5 days.


This course requires completion of the following prerequisites:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage
  • VMware vSphere: Operate, Scale, and Secure
  • Working knowledge of VMware vSAN™
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Skills Gained

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Configure VMware vCenter® and VMware ESXi™
  • Configure and manage a vSphere cluster solution for vSphere HA, vSphere DRS, and vSAN
  • Configure vSphere storage and networking
  • Perform lifecycle operations on vSphere components
  • Troubleshoot vSphere infrastructure and connectivity issues
  • Back up vCenter configurations
  • Implement solutions for securing the vSphere infrastructure

Who Can Benefit?

  • System administrators
  • System engineers

Outline for VMware vSphere: Advanced Administration [V8] Training


Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Creating and Configuring Management Clusters

  • Create a vSphere cluster for management workloads
  • Activate vSphere cluster features that help to improve resource allocation and availability of virtual machines
  • Use standard virtual switches to create networking in a cluster
  • Select the appropriate vSphere storage types to meet requirements
  • Configure iSCSI storage
  • Configure VMFS and NFS datastores
  • Recognize when to configure ESXi NTP and PTP support
  • Recognize ESXi user account best practices
  • Configure ESXi host settings
  • Use vSphere configuration profiles to maintain consistent ESXi host configurations

Creating and Configuring Production Clusters

  • Use Cluster Quickstart to create a vSAN-activated cluster
  • Configure advanced vSphere HA settings
  • Configure the vCenter identity provider
  • Assign specific permissions and roles to Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) users
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility on a cluster and a VM
  • Perform a Cross vCenter Server migration
  • Use content libraries to share virtual machine templates between sites
  • Manage VM and ESXi host resources using resource pools, scalable shares, and vSphere DRS rules

Troubleshooting vSphere and Backing Up Configurations

  • Troubleshoot ESXi connectivity issues
  • Troubleshoot ESXi storage issues
  • Troubleshoot vSphere cluster issues
  • Troubleshoot PowerCLI issues
  • Generate vCenter and ESXi log bundles
  • Back up vCenter
  • Create a vCenter profile to standardize configurations in the environment

Lifecycle Management

  • Troubleshoot upgrade-blocking issues
  • Increase logging levels on vCenter
  • Configure a VMware Tools™ shared repository
  • Upgrade vCenter
  • Upgrade ESXi
  • Upgrade VMware Tools
  • Upgrade virtual machine hardware compatibility

vSphere Security

  • 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 certificates with trusted CA-signed certificates
  • Reconfigure the primary network identifier for a vCenter instance

Product Alignment

  • VMware ESXi 8.0
  • VMware vCenter 8.0