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VMware vSphere 5.5 Ultimate Bootcamp

Advance your datacenters to the CLOUD in this 5-day, intensive hands-on VMware vSphere 5.5 course. This class is frequently available online with Remote Live

Course Description

VMware vSphere® 5.5 is the industry leading virtualization technology platform accelerating the shift to cloud computing for existing datacenters. This course combines several popular VMware vSphere classes into one concentrated delivery, saving time and money while providing an in depth look at VMware’s latest version release (5.5) in an accelerated learning format designed to immerse the student into the new features inside version 5.5.

The Ultimate Bootcamp® includes a 750+ page course manual and over 50 labs, the most of any training program available, leading to 65% of the class time spent learning through hands-on labs. The Ultimate Bootcamp® courseware is intuitively designed to help the student easily move through the chapters regardless of their level of experience and will serve as a reference source even after the class. This unique feature of all Ultimate Bootcamps® is what attracts so many students looking for a great training experience. Bring your questions into the classroom, and ask the “What If” questions that you are currently working on in your own live environment.

You will perform all labs on hardware found in a real data centers and not PC’s like you find in other VMware® Training courses. Having 24/7 unlimited access to a real world data center means the student can leverage the learning experience by revisiting labs where other courses have limited hours and access to servers. This flexibility allows you to learn at your own pace without time constraints or distractions.

VM555: encompasses content and concepts from multiple VMware® classes (Install, Configure, Manage; What’s New!; Manage for Performance; and Troubleshooting).  In addition, the Ultimate Bootcamp incorporates information and labs on 3rd party tools that will empower you to better manage your vSphere environment more effectively.

Note:This course is independent of the VMware Certified Profession (VCP).


System Administrators, Engineers, and Operators responsible for setup, support, and troubleshooting of ESXi Server and/or vCenter5. This Ultimate Bootcamp is intended for IT Professionals with 1 or more years of server and infrastructure experience. Individuals should have experience on Microsoft Windows and/or Linux Servers. The class will prepare you to achieve the Certified Virtualization Expert® 5 (CVE5.0) certification which will demonstrate your knowledge and skills as a certified professional.


Students should be IT Professionals with 1 or more years of server and infrastructure experience. Individuals should have experience on Microsoft Windows and/or Linux Servers.

*Note: This course consists of five 10 hour days of intense instruction with no outside distractions. Lunch and snacks are provided on each day of class.

What You Will Learn

After completing this course, you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the new features of VMware vSphere® 5.5
  • Foundational terms and concepts concerning virtualization
  • How to install, configure, and support ESXi Server 5 and vCenter™ 5
  • How to configure Virtual Networking including
    •  vNetwork Distributed Switches & vShield Zones
    •  How to support VMotion & iSCSI Multipathing.
  • P2V, V2V, V2P, and P2P methods and techniques
  • Server Consolidation procedures and reasoning
  • Tools to support a virtual infrastructure – VMware®, PlateSpin®, Vizioncore™, Veeam, and more
  • VMotion™, Storage VMotion, Distributed Power Mgt (DPM), Update Manager, Power Mgmt, Guided Consolidation, Fault Tolerance, Clustering – DRS/HA, etc.
  • Best Practices within a Virtual Enterprise
  • How to perform backups in the ESXi environment – Service Console and Virtual Machines – VCB and Data Recovery
  • How to use the Command Line Interface for supporting ESXi Servers - ESXi commands
  • Configure and optimize storage - FC, iSCSI, NFS, Multipathing, and Thin Provisioning

Course Outline

1.  Introduction and Methodology (HOL)

2. Virtualization Overview and What’s New in vSphere 5.5
3. Planning and Installing ESXi 5 (VMware vSphere Hypervisor)
  • Planning ESXi 5 Server Deployment
  • Deployment Guidelines
  • ESXi 5 Image Builder
  • ESXi 5 Server Install (HOL)
  • Configuring Hostname Resolution and NTP (HOL)
  • Troubleshooting ESXi 5 Server
4. Using Tools to Administer a VMware® Environment
  • Overview of 3rd Party Tools
  • ESXi Management (vSphere Client, NEW V5 esxcli, vCLI, vMA,Putty, PowerCLI, Web) (HOL)
  • Troubleshooting the vSphere Client (VIC)
5. vCenter™ Server 5 and Licensing
  • Demystifying vSphere 5 Licensing
  • vCenter Server 5 Installation (HOL)
  • vCenter Server 5 Virtual Appliance
  • vCenter Server 5 Inventory (HOL)
  • Managing vCenter Server 5 (HOL)
  • vCenter Solutions Manager
  • Planning vCenter Server 5 Deployment
  • Troubleshooting vCenter Server 5 Deployment
6. Configuring Networking
  • Create & Modify Virtual Networks (HOL)
  • Create & Modify Virtual Networks using CLI (HOL)
  • vNetwork Distributed Virtual Switches & NIOC (HOL)
  • Network Monitoring and Troubleshooting (NetFlow, Port Mirror, LLDP, 802.1p Tagging)
7. Configuring Storage
  • Storage Concepts, Storage Awareness & Profile Driven Storage
  • iSCSI Storage (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  • Fibre Channel Storage & Software FCoE (GUI & Command Line)
  • VMFS 5 Datastores and SSD (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  • NAS Storage and NFS Datastores (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  • vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA)
  • Raw Device Mapping (RDM) (HOL)
8. VM Creation and Configuration & Snapshots
  • Create a VM (HOL)
  • Create Multiple VMs, Templates & Clones (HOL)
  • Virtual Appliances (HOL)
  • VMware vCenter™ Standalone Converter (P2V, V2V) (HOL)
  • Manage VMs (HOL)
  • Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown (HOL)
  • Virtual Machine Snapshots (HOL)
  • vSphere 5 Web Client (HOL)
  • Troubleshooting Virtual Machines
9. Security and Permissions
  • Controlling User Access and Passwords (HOL)
  • ESXi 5 AD Integration (HOL)
  • Managing ESXi 5 Firewall (GUI & Command Line) (HOL)
  • VMSafe and vShield Zones
10. Server and VM Monitoring
  • Configuring Alarms (HOL)
  • VM Optimization for vSphere 5 Licensing (HOL)
  • Optimizing Resources
  • Monitor VM Performance (HOL)
  • Using NetFlow Tool (HOL)
  • ESXi, vCenter™ Logs and syslog (HOL)
11. Advanced ESXi and vCenter™ Management
  • Storage Views & Topology Maps
  • Storage VMotion and SvMotion Snapshots (HOL)
  • Configuring VMotion (HOL)
  • Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) (HOL)
  • Resource Pools and Monitoring (HOL)
  • Storage DRS (SDRS) (HOL)
  • Host Profiles (HOL)
  • VSphere 5 Auto Deploy (GUI & Command Line)
  • Linked Mode Group of vCenter™ Servers
12. Patching and Upgrading vCenter™/ESX/ESXi
  • Patching ESXi 5 (HOL)
  • Patching with Update Manager (HOL)
  • Upgrades and Migrations (ESX to ESXi)
  • Upgrading from ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.x
13. Disaster Recovery, Backup and Deployment
  • Site Recovery Manager 5 (SRM5)
  • High Availability (HA) & Fault Domain Manager (FDM) (HOL)
  • VM Fault Tolerance
  • Microsoft Clustering
  • Backup Strategies
  • VMware Data Recovery (HOL)
  • Third Party Backups (HOL)