VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage V6 (VM-ESX6)

This course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 6, which includes VMware ESXi 6 and VMware vCenter Server 6.


Certified Training Course




R 13 900 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)


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course is as follows: 

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.  
  • Understanding of concepts presented in the self-paced, 3 hour VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course.  

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Describe a vCenter Server architecture 
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance  
  • Deploy a vCenter Server appliance 
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host 
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere Client and VMware vSphere Web Client 
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create a vApp
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools 
  • Use VMware vRealize Operations Manager to identify and solve issues through analytics and alerts
  • Mange 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 vSphere distributed switches to improve network scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere Update Manager to apply patches
  • Perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and v Center Server 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. Software Defined DC

  • Clarify key terminology 
  • Introduce components of the software-defined data center
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere Client
  • Overview of ESXi 

2. Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines , virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Create and work with virtual machines

3. vCenter Server

  • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server appliance 
  • Install and use vSphere Web Client
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses 
  • Explain the benefits of enhanced vMotion compatability

4. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches
  • Configure virtual switch loadbalancing algorithms
  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups

5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and storage device names
  • Discuss ESXi with Iscsi, NFS, and fibre channel storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere VMFS datastores
  • Introduce VMware Virtual SAN
  • Introduce virtual volumes

6. Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines 
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations 
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots 
  • Create a vApp
  • Introduce the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use the

7. Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage 
  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events
  • Identify and troubleshoot virtual machine resource issues
  • vRealize operations manager for data center monitoring and management 

8. vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture 
  • Configure and manage vSphere HA cluster
  • vSphere advanced parameters
  • vSphere Fault Tolerance
  • Enable vSphere fault tolerance on virtual machines
  • Introduce vSphere Replication 
  • Use vSphere Data Protection to back up and restore data

9. Host Scalability

  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Configure and manage a vSphere DRS cluster
  • Work with affinity and antiaffinity rules
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together

10. vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

  • Use vSphere Update manager to to manage ESXi patching
  • Install vSphere update manager and the vSphere update manager plug-in 
  • Create patch baselines
  • Use host profiles to manage host configuration compliance
  • Scan and remediate hosts

11. Installing VMware Components

  • Install ESXi 
  • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
  • Introduce vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Discuss installation of vCenter Server Appliance and a vCenter Server instance
  • Demonstrate vCenter Server installation