VMware vSphere 5.0 with ESXi and vCenter

Course:  VMVS5
Duration:  5 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

This 5-day class is an intense introduction to virtualization using VMware???s vSphere??? 5.0 including VMware ESX 5.0 and vCenter.  Initial labs focus on installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers, and as the class progresses, shared storage, networking and centralized management are introduced. The class continues on to more advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, back-up and recovery, troubleshooting, disaster recovery, rapid deployment, hot migration and workload consolidation. This class is unique in its approach: to identify common IT pain points and then clearly explain and demonstrate how virtualization delivers clear, tangible benefits (e.g.: reduced costs, greater consistency, responsiveness, reduced administration, server consolidation, etc.). Each topic is presented from the perspective of delivering key business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Introduction to vSphere 5.0

  • VMware vSphere
  • Problems and Opportunities
  • Server Resource Utilization
  • Server Consolidation
  • Datacenter Issues
  • OS, Application Imaging
  • Back Up & Recovery
  • Server Refresh
  • Hardware Maintenance
  • High Windows OS Costs
  • MS Virtualization Calculator
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Test, Development & QA
  • IT Technical Career Benefits
  • Virtualization Over Time
  • VMware ESXi
  • vSphere Hardware Limits
  • Small Business Bundles
  • vRAM
  • VMware vCenter
  • Single Host Deployment
  • Multiple ESXi w. Shared Storage
  • Full vSphere
  • Storage, Server, Network Cloud
  • New Features in vSphere 5
  • VMSF and SSD

VMware ESXi 5.0

  • Scalable ESXi Deployment
  • Installing ESXi
  • ESXi 5.0
  • ESXi Configuration
  • Configure Management Network
  • IP, DNS Configuration
  • World Wide Names
  • Hardware Paths
  • iSCSI
  • LUN Discovery Options
  • CHAP Authentication Process
  • Troubleshooting iSCSI
  • Storage Views

VMware File System

  • VMFS Overview
  • Unique features and benefits
  • New VMFS
  • Create/Grow a LUN Span
  • Multipathing
  • iSCSI SAN Multipathing
  • Pluggable Storage Architecture

Resource Pools

  • Resource Administration
  • CPU Resource Tunables
  • Memory Balancing
  • Resource Pool Settings
  • Resource Allocations


  • Performance Alarms
  • Alarm Settins
  • ESXi Host Alarms
  • Alarm Reporting
  • Custom Alarms
  • Alarm Best Practices

Host Profiles

  • Managing ESXi Host Configuration
  • Host Profiles
  • Edit, Review, Attach a Profile
  • Apply a Profile


  • VMware vCenter Converter
  • Install and Enable Converter
  • Clone Physical Disk(s)
  • Copying Disk Volumes
  • VM Reconfiguration
  • Converter Caveats

VMware Data Recovery

  • Backup and Recovery
  • VMware Data Recovery for VM backup
  • ESXi configuration back up, data recovery
  • Connect VMDR to vCenter
  • Creating a Backup Job

VM Migration

  • Virtual Machine Migration
  • Cold Migration
  • Hot Migration
  • VMotion Migration
  • Validation
  • Host Compatibility
  • Storage VMotion


  • Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • DRS Clusters
  • DRS Automation Level
  • Migration Threshold
  • EVC and AMD
  • Affinity, Anti-Affinity Rules
  • DRS Groups Manager
  • Adopting DRS

VMware HA

  • High Availability Clusters
  • VMware HA Host Failures
  • Host Failures Allowed
  • VM Monitoring
  • HA and DRS

Update Manager

  • VMware Update Manager capabilities
  • Patch and update ESXi hosts
  • VUM Components
  • VUM and DRS Clusters
  • Patches


  • Performance Analysis & Tuning
  • Active VM CPU Scheduling
  • Memory Ballooning
  • Ballooning vs. VMkernel Swap
  • Performance Chart Options
  • Performance Problems

Final Thoughts

  • What to Virtualize
  • |CPU, Storage, Network Considerations
  • Delivering High Availability
  • Virtualization Security Issues
Who Should Take This Course

System Architects, security specialists, analysts, back-up and storage administrators.

Recommended Prerequisites

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. All attendees should have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.

Training Style

Instructor-led, combining lectures with hands-on workshops.

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