VMware vSphere: Fast Track V6 (VM-FT6)

This course focuses on installing, configuring, managing and troubleshooting VMware vSphere 6, including VMware ESXi 6 and VMware vCenter Server 6.


Certified Training Course




R 19 900 p.p. (Excl. VAT)

SATV Redeemable 


Delivery Method

Classroom-based, Instructor-led with emphasis on hands-on exercises


5 days

Start time: 09:00 (Registration will commence at 08:30 on the first day)



We recommend that students have:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course for VCA-DCV certification.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives: 

  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines 
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server appliance 
  • Configure and manage the vSphere infrastructure with the VMware vSphere Client and the VMware vSphere Web client 
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches 
  • Describe and use a content library 
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion 
  • Use VMware vSphere Storage vMotion to migrate virtual machine storage 
  • Use VMware vRealize Operation Manager to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts 
  • Manage VMware vSphere High availability and VMware vSphere fault tolerance 
  • Use VMware vSphere Replication and VMware vSphere data protection to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery 
  • Use VMware vSphere distributed resource scheduler clusters to improve host scalability 
  • Use VMware vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere update manager to apply patches
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, vCenter Server, virtual networking, virtual storage, and other vSphere operations  

Exam & Certifications

Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization VCP6-DCV exam (Exam # 2V0-621). 

Important note: Please be advised that VMware has changed the VCP6 certification requirement from one exam to two exams. VMware has introduced a prerequisite online non-proctored exam:

  • vSphere 6 Foundations (Exam # 2V0-620) that needs to be completed along with the proctored VCP6-DCV exam at a Pearson VUE testing facility. The vSphere Install, Configure & Manage v6.0 and the vSphere Fast Track v6.0 courses aligns perfectly to online vSphere 6 Foundations (Exam # 2V0-620). It is highly recommended that delegates complete the 5-day vSphere Optimize & Scale v6.0 course before attempting the new VCP6-DCV certification exam. 

Course Topics

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives 

2. Software-Defined Data Center

  • Introduce virtualization 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  
  • Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

3. Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files 
  • Deploy a single virtual machine 
  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools 
  • Describe how to import an OVF template

4. VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce vCenter Server architecture  
  • Introduce vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance  
  • Using the VMware vSphere Web Client  
  • Configuring VMware vCenter Single Sign-On and VMware platform services controller  
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

5. Troubleshooting vSphere

  • Use a structured approach to troubleshoot issues in vSphere 
  • Discuss options for running vSphere commands 
  • Locate and use important vSphere log files

6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch  
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties  
  • Describe the NIC teaming of a standard switch port group 
  • Describe, create, and manage a distributed switch 
  • Troubleshoot virtual networking

7. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage 
  • Create and manage vSphere VMFS datastores 
  • Introduce VMware Virtual SAN datastores 
  • Troubleshoot virtual storage 

8. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines 
  • Modify and manage virtual machine snapshots 
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations 
  • Create VMware vSphere vApp 
  • Describe the types of content libraries 
  • Troubleshoot virtual machines and snapshots

9. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts 
  •  Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage  
  • Configure and manage resource pools  
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage
  • Use vRealize Operations Manager to manage softwaredefined data center 
  • Troubleshoot ESXi and vCenter Server

10. vSphere HA and vSphere FT

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture 
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster 
  • Set vSphere HA advanced parameters 
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance (FT) on a virtual machine 
  • Describe VMware vSphere Replication and vSphere Data Protection
  • Troubleshoot vSphere HA

11. Host Scalability

  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS Cluster 
  • Create a vSphere DRS cluster 
  • View information about a vSphere DRS Cluster 
  • Troubleshoot vSphere DRS clusters

12. vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

  • Describe, install, and configure vSphere Update manager 
  • Describe and use host profiles  
  • Use baselines and remediate ESXi hosts 
  • Perform patch managemen

13. Installing vSphere Components

  • Describe how to install ESXi interactively 
  • Identify the basic requirements for an ESXi host to boot from SAN  
  • Identify system requirements to install vCenter Server 
  • Install vCenter Server on a supported windows system 
  • Management, and performance monitorin