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VMware vSphere: What's New [V4.x to V5.5]

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

  • Key enhancements in vSphere 5
  • The upgrade process from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance™ and the VMware vSphere Web Client to manage the vSphere platform
  • How VMware vCenter Single Sign-On works
  • Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere VMFS-5 datastore
  • Create a port mirroring session
  • Configure virtual machine storage policies
  • Create a datastore cluster and configure VMware vSphere Storage DRS™
  • Monitor VMware vSphere High Availability cluster activity
  • Use VMware vSphere Auto Deploy™ to provision an ESXi host
  • System administrators
  • IT managers
  • System architects
  • Individuals responsible for implementing or managing vSphere environments

vSphere 4.x administration experience or training

1. Course Introduction

  • Introduction, logistics, goals, and objectives
  • vSphere 5 documentation resources


2. Introducing VMware vSphere 5.5

  • Key enhancements in ESXi and vCenter Server
  • The upgrade process from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5
  • Use vCenter Server Appliance to manage the vSphere Platform
  • Use the vSphere Web Client to search for objects and view object information
  • Use vCenter Single Sign-On to add users and assign roles


3. Virtual Machine Management

  • Describe Virtual Machine hardware features introduced in vSphere 5.x
  • Describe Virtual Machine enhancements introduce in vSphere 5.5


4. Network Management

  • New features of distributed switches
  • Describe enhancements to VMware vSphere Network I/O Control
  • Configure and test port mirroring


5. Storage Management

  • New storage features
  • Enhancements to VMware vSphere storage
  • Upgrade VMFS-3 to VMFS-5
  • Create user-defined storage capabilities and Virtual Machines storage policies


6. Scalability

  • vSphere Storage DRS and VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control
  • Create a database cluster
  • Configure vSphere Storage DRS


7. Availability

  • Features, benefits, and architecture of VMware vSphere Data Protection
  • Features, benefits, and architecture VMware vSphere Replication
  • Enhancements to vSphere HA
  • vSphere HA cluster activity


8. VMware vSphere Deployment Alternatives

  • Use VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI to create and export an image profile
  • Use vSphere auto deploy to provision an ESXi host


Lab activities comprise 30% of the class.

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