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VMware vSphere 5.0: Overview


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Course number HL236S
Length 1 day
Delivery method* Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)
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Price USD $800
CAD $800
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Course overview

This hands-on training course introduces the most compelling features of VMware vSphere® 5, which is the foundational component of the cloud infrastructure suite of software from VMware®. This course demonstrates vSphere features that help reduce your IT costs while improving efficiency, availability, scalability, flexibility, and manageability. The course is based on VMware ESXi™ 5.0 and VMware vCenter Server™ 5.0. This course is 55 percent lecture and 45 percent hands-on labs.


  • System administration knowledge or experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems is helpful


  • This course is designed for technical persons responsible for evaluating vSphere 5, including IT managers, system architects, and system administrators

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Course objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to explain vSphere 5.0 storage, network, and virtualization concepts and have hands-on experience with the following:

  • Using the VMware vSphere® Client™ to deploy and manage virtual machines
  • Using VMware vSphere® vMotion® to migrate live virtual machines
  • Using vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate live virtual machine data
  • Configuring ESXi clusters to automatically balance virtual machine workloads
  • Hierarchically allocating CPU and memory resources to specific business functions
  • Using vCenter Server alarms and performance graphs to actively monitor the datacenter

Course outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Understand the course goals
  • Understand the course objectives
  • Become familiar with the course outline

Module 2: Virtual Infrastructure Overview

  • Describe server virtualization concepts
  • Identify vSphere components, including vCenter Server, ESXi, and the vSphere Client
  • View and describe virtual network and storage components
  • Learn to use the vSphere Client management interface

Module 3: Creating Virtual Machines

  • Describe virtual machine virtual hardware components
  • Create and use templates to deploy virtual machines
  • Describe the functionality and benefits of installing VMware Tools on virtual machines
  • Automate guest operating system customization

Module 4: Allocating Compute Resources to Business Functions

  • Describe CPU and memory resource management techniques used in ESXi
  • Use virtual machine resource controls to allocate CPU and memory resources
  • Use resources pools to hierarchically allocate CPU and memory resources

Module 5: Migrating Virtual Machines

  • Describe the operation and benefits of vMotion and Storage vMotion
  • Use vMotion to migrate a live virtual machine
  • Use Storage vMotion to migrate a live virtual machine’s data

Module 6: Balancing Virtual Machine Workloads

  • Describe the operation and scalability benefits of vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
  • Configure a DRS cluster and resource pools
  • Describe the operation and scalability benefits of Storage DRS
  • Configure a Storage DRS cluster
  • Describe the operation and cost benefits of vSphere Distributed Power Management

Module 7: Monitoring the Virtual Datacenter

  • Describe vCenter Server monitoring capabilities, including performance graphs and alarms
  • Use performance graphs to monitor ESXi hosts
  • Configure ESXi host and virtual machine alarms

Module 8: High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • Describe the operation and availability benefits of vSphere High Availability
  • Configure a vSphere HA cluster
  • Describe the operation and availability benefits of VMware Fault Tolerance
  • Configure a virtual machine for fault tolerance

Module 9: Extending VMware vSphere Capabilities

  • Discuss how different VMware products and features work together to reduce the costs and improve the efficiency, availability, flexibility, and manageability of your datacenter

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