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This course teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.

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What is vSphere: Optimize and Scale training about?

This training course for experienced VMware vSphere personnel teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware ESXi 5.5 and VMware vCenter Server 5.5.

This course prepares the student for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Datacenter Administration V5 certification (VCAP5-DCA). Completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.

What are the objectives of vSphere: Optimize and Scale training?

At the end of vSphere: Optimize and Scale training course, participants will be able to:

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
  • Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes
  • Use VMware vSphere ESXi Shell and VMware vSphere Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • Use VMware vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts
  • Note: About one-third of the VMware vSphere: What's New V5.5 course content is repeated in this course. The scalability topics in VMware vSphere: Fast Track are repeated in this course.
Available Training Modes

Live Online Training

40 Hours

Classroom Training


5 Days

Who is vSphere: Optimize and Scale training for?

  • Anyone who wants to add vSphere: Optimize and Scale skills to their profile
  • Teams getting started on vSphere: Optimize and Scale projects
  • What are the prerequisites for vSphere: Optimize and Scale training?

    • Completion of one of the following courses:
    • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage V5.5 - tVMware vSphere: What's New V5.5 - tVMware vSphere: Fast Track - t
    • Or equivalent knowledge and administration experience wit... Read More

    Course Outline

    • 1. Course Introduction
      • Introductions and course logistics
      • Course objectives
    • 2. VMware Management Resources
      • Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
      • Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
      • Use the esxcli, vicfg, and vmware-cmd commands
      • Review ESXi and vCenter Server log files
    • 3. Performance in a Virtualized Environment
      • Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
      • Explain software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance
      • Use vSphere performance monitoring tools
    • 4. Network Scalability
      • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
      • Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
      • Explain distributed switch features such as private VLANs, VMware vSphere Network I/O Control, port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow
    • 5. Network Optimization
      • Explain the performance features of network adapters
      • Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
      • Monitor key network performance metrics
      • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configurations
      • Troubleshoot common network performance problems
    • 6. Storage Scalability
      • Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
      • Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
      • Configure VMware vSphere Storage DRS and VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control
    • 7. Storage Optimization
      • Diagnose storage access problems
      • Explain how storage protocols, VMware vSphere VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
      • Configure vSphere Flash Read Cache
      • Monitor key storage performance metrics
      • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
      • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems
    • 8. CPU Optimization
      • Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
      • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
      • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems
    • 9. Memory Optimization
      • Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
      • Monitor key memory performance metrics
      • Troubleshoot common memory performance problems
    • 10. Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization
      • Describe performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere High Availability admission control policies
      • Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
      • Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems
    • 11. Host and Management Scalability
      • Explain VMware vSphere Distributed Power Management
      • Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
      • Use VMware vSphere PowerCLI to perform vSphere administrative tasks
      • Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
      • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts

    Who is the instructor for this training?

    The trainer for this vSphere: Optimize and Scale has extensive experience in this domain, including years of experience training & mentoring professionals.