VMware vSphere 4.1 with ESXi and vCenter Training

Course #:WA1951

VMware vSphere 4.1 with ESXi and vCenter Training

This powerful 5-day class is an intense introduction to virtualization using VMware’s vSphere™ 4.1 including VMware ESX™ 4.1 and vCenter™. Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to more advanced topics. More than 40% of class time is devoted to labs so concepts, skills and best practices are developed and reinforced.

Initial labs focus on installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers. As the class progresses, shared storage, networking and centralized management are introduced. The class continues on to more advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, back up and recovery, troubleshooting and more. Disaster recovery, rapid deployment, hot migration and workload consolidation are also covered.

This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify common IT pain points and then clearly explain and demonstrate how virtualization delivers clear, tangible benefits (e.g.: reduced costs, greater consistency, responsiveness, reduced administration, server consolidation, etc.). Each topic is presented from the perspective of delivering key business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the benefits, skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 4.1.


At the end of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization
  • Install ESXi Server according to best practices
  • Configure and manage local storage
  • Create virtual, distributed virtual, and virtual to physical LAN segments
  • Understand and use shared SAN storage including Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN
  • Define and use file share (NAS) datastores
  • Install, configure and administer VMware vCenter
  • Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications
  • Rapidly deployment of VMs using golden-master templates
  • Create clones - one-time copies of virtual machine
  • Perform VM cold migrations, hot migrations and Storage VMotion
  • Configure, manage, monitor and secure users and groups
  • Understand the benefits and trade offs of network, SAN,
  • Deploy and use VMware Data Recovery to back up and recover VMs
  • Create and manage load balanced clusters
  • Manage power consumption with Distributed Power Management
  • Understand, create and manage high availability clusters to protect against VM service loss caused by ESXi server failures
  • Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance
  • Patch and update ESXi servers using vCenter Update Manager
  • Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization
  • Troubleshoot common problems

Who Should Attend?

This class is suitable for anyone who want to learn how to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in Virtual Infrastructure, including:

  • System architects or others who need to design virtual infrastructure
  • Security specialists responsible for monitor, managing, securing and administering Virtual Infrastructure
  • Operators responsible for day-to-day operation of Virtual Infrastructure
  • Performance and capacity analysts who need to understand, provision, monitor and performance tune Virtual Infrastructure
  • Backup Administrators who need to understand the impact of existing and new back up strategies in a virtual environment
  • Business Continuity specialists responsible for disaster recovery and high availability
  • Storage administrators who need to understand how VMware ESX  uses Fibre SAN and iSCSI SAN volumes and NAS datastores
  • Managers who need an unbiased understanding of virtualization before committing their organization to a virtual infrastructure deployment.


Attendees should have user, operator or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows®, Linux™, UNIX™, etc. Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage systems and or networks is useful but not required. We assume that all attendees have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.


5 Days

Outline of VMware vSphere 4.1 with ESXi and vCenter Training

Chapter 1 - Virtualization Infrastructure

Chapter 2 – How to install ESXi 4.1 Installable

Chapter 3 - Virtual and Physical Networking

Chapter 4 - NAS Shared Storage

Chapter 5 - Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

Chapter 6 - vCenter

Chapter 7 - VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones

Chapter 8 - ESX and vCenter Permission Model

Chapter 9 - Advanced Virtual Networking

Chapter 10 - Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage

Chapter 11 - VMware File System (VMFS)

Chapter 12 - Resource Management and Resource Pools

Chapter 13 – Guided Consolidation

Chapter 14 - VM Hot and Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

Chapter 15 – Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduler

Chapter 16 – Failure Recover with High Availability Clusters

Chapter 17 – Back Up and Recovery with VMware Data Recovery

Chapter 18 - Consolidation with vCenter Converter

Chapter 19 – ESX and vCenter Alarms

Chapter 20 – Patch Management with VMware Update Manager

Chapter 21 – Managing Scalability and Performance

Chapter 22 – Final Thoughts

We regularly offer classes in these and other cities. Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Calgary, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Montreal, New York City, Orlando, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington DC.