VMware vSphere: Fast Track [v7]

This five-day, intensive course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® 7 management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.

Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure and manage vSphere 7. You will explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size using vSphere 7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 7 and VMware vCenter Server® 7. 



  • System administrators
  • System engineers


This course requires the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems


1 Course Introduction 

  • Introductions and course logistics 
  •  Course objectives 

2 Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center 

  •  Explain basic virtualization concepts 
  •  Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure 
  •  Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage 
  •  Recognize the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts 
  •  Use VMware Host Client™ to access and manage ESXi host 

3 Virtual Machines 

  •  Create and remove a virtual machine 
  •  Provision a virtual machine with virtual devices 
  •  Identify the files that make up a virtual machine 
  •  Explain the importance of VMware Tools™ 

4 vCenter Server 

  •  Describe the vCenter Server architecture 
  •  Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server 
  •  Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance 
  •  Use the vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory 
  •  Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server 
  •  Use roles and permissions to enable users to access objects in the vCenter Server inventory 
  •  Back up vCenter Server Appliance 
  •  Monitor vCenter Server tasks, events, and appliance health 
  •  Use vCenter Server High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance 

5 Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks 

  •  Create and manage standard switches 
  •  Describe the virtual switch connection types 
  •  Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies 
  •  Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches 

6 Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage 

  •  Identify storage protocols and storage device types 
  •  Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage 
  •  Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores 
  •  Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage 
  •  Deploy virtual machines on a VMware vSAN™ datastore 

7 Virtual Machine Management 

  •  Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines 
  •  Modify and manage virtual machines 
  •  Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library 
  •  Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk 
  •  Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine 
  •  Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations 
  •  Create and manage virtual machine snapshots 
  •  Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™ 

8 Resource Management and Monitoring 

  •  Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment 
  •  Describe what overcommitment of a resource means 
  •  Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage 
  •  Use various tools to monitor resource use 
  •  Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events 

9 vSphere Clusters 

  •  Describe options for making a vSphere environment highly available 
  •  Explain the vSphere HA architecture 
  •  Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster 
  •  Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance 
  •  Configure a vSphere cluster using ESXi Cluster Quickstart 
  •  Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster 
  •  Create a vSphere DRS cluster 

10 Network Scalability 

  •  Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches 
  •  Describe how VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control enhances performance 
  •  Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring and NetFlow 

11 vSphere Lifecycle Management 

  •  Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works 
  •  Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to update ESXi hosts in a cluster 

12 Host and Management Scalability 

  •  Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance 
  •  Create and manage resource pools in a cluster 

13 Storage Scalability 

  •  Explain why VMware vSphere® VMFS is a high-performance, scalable file system 
  •  Explain VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration, VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™, and vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering 
  •  Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies 
  •  Create VMware vSAN™ storage policies 
  •  Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control 
  •  Discuss vSphere support for NVMe and iSER 

14 Introduction to vSphere with Kubernetes 

  •  Differentiate between containers and virtual machines 
  •  Identify the parts of a container system 
  •  Recognize the basic architecture of Kubernetes 
  •  Describe a basic Kubernetes workflow 
  •  Describe the purpose of vSphere with Kubernetes and how it fits into the VMware Tanzu portfolio 
  •  Explain the vSphere with Kubernetes supervisor cluster 
  •  Describe the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid service 

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives: 

  •  Describe the software-defined data center (SDDC) 
  •  Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure 
  •  Install and configure VMware ESXi™ hosts 
  •  Deploy and configure VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ 
  •  Use VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration 
  •  Manage, monitor, back up, and protect vCenter Server Appliance 
  •  Create virtual networks with vSphere standard switches 
  •  Describe the storage technologies supported by vSphere 
  •  Configure virtual storage using iSCSI and NFS storage 
  •  Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores 
  •  Use the vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots 
  •  Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library 
  •  Manage virtual machine resource use and manage resource pools 
  •  Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® 
  •  Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere
  • ® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ 
  •  Create virtual networks with VMware vSphere
  • ® Distributed Switch™ and enable distributed switch features 
  •  Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle 
  •  Use VMware vSphere
  • ® Lifecycle Manager™ to apply patches and perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machines 
  •  Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance 
  •  Describe how vSphere storage APIs help storage systems integrate with vSphere 
  •  Configure and use virtual machine storage policies 
  • Discuss the purpose and capabilities of VMware vSphere® with Kubernetes and how it fits into the VMware Tanzu™ portfolio