VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V7]

This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 7 and VMware vCenter Server® 7. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. 

This course is the foundation for most of the other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center. 


  • System administrators 
  • System engineers 


This course has the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course content

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
• 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™
• Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle
• Use VMware vSphere


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 vSphere Lifecycle Management 

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