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VMware vSphere 5: Fast-Track


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Course number HK992S
Length 5 days
Delivery method* Remotely assisted instructional learning ( RAIL)
Instructor-led training ( ILT)
Onsite dedicated training ( OST)
Price USD $6,000
CAD $6,000
*Courses are supported in the delivery formats above, but are not necessarily scheduled in every delivery format listed. Please click the schedule links at the top of the page to see which delivery formats are currently scheduled.

Special Notes

  • This HK992S course is a fast-paced offering with extended hours (10 hours/day -including on the last day). It has equivalent of 7days of training content covered over 5 days.
  • This course combines content from:
    1. 5 day HL235s VMware vSphere5 :Install, Configure, Manage (ICM) course
    2. With advanced tasks, Lab s and skills for configuring a highly avaiLab le and scaLab le virtual infrastructure.
  • HK992S/SR open-enrollment format course price also includes a free VMware VCP Exam Voucher ($225 USD value)
  • HP CarePack SKUs for Training :
    1. 55 units of U5466#4NK (or UC818E) - when purchased standalone or with HP Services
    2. Or 7 units of HF385A1 (flexible) or HF385E (fixed) HP Education Technical Training CarePack - 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.

Course overview

This intensive extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly avaiLab le and scaLab le virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware ESXi™ 5.0 and VMware vCenter Server™ 5.0. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam. This course is 60 percent lecture and 40 percent hands-on Lab s.


  • Willingness to participate in a demanding, high-intensity training experience
  • Comfort with system administration using command-line interfaces
  • Have a basic understanding of virtualization concepts

Scale the vSphere virtual infrastructure

  • Scale the vSphere virtual infrastructure


Experienced system administrators and system integrators willing to work hard to achieve superior vSphere skills with minimal time away from the office.

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Course objectives

At the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Create, configure, migrate, manage, convert and monitor virtual machines and virtual appliances
  • Manage user access to the virtual infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Scale the vSphere virtual infrastructure
  • Implement business continuity solutions
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment
  • Use a command-line interface to manage vSphere
  • Install and configure ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts

Course outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Module 2: Introduction to VMware Virtualization

  • Introduce virtualization and vSphere components
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces
  • Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

Module 3: Create Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine

Module 4: VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce vCenter Server architecture
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

Module 5: Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard virtual switch
  • Describe and modify standard virtual switch properties

Module 6: Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
  • Introduce VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance

Module 7: Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform VMware vSphere vMotion® and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
  • Create a vSphere vApp
  • Use VMware vCenter Converter™ Standalone to hot-clone a system

Module 8: Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Discuss ESXi host access and authentication
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
  • Introduce VMware® vShield™ products

Module 9: Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

Module 10: High AvaiLab ility and Fault Tolerance

  • Explain the vSphere High AvaiLab ility (HA) architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance

Module 11: Host ScaLab ility

  • Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Configure and manage a vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster
  • Configure and manage vSphere Distributed Power Management

Module 12: Network ScaLab ility

  • Create, configure, and manage vNetwork distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  • Discuss distributed virtual switch features, such as PVLANs, discovery protocols,
  • Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring

Module 13: Storage ScaLab ility

  • Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and Storage Awareness
  • Explain profile-driven storage
  • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  • Introduce storage I/O control
  • Create a datastore cluster for Storage DRS™
  • Configure Storage DRS

Module 14: Data Protection

  • Discuss a strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
  • Introduce the VMware® Data Recovery appliance
  • Discuss solutions for efficiently backing up virtual machines

Module 15: Patch Management

  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to manage ESXi patching
  • Install Update Manager and the Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Scan and remediate hosts

Module 16: VMware vSphere Management Assistant

  • Describe VMware vSphere® Management Assistant (vMA)
  • Configure vMA
  • Discuss the VMware vSphere® Command-Line Interface command set
  • Perform command-line operations for host management, network management, storage management, and performance monitoring

Module 17: Installing VMware Components

  • Use vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories
  • Introduce ESXi installation
  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)
  • Introduce vCenter Server Appliance
  • Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
  • Use Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host

Hands-On Labs:

Lab 1: Installing VMware vSphere Graphical User Interfaces

Lab 2: Configuring VMware ESXi

Lab 3: Working with Virtual Machines

Lab 4: Using VMware vCenter Server

Lab 5: Standard Virtual Switches

Lab 6: Accessing IP Storage

Lab 7: (Optional) Designing a Network Configuration

Lab 8: Managing VMware vSphere VMFS

Lab 9: Using Templates and Clones

Lab 10: Modifying a Virtual Machine

Lab 11: Migrating Virtual Machines

Lab 12: Managing Virtual Machines

Lab 13: VMware vCenter Converter Standalone

Lab 14: Access Control

Lab 15: Resource Pools

Lab 16: Monitoring Virtual Machine Performance

Lab 17: Using Alarms

Lab 18: Using vSphere High AvaiLab ility

Lab 19: Working with Slot Sizes and Admission Control

Lab 20: Configuring VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance

Lab 21: Working with Host Profiles

Lab 22: (Optional) Advanced Host Profiles Configuration

Lab 23: vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler

Lab 24: vNetwork Distributed Switches

Lab 25: Port Mirroring

Lab 26: (Optional) Designing a vNetwork Distributed Switch Network Configuration

Lab 27: Profile-Driven Storage

Lab 28: Managing Datastore Clusters

Lab 29: VMware vSphere Update Manager

Lab 30: Using VMware vSphere Management Assistant

Lab 31: vCenter Linked Mode

Lab 32: (Optional) Installing VMware vCenter Server

Lab 33: Configuring the vCenter Server Appliance

Lab 34: Configuring VMware vSphere Auto Deploy on a Windows vCenter Server System

Lab 35: Configuring VMware vSphere Auto Deploy on the vCenter Server Appliance

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