Learn the Essentials of VMware vSphere

Merit Professional Learning is pleased to host VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] on February 4-8, 2013 in Ann Arbor. In this hands-on, VMware-instructed course, you will learn to install, configure and manage VMware vSphere, which consists of VMware ESXi and VMware vCenter Server. Approximately 40% of instruction time is spent completing hands-on labs. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam (voucher not included). It also prepares you to enroll in any of several advanced vSphere 5.0 courses.

A special early registration discount is available for Merit Members through December 28, 2012. Members may also apply for scholarships to attend the class. Any attendee may use VMware PSO Credits to pay registration fees. See below for full details on all of these opportunities.
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Who Should Attend?

  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers
  • Operators responsible for VMware ESX, ESXi, and VMware vCenter Server

Course Objectives

  • Install and configure ESXi
  • Install and configure vCenter Server components
  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage using vCenter Server
  • Deploy, manage, and migrate virtual machines
  • Manage user access to the VMware infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Use vCenter Server to increase scalability
  • Use VMware vCenter Update Manager to apply ESXi patches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage higher availability and data protection


System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.

Course Outline

VMware Virtualization
  • Virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
  • Server, network, and storage virtualization concepts
  • Where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces

Virtual Machines
  • Virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine and virtual machine appliance

VMware vCenter Server
  • vCenter Server and database requirements
  • vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy a vCenter Server appliance
  • View and create vCenter Server inventory objects

Configure and Manage Virtual Networks
  • Create and manage a standard virtual switch
  • Modify standard virtual switch properties

Configure and Manage vSphere Storage
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage vSphere datastores
  • Configure, deploy, and manage the VMware Virtual Storage Appliance

Virtual Machine Management
  • Deploy virtual machines using templates, cloning, and VMware vCenter Converter
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform VMware vMotion and Storage vMotion migrations

Access and Authentication Control
  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
  • vShield Zones

Resource Management and Monitoring
  • Control virtual machine access to CPU, memory, and I/O resources
  • VMkernel methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms

Data Protection
  • Strategies for backing up ESXi hosts
  • Backup/recovery APIs
  • Strategies for backing up virtual machines

High Availability and Fault Tolerance
  • Configure and manage a VMware High Availability (HA) cluster
  • Configure fault-tolerant virtual machines using VMware Fault Tolerance

  • Configure and manage a VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Using VMware HA and DRS together

Patch Management
  • Manage ESXi patching and patch compliance using vCenter Update Manager

Installing VMware vSphere 5 Components
  • ESXi Installable installation
  • vCenter Server installation
  • Additional vCenter Server module installation

Computer Requirement

For the class, each student must bring a Windows laptop (any Windows version). The laptop should have wired and wireless Ethernet connectivity. It should have RDP capability, which will generally be true of laptops with recent Windows operating systems. Macintosh computers, or Macs running Windows through a VM, are not recommended.

Dates, Times and Registration Details

Early registration for attendees from Merit Member organizations is $2995 through December 28, 2012; the Member price increases to $3,195 after that date. Non-Members may attend for $3,495, which is the typical retail price for this course. You can use VMware PSO Credits to pay for part or all of your registration fee for this class. To pay by this method, please send email to making that request before you register. We will respond with instructions.
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The class meets daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on February 4-8, 2013, at Merit Network's offices at 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Continental breakfast, beverages, and afternoon snack are provided each day. Registration may be canceled up to 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, January 11, 2013, minus a processing fee of $35. Refunds are not available after that date; substitutions are allowed if necessary.

Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available for these classes through the Professional Learning scholarship program. Anyone from a Merit Member organization may apply for a scholarship, if funding to attend is not otherwise available through the organization. Scholarship applications must be received by Friday, January 4, 2013. We are grateful to the Merit Community Supporters for their contribution to the scholarship program.
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Support for this event provided by the Merit Community Supporters: ADVA Optical Networking, Cisco Systems, Data Strategy, EMC and Juniper Networks

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