VSICM8 - VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V8]

This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 8, which includes VMware ESXi™ 8 and VMware vCenter® 8. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size.

This course is the foundation for most VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

Duration: 5.0 days

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Singapore | 22 Apr 2024 - 26 Apr 2024 Singapore
Virtual ILT | 22 Apr 2024 - 26 Apr 2024 Singapore
Virtual ILT | 22 Apr 2024 - 26 Apr 2024 Thailand

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By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
  • Install and configure ESXi hosts
  • Deploy and configure vCenter 
  • Use the vSphere Client to create the vCenter inventory and assign roles to vCenter users 
  • Create virtual networks using vSphere standard switches and distributed switches 
  • Create and configure datastores using storage technologies supported by vSphere 
  • Use the vSphere® Client™ to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots 
  • Create content libraries for managing templates and deploying virtual machines 
  • Manage virtual machine resource allocation 
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® 
  • Create and configure a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ 
  • Manage the life cycle of vSphere to keep vCenter, ESXi hosts, and virtual machines up to date


1 Course Introduction 
  • Introductions and course logistics 
  • Course objectives

2 vSphere and Virtualization Overview
  • Explain basic virtualization concepts 
  • Describe how vSphere fits in the software-defined data center and the cloud infrastructure 
  • Recognize the user interfaces for accessing vSphere 
  • Explain how vSphere interacts with CPUs, memory, networks, storage, and GPUs

3 Installing and Configuring ESXi
  • Install an ESXi host 
  • Recognize ESXi user account best practices 
  • Configure the ESXi host settings using the DCUI and VMware Host Client

4 Deploying and Configuring vCenter
  • Recognize ESXi hosts communication with vCenter 
  • Deploy vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Configure vCenter settings 
  • Use the vSphere Client to add and manage license keys 
  • Create and organize vCenter inventory objects 
  • Recognize the rules for applying vCenter permissions 
  • View vCenter logs and events

5 Configuring vSphere Networking
  • Configure and view standard switch configurations
  • Configure and view distributed switch configurations 
  • Recognize the difference between standard switches and distributed switches 
  • Explain how to set networking policies on standard and distributed switches

6 Configuring vSphere Storage
  • Recognize vSphere storage technologies 
  • Identify types of vSphere datastores 
  • Describe Fibre Channel components and addressing 
  • Describe iSCSI components and addressing 
  • Configure iSCSI storage on ESXi 
  • Create and manage VMFS datastores 
  • Configure and manage NFS datastores

7 Deploying Virtual Machines
  • Create and provision VMs 
  • Explain the importance of VMware Tools 
  • Identify the files that make up a VM 
  • Recognize the components of a VM 
  • Navigate the vSphere Client and examine VM settings and options 
  • Modify VMs by dynamically increasing resources 
  • Create VM templates and deploy VMs from them 
  • Clone VMs 
  • Create customization specifications for guest operating systems 
  • Create local, published, and subscribed content libraries 
  • Deploy VMs from content libraries 
  • Manage multiple versions of VM templates in content libraries

8 Managing Virtual Machines
  • Recognize the types of VM migrations that you can perform within a vCenter instance and across vCenter instances 
  • Migrate VMs using vSphere vMotion 
  • Describe the role of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility in migrations 
  • Migrate VMs using vSphere Storage vMotion 
  • Take a snapshot of a VM 
  • Manage, consolidate, and delete snapshots 
  • Describe CPU and memory concepts in relation to a virtualized environment 
  • Describe how VMs compete for resources 
  • Define CPU and memory shares, reservations, and limits

9 Deploying and Configuring vSphere Clusters
  • Create a vSphere cluster enabled for vSphere DRS and vSphere HA 
  • View information about a vSphere cluster 
  • Explain how vSphere DRS determines VM placement on hosts in the cluster 
  • Recognize use cases for vSphere DRS settings 
  • Monitor a vSphere DRS cluster 
  • Describe how vSphere HA responds to various types of failures 
  • Identify options for configuring network redundancy in a vSphere HA cluster 
  • Recognize vSphere HA design considerations 
  • Recognize the use cases for various vSphere HA settings 
  • Configure a vSphere HA cluster 
  • Recognize when to use vSphere Fault Tolerance

10 Managing the vSphere Lifecycle
  • Enable vSphere Lifecycle Manager in a vSphere cluster 
  • Describe features of the vCenter Update Planner 
  • Run vCenter upgrade prechecks and interoperability reports 
  • Recognize features of VMware vSphere® Lifecycle Manager™ 
  • Distinguish between managing hosts using baselines and managing hosts using images 
  • Describe how to update hosts using baselines 
  • Describe ESXi images 
  • Validate ESXi host compliance against a cluster image and update ESXi hosts 
  • Update ESXi hosts using vSphere Lifecycle Manager 
  • Describe vSphere Lifecycle Manager automatic recommendations 
  • Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager to upgrade VMware Tools and VM hardware


  • System administrators 
  • System engineers


This course has the following prerequisites:
  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems



Course Benefits

  • Career growth
  • Broad Career opportunities
  • Worldwide recognition from leaders
  • Up-to Date technical skills
  • Popular Certification Badges

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