VMware vSphere: What's New V5 to V6 (VM-NEW6)

This course is a hands-on training course that explores the newest features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server 6 and VMware ESXi 6.


Certified Training Course




R 7 900 p.p. (Excl. VAT)

SATV Redeemable 


Delivery Method

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


2 days

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

Dates available in Johannesburg, Pretoria & Cape Town.



We recommend that students have:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems 
  • vSphere 5.5 knowledge equivalent to attending vSphere Install, Configure, Manage V5.x

Course Objectives

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

  • Discuss key enhancements made to vSphere in version 6 
  • Determine when to apply increased maximum configuration allowances in vSphere 6 
  • Configure new ESXi security and account management features 
  • Apply vSphere 6 upgrade and deployment processes to ESXi and vCenter Server 
  • Determine when to deploy the different VMware Platform services and controller models 
  • Discuss the differences between VMware vSphere Client and VMware vSphere Web Client in the vSphere 6 release 
  • Describe and configure enhancements made to virtual machines in the vSphere 6 release 
  • Upgrade virtual machines to virtual hardware version 11 
  • Configure storage policies 
  • Apply the uses and benefits of VMware vRealize Operations Manager 
  • Create and use Virtual volumes
  • Allocate network resources by using VMware vSphere Network I/O control 
  • Migrate running virtual machines between vCenter server instances by using VMware vSphere vMotion and VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler 
  • Discuss the key enhancements made to VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance

Exam & Certifications

Upon completion of this course, you can take the exam to become a VMware certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV). This industry recognized certification validates your ability to configure, administer and scale a vSphere virtualized Data Center

Course Topics

1. Introduction to vSphere 6

  • Discuss vSphere 6 feature enhancements
  • Describe how vRealize Manager is used to manage the softwaredefined data center

2. Install and Upgrade

  • Discuss the differences between vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6 installation process
  • Confirm the system requirements for each component of vSphere 6 •
  • Determine which deployment mode is required 
  • Discuss the vSphere 6 upgrade process
  • Discuss vSphere 6 installation Media
  • Determine the correct database option for various deployment scenarios of vSphere 6

3. Compute Enhancements

  • Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6 scalability and performance
  • Discuss the additional features to support hot-plug and Smart solid-state drives
  • Discuss the improvements to lockdown settings 
  • Discuss how virtual hardware 11 extends virtual machine resource configurations
  • Discuss how hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6

4. Management Enhancements

  • Discuss VMware vCenter single sign-on authentication process
  • Discuss new features of vSphere 6 Certificate Authority
  • Discuss certificate based guest authorization
  • Discuss how ESXI hosts and vCenter Server communicate securely over SSL
  • Describe changes for ESXi certificate replacement
  • Discuss upgrading the vSphere license service
  • License ESXi 6 and vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client

5. Storage Enhancements

  • Discuss VMware vSphere API for storage awareness
  • Configure storage-based policies • Discuss share reservations and file locking
  • Discuss the benefits and effects of NFS 4.1 with vSphere
  • Discuss Kerberos and Remote Procedure Call (RPC) header authentication

6. Network Enhancements

  • Work with Network I/O Control features
  • Upgrade network I/O Control to version 3
  • Enable network resource management on a vSphere distributed switch
  • Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares, reservations, and limits
  • Discuss how IPv6 is supported in the vSphere 6 release

8. Availability Enhancements

  • Discuss enhancements made to vSphere vMotion
  • Migrate virtual machine across vCenter server instances by using vSphere vMotion
  • Discuss the multiprocessor fault tolerance features and symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) capabilities in vSphere 6
  • Discuss the benefits of VMware vCloud Air
  • Describe how vCloud Air integrates with vSphere 6