VMware vSphere: Automation Fast Track

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official VMware Curriculum

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This fast-paced, extended-hour training course includes the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage and VMware vSphere: Automation with vSphere PowerCLI courses. This hands-on course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere™ using the VMware vSphere Client and VMware vSphere PowerCLI. vSphere PowerCLI automation can reduce your IT costs while improving efficiency, availability, flexibility, and manageability.

The course is based on VMware ESX™/ESXi 4.1 and VMware vCenter™ Server 4.1 and includes a prepaid voucher for the VMware Certified Professional 4 examination.


At the end of the course, you should gain an understanding of vSphere 4 and vSphere PowerCLI and be able to do the following:

  • Install and manually configure and manage ESX/ESXi or vCenter Server components
  • Manually deploy, manage, and migrate virtual machines
  • Use vCenter Server to manage higher availability and data protection
  • Automate ESX/ESXi, virtual machine, and cluster configuration
  • Manage user access to the VMware infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Use vCenter Server to increase scalability
  • Use VMware vCenter Update Manager to apply ESX/ESXi patches
  • Automate reporting of ESX/ESXi and virtual machine properties

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Course Introduction (2 topics)

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Introduction to VMware Virtualization (1 topic)

  • Introduce virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components

VMware ESX and ESXi (2 topics)

  • Introduce the architecture of ESX and ESXi
  • Manually configure ESX/ESXi

VMware vCenter Server (2 topics)

  • Install and configure vCenter Server components
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects

Networking (1 topic)

  • Create, configure, and manage vNetwork standard switches, network connections, and port groups

Storage (2 topics)

  • Configure ESX/ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage vSphere datastores

Virtual Machines (3 topics)

  • Deploy virtual machines using the Create New Virtual Machine wizard, templates, cloning, and VMware vCenter Converter
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Perform Storage vMotion migrations

Access Control (1 topic)

  • Control user access through roles and permissions

Resource Monitoring (3 topics)

  • Control virtual machine access to CPU, memory, and I/O resources
  • Introduce VMkernel methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms

Data Protection (1 topic)

  • Back up and recover virtual machines using VMware Data Recovery

Scalability (6 topics)

  • Manage multiple vCenter Server inventories using VMware vCenter Linked Mode
  • Manage ESX/ESXi configuration compliance using Host Profiles
  • Create, configure, and manage vNetwork distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  • Perform VMware vMotion" migrations
  • Configure and manage a VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler cluster
  • Configure and manage VMware Distributed Power Management

High Availability (2 topics)

  • Configure and manage a VMware High Availability cluster
  • Configure fault-tolerant virtual machines using VMware Fault Tolerance

Patch Management (1 topic)

  • Manage patching and patch compliance using vCenter Update Manager

Installing VMware ESX and ESXi (1 topic)

  • Introduce ESX and ESXi Installable installation

Introduction to vSphere PowerCLI (4 topics)

  • Define the main vSphere PowerCLI object
  • Define the main commandlets in vSphere PowerCLI
  • Connect to a vSphere infrastructure
  • Get help for commandlets

Automating ESX Host Configuration (2 topics)

  • Automate configuration of virtual switches on ESXi hosts
  • Automate configuration of datastores on ESXi hosts

Virtual Machine Provisioning, Configuration, and Protection (4 topics)

  • Automate creation of virtual machines
  • Change virtual machine settings programmatically
  • Run vSphere PowerCLI scripts in virtual machines
  • Automate virtual machine protection

Automating Cluster Operations (5 topics)

  • Automate virtual machine storage migration
  • Automate VMware vMotion"
  • Create a VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler/VMware High Availability cluster
  • Automate cluster configuration
  • Automate resource pool creation and configuration

Automating Reporting (3 topics)

  • Automate reporting about virtual machines
  • Automate reporting about ESXi hosts
  • Automate reporting about clusters


  • Scripting experience in Windows PowerShell, VBScript, Perl, UNIX, or other languages featuring variables and control structures.
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

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