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VMware vSphere 5.1

Track Room Location: H241 - Heritage Hall

Please note that the “VMWare vSphere 5.1” track is now CLOSED.To join the wait-list, register for the “VMWare” track as your first choice, but understand that for now you will be registered into your second choice. If more room becomes available in “VMWare,” we will contact you in order of registration into the closed track.


This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware vSphere® ESXi™ and VMware® vCenter Server™. This course is based on prerelease versions of ESXi 5.1 and vCenter Server 5.1. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.

Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several, more advanced vSphere courses. For advanced course options, go to

The objectives:

  • Install and configure ESXi
  • Install and configure vCenter Server components
  • Use vCenter Server to configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • 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 vSphere® 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



Timur Mirzoev is an Associate Professor of Information Technology Department at Georgia Southern University, College of Information Technology. Dr. Mirzoev heads the International VMware IT Academy Center and EMC Academic Alliance at Georgia Southern University. Some of Dr. Mirzoev’s research interests include server and network storage virtualization, cloud systems, storage networks and topologies. Currently, Dr. Mirzoev is holds the following certifications: VMware Certified Instructor, VMware Certified Professional 5, EMC Proven Professional, LefthandNetworks (HP), SAN/iQ, A+.


1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

2. Introduction to VMware Virtualization

  • Introduce virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces

3. Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine

4. VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
  • Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard virtual switch
  • Describe and modify standard virtual switch properties
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage vSphere datastores
  • Deploy and manage VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance

7. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
  • Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™

8. Data Protection

  • Discuss a strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
  • Discuss solutions for backing up virtual machines efficiently

9. Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
  • Configure ESXi lockdown mode
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
  • Explain VMware® vShield Endpoint™ integration in VSphere

10. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms

11. High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • Introduce the new VMware vSphere® High Availability architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Introduce VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Replication

12. Scalability

  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (DRS) cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Use vSphere HA and DRS together

13. Patch Management

  • Use Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
  • Install Update Manager and the Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Scan and remediate hosts

14. Installing VMware Components

  • Introduce ESXi installation
  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
  • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)


A free e-book will provided to all participants. Please look for a notifcation e-mail 2-3 weeks prior to the track's July 8 start.

For those who would prefer to buy themselves a hard copy version of the free e-book, please see below.

The book you're seeking is

VMware IT Academy vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1] - English Instructor Kit

Option 1. If your school is a current vITA (VMware IT Academy) member, you can order a copy of the book through Gilmore. This should be a familiar process.

Option 2. If your school isn't yet a vITA member, you can learn more here and sign up here. Once you're a member, you'll be able to buy the hard cipy as described in “Option 1” above.


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