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VMware vSphere: ESXi and vCenter 6.7

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Course VMware vSphere 6.7 with ESXi and vCenter

Course Specifications

Course Length: 5 days
Rate: $3,395.00
Registration: Call 406-256-5700 or email entretraining@entremt.com to register or to request customized training or group pricing.


This powerful 5-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere including VMware ESX 6.7 and vCenter.
This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in
vSphere 6.7. Our courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use only 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 45+% of class time is devoted to labs, students learn the skills they need to become effective vSphere
administrators. Students use dedicated labs that 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
management, high availability, replication, performance, 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 learned the skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be
able 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:

  • Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization
  •  Install ESXi Server according to best practices
  • Upgrade and use Host Client to manage stand-alone ESXi hosts
  • Configure and manage local storage resources
  • Create virtual and virtual to physical network configurations
  • Define and use file share (NAS / NFS) datastores
  •  Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications
  • Install, configure, and upgrade VMware Tools
  • Install, configure, and update the Platform Service Controller and vCenter Server Appliance
  • Rapidly deployment of VMs using golden-master templates
  • Create clones – one-time copies of virtual machine
  •  Use Guest OS customization to rapidly configure new VMs according to requirements
  •  Configure and use hotplug hardware to upgrade VM hardware with zero downtime
  •  Configure, manage, monitor, and secure users and groups
  •  Work with roles and permissions to implement access controls to vCenter
  •  Understand the benefits and trade-offs of network attached storage and Fibre, iSCSI SANs
  •  Configure and use shared SAN storage including Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN
  •  Add and grow VM virtual disks including system disks and secondary volumes
  •  Use vCenter alarms to monitor ESXi, VM, storage and network health, performance, state
  •  Use Resource Pools to bulk delegate resource to meet Service Level Agreements
  • Perform VM cold migrations, hot VMotion migrations, and Storage VMotion
  • Configure and manage server CPU and Memory capacity and maintain VM responsiveness with Distributed
    Resource Schedule load balanced clusters
  •  Deliver high VM service availability using VMware High Availability clusters
  • Use HA to successfully minimize VM down time caused by ESXi host failures, storage network failures or SAN
    volume failures
  •  Implement a disaster preparedness strategy using VMware Replication
  •  Use vSphere Replication to hot replicate and recover business critical Virtual Machines
  •  Patch and update ESXi servers using vCenter Update Manager
  •  Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance
  •  Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization
  •  Troubleshoot common problems


This class is suitable for anyone who wants 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.


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: Visualization Infrastructure Overview

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

Module 2: How to Install, Configure ESXi 6.7

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

Module 3: Virtual and Physical Networking

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

Module 4: Connecting to and Using NAS Shared Storage

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

Module 5: Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

  • VM virtual hardware, options and limits
  • Sizing and creating a new VM
  • Assigning, modifying and removing
    Virtual Hardware
  • Working with a VM’s BIOS
  • VMware remote console applications
  • Installing an OS into a VM
  • Driver installation and customization

Module 6: vCenter Server Appliance and Web Client

  • The need for Identity Source
  • Installing and configuring vCenter
    Server Appliance with an embedded
    Platform Service Controller
  • Connecting Single Sign On (SSO) to
    Active Directory and other identity
  • vCenter feature overview and
  • Organizing vCenter’s inventory views
  • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter
  • Administering vCenter Server with Web

Module 7: 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

Module 8: ESXi and vCenter Permission Model

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

Module 9: 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 10: VMware File System (VMFS)

  • Unique file system properties of VMFS
  • Managing shared Volumes
  • Creating new VMFS partitions
  • Explanation of new VMFS 6 features
    and capabilities
  • 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 11: Infrastructure Monitoring with vCenter Alarms

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

Module 12: 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 13: VMotion Migration, Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

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

Module 14: Distributed Resource Scheduling Clusters

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

Module 15: Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters

  • High Availability options to minimize
    unplanned down time
  • How VMware HA protects against ESXi
    host, storage network and SAN volume
  • Understand and review HA’s many
  • Introduction to continuous VM
    availability using VMware Fault

Module 16: Disaster Preparedness with vSphere Replication

  • Explain vSphere Replication features
    and Use Cases
  • Import the vSphere Replication virtual
  • Configure vSphere Replication including
    Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs)
  • Performing an initial VM replication
  • Scheduling periodic VM synchronization
    to the replication target site
  • Recover a VM using vSphere

Module 17: Patch Management with VMware Update Manager

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

Module 18: Managing Scalability and Performance

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

Module 19: Final Thoughts

  • Consolidation guidelines for VMs and
  • Determining which workloads to
  • Other considerations
  • Useful books, white papers, and online

Module 20: Hands On Labs

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
  • 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 nonsystem 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Performance analysis and bench
    marking storage and networking