VMware vSphere 5.1 Ultimate Bootcamp

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About this Course

VMware vSphere® 5.1 is the industry leading virtualization technology platform accelerating the shift to cloud computing for existing datacenters. This course combines several popular VMware vSphere classes into one 5 day accelerated-learning bootcamp with content and concepts from multiple VMware® classes: Install, Configure, Manage; What’s New!; Manage for Performance; and Troubleshooting! The Ultimate Bootcamp® maximizes the students' training experience with hands-on labs based upon real-world scenarios and conducted with state-of-the art equipment.  The Ultimate Bootcamp imparts students with the knowledge and skills necessary to maximize efficiency in the work place.  The class will prepare the student to achieve the Certified Virtualization Expert® 5.1 (CVE 5.1) certification which will demonstrate their knowledge and skills as a certified professional.

At Course Completion

Upon the completing this course, students will be able to:

  •   About all of the new and exciting features of VMware vSphere® 5.1
  •   Foundational terms and concepts concerning virtualization
  •   How to install, configure, and support ESXi Server 5 and vCenter™ 5
  •   How to configure Virtual Networking including vNetwork Distributed Switches & vShield Zones & how to support VMotion & iSCSI Multipathing
  •   P2V, V2V, V2P, and P2P methods and techniques
  •   Server Consolidation procedures and reasoning
  •   Tools to support a virtual infrastructure - VMware®, PlateSpin®, Vizioncore™, Veeam, and more
  •   VMotion™, Storage VMotion, Distributed Power Mgmt (DPM), Update Manager, Power Mgmt, Guided Consolidation, Fault Tolerance, Clustering – DRS/HA, etc.
  •   Best Practices within a Virtual Enterprise
  •   How to perform backups in the ESXi environment – Service Console and Virtual Machines – VCB and Data Recovery
  •   How to use the Command Line Interface for supporting ESXi Servers - ESXi commands
  •   Configure and optimize storage - FC, iSCSI, NFS, Multipathing, and Thin Provisioning


Before attending this course, the students must have:

This Ultimate Bootcamp is intended for IT Professionals with 1 or more years of server and infrastructure experience. Individuals should have experience on Microsoft Windows and/or Linux Servers.

Course Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction and Methodology (HOL)

Module 2: Virtualization Overview and What's New in vSphere 5.1

Module 3: Planning and Installing ESXi 5.1 (VMware vSphere Hypervisor)

  •   Planning ESXi 5.1 Server Deployment
  •   Deployment Guidelines
  •   ESXi 5.1 Image Builder
  •   ESXi 5.1 Server Install (HOL)
  •   Configuring Hostname Resolution and NTP (HOL)
  •   Troubleshooting ESXi 5.1 Server

Module 4: Using Tools to Administer a VMware Environment

  •   Overview of 3rd Party Tools
  •   ESXi Management (vSphere Client, NEW V5 esxcli, vCLI, vMA, Putty, PowerCLI, Web) (HOL)
  •   Troubleshooting the vSphere Client (VIC)

Module 5: vCenter Server 5.1 and Licensing

  •   Demystifying vSphere 5.1 Licensing
  •   vCenter Server 5.1 Installation (HOL)
  •   vCenter Server 5.1 Virtual Appliance
  •   vCenter Server 5.1 Inventory (HOL)
  •   Managing vCenter Server 5.1 (HOL)
  •   vCenter Solutions Manager
  •   Planning vCenter Server 5.1 Deployment
  •   Troubleshooting vCenter Server 5.1 Deployment

Module 6: Configuring Networking

  •   Create & Modify Virtual Networks (HOL)
  •   Create & Modify Virtual Networks using CLI (HOL)
  •   vNetwork Distributed Virtual Switches & NIOC (HOL)
  •   Network Monitoring and Troubleshooting (NetFlow, Port Mirror, LLDP, 802.1p Tagging)

Module 7: Configuring Storage

  •   Storage Concepts, Storage Awareness & Profile Driven Storage
  •   iSCSI Storage (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  •   Fibre Channel Storage & Software FCoE (GUI & Command Line)
  •   VMFS 5 Datastores and SSD (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  •   NAS Storage and NFS Datastores (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  •   vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)
  •   Raw Device Mapping (RDM) (HOL)

Module 8: VM Creation and Configuration & Snapshots

  •   Create a VM (HOL)
  •   Create Multiple VMs, Templates & Clones(HOL)
  •   Virtual Appliances (HOL)
  •   VMware vCenter Standalone Converter (P2V, V2V) (HOL)
  •   Manage VMs (HOL)
  •   Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown (HOL)
  •   Virtual Machine Snapshots (HOL)
  •   vSphere 5.1 Web Client (HOL)
  •   Troubleshooting Virtual Machines

Module 9: Security and Permissions

  •   Controlling User Access and passwords (HOL)
  •   ESXi 5.1 AD Integration (HOL)
  •   Managing ESXi 5.1 Firewall (GUI & Command Line)(HOL)
  •   VMSafe and vShield Zones

Module 10: Server and VM Monitoring

  •   Configuring Alarms (HOL)
  •   VM Optimization for vSphere 5.1 Licensing (HOL)
  •   Optimizing Resources
  •   Monitor VM Performance (HOL)
  •   Using NetFlow Tool (HOL)
  •   ESXi, vCenter Logs and syslog (HOL)

Module 11: Advanced ESXi and vCenter Management

  •   Storage Views & Topology Maps
  •   Storage VMotion and SvMotion Snapshots (HOL)
  •   Configuring VMotion (HOL)
  •   Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) (HOL)
  •   Resource Pools and Monitoring (HOL)
  •   Storage DRS (SDRS) (HOL)
  •   Host Profiles (HOL)
  •   VSphere 5.1 Auto Deploy (GUI & Command Line)
  •   Linked Mode Group of vCenter Servers

Module 12: Patching and Upgrading vCenter/ESX/ESXi

  •   Patching ESXi 5.1 (HOL)
  •   Patching with Update Manager (HOL)
  •   Upgrades and Migrations (ESX to ESXi)
  •   Upgrading from ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.x

Module 13: Disaster Recovery, Backup and Deployment

  •   Site Recovery Manager 5 (SRM5)
  •   High Availability (HA) & Fault Domain Manager (FDM) (HOL)
  •   VM Fault Tolerance
  •   Microsoft Clustering
  •   Backup Strategies
  •   VMware Data Recovery (HOL)
  •   Third Party Backups (HOL)