VSFT7 - VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V7]

VSFT7 - VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V7]

VSFT7 - VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V7]


Duration: 5.0 days

This five-day, intensive course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® 7 management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure and manage vSphere 7. You will explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size using vSphere 7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 7 and VMware vCenter Server® 7.

**Special Offer**
Attend a VMware delivered Fast Track course and receive a free VCP Exam voucher to use toward certification.

Product Alignment

• ESXi 7
• vCenter Server 7


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

  • Describe the software-defined data center (SDDC) 
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure 
  • Describe the benefits and capabilities of VMware Skyline 
  • Install and configure VMware ESXi™ hosts 
  • Deploy and configure VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ 
  • Use VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration 
  • Manage, monitor, back up, and protect vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Create virtual networks with vSphere standard switches 
  • Describe the storage technologies supported by vSphere 
  • Configure virtual storage using iSCSI and NFS storage 
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores 
  • Use the vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots 
  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library 
  • Manage virtual machine resource use and manage resource pools 
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® 
  • Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ 
  • Create virtual networks with VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™ and enable distributed switch features 
  • Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle 
  • Use VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ to perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machines 
  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance 
  • Describe how vSphere storage APIs help storage systems integrate with vSphere 
  • Configure and use virtual machine storage policies


1.  Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics 
  • Course objectives

2.  Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Explain basic virtualization concepts 
  • Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure 
  • Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage 
  • Recognize the user interfaces for accessing the vCenter Server system and ESXi hosts 
  • Describe the ESXi host architecture 
  • Navigate the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) to configure an ESXi host 
  • Recognize ESXi host user account best practices 
  • Install an ESXi host 
  • Use VMware Host Client™ to configure ESXi host settings 
  • Describe how to proactively manage your vSphere environment using VMware Skyline

3.  Virtual Machines

  • Create and provision a virtual machine 
  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™ 
  • Install VMware Tools 
  • Identify the files that make up a VM 
  • Recognize the components of a VM 
  • Recognize virtual devices supported by a VM 
  • Describe the benefits and use cases for containers 
  • Identify the parts of a container system

4.  vCenter Server

  • Describe the vCenter Server architecture 
  • Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server 
  • Deploy and configure vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Use the vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory 
  • Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server 
  • Use roles and permissions to enable users to access objects in the vCenter Server inventory 
  • Back up vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Monitor vCenter Server tasks, events, and appliance health 
  • Use vCenter Server High Availability to protect a vCenter Server Appliance

5.  Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Create and manage standard switches 
  • Describe the virtual switch connection types 
  • Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies 
  • Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches

6.  Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Identify storage protocols and storage device types 
  • Discuss ESXi hosts using iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage 
  • Create and manage VMFS and NFS datastores 
  • Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage 
  • Recognize the components of a VMware vSAN™ configuration

7.  Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines 
  • Modify and manage virtual machines 
  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library 
  • Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine 
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations 
  • Describe Enhanced vMotion Compatibility 
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots 
  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Replication™ 
  • Describe the benefits of vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection

8.  Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Discuss CPU and memory concepts in a virtualized environment 
  • Describe what overcommitment of a resource means 
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage 
  • Use various tools to monitor resource use 
  • Create and use alarms to report certain conditions or events

9.  vSphere Clusters

  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster 
  • Create a vSphere DRS cluster 
  • Monitor a vSphere cluster configuration 
  • Describe options for making a vSphere environment highly available • Explain the vSphere HA architecture 
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster 
  • Examine the features and functions of VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance 
  • Describe the function of the vSphere® Cluster Service

10.  Network Scalability

  • Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches 
  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control enhances performance 
  • Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring and NetFlow

11.  vSphere Lifecycle Management

  • Recognize the importance of vCenter Server Update Planner 
  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ works 
  • Describe how to update ESXi hosts using baselines 
  • Validate ESXi host compliance using a cluster image 
  • Describe how to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware 
  • Describe VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ and VMware vSAN™ integration

12.  Host and Management Scalability

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance 
  • Create and manage resource pools in a cluster 
  • Describe how scalable shares work

13.  Storage Scalability

  • Explain why VMware vSphere® VMFS is a high-performance, scalable file system 
  • Explain VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration, VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™, and vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering 
  • Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies 
  • Create VMware vSAN™ storage policies 
  • Recognize components of the vSphere Virtual Volumes architecture 
  • Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control


  • System administrators 
  • System engineers


This course has the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems


Attendance of this course meets the training requirement to achieve the following certification:

  • VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV)

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