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vSphere 5.5: Install, Configure, Manage

Track Room Location: Room H139, Heritage Hall (Collin College's Preston Ridge campus)

This track provides instruction and labs that explores the installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere, which consists of VMware ESXI and VMware vCenter Server. This course is based on versions of ESXI 5.5 and vCenter server 5.5. Completion of this course satisifies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 (VCP-DCV5) exam. Participants who complete this course can enroll in several more advanced vShpere courses.

Program goals or major purposes:

  • Deploy ESXI host servers
  • Deploy vCenter Server appliance
  • Manage an ESXI host using vCenter Server
  • Manage ESXI storage using vCenter Server
  • Manage ESXI networking using vCenter Server
  • Deploy and manage thin-provisioned virtual machines
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Web Client and vSphere Client
  • Migrate virtual machines using VMware vSphere Storage vMotion
  • Manage access control using vCenter Server
  • Monitore resource usage using vCenter Server
  • Manage VMware vSphere High Availability, Fault Tolerance and Data Protection
  • Apply patches using VMware vSphere Update Manager

Upon successful completion of this course students will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Explain Virtual Infrastructure Overview and Design Principles
  • Perform and ESX/ESXi Server Installation
  • Explain and Design Networking Virtualization Architecture
  • Implement Effective Storage Management
  • Perform vCenter server appliance Installation
  • Perform Virtual Machine Creation and Maintenance
  • Configure and Optimize Virtual Infrastructure Access Control
  • Optimize and Configure Resource Management
  • Perform Resource Monitoring and Performance Baseline Measurement
  • Explain Data Protection, High Availability, and Fault Tolerance
  • Configure and Optimize vMotion

Mastery of basic networking skills.


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John Vos has been an active Professor of Computer Information Technology at Western Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, KY for 26 years. John has been a leader in providing professional development and technical training to instructors at the secondary and post-secondary level throughout the Commonwealth. He is the current Kentucky Academy Training and Support Academy lead Cisco Instructor Trainer. He holds professional certifications as a Cisco CCNA, CCNA Security, Comptia A+, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, and VMware Certified Professional. John has been the lead VMware Instructor trainer for CSSIA over the past three years teaching VMware certification to more than 500 instructors from the entire US. He has participated as a presenter at several National and Regional CIT conferences and is a member of the National Advisory Board at the Center for Telecommunications System Management, a program of distinction at Murray State University in Murray, KY.


Monday, July 7 - Course Introduction
Register into VMWare MyLearn

Sign into Virtual Lab (Netlab) - instructor will provide URL and account information
a. Introductions and course logistics
b. Course objectives

Introduction to Virtualization, Installing ESXI
Lecture: Chapter 1-2, 13
Complete Labs: 0-3
a. Introduce virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components VMware ESXi
b. Introduce the architecture ESXi
c. Installation of ESXI Hosts
d. Manually configure ESXi

Tuesday, July 8 - Introduction to vCenter, Virtual Networks, Storage
Lecture: 4-6
Complete Labs: 4-7
a. Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance and components
b. Manage vCenter Server inventory objects
c. Create, configure, and manage vNetwork standard switches, network connections, and port groups
d. Examine Network Policies for Security, Traffic Shaping, and NIC Teaming
e. Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
f. Create and manage vSphere datastores

Wednesday, July 9 - Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Management, Access Control
Lecture: 3, 7-8
Complete Labs: 8-12
a. Deploy virtual machines using the Create New Virtual Machine wizard, templates, cloning, and VMware vCenter Converter
b. Modify and manage virtual machines
c. Perform Storage vMotion migrations
d. Control user access through roles and permissions
e. Rules for Applying Permissions

Thursday, July 10 - Resource Monitoring, and High Availability and Fault Tolerance
Lecture: 9-11
Complete Labs: 13-17
a. Control virtual machine access to CPU, memory, and I/O resources
b. Introduce VMkernel methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
c. Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
d. Back up and recover virtual machines using VMware Data Protection
e. Back up of Host Configuration

Friday, July 11 - Scalability, and Patch Management
Lecture: 11-12
Complete Labs: 18-19
Complete VMWare MyLearn Feedback
a. Manage ESXi configuration compliance using Host Profiles
b. Create, configure, and manage vNetwork distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
c. Perform VMware vMotion™ migrations
d. Configure and manage a VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler cluster
e. Configure and manage VMware Distributed Power Management
f. Configure and manage a VMware High Availability cluster
g. Configure fault-tolerant virtual machines using VMware Fault Tolerance
h. Manage patching and patch compliance using vCenter Update Manager
i. Manage Virtual Machine updates with Update Manager

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