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VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1]


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Course number H1L92S
Length 2 days
Delivery method* Remotely assisted instructional learning ( RAIL)
Instructor-led training ( ILT)
Onsite dedicated training ( OST)
Price USD $1,600
CAD $1,600
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Course overview

This hands-on training course explores new features in VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.1 and VMware vSphere® ESXi™ 5.1. Topics include VMware vSphere® 5.1 installation and how to upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.1 This course is 60 percent lecture and 40 percent hands-on labs.

Special Notes

HP CarePack SKUs for Training :

  a.16 units of U5466#4NK (or UC818E) HP Care Pack Total Education One - when purchased standalone or with HP Services.

  b.Or 2 units of HF385A1 (flexible) or HF385E (fixed) HP CarePack for VMware Training  - when VMware training is purchased as part of HP products or VMware software licenses quote. Contact your HP sales representative or HP reseller for details.


Required prerequisites include completion of one of the following courses:

  • VMware vSphere 4.1: Install, Configure, Manage (HH633S)
  • VMware vSphere 4.0: What’s New (HG805S)
  • Or equivalent vSphere 4 administration experience
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 : Install, Configure, Manage (HL235S)
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 : What’s New (HL234S)
  • VMware vSphere 5.0: Fast-Track (HK992S)
  • Or equivalent vSphere 5.0 Administration experience


  • System administrators
  • IT managers
  • System architects
  • People responsible for implementing or managing vSphere environments

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Course objectives

By the end of the course, you should gain an understanding of the functions and features in vSphere 5.1 and be able to do the following:

  • List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 5.1
  • Upgrade a deployment from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.1
  • Use the VMware vSphere® Web Client to manage virtual machines
  • List and describe key networking enhancements, including the ESXi firewall and new features in vNetwork distributed switches
  • Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere® VMFS-5 datastore
  • Understand and configure policy-driven storage
  • Create a datastore cluster and configure Storage DRS
  • Live migration of a virtual machine without shared storage
  • Secure the virtual machines using VMware® vShield Endpoint™ (now included in base vSphere product)
  • Backup and recover a vSphere environment using vSphere Data Protection
  • Replicate vSphere for SRM deployments using vSphere Replication
  • Use new displays to monitor VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster activity
  • Use the Linux-based VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
  • Use Auto Deploy to install a stateless or stateful ESXi host
  • Use Image Builder to modify and export an image profile

Course outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Other vSphere 5 learning resources

Module 2: Introduction to VMware vSphere 5.1

  • Key enhancements in ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware vSphere® Update Manager™
  • Upgrade vSphere components from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.1, including vCenter Server, Update Manager, and ESXi

Module 3: Virtual Machine Management

  • Describe new virtual machine version 9 hardware features
  • Explain virtual machine snapshot consolidation
  • Describe the vCenter Solutions Manager
  • Upgrade a virtual machine to version 9 hardware
  • Install, register, and use the vSphere Web Client

Module 4: Network Management

  • Describe the ESXi firewall
  • Describe new features of vNetwork distributed switches including NetFlow, port mirroring, Link Aggregation (LACP), Link Layer Discover Protocol (LLDP), and SR-IOV
  • Describe enhancements to network I/O control, including 802.1p priority tagging and user-defined virtual machine resource pools
  • Configure the ESXi firewall
  • Configure and test port mirroring

Module 5: Storage Management

  • Describe new storage features, including VMFS-5, Fibre Channel over Ethernet software adapters, policy-driven storage vStorage API for Storage Awareness, and VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance
  • Describe enhanced features, including snapshot support for VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®, solid-state disk support, and new primitives in the vStorage API for Array Integration
  •  Upgrade VMFS-3 to VMFS-5
  •  Create user-defined storage capabilities and virtual machine storage profiles

Module 6: Scalability and Security

  • Describe scaling enhancements to resource pools and VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ operation
  • Create a datastore cluster
  • Configure Storage DRS
  • Configure vShield Endpoint

Module 7: High Availability

  • Describe enhancements to VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance and Enhanced vMotion Compatibility features
  • vMotion a virtual machine without shared storage.
  • Explain the new master-slave architecture of vSphere HA
  • View the new informational displays to monitor vSphere HA cluster activity
  • Replicate vSphere using vSphere Replication.
  • Backup and recover virtual machines using VMware vSphere® Data Protection

Module 8: New VMware vSphere Deployment Alternatives

  • Configure and use the Linux-based VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
  • Use Image Builder to create an installation image profile
  • Use Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host
  • Use Auto Deploy to deploy a stateful ESXi host


  • Lab 1: Upgrading to VMware vSphere 5.1
  • Lab 2: Managing Virtual Machines
  • Lab 3: Network Management
  • Lab 4: Storage Management
  • Lab 5: Managing Datastore Clusters
  • Lab 6: Monitoring VMware vSphere High Availability
  • Lab 7: VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Lab 8: Configuring VMware vSphere Auto Deploy on a Windows vCenter Server System
  • Lab 9: (Optional) Configuring VMware vSphere Auto Deploy on the vCenter Server Appliance
  • Lab 10: (Optional) Using Image Builder

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