VSPSA67 - VMware vSphere: Skills for Public Sector Administrators [V6.7]

VSPSA67 - VMware vSphere: Skills for Public Sector Administrators [V6.7]

VSPSA67 - VMware vSphere: Skills for Public Sector Administrators [V6.7]


Duration: 5.0 days

This five-day, intensive course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.7], you will 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 6.7. You will explore the features that build a foundation for a 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 6.7, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.7 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.7.


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

  • Install and configure ESXi hosts 
  • Deploy and configure VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ 
  • Use VMware Host Client™, VMware vSphere® Web Client, and VMware vSphere® Client™ to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration 
  • 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 vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots 
  • Create a content library for deploying virtual machines 
  • Manage virtual machine resource usage and manage resource pools • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® 
  • Describe the methods for protecting and recovering virtual machine data 
  • Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ 
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machines 
  • Encrypt virtual machines for additional security


1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics 
  • Course objectives 
  • Describe the content of this course 
  • Gain a complete picture of the VMware certification system 
  • Familiarize yourself with the benefits of the VMware Education Learning Zone 
  • Identify additional resources

2 Introduction to vSphere and the Software-Defined Data Center

  • Describe how vSphere fits into the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure 
  • Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, and storage 
  • Use vSphere Client to access and manage your vCenter Server system and ESXi host 
  • Compare virtual machine hardware version 14 to other versions 
  • Identify the virtual network adapters, and describe the enhanced VMXNET3 
  • Compare the types of virtual disk provisioning 
  • Install and configure ESXi host settings 
  • Identify the advantages of ESXi Quick Boot

3 Creating Virtual Machines

  • Create, provision, and remove a virtual machine 
  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools™ 
  • Describe how to import a virtual appliance OVF template

4 vCenter Server

  • Describe the vCenter Server architecture 
  • Discuss how ESXi hosts communicate with vCenter Server 
  • Access and configure vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Use vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory 
  • Add data center, organizational objects, and hosts to vCenter Server 
  • Create custom inventory tags 
  • Describe the rules for applying permissions 
  • Create a custom role in vCenter Server 
  • Create a vCenter Server Appliance backup schedule 
  • Restore vCenter Server Appliance from a backup 
  • Monitor vCenter Server Appliance

5 Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage standard switches 
  • Configure virtual switch security, traffic-shaping and load-balancing policies 
  • Compare vSphere distributed switches and standard switches 
  • Describe the virtual switch connection types 
  • Describe the new TCP/IP stack architecture 
  • Use VLANs with 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 VMware vSphere® VMFS and NFS datastores 
  • Explain how multipathing works with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage 
  • Identify the advantages of VMware vSAN™

7 Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy new virtual machines 
  • Modify and manage virtual machines 
  • Create an instant clone of a virtual machine 
  • Identify the types of content libraries and how to deploy and use them 
  • Add a hot-pluggable device 
  • Dynamically increase the size of a virtual disk 
  • Use customization specification files to customize a new virtual machine 
  • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations 
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots

8 Resource Management and Monitoring

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

9 vSphere HA and vSphere Fault Tolerance

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture 
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster 
  • Use vSphere HA advanced parameters 
  • Enforce infrastructural or intra-app dependencies during failover 
  • Describe vSphere HA heartbeat networks and datastore heartbeats 
  • Examine the features and functions of vSphere Fault Tolerance 
  • Enable vSphere Fault Tolerance on virtual machines 
  • Support vSphere Fault Tolerance interoperability with vSAN 
  • Examine enhanced consolidation of vSphere Fault Tolerance virtual machines 
  • Examine the features and functions of vSphere Replication

10 vSphere DRS

  • Describe the functions of a vSphere DRS cluster 
  • Create a vSphere DRS cluster 
  • View information about a vSphere DRS cluster 
  • Configure virtual machine affinity, DRS groups, and VM-host affinity rules 
  • Remove a host from a vSphere DRS cluster

11 vSphere Update Manager and Host Maintenance

  • Describe the architecture, components, and capabilities of vSphere Update Manager 
  • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage the patching of ESXi, virtual machines, and vApps 
  • Examine the features and functions of vSphere Update Manager EAM integration 
  • Integrate vSphere Update Manager with vSphere DRS

12 Securing Virtual Machines

  • Set up encryption in your vSphere environment 
  • Encrypt virtual machines 
  • Encrypt core dumps 
  • Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion 
  • Describe support for virtual machine security features, such as UEFI secure boot, vTPM, and virtualization- based security


  • System administrators 
  • System engineers


This course has the following prerequisites:

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.

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