VMware vSphere: What's New v5.5 to v6.7 Course Details:

In this three-day, hands-on training course, you will explore the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server® 6.7 and VMware ESXi™ 6.7. Real-world use-case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6.7. This course is recommended for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6.7 into their existing vSphere environment.

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Course Introduction 

  • Introductions and course logistics 
  • Course objectives

Management Enhancements 

  • Differentiate the vSphere clients 
  • Use vSphere Client to view the vSphere environment 
  • Use VMware Host Client to view the vSphere environment 
  • Describe the vSphere 6.0, 6.5, and 6.7 enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Describe how to back up and restore vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Explain how to patch vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Describe the new features of vSphere 6.7 
  • Summarize the purpose of content libraries in a vSphere environment 
  • Discuss the vSphere requirements for content libraries 
  • Create a local content library 
  • Subscribe to a published content library 
  • Deploy virtual machines from a content library 
  • Describe how vCenter Server High Availability works 
  • Describe how VMware Platform Services Controller™ high availability works 
  • Configure vCenter Server High Availability

vCenter Architecture Upgrade and Migration 

  • Describe the new architecture features of vCenter Server 
  • Choose between a distributed configuration and an embedded configuration, based on your requirements Determine the appropriate upgrade path for a vCenter Server deployment 
  • Upgrade a vCenter Server Appliance instance to vCenter Server 6.7 
  • Determine the appropriate migration path for a vCenter Server deployment 
  • Describe the new migration features of vCenter Server 6.7 
  • Migrate Windows vCenter Server 5.5 to vCenter Server Appliance 6.7

ESXI Upgrade and Enhancements 

  • Determine the appropriate upgrade method for an ESXi host 
  • Describe the procedure for upgrading an ESXi 5.5, 6.0, or 6.5 host to an ESXi 6.7 host 
  • Discuss the enhancements to vSphere 6.5 scalability and performance 
  • Discuss the additional features to support hotplug and SMART solid-state drives 
  • Describe the new capabilities of host profiles introduced in vSphere 6.5 
  • Describe the vSphere 6.7 Quick Boot feature 
  • Describe the VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ EAM integration

Virtual Machine Enhancements 

  • Discuss how virtual hardware 11, 13, and 14 extend virtual machine resource configurations 
  • Describe how the VMXNET3 adapter optimizes network traffic 
  • Discuss how hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6.x 
  • Describe the benefits of VMware vSphere® Integrated Containers™

Storage Enhancements 

  • Describe vSphere 6.x support for NFS 
  • Describe the VMFS6 datastore 
  • Describe the upgrade procedure from VMFS5 to VMFS6 
  • Describe the VMFS6 enhancements in vSphere 6.7 • Describe the benefits of using virtual volumes 
  • Describe per-virtual machine, policy-based policy management 
  • Describe how VMDK data operations are offloaded to storage arrays through VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness™ 
  • Describe how VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™ is used with Windows Server Failover Clustering Describe the VMware vSAN™ enhancements in the following areas: 
    • Scalability 
    • Performance 
    • Availability 
    • Space efficiency 
    • Operational o Usability 
  • Describe the interoperability enhancements to VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control 
  • Describe the enhancements to vSphere Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control that improve adherence to configured maximums and reservations

Security Enhancements 

  • Discuss the improvements to lockdown settings 
  • Describe the addition of smart-card authentication 
  • Explain the changes that enhance user accountability 
  • Plan for secure boot support for ESXi hosts 
  • Describe the security enhancements 
  • Deploy enhanced vCenter Server events and alarms and vSphere logging 
  • Describe the vSphere 6.7 features for monitoring vCenter Server Appliance 
  • Use encryption in your vSphere environment 
  • Encrypt virtual machines 
  • Explain how to back up encrypted virtual machines 
  • Encrypt core dumps 
  • Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion migration 
  • Describe the virtual TPM feature in vSphere 6.7 
  • List the core security modules that are part of VMware Platform Services Controller™ 
  • List the VMware certificate management components 
  • Describe certificate use changes in vSphere 6.0 
  • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Certificate Authority component 
  • Describe the primary services provided by the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store component 
  • Define VMware CA certificate replacement options 
  • Describe ESXi certificate replacement options 
  • Discuss certificate-based guest authentication

Network Enhancements 

  • Use Network I/O Control 
  • Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3 
  • Enable network resource management on VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch™ 
  • Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares and reservation Discuss IPv6 support in vSphere 6.0 
  • Explain how the gateway per vmknic feature works and how it is configured 
  • Explain the new ERSPAN headers supported in vSphere 6.5 and how they are configured 
  • Describe the areas where performance improvements were made in vSphere 6.5

Availability Enhancements 

  • Describe the TCP/IP stack for vSphere vMotion that was introduced in vSphere 6.0 
  • Explain the changes that make vSphere vMotion migrations across high-latency networks possible 
  • Discuss the requirements for migrating a virtual machine across vCenter Server instances 
  • Explain how VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance in vSphere 6.0 supports virtual machines with multiple virtual CPUs 
  • Describe how vSphere Fault Tolerance maintains the secondary virtual machine in a ready state 
  • Explain the mechanism by which the primary virtual machine is determined 
  • Discuss the improvements made in handling all paths down (APD) and permanent device lost (PDL) conditions 
  • Describe the increased scalability of vSphere HA 
  • Explain the additional compatibility supported by vSphere HA 
  • Explain the enhancement of vSphere HA admission control in vSphere 6.5 
  • Describe the improvement of vSphere HA orchestrated restarts

*Please Note: Course Outline is subject to change without notice. Exact course outline will be provided at time of registration.

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

  • List and describe the importance of key features and enhancements in vSphere 6.0, 6.5, and 6.7
  • Use VMware vSphere® Client™, VMware Host Client™, and the VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™ shell to view and configure the vSphere environment
  • Migrate a Windows vCenter Server system to vCenter Server Appliance 6.7
  • Determine the proper upgrade path for a vCenter Server instance, and upgrade vCenter Server to version 6.7 Use the appropriate method to upgrade an ESXi host
  • Create a multisite content library for synchronizing virtual machine templates, vApps, ISO images, and scripts across vCenter Server instances
  • Deploy virtual machines from a content library
  • Increase ESXi security by enabling lockdown mode on an ESXi host
  • Upgrade virtual machines to the latest virtual hardware and VMware Tools™ version
  • Configure NFS- and iSCSI-backed virtual volumes to provide a common storage platform, independent of the underlying storage hardware
  • Create storage policies, and use them with virtual machines and virtual volume datastores
  • Register a key management server with vCenter Server, and create an encrypted virtual machine
  • Create a distributed switch, and use VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control to allocate bandwidth for a virtual machine
  • Activate VMware vCenter Server® High Availability

This course requires completion of one the following courses or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with VMware ESX®/ESXi and vCenter Server:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage
  • VMware vSphere: Fast Track
  • VMware vSphere: What’s New
  • VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting


Experience with working at the command line is helpful.

System architects, system administrators, IT managers, VMware partners, and individuals responsible for implementing and managing vSphere architectures

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