VMware vSphere: Advanced Administration Workshop [V7] Training

This five-day course provides hands-on training to equip students with a range of skills: from performing routine VMware vSphereĀ® 7 administrative tasks to complex vSphere operations and configurations. Through lab-based activities, students are immersed in real-life situations faced by VMBeans, a fictitious company. These situations expose students to real-life scenarios faced by companies that are building and scaling their virtual infrastructure. This course uses scenario-based lab exercises and does not provide guided step-by-step instructions. To complete the scenario-based lab exercises, you are required to analyze the task, research, and deduce the required solution. References and suggested documentation are provided.
Course Details


5 days


This course requires completion of one of the following prerequisites:
  • Completion of VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V7] course
  • VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV) certification
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Target Audience

  • System Administrators
  • System Engineers

Skills Gained

  • Enable cluster features and configure vSphere storage and networking
  • Use host profiles to automate host configurations
  • Use Cluster Quickstart to create a VMware vSAN™ enabled cluster
  • Configure the VMware vCenter Server® identity provider
  • Troubleshoot host connectivity and storage connectivity
  • Perform lifecycle operations on vSphere components
  • Implement security hardening guidelines to vSphere and virtual machines
Course Outline
  • Introduction to fictitious company: VMBeans
  • Creating and Configuring Management Clusters
    • Enable cluster features that help to improve resource allocation and availability of virtual machines
    • Use standard virtual switches to create networking in a cluster
    • Recognize when to use VMware vSphere® vMotion®
    • Recognize requirements for using iSCSI
    • Identify the purpose of iSCSI multipathing
    • Select the appropriate vSphere storage types to meet requirements
    • Recognize when to configure ESXi NTP support
    • Recognize ESXi user account best practices
    • Configure ESXi host settings
    • Use host profiles appropriately
  • Creating and Configuring Productions Clusters
    • Use Cluster Quickstart to create a vSAN enabled cluster
    • Configure advanced vSphere HA settings
    • Recognize the benefits of Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
    • Configure the vCenter Server identity provider
    • Assign specific permissions and roles to ADFS users
    • Recognize how Enhanced vMotion Compatibility benefits VM mobility
    • Perform a Cross vCenter Server Migration
    • Use content libraries to share virtual machine templates between sites
  • Troubleshooting vSphere and Backing Up Configurations
    • Troubleshoot ESXi connectivity issues
    • Troubleshoot iSCSI storage issues
    • Troubleshoot vSphere cluster resources
    • Troubleshoot VMware PowerCLI™ issues
    • Back up vCenter Server
  • Lifecycle Management
    • Troubleshoot upgrade-blocking issues
    • Increase logging levels on vCenter Server
    • Configure a VMware Tools™ shared repository
    • Upgrade vCenter Server
    • Upgrade ESXi
    • Upgrade VMware Tools
    • Upgrade Virtual Machine Compatibility
    • Work with VM placement rules
  • vSphere Security
    • Manage advanced virtual machine configurations
    • Configure a key management server
    • Encrypt virtual machines using vSphere VM encryption
    • Secure VMs in transit with encrypted vSphere vMotion
    • Identify and implement different ESXi CPU scheduler options
    • Apply security hardening guidelines to ESXi hosts
    • Replace vCenter Server certificates with trusted CA-signed certificates
    • Deploy a new vCenter Server instance
    • Reconfigure the primary network identifier for vCenter Server
  • Product Alignment
    • VMware ESXi™ 7
    • VMware vCenter Server 7