Realdolmen Education


Installing, Managing and Maintaining a VMware vSphere Environment

This course is currently not scheduled on the open calendar, but can be organized on request.

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4 day(s)


This course is designed for system administrators ans systems engineers who are responsible for the integration, administration and management of a vSphere environment.


A working knowledge of Microsoft Windows. Basic knowledge of Linux is advised.


This hands-on training will make you understand the structure of vSphere. You will install and configure you own vSphere environment. you will be able to install, manage and troubleshoot virtual machines and hosts.


Online or on-site instructor-led classroom training with exercises. Each pair of student disposes of an ESXi host to make the exercises.


This course will give you the insight and knowledge to independently setup and maintain a complete vSphere environment. Starting from the installation and configuration of the ESXi host and vCenter server, right up to the management of virtual machines in a highly available environment. Every step of the course is demonstrated and tested in a classroom environment where ESXi hosts are connected to a central iSCSI storage. Every configuration during the course is done using the vSphere (web) client, PowerShell and/or the VMware Management Assistant.

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

Install and configure ESXi Server with multiple guest virtual machines

Create VMware virtual machines in a networked environment and set their priorities for accessing resources

Ensure high availability of the virtual machines

Monitor the state of the system and virtual machines

Troubleshoot ESXi in a systematic manner

This course is not a VMware authorized course and therefore not valid towards the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) exam.


  • Introducing VMware vSphere
    • Exploring VMware vSphere
    • Configuration maximums
    • Licensing VMware vSphere
  • Planning and installing VMware ESXi
    • Planning a VMware vSphere Deployment
    • Deploying VMware ESXi
    • Performing postinstallation configuration
  • Installing and configuring vCenter Server
    • Introducing vCenter Server
    • Choosing the version of vCenter Server
    • Planning and designing a vCenter Server deployment
    • Installing vCenter Server and its components
    • Using the vSphere client and vSphere web client
    • Exploring vCenter Server
    • Managing vCenter Server settings
  • Installing and configuring vCenter Update Manager
    • vSphere Update Manager
    • Install vCenter Update Manager
    • Configuring vSphere Update Manager
    • Creating and managing baselines
    • Using baselines to scan and remediate hosts and virtual machines
  • Creating and managing Virtual Networks
    • Putting together a virtual network
    • Working with standard virtual switches
    • Working with distributed virtual switches
    • Configuring the load balancing and failover policy
    • Managing configuration options for virtual switches
  • Creating and configuring storage devices
    • The importance of storage design
    • Examining shared storage fundamentals
    • Implementing vSphere storage fundamentals
  • Creating and managing virtual machines
    • Understanding virtual machines
    • Creating virtual machines
    • Working with virtual machines
    • Installing the guest Operating System
    • Installing VMware tools
    • Changing the virtual hardware
    • Working with clones and templates
    • Moving virtual machines with vMotion and storage vMotion
    • Using virtual machine snapshots
  • Securing vCenter Server
    • Defining users, roles and permissions
    • Understanding multiple permission settings
  • Managing resource allocation
    • Goals of resource management
    • Resource allocation using shares, reservations and limits
    • Understand specific CPU/memory configuration
    • Managing Resource pools
    • Managing Distributed Resource Scheduler
    • Monitoring performance
  • Ensuring High Availability and Business Continuity
    • Implementing vSphere High Availability
    • Introducing vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Planning for Business continuity
  • Additional Features
    • Creating and managing alarms
    • Working with scheduled tasks
    • Monitoring storage resources
    • Working with Host Profiles