VMware 6.5 Install, Configure & Manage

September 18-22, 2017 – virtual/online training

$2,245 for MISAC members, $2,395 for MISAC partners, $2,495 for non-members
(40-46% discount off market price)
Registration period now closed

This VMware training from MISAC offers you the opportunity to learn more about VMware vSphere 6.5. * The virtual course is taught by instructor Larry Karnis.

100% of the students surveyed from our May 2015 VMware 6.0 course agreed or strongly agreed that they would take courses from Larry Karnis again, and that they would recommend this the course to their peers.


VMware 6.5 Course Overview

This powerful 5-day, 8 hours-per-day class is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ including VMware ESX™ 6.5 and vCenter™. This course has been completely rewritten to reflect the most recent changes and improvements introduced in vSphere 6.5. Our courseware and labs have been fully updated and now use Host Client and Web Client rather than legacy vSphere Client for both presentation material and lab procedures.

This training would cost $4,195 through VMware directly. Thanks to a strategic partnership with Proven Impact Learning, we are able to offer this course at a 40-46% discount! Please note that this course is informational onlyBut, by the end of this course, attendees will have acquired all of the knowledge and hands-on skill required to successfully challenge the Certified Virtualization Professional (CVP) exam.

Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to more advanced topics. Over 40% of class time is devoted to labs so that students learn the concepts, skills and best practices they need to become effective vSphere administrators.

Labs start with installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers and progress to shared storage, networking and centralized management. The class continues to advanced topics including resource balancing, high availability, power management, back up and recovery, performance, vCenter redundancy, VM redundancy. Disaster recovery, rapid deployment and VM cold, hot and storage migration.

This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify and eliminate common IT pain points using vSphere. Students learn how to deliver business value; not just the technical or mechanical aspects of the software.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the skills, and best practices of virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot vSphere 6.5.

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VMware 6.5 Course Objectives

At the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization
  • Install ESXi Server according to best practices
  • Upgrade and use Host Client to manage stand alone ESXi hosts
  • Configure and manage local storage resources
  • Create virtual and virtual to physical network configurations
  • Define and use file share (NAS / NFS) datastores Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications
  • Install, configure and upgrade VMware Tools
  • Install, configure and update the Platform Service Controller and vCenter Server Appliance
  • Rapidly deployment of VMs using golden-master templates
  • Create clones – one-time copies of virtual machine
  • Use Guest OS customization to rapidly configure new VMs according to requirements
  • Configure and use hotplug hardware including hot-add vCPUs and Memory
  • Configure, manage, monitor and secure users and groups
  • Understand the benefits and trade offs of network attached storage and Fibre, iSCSI SANs
  • Configure and use shared SAN storage including Fibre SAN, iSCSI SAN
  • Add and grow virtual disks including system disks and secondary volumes
  • Use vCenter alarms to monitor ESXi, VM, storage and network health, performance, state
  • Use Resource Pools to bulk delegate resource to meet Service Level Agreements
  • Perform VM cold migrations, hot VMotion migrations and Storage VMotion
  • Configure and manage server CPU and Memory capacity and maintain VM responsiveness with Distributed Resource Schedule load balanced clusters
  • Deliver high VM service availability using VMware High Availability clusters
  • Use HA to successfully minimize VM down time caused by ESXi host failures, storage network failures or SAN volume failures
  • Implement a disaster recovery strategy using VMware Replication
  • Use vSphere Replication to hot replicate and recover business critical Virtual Machines
  • Patch and update ESXi servers using vCenter Update Manager
  • Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance
  • Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization
  • Troubleshoot common problems

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Who Should Take This VMware 6.5 Training

This class is suitable for anyone who want to learn how to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in Virtual Infrastructure, including:

  • System architects or others who need to design virtual infrastructure
  • Security specialists responsible for administering, managing, securing Virtual Infrastructure
  • Operators responsible for day-to-day operation of Virtual Infrastructure
  • Performance analysts who need to understand, provision, monitor Virtual Infrastructure
  • Business Continuity specialists responsible for disaster recovery and high availability
  • Storage administrators who work with Fibre / iSCSI SAN volumes and NAS datastores
  • Managers who need an unbiased understanding of virtualization before committing their organization to a virtual infrastructure deployment.

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Training Prerequisites and System Requirements


  • Attendees should have user, operator or administrator experience on common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows®, Linux™, UNIX™, etc.
  • Experience installing, configuring and managing operating systems, storage systems and or networks is useful but not required.
  • We assume that all attendees have a basic familiarity with PC server hardware, disk partitioning, IP addressing, O/S installation, networking, etc.

System Requirements

  • A personal computer with reliable audio/speakers
  • A reliable internet connection

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VMware Instructor Larry Karnis

VMware expert Larry KarnisLarry is one of the foremost experts on VMware and has been a VMware Certified Instructor since 2004. He has worked as a Computer Systems Analyst, Trainer and Consultant with Fortune 500 businesses, government organizations and professional service firms for over 25 years. Larry previously taught our VMware 5.5 course — you can check out some of the feedback from that course below.

For more information, please visit Larry Karnis’s detailed biography page on MISAC.org.

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Past Student Reviews of VMware Training

  • “The trainer was very knowledgeable, informative and conveyed great detailed training materials. Great training!”
  • “Larry is an awesome instructor!”
  • “The lab environment functioned very well and gave us the opportunity to work with a lot of VMware features.”
  • “Larry is a great instructor, one of the best I’ve encountered!”

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VMware 6.5 Course Outline

Chapter List: (“HoL” denotes “Hands-On Lab”)

  1. Virtualization Infrastructure Overview
  2. How to Install, Configure ESXi 6.5 (HoL1)
  3. Virtual and Physical Networking (HoL)
  4. NAS Shared Storage(HoL)
  5. Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines (HoL)
  6. Install and Deploy the vCenter Server Appliance (HoL)
  7. VM Rapid Deployment using Templates, Clones (HoL)
    Add and Grow virtual disks (HoL)
    Advanced Virtual Hardware – Hot Plug CPU/Memory (HoL)
  8. ESXi and vCenter Permission Model (HoL)
  9. Using Fibre and iSCSI Shared Storage (HoL)
  10. VMFS – The VMware Cluster File System (HoL)
  11. ESX and vCenter Alarms (HoL)
  12. Resource Management and Resource Pools (HoL)
  13. VM Hot VMotion, Cold Migration and Storage VMotion (HoL)
  14. Load Balancing w. Distributed Resource Scheduling Clusters (HoL)
  15. Failure Recovery with High Availability Clusters (HoL)
  16. Disaster Preparedness with vSphere Replication (HoL)
  17. Patch Management with VMware Update Manager (HoL)
  18. Managing Scalability and Performance (HoL)
  19. Final Thoughts

Hands-On Labs

Every attendee will be expected to perform one or more Hands-On Labs at the end of each chapter. Attendees will complete the following Hands-On Labs during the class:

  • Install of ESXi 6.5 and perform post-install configurations
  • Update ESXi 6.5 Host Client to improve stability and add features
  • Create, update Network Standard vSwitches. Use NIC Teams for performance and redundancy
  • Define, connect to and browse NFS file shares
  • Create a Virtual Machine and install a guest OS into the VM. Install VMware Tools into the VM. Add 3rd party tools and utilities to the VM
  • Export a VM in Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) and then re-import it
  • Install and configure the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
  • Configure Single Sign On (SSO) identity sources including Active Directory
  • Configure vCenter’s inventory views to organize inventory objects
  • Getting started with VMware Next Generation Web Client
  • Work with Clones and Templates. Convert a VM into a template. Rapidly deploy new VMs from template. Copy VMs using cloning.
  • Use guest OS customization to easily change the identity of a VM. Create, update and deploy VMs using Guest OS Customization Specifications
  • Work with virtual disks
    Hot add a secondary virtual disk
    Grow a non-system volume
    Grow a Windows system disk and increase it’s partitions without the need for 3rd party tools
  • Configure and test hotplug memory. Create multi-core vCPUs
  • Work with vCenter permissions. Use and customize Roles
  • iSCSI, Fibre Storage Area Networks. Scanning for and connecting to SAN shared storage
  • VMware VMFS – VMware’s cluster file system. How to create, tune and grow VMFS volumes
  • vCenter alarms for monitoring key infrastructure objects. Send SNMP traps to a trap receiver on high VM resource consumption
  • Create and resource tune Resource Pools. Test resource resource delegations
  • Cold Migration VMs from one ESXi host and storage volume to another
  • Hot VMotion the live running state of a VM from one ESXi host to another
  • Hot Storage Migrate the live disk state of a running VM from one datastore to another
  • Build and test an automated CPU and Memory resource load balancing DRS clusters
  • Create and test an HA cluster. Watch the cluster place and restart VMs during a server failures
  • Prepare for an IT failure with vSphere Replication. Hot replicate and then restore a running VM
  • Set up VMware Update Manager to patch/update ESXi hosts. Perform an ESXi host Patch Scan, review host non-compliance with attached patch baselines and then apply patches to bring the host up to date
  • Performance analysis and bench marking storage and networking

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Please note that this course is informational only. But, by the end of this course, attendees will have acquired all of the knowledge and hands-on skill required to successfully challenge the Certified Virtualization Professional (CVP) exam.


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