This training course, for experienced VMware vSphere® personnel, teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware vSphere® ESXi™ 5.0 and VMware®

vCenter Server™ 5.1. Compare VMware vSphere Troubleshooting Workshop with VMware vSphere Optimize and Scale


  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise.
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment.
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components.
  • Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes.
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant (vMA) to manage vSphere.
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts.

Note: About one-third of the VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1] course content is repeated in this course. The scalability topics in VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1] are repeated in this course.

Completion of one of the following courses:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1]
  • VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1]
  • VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1] Or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.

Course Introduction

  •   Introductions and course logistics
  •   Course objectives

 VMware Management Resources

  •   Configure vMA
  •   Understand the esxcli and vicfg commands
  •   Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
  •   Understand important ESXi and vCenter Server log files

Performance in a Virtualized Environment

  •   Understand the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
  •   Understand software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance
  •   Use vSphere performance monitoring tools

Network Scalability

  •   Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
  •   Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
  •   Understand distributed switch features such as PVLANs, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, port mirroring, and NetFlow

  Network Optimization

  •   Understand performance features of network adapters
  •   Understand performance features of vSphere networking
  •   Monitor key network performance metrics
  •   Use vMA to manage virtual network configuration
  •   Troubleshoot common network performance problems

  Storage Scalability

  •   Configure storage multipathing
  •   Understand vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
  •   Explain profile-driven storage
  •   Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  •   Describe VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ operation
  •   Configure Storage DRS and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control

  Storage Optimization

  •   Diagnose storage access problems
  •   Understand how storage protocols, VMware vSphere® VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
  •   Monitor key storage performance metrics
  •   Use vMA to manage virtual storage
  •   Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

  CPU Optimization

  •   Understand CPU scheduler and other features that affect CPU performance
  •   Monitor key CPU performance metrics
  •   Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

Memory Optimization

  •   Understand memory reclamation techniques and overcommitment
  •   Monitor key memory performance metrics
  •   Troubleshoot common memory performance problems

Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization

  •   Understand performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere® High Availability admission control policies
  •   Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
  •   Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems

 Host and Management Scalability

  •   Understand how vCenter Linked Mode manages multiple vCenter Server inventories
  •   Explain VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
  •   Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  •   Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ to perform vSphere administrative tasks
  •   Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
  •   Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts

Duration : 5 Days

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