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Create a vSphere 6.7 VCP Lab with VMware Workstation

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Learn how to set up a vSphere lab on your own computer with VMware Workstation 15 and vSphere 6.7.

Having a vSphere home lab is a valuable resource for testing and training. This course walks you through the process of creating a vSphere 6.7 lab on your own computer. You can learn how to use VMware Workstation 15 and vSphere 6.7 and get hands-on practice creating multiple virtual machines. When you’re done, you will have a completely functional vSphere 6.7 lab environment, complete with a router, domain controller, virtual NAS device, and multiple ESXi hosts. With vCenter deployed, you will be able to practice launching the vSphere Client and manage your environment. These skills are valuable for any aspiring network administrator without access to expensive hardware, as well as those preparing for the VMware Certified Professional (VCP), vSphere Foundations, or VMware Certified Associate (VCA) exams.

Note: The course is about an hour in length, but if you are following along at home the process to completely build your home lab should take two to three hours.

This course was created by Rick Crisci. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.


  • Set up a VMware environment with a home lab
1. Preparing to Create Your Home Lab
  • Minimizing software costs
  • Hardware requirements
  • Install VMware Workstation 15
  • Obtain required scripts and documentation from AutoLab
  • Download VMware vSphere 6.7 evaluation
  • Download VMware vSphere 6.7 from EvalExperience
  • Download Microsoft software
2. Deploying the Home Lab Infrastructure
  • Configure VMware Workstation 15
  • Managing VMware Workstation memory
  • Taking snapshots of lab VMs
  • Add VMs to VMware Workstation inventory
  • Router and NAS configuration
  • Import SQL Studio
  • Domain controller pre-checks
  • Windows domain controller installation
3. Deploy vSphere 6.7 Components
  • ESXi host unattended installation
  • Windows vCenter unattended installation
  • Remove Windows vCenter
  • Deploy vCenter Server Appliance 6.7
  • Manually create a virtual ESXi host
  • ESXi 6.5 to 6.7 interactive upgrade

Taught by

Rick Crisci


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