing alarms and acknowledging
  • Configure vCenter so it can send E-mail
    and SNMP alerts
  • Work with alarm conditions, triggers and
  • Identify most useful alarms to review
    and enable

Module 14: Resource Management and Resource Pools

  • Delegate resources in bulk using
    Resource Pools
  • How ESX delivers resources to VMs
  • Shares, Reservations and Limits
  • CPU resource scheduling
  • Memory resource scheduling
  • Resource Pools

Module 15: VMotion Migration, Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

  • Cold Migrations to new ESX
    hosts, datastores
  • Hot Migrations with VMotion
  • VMotion requirements and
  • How VMotion works – detailed
  • How to test ESXi hosts and VMs
    for VMotion compatibility
  • Troubleshooting VMotion
  • Storage VMotion for hot VM disk

Module 16: Distributed Resource Scheduling Load Balanced Clusters

  • CPU and Memory resource
    balanced clusters with VMware
    Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • Resource balanced clusters with
    VMware Distributed Resource
  • DRS Cluster configuration and
  • Per-VM cluster policy overrides
  • Learn the features and benefits
    of DRS Power Management

Module 17: Continuous VM Availability with Fault Tolerance

  • High Availability options to
    minimize unplanned down time
  • VMware High Availability clusters
  • How VMware HA protects against
    ESXi host, storage network and
    SAN volume failures
  • Introduction to VMware Fault

Module 18: Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters

  • How Fault Tolerance provides
    continuous VM availability during
    ESXi host, storage network and
    SAN storage failures
  • How to configure ESXi hosts and
    networks to enable Fault Tolerance
  • How to configure, enable and monitor
    Fault Tolerance on VMs
  • Managing Fault Tolerance protected
  • Fault Tolerance scalability, performance
    and limitations

Module 19: Patch Management with VMware Update Manager

  • Configure and enable VMware Update
  • Establishing a patch baseline
  • Verifying compliance and patching ESXi

Module 20: Distributed Virtual Switches

  • Features and benefits of dvSwitches vs.
    Standard vSwitches
  • How to create a new dvSwitches
  • Role of dvUplink ports and dvSwitch
    Port Groups
  • Migrating physical NICs to dvSwitches
  • Migrating VMs and VMkernel ports to

Module 21: Managing Scalability and Performance

  • VMkernel CPU and memory resource
    management mechanisms
  • Tuning VM storage I/O performance
  • \dentifying and resolving resource
  • Monitoring VM and ESX host
  • Performance and capacity planning

Module 22: Final Thoughts

  • Consolidation guidelines for VMs and
  • Determining which workloads to
  • Other considerations


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

  • Install of ESXi 6.7 and perform postinstall configurations
  • Update ESXi 6.7 Host Client to improve
    stability and add features
  • Create, update Network Standard
    vSwitches. Use NIC Teams for
    performance and redundancy
  • Enable vSwitch Security policies.
    Upgrade a pNIC team for reliability
  • Enable Jumbo Frames on pNICs and
    VMkernel ports for improved network
  • Define, connect to and browse NFS file
  • Create a Virtual Machine and install a
    guest OS into the VM. Install VMware
    Tools into the VM. Add 3rd party tools
    and utilities to the VM
  • Export a VM in Open Virtual Machine
    Format (OVF) and then re-import it
  • Install and configure the vCenter Server
    Appliance (vCSA)
  • Configure Single Sign On (SSO) identity
    sources including Active Directory
  • Configure vCenter’s inventory views to
    organize inventory objects
  • Getting started with VMware Next
    Generation Web Client
  • 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
  • Configure and test hotplug memory.
    Create multi-core vCPUs
  • Work with vCenter permissions. Use
    and customize Roles
  • iSCSI, Fibre Storage Area Networks.
    Scanning for and connecting to SAN
    shared storage
  • Create and use Raw Device Maps to
    give VMs direct SAN volume access
  • VMware VMFS – VMware’s cluster file
    system. How to create, tune and grow
    VMFS volumes
  • vCenter alarms for monitoring key
    infrastructure objects. Send SNMP traps
    to a trap receiver on high VM resource
  • Create and resource tune Resource
    Pools. Test resource resource
  • Cold Migration VMs from one ESXi host
    and storage volume to another
  • Hot VMotion the live running state of a
    VM from one ESXi host to another
  • Hot Storage Migrate the live disk state
    of a running VM from one datastore to
  • Build and test an automated CPU and
    Memory resource load balancing DRS
  • Create and test an HA cluster. Watch
    the cluster place and restart VMs during
    a server failures
  • Configure and enable Fault Tolerance
    protected VMs to implement zero
    unplanned VM downtime
  • Prepare for an IT failure with vSphere
    Replication. Hot replicate and then
    restore a running VM
  • Set up VMware Update Manager to
    patch/update ESXi hosts. Perform an
    ESXi host Patch Scan, review host noncompliance with attached patch
    baselines and then apply patches to
    bring the host up to date
  • Create, configure and use distributed
    Virtual Switches. Migrate standard
    network to dvSwitches
  • Performance analysis and bench
    marking storage and networking