DCVCTS - VMware Data Center Virtualization: Core Technical Skills

DCVCTS - VMware Data Center Virtualization: Core Technical Skills

DCVCTS - VMware Data Center Virtualization: Core Technical Skills


Duration: 3.0 days

This three-day, hands-on training course is an introduction to VMware vSphere®. In this course, you acquire the skills needed to perform Day 2 operational tasks that are typically assigned to the roles of operator or junior administrator in a vSphere environment.


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

  • Describe virtualization and virtual machines 
  • Describe vSphere components and the software-defined data center (SDDC) 
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Monitor network and datastore configurations in VMware vSphere® Client™ 
  • Deploy, configure, and clone virtual machines 
  • Migrate, monitor, and manage virtual machines 
  • Monitor tasks and events in VMware vSphere® Client™ 
  • Recognize how vSphere DRS and VMware vSphere® High Availability improve performance and availability of a vSphere cluster


1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics 
  • Course objectives

2 Virtualization and vSphere Concepts

  • Describe how virtual machines (VMs) work 
  • Recognize the purpose of a hypervisor 
  • Describe how VMs share resources in a virtualized environment
  • Recognize the components of an SDDC 
  • Describe the relationship between vSphere, the SDDC, and cloud computing 
  • Recognize the functions of the components in a vSphere environment 
  • Access and view vSphere graphical user interfaces 
  • Identify VMware solutions that integrate with vSphere in the SDDC

3 Navigating the vSphere Client

  • View and organize the inventory objects managed by vCenter Server 
  • Add and assign vSphere licenses 
  • Change the log level of vCenter Server 
  • Edit the startup policy of ESXi services 
  • Describe how vCenter Server roles and permissions work 
  • Add permissions to virtual machines

4 Lifecycle of Virtual Machines

  • Add and remove VM virtual hardware components 
  • Identify the purpose of different VM files 
  • Configure VM settings 
  • Create and delete virtual machines 
  • Recognize the benefits of installing VMware Tools™ 
  • Install VMware Tools into a guest operating system 
  • Upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware compatibility

5 vSphere Networking

  • Describe virtual networking 
  • Recognize ways that virtual switches connect VMs and ESXi hosts to the network 
  • View components and properties of a vSphere standard switch configuration 
  • View a vSphere distributed switch configuration in vSphere Client
  • Recognize when and how to use the settings for the security networking policy 
  • Recognize when and how to use the settings for the traffic shaping networking policy 
  • Describe how the NIC teaming and failover policy helps maintain network connectivity 
  • Perform basic checks to diagnose VM connectivity issues

6 vSphere Storage
• Describe the function of a datastore • Recognize types of vSphere datastores • View datastore information in vSphere Client • Monitor datastore usage in vSphere Client

7 Virtual Machine Management

  • Recognize the benefits of using VM templates 
  • Create and update a VM template 
  • Deploy a VM from an existing template 
  • Clone a virtual machine 
  • Recognize how to use guest OS customization specifications 
  • Deploy VMs from a content library
  • Deploy a virtual appliance from an OVF template 
  • Perform a hot and cold migrations of VMs 
  • Identify requirements for using VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® 
  • Perform a vSphere Storage vMotion migration 
  • Identify use cases for VM snapshots 
  • Create and manage snapshots of a virtual machine

8 Resource Monitoring

  • Recognize the purpose of each type of VM resource control
  • Configure the resource allocation settings of a VM 
  • Observe the behavior of virtual machines with different share values 
  • Manage and acknowledge vSphere alarms 
  • Use performance charts to monitor VM CPU and memory usage 
  • Monitor tasks and events in vSphere Client

9 vSphere Clusters

  • View information about the services that a vSphere cluster offers
  • Recognize how vSphere HA responds to different types of failures
  • Monitor vSphere HA during a host failure 
  • Describe how vSphere DRS works 
  • Interpret DRS scores given to VMs 
  • Recognize how to apply the appropriate vSphere DRS automation and migration threshold levels 
  • Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance works 
  • Recognize how Enhanced vMotion Compatibility works


Technical professionals with basic system administration skills and operators responsible for managing virtual machines using VMware ESXi™ and VMware vCenter Server®


This course has the following prerequisites:

  • Working knowledge of operating systems 
  • Understanding of basic network, storage, and computer hardware concepts


Attending this course is recommended to achieve the following certification:

  • VMware Certified Technical Associate - Data Center Virtualization (VCTA-DCV)

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