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VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale plus Troubleshooting Fast Track
5 days  (Instructor Led Online)  |  Data Center Virtualization

Course Details

The VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale plus Troubleshooting Fast Track five-day accelerated, the hands-on training course is a blend of the VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale and VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop courses. This Fast Track course includes the best of each of these advanced courses to equip experienced VMware administrators with the knowledge to effectively optimize and troubleshoot VMware vSphereĀ® at an expert level.


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

  • Configure and manage vSphere networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment
  • Optimize the performance of all vSphere components
  • UseĀ Ā VMware vSphereĀ® ESXiā„¢ Shell andĀ Ā VMware vSphereĀ® Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • Use VMware vSphereĀ® Auto Deployā„¢ to provision ESXi hosts
  • Harden the vSphere environment against security threats
  • Use VMware vSphereĀ® Web Client, the command-line interface, and log files to diagnose and correct
    problems in vSphere
  • Troubleshoot networking, storage, VMware vCenter ServerĀ®, ESXi host, vSphere cluster, VMware vSphereĀ® vMotionĀ®, and virtual machine problems


This course prepares you for the following certification:
ā€¢Ā Ā VMware Certified Professional 6.5 ā€“ Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV)


  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
  2. Introduction to Troubleshooting
    • Identify the effects of a system problem
    • Define the scope of troubleshooting
    • Use a structured approach
    • Understand the principles of troubleshooting
    • Follow a logical troubleshooting procedure
    • Examine examples of troubleshooting
  3. Troubleshooting Tools
    • Use command-line tools to identify and troubleshoot problems
    • Use VMware vSphereĀ® Management Assistant
    • Find and interpret important log files
    • Use VMware vRealizeĀ® Log Insightā„¢ for log aggregation, efficient log search, and problem analysis
  4. vSphere Security
    • Configure ESXi host access and authorization
    • Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines
    • Use VMware Certificate Authority to configure vSphere certificate management
    • Configure vSphere to encrypt virtual machines, core dumps, and vSphere vMotion migrations
  5. Network Scalability
    • Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches
    • Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow
  6. Network Optimization
    • Explain the performance features of network adapters
    • Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
    • Use esxtop to monitor key network performance metrics
  7. Networking Troubleshooting
    • Identify the symptoms of network-related problems
    • Analyze and resolve standard switch and distributed switch problems
    • Analyze virtual machine connectivity problems and fix them
    • Examine common management network connectivity problems and restore configurations
    • Identify and prevent potential problems
  8. Storage Scalability
    • Explain VMware vSphereĀ® Storage APIs – Array Integration and VMware vSphereĀ® API for Storage Awarenessā„¢
    • Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
    • Configure VMware vSphereĀ® Storage DRSā„¢ and VMware vSphereĀ® Storage I/O Control
    • Create and use virtual volumes in vSphere
  9. Storage Optimization
    • Describe storage queue types and other factors that affect storage performance
    • Use esxtop to monitor key storage performance metrics
  10. Storage Troubleshooting
    • Troubleshoot storage (iSCSI, NFS, VMware vSphereĀ® VMFS, VMware vSANā„¢, and VMware vSphereĀ® Virtual Volumesā„¢) connectivity problems
    • Analyze storage-related logs
    • Analyze hardware malfunction and software misconfiguration scenarios
    • Identify multipathing-related problems, including permanent device loss (PDL) and all paths down (APD)
    • Analyze possible causes, recover from the faulty conditions, and restore storage visibility
  11. CPU Optimization
    • Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
    • Use esxtop to monitor key CPU performance metrics
  12. Memory Optimization
    • Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host-swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
    • Use esxtop to monitor key memory performance metrics
  13. Analyzing vSphere
    • Explain how Proactive DRS enhances virtual machine availability
    • Use vRealize Log Insight to identify and troubleshoot problems
  14. vSphere Clusters
    • Identify and recover from problems related to VMware vSphereĀ® High Availability
    • Analyze and troubleshoot vSphere vMotion problems related to virtual machine migrations
    • Discuss and recover from VMware vSphereĀ® Distributed Resource Schedulerā„¢ problems to achieve proper function and balanced resource use
    • Examine vSphere cluster failure scenarios and possible solutions
  15. Virtual Machines
    • Analyze and resolve common virtual machine snapshot problems
    • Identify possible causes and resolve virtual machine power-on problems
    • Troubleshoot virtual machine connection state problems
    • Resolve problems seen during VMware Toolsā„¢ installations
    • Examine failure scenarios and provide solutions
  16. Host and Management Scalability
    • Explain the uses of VMware vCenterĀ® Converterā„¢
    • Define and use content libraries
    • Describe and use host profiles
    • Describe and use VMware vSphereĀ® ESXiā„¢ Image Builder CLI and vSphere Auto Deploy
  17. vCenter Server and ESXi
    • Understand the vCenter Server and VMware Platform Services Controllerā„¢ architecture in vSphere 6.x
    • Identify and resolve authentication problems
    • Troubleshoot VMware CA and certificate problems
    • Analyze and fix problems with vCenter Server services
    • Analyze and fix vCenter Server database problems
    • Identify VMware vCenter ServerĀ® High Availability problems
    • Examine ESXi host and vCenter Server failure scenarios and resolve the problems

Target Audience

Experienced system administrators, system engineers, and system integrators


This course requires completion of one of the following prerequisites:

  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] course
  • Equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Experience with working at the command prompt is highly recommended.