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VMware VOD VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.5] Video Learning


This training course, for experienced VMware vSphere® personnel, teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5.

This course prepares the student for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Datacenter Administration [V5] certification (VCAP5-DCA). Completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam.

VMware Video on Demand offers a powerful alternative to traditional classroom training, delivering modular videos that can be accessed any time, anywhere, and from any device.

VMware On Demand is a robust, self-paced learning solution delivering modular training combined with hands-on practice labs, giving you a powerful alternative to traditional classroom training.

What's Included

  •   Compelling: Interactive modules with labs that build as you progress
  •   Comprehensive: Rich content equivalent to classroom training that meets certification course requirements, including final assessments. Some courses also include bonus items like exam vouchers.
  •   Convenient: 30 days to access the content multiple times at your pace
  •   VCP Certification Exam Voucher

More Information


Completion of one of the following courses:

  •   VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]
  •   VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.5]
  •   VMware vSphere: Fast Track

Or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended.


  •   Experienced system administrators
  •   Systems engineers
  •   System integrators


  •   Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
  •   Manage changes to the vSphere environment
  •   Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
  •   Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  •   Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts

Note: About one-third of the VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.5] course content is repeated in this course. The scalability topics in VMware vSphere: Fast Track are repeated in this course.


Course Introduction

  •   Introductions and course logistics
  •   Course objectives

VMware Management Resources

  •   Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
  •   Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access
  •   Use the esxcli, vicfg, and vmware-cmd commands
  •   Review ESXi and vCenter Server log files

Performance in a Virtualized Environment

  •   Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
  •   Explain software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance
  •   Use vSphere performance monitoring tools

Network Scalability

  •   Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
  •   Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
  •   Explain distributed switch features such as private VLANs, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow

Network Optimization

  •   Explain the performance features of network adapters
  •   Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
  •   Monitor key network performance metrics
  •   Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configurations
  •   Troubleshoot common network performance problems

Storage Scalability

  •   Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
  •   Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
  •   Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control

Storage Optimization

  •   Diagnose storage access problems
  •   Explain how storage protocols, VMware vSphere® VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
  •   Configure vSphere® Flash Read Cache™
  •   Monitor key storage performance metrics
  •   Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
  •   Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

CPU Optimization

  •   Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
  •   Monitor key CPU performance metrics
  •   Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

Memory Optimization

  •   Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
  •   Monitor key memory performance metrics
  •   Troubleshoot common memory performance problems

Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization

  •   Describe performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere® High Availability admission control policies
  •   Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
  •   Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems

Host and Management Scalability

  •   Explain VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
  •   Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  •   Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ to perform vSphere administrative tasks
  •   Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
  •   Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts

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