VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators

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VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators


VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators is a two-day technical classroom training course designed to help operators and administrators create and manage virtual machines. This two-day lecture and lab course will help students gain the skills required to work effectively with VMware® virtual machines.


Target Audience:
Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server management.

System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to provide students a strong understanding of VMware virtual machine features in vSphere 5.5. By the end of this course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
  • Describe the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Deploy, configure, and manage virtual machines
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor virtual machine resource usage
  • Use VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machines
Course Topics

Module 1 – Course Introduction

Introductions and course logistics
Course goals and objectives
Online vSphere resources
Location of online vSphere documentation

Module 2 – Introduction to VMware Virtualization

Compare the components and concepts of virtual and traditional architecture
Describe a virtual machine
Identify the benefits of using a virtual machine
Describe VMware virtualization concepts
Describe the components and features of vSphere
Describe inventory objects managed by vSphere
Describe the features of vCenter Server

Module 3 – VMware vSphere Web Client

Access and use the VMware vSphere® Web Client
Describe the navigation panes in the vSphere Web Client

Module 4 – Creating and Managing Virtual Machines

Describe virtual machine components
Create a virtual machine
Install a guest operating system and VMware® Tools™
Clone a virtual machine
Create an OVF template
Customize a virtual machine
Perform snapshot operations

Module 5 – Virtual Machine Resource Monitoring

Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
Describe methods for optimizing CPU, memory, and disk usage
Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor virtual machine resource usage
Describe and monitor tasks
Describe, monitor, and manage events
Describe, monitor, manage, and acknowledge alarms

Module 6 – Using VMware vSphere vApps

Describe VMware vSphere® vApps™
Create, edit, and manage a vApp
Clone a vApp

Module 7 – Migrating Virtual Machines

Describe and use cold migration to migrate a virtual machine
Verify host and virtual machine requirements for vSphere vMotion
Migrate a virtual machine with vSphere vMotion
Migrate virtual machine storage with vSphere Storage vMotion
Describe CPU compatibility with Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
Describe VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™
Summarize VMware vSphere® High Availability

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