VMware vSphere: Optimise and Scale V6 (VM-OS)

This course is for experienced VMware vSphere users. It teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.


Certified Training Course




R 31 350 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:

  • Completion of one of the following courses:  
  • VMware vSphere : Fast track v6.0 OR  
  • VMware vSphere : Install, configure, Manage [v5.5 or v6.0]   
  • Or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.

Course Objectives

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

  • 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 
  • Harden the vSphere environment against security threats
  • 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

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).
  • The VCP6-DCV certification validates you having the skills required to successfully install, deploy, scale and manage VMware vSphere 6 environments.

Course Topics

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

2. VMware Management Resources

  • Configure VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) 
  • Understand the esxcli and vicfg commands 
  • Configure ESXi Tech Support Mode and ssh access 
  • Understand important ESXi and vCenter Server log files 
  • Configure a centralized ESXi log host 

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. vSphere Security

  • Describe the features and benefits of the Platform services controller 
  • Configure ESXi host access and authorization 
  • Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines

5. Network Scalability

  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches 
  • Use the command-line for network configuration
  • Understand distributed switch features such as PVLANs
  • Network I/O Control, port mirroring, and NetFlow

6. Network Performance Troubleshooting

  • Explain the performance features of network adaptors 
  • 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

7. Storage Scalability

  • Configure storage multipathing 
  • Understand VAAI and VASA 
  • Explain policy-driven storage 
  • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile 
  • Describe Storage DRS operation 
  • Configure Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control

8. Storage Optimization

  • Diagnose storage access problems 
  • Understand how storage protocols, VMFS configuration, load 
  • Balancing, and queuing affect performance
  • Monitor key storage performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

9. CPU Performance

  • Understand CPU scheduler and other features that impact CPU 
  • Performance
  • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems 

10. Memory Performance

  • Understand memory reclamation techniques and 
  • Overcommitment
  • Monitor key memory performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

11. Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization

  • Understand performance guidelines for DRS clusters, resource 
  • Discuss how vGPU usage affects virtual machine performance 
  • Pools, and resource allocation settings
  • Troubleshoot virtual-machine power-on failures
  • Troubleshoot-vSphere cluster errors

12. Host and Management Scalability

  • Describe and use host profiles
  • Define and use content libraries
  • Upgrade ESXi and vCenter Server instances
  • Use VMware vSphere Power CLI
  • Use Virtual Machine Converter
  • Use VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI and vSphere Auto Deplo