VMware vSphere: What's New V5.5

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official VMware Curriculum
Code VS5-WN

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This hands-on training course explores new features in VMware vCenter™ Server 5.5 and VMware® ESXi™ 5.5. Topics include VMware vSphere® 5.5 installation and how to upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5.

Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several advanced vSphere 5.5 courses.


  • List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 5.1
  • Upgrade a deployment from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.1
  • Use the VMware vSphere Web Client to manage virtual machines
  • List and describe key networking enhancements, including the ESXi firewall and new features in vNetwork distributed switches
  • Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere VMFS-5 datastore
  • Understand and configure policy-driven storage
  • Create a datastore cluster and configure Storage DRS Live migration of a virtual machine without shared storage
  • Secure the virtual machines using VMware vShield Endpoint™ (now included in base vSphere product
  • Backup and recover a vSphere environment using vSphere Data Protection
  • Replicate vSphere for SRM deployments using vSphere Replication
  • Use new displays to monitor VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster activity
  • Use the Linux-based VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
  • Use Auto Deploy to install a stateless or stateful ESXi host
  • Use Image Builder to modify and export an image profile

Target Audience

System administrators, IT managers, System architects, People responsible for implementing or managing vSphere environments

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Course Introduction (3 topics)

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Other vSphere 5 learning resources

Introduction to VMware vSphere 5.5 (2 topics)

  • Key enhancements in ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware vSphere Upgrade Manager
  • Upgrade vSphere components from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5, including vCenter Server, Update Manager, and ESXi

Virtual Machine Management (5 topics)

  • Describe new virtual machine version 9 hardware features
  • Explain virtual machine snapshot consolidation
  • Describe the vCenter Solutions Manager
  • Upgrade a virtual machine to version 9 hardware
  • Install, register, and use the Web-based vSphere Client

Network Management (6 topics)

  • Describe the ESXi firewall
  • Describe new features of vNetwork distributed switches including NetFlow, port mirroring, and Link Layer Discovery Protocol
  • Describe enhancements to network I/O control, including 802.1p priority tagging, user-defined virtual machine resource pools,
  • and the host-based replication traffic pool
  • Configure the ESXi firewall
  • Configure and test port mirroring

Storage Management (5 topics)

  • Describe new storage features, including VMFS5, Fibre Channel over Ethernet software adapters, policy-driven storage management and vStorage API for Storage Awareness, solidstate disk support, and VMware vSphere vStorage Appliance
  • Describe enhanced features, including snapshot support for VMware vSphere Storage vMotion, increased storage performance, and new primitives in the vStorage API for Array
  • Integration
  • Upgrade VMFS3 to VMFS5
  • Create a storage policy

Scalability (4 topics)

  • Scaling enhancements to resource pools and VMware vSphere vMotion"
  • Describe Storage DRS operation
  • Create a datastore cluster for Storage DRS
  • Configure Storage DRS

High Availability (3 topics)

  • Describe enhancements to the VMware Fault Tolerance and Enhanced vMotion Compatibility features
  • Describe the operation of VMware HA using the new Fault Domain Manager agents
  • Create a VMware HA cluster

New VMware vSphere Deployment Alternatives (3 topics)

  • Configure the Linux-based vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use Image Builder to create an installation image profile
  • Use Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host


Attendance at one of these VMware vSphere 4 courses:

  • Install, Configure, Manage
  • Fast Track
  • What's New

Or equivalent vSphere 4 administration experience.

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Scheduled Dates

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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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