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VMware vSphere 6 Essential Training

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An introduction to VMware's cloud-based virtual operating system, vSphere 6.

Virtualization and cloud computing are the future of our IT infrastructure. It's important for system administrators who want to succeed to have a strong foundation in virtualization technologies, particularly in the popular virtual environment VMware vSphere, including the ESXi hypervisor and vCenter Server. With vSphere, you can create virtual machines that bypass the need for additional expensive hardware and provide features not available on a physical system—a perfect setup for exploring new technologies and setting up test environments.

This course teaches the basics of installing, configuring, and maintaining vSphere 6, including installation of the ESXi hypervisor and vCenter Server using a pre-created environment called AutoLab. Following lab creation, Brandon Neill introduces the core components of vSphere (ESXi and vCenter) and shows how to configure storage and networking. Finally, he runs through some typical virtual-machine management tasks, such as creating a virtual machine manually vs. creating one with templates and clones, working with snapshots, and performing a vMotion migration.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Why virtual machines?
1. Creating a vSphere Environment with AutoLab
  • Building a lab environment with AutoLab
  • Downloading necessary software
  • Preparing VMware Workstation and deploying prebuilt VMs
  • Setting up the domain controller VM
  • Installing the ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
2. Introducing ESXi and vCenter
  • Accessing the ESXi host from the console
  • Using the Windows vSphere client
  • Using the web client
  • Adding an ESXi host
3. vSphere Networking
  • Understanding vSphere networking basics
  • Configuring lab networking
4. vSphere Storage
  • Understanding vSphere storage basics
  • Configuring iSCSI
  • Creating data stores
5. Virtual Machine Management
  • Creating a virtual machine
  • Installing the operating system and VMware tools
  • Creating a guest OS customization specification
  • Performing a cloning operation
  • Using templates
  • Performing a vMotion migration
  • Understanding snapshots
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Brandon Neill

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