Delivery Methods
• Classroom
• Live Online
• Onsite

Course Duration

• Two (2) days of instructor-led classroom training
• 50% lecture, 50% hands-on lab

Target Audience
vSphere administrators, systems engineers and operators who have attended vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage V5.x or have the equivalent experience.

Course Suitability
☒ Engineer
☒ Architect
☒ Professional


vSphere 5.5 knowledge equivalent to attending vSphere Install, Configure, Manage [V5.x] and system administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course Overview

VMware vSphere: What’s New is a hands-on training course that explores the newest features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server™ 6 and VMware ESXi™ 6. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lecture material teach the skills you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6. This class is recommended for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6 into their existing vSphere environment.
Students who complete this course will be prepared for more advanced vSphere 6 courses

Course Objectives
By the end of this course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
• Discuss the key enhancements made to vSphere 6

• Determine when to apply increased maximum configuration allowances in vSphere 6
• Configure new ESXi security and account management features
• Apply vSphere 6 upgrade and deployment processes to ESXi and vCenter Server
• Determine when to deploy the different VMware Platform Services Controller™ models
• Discuss the differences between VMware vSphere® Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client in the vSphere 6 release
• Upgrade virtual machines to virtual hardware version 11
• Apply the uses and benefits of VMware vRealize™ Operations Manager™
• Configure storage policies
• Create and use virtual volumes
• Allocate network resources by using VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control
• Migrate running virtual machines between vCenter Server instances by using VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™
• Discuss the key enhancements made to VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance

1.- Course Introduction
• Introductions and course logistics
• Course goals and objectives
• Online vSphere resources
• Location of online vSphere documentation

2.- Introduction to vSphere 6
• Discuss vSphere 6 feature enhancements
• Describe how vRealize Operations Manager is used to manage the software-defined data center

3.- Install and Upgrade
• Discuss the differences between vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6 installation process.
• Confirm the system requirements for each component of vSphere 6
• Determine which vCenter Server deployment mode is required.
• Discuss the vSphere 6 upgrade process
• Discuss vSphere 6 installation media
• Determine the correct database option for various deployment scenarios of vSphere 6

4.- Compute Enhancements
• Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6 scalability and performance
• Discuss the additional features to support hot-plug and SMART solid-state drives
• Discuss the improvements to lockdown settings
• Discuss how virtual hardware 11 extends virtual machine resource configurations
• Discuss how hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6

5.- Management Enhancements
• Discuss VMware vCenter™ Single Sign-On™ authentication process
• Discuss new features of vSphere 6 Certificate Authority
• Discuss certificate-based guest authorization
• Discuss how ESXi hosts and vCenter Server communicate securely over SSL
• Describe changes for ESXi certificate replacement
• Discuss upgrading the vSphere License Service
• License ESXi 6 and vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client

6.- Storage Enhancements
• Discuss VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™
• Configure storage-based policies
• Discuss share reservations and file locking
• Discuss the benefits and effects of NFS 4.1 with vSphere.
• Discuss Kerberos and Remote Procedure Call (RPC) header authentication

7.- Network Enhancements
• Work with Network I/O Control
• Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3
• Enable network resource management on a vSphere distributed switch
• Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares, reservations, and limits
• Discuss how IPv6 is supported in the vSphere 6 reléase

8.- Availability Enhancements
• Discuss enhancements made to vSphere vMotion
• Migrate virtual machine across vCenter Server instances by using vSphere vMotion
• Discuss the multiprocessor fault tolerance features and symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) capabilities in vSphere 6
• Discuss the benefits of VMware vCloud® Air™
• Describe how vCloud Air integrates with vSphere 6

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