VMware vSphere Advanced Admin Workshop [V7] (HQ7E9S)

This course provides hands-on training to equip students with a range of skills—from performing routine VMware vSphere® 7 administrative tasks to complex vSphere operations and configurations. Through lab-based activities, students are immersed in real-life situations faced by VMBeans, a fictitious company. These situations expose students to real life scenarios faced by companies that are building and scaling their virtual infrastructures.

Approximately 90% of the class is application-focused and taught through labs. The course aligns fully with the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Virtualization Deploy exam objectives.


  • System administrators
  • System engineers


This course requires the following:

  • Completion of the VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V7] course
  • VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV) certification
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Course objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Configure and manage complex storage solutions in a vSphere environment (NFS, iSCSI, etc.)
  • Configure and manage complex, scalable vSphere networking operations (vSphere standard switch and distributed switches)
  • Deploy, manage, and optimize virtual machines (advanced configuration, content library, latency-sensitive workloads, etc.)
  • Manage business continuity and operations in the vSphere environment (VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ file-based backup, VMware vCenter Server® profiles, host profiles, etc.)
  • Plan and implement increased vSphere security (use a key provider, VM encryption, CPU scheduler remediation, etc.)
  • Troubleshoot the vSphere environment
  • Use VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ to upgrade to VMware ESXi™ hosts and virtual machines (VUM, image-based clusters, etc.)
  • Implement vSphere cluster solutions (Cluster QuickStart wizard, VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™, VMware vSphere® High Availability, VMware vSAN™, etc.)
  • Implement resource optimizations to streamline vSphere deployments
  • Create an advanced configuration of vCenter Server (including an identity source)
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Detailed Course Outline

Course Introduction 

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Introduction to fictitious company: VMBeans

Configure and Manage Your vSphere Environment 

  • Perform various vCenter Server configurations
  • Configure an external identity source
  • Configure virtual networking with advanced options
  • Configure and manage advanced storage configurations
  • Configure vSphere clusters (also using Cluster QuickStart)

Management and Operations in Your Data Center Collect vSphere log files

  • Configure vCenter Server file-based backup
  • Working with vCenter Server profiles
  • Configure and manage advanced cluster settings
  • Create and configure advanced host options
  • Create and manage host profiles
  • Manage and remediate clusters using vSphere Lifecycle Manager
  • Create and configure a Content Library
  • Update a managed virtual machine template
  • Configure a central VMware Tools™ installation repository
  • Manage vSphere roles and permissions

Troubleshoot Your Data Center Environment 

  • Troubleshoot vSphere configuration issues
  • Troubleshoot resource pool configuration issues
  • Troubleshoot network and storage issues
  • Troubleshoot ESXi host issues
  • Troubleshoot vCenter Server resource issues

Increasing Security in Your Data Center 

  • Create and manage a key management solution
  • Create an encrypted virtual machine
  • Configure CPU scheduler options to achieve security remediation

Performance and Optimization in Your Data Center 

  • Manage advanced virtual machine configurations 
  • Identify and implement vSphere resource optimization opportunities