VMware vSphere 5.1 Advanced Administration - Class Outline

Format: 4-day instructor led training online training

Hours: 9am-5pm daily EDT

Course Books: 500+ pg Study Guide with slide notes and 200+ pg Lab Guide with detailed steps for completing labs

vSphere Version: Covers VMware vSphere 5.1 including ESXi 5.1 and vCenter

Delivery: Remote access to dedicated rack of enterprise class servers (no server sharing)

Max Attendees: 20 people/event

Requirements: Web based meeting services via WebEx Meetings. Lab access via Microsoft Remote Desktop or Web Based direct access.

Lab Time: 40+% of class time is devoted to hands-on labs

Availability: April, 2013

Certification: Prepares attendees to challenge the ESXLab Certified Virtualization Specialist exam. Also prepares attendees to challenge the VMware Certified Associate (VCA) certification exam.


Now available for online enrollment! This popular 4-day class is an intensive introduction to the advanced features of VMware vSphere™ 5.1. Candidates are assuming to have working knowledge of VMware vSphere 4.x or vSphere 5. We build on that knowledge through a rapid review of common features followed by in-depth presentations of advanced topics including vSphere 5.1 performance, availability, scalability and security. 40+% of class time is devoted to labs so concepts, skills and best practices are developed and reinforced.

Labs start with installation and configuration of ESXi server, vCenter, vCenter Linux Appliance and Virtual Machines. From there, we look at host and storage performance and scalability topics including Hotplug Virtual Hardware, Profile Driven Storage and DRS and Storage DRS clusters and DRS Power Management. Availability is covered in HA Clusters, VM Fault Tolerance, vSphere Replication and vSphere Data Protection. VM network and operating system security topics include vShield App/Edge (network security), vShield EndPoint (VM antivirus).

This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify and eliminate common IT pain points and then to use virtualization to deliver clear, tangible benefits. Each topic is presented from the perspective of delivering key business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software. By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the benefits, skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to effectively design, implement, scale, secure, back up, recover, manage and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 5.1 environments.

Who Should Attend?

This class is suitable for anyone who want to learn how to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in Virtual Infrastructure, including:

  • vSphere Administrators with prior virtualization experience
  • System architects or others who need to design virtual infrastructure
  • Security specialists responsible for monitor, managing, securing and administering Virtual Infrastructure
  • Performance and capacity analysts who need to understand, provision, monitor and performance tune Virtual Infrastructure
  • Backup Administrators who need to understand the impact of existing and new back up strategies in a virtual environment
  • Business Continuity specialists responsible for disaster recovery and high availability
  • Storage administrators who need to understand how VMware ESX uses Fibre SAN and iSCSI SAN volumes and NAS datastores


Attendees should have good familiarity with VMware vSphere 4.x or 5.0. 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.

Chapter List

Our class consists of the following chapters:

  1. Virtualization Overview
  2. Install, Configure ESXi 5.1
  3. Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines
  4. vCenter on Windows
  5. vCenter Linux Virtual Appliance
  6. Advanced VM Deployment, Virtual Hardware
  7. Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage
  8. VMFS 5 File Systems
  9. Storage I/O Control and Profile Driven Storage
  10. Datastore Clusters and Storage DRS
  11. DRS Load Balanced Clusters, Power Mgt.
  12. VMware HA and Fault Tolerance
  13. Advanced Virtual Networking
  14. VMware Data Protection / Replication
  15. vShield Manager, vShield App, Edge, EndPoint

Hands On Labs

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

  • Install of ESXi 5 and perform post-install configurations
  • Create / update Standard Virtual Switches
  • Define, connect to and browse NFS file shares
  • Create a Virtual Machine. Install Guest OS, VMware Tools into the VM. Add 3rd party tools and utilities
  • Install and configure vCenter for Windows
  • Import, install, review and configure vCenter Virtual Appliance
  • Create new VMs using Templates and Clones
  • Use Guest OS Customization Specifications for VM rapid deployment
  • Enable and use Hotplug hardware to hot-add RAM, disks and NICs
  • 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
  • iSCSI, Fibre Storage Area Networks. Connecting to shared storage Create/use an iSCSI Raw Device Maps Work with storage Path Selection Policies for better I/O performance
  • VMware VMFS – How to create, tune and grow VMFS volumes
  • Configure Storage I/O Control Create Storage Policies. Perform compliance scans. Remediate non-compliant VM placements Use Storage DRS to automatically address capacity, performance issues
  • Automated VM CPU/RAM resource load balancing with DRS clusters
  • Configure, test cluster dynamic resizing with Power Management
  • Use HA clusters to minimize VM down time due to server failures
  • Enable and test VM Fault Tolerance for 100% VM uptime
  • Create VMware Distributed Switches for consistent virtual networking
  • Install, configure vShield Manager Install, configure vShield App, Edge to enable virtual network security
  • Install, configure vShield EndPoint for batch VM antivirus scans


Attendees have the option to earn ESXLab Certified Virtualization Specialist (ECVS) by challenging a certification exam at the end of the course. Attendees also have the following certification options

  1. Register for and pass the VMware Certified Associate (VCA) certificate from VMware
  2. Register for and pass advanced VMware certificates (such as VMware Certified Advanced Professional) provided attendees already hold VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification

VMware certification subject to additional cost and terms/conditions specified by VMware.

Detailed Chapter List

Chapter 1 - Virtualization Overview

  • Virtualization explained
  • How VMware virtualization compares to traditional PC deployments
  • How virtualization effectively addresses common IT issues
  • VMware vSphere software products

Chapter 2 – Install, Configure ESXi 5.1

  • Selecting, validating and preparing your server
  • Software installation and best practices
  • Joining ESXi to an Active Directory Domain

Chapter 3 - Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

  • VM virtual hardware, options and limits
  • Creating and sizing VMs
  • Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware
  • Working with a VM’s BIOS
  • Installing and customizing an OS for best performance

Chapter 4 – vCenter on Windows

  • vCenter feature overview and components
  • Importing ESX hosts into vCenter management
  • vSphere Web Client Installation and Use

Chapter 5 – vCenter Linux Virtual Appliance

  • vCenter Virtual Appliance feature overview and components
  • Installing and post-install configuration
  • Sizing vCenter Appliance
  • Database options and limitations

Chapter 6 – Advanced VM Deployment, Virtual Hardware

  • Creating, modifying, updating and working with Templates
  • Best practices for cloning and templating
  • Adding, resizing virtual disks and partitions
  • Enabling and using VM Hotplug virtual hardware
  • CPU / Memory hot plug
  • Virtual NIC hot plug

Chapter 7 - Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage

  • Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN overview
  • Connecting to, scanning, rescanning iSCSI SANS
  • Working with Raw Device Maps
  • Designing Networks for Optimum iSCSI performance, reliability

Chapter 8 – VMFS 5 File Systems

  • Unique file system properties of VMFS 5 filesystems
  • Creating, managing new VMFS partitions
  • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning and LUN expansion
  • Native and 3rd party Multipathing with Fibre and iSCSI SANs

Chapter 9 – Storage I/O Control and Profile Driven Storage

  • Create storage profile policies Perform compliance checks on VM storage placements
  • Identify and fix VM storage compliance issues

Chapter 10 – Datastore Clusters and Storage DRS

  • How to manage storage capacity, load using Storage DRS
  • Create, update Storage DRS datastore clusters
  • Identify and eliminate storage performance issues

Chapter 11 – DRS Load Balanced Clusters, Power Mgt.

  • Cold Migrations, Hot VMotion migrations
  • Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations
  • Create and manage host CPU, memory resources with VMware DRS
  • VM cluster policy settings including Admission Control
  • Configuring and enabling Power Management on DRS clusters
  • Using SSDs to improve VM paging performance

Chapter 12 - VMware HA and Fault Tolerance

  • VMware High Availability clusters options
  • Fault Tolerance overview, features and limitations
  • Configuration, monitoring and recovery
  • FT ESXi hosts and network compatibility requirements
  • Creating and administering FT VMs

Chapter 13 - Advanced Virtual Networking

  • Distributed virtual switches, distributed Port Groups
  • NIC teaming strategies/options for redundancy and performance
  • Connecting to vLANs
  • Enhanced Network Security
  • Uplinking Virtual and Physical Network segments using NICs

Chapter 14 – VMware Data Protection / Replication

  • Configuring and using VMware Data Protection to backup, recovery VMs
  • Hot VM replication with VMware Replication

Chapter 15 - vShield Manager, vShield App, Edge, EndPoint

  • Installing, configuring vShield Manager Configuring vShield App for enhanced vSwitch security
  • Enabling and configuring gateway security with vShield Edge
  • Using vShield Edge to implement hypervisor based antivirus protection

More Information

This class can be customized to meet your unique training and delivery needs, including:

  • On-site delivery at your facility
  • Custom timetables including 3-day rapid delivery boot-camps
  • Content and Lab customization to meed your unique training needs
  • Distance training Mentoring, implementation planning and assistance

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