VMware vSphere ICM v7.0 for the Real World

This course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 7.0, which includes VMware ESXi™ 7.0 and VMware vCenter Server® 7.0. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

3 Months / 60 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES3066

What you will learn

  • Describe the software-defined data center (SDDC)
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Install and configure VMware ESXi hosts
  • Deploy and configure VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use VMware vSphere Client to manage the vCenter Server inventory and the vCenter Server configuration
  • Manage, monitor, back up, and protect vCenter Server Appliance
  • Create virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Describe the storage technologies supported by vSphere
  • Configure virtual storage using iSCSI and NFS storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere VMFS datastores
  • Use the vSphere Client to create virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create a content library and deploy virtual machines from templates in the library
  • Manage virtual machine resource use
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere vMotion and VMware vSphere Storage vMotion
  • Create and manage a vSphere cluster that is enabled with VMware vSphere High Availability
  • Use the VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • Discuss solutions for managing the vSphere life cycle
  • Use VMware vSphere Update Manager to apply patches and perform upgrades to ESXi hosts and virtual machines

How you will benefit

  • This course helps prepare you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size
  • Complete in 3 months or less

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 60 course hours
  1. Introduction to Virtualization
    1. Intro to Virtualization
    2. Intro to VMware's virtualization solutions
    3. Licensing
  2. Installation of ESXi
    1. Installation
    2. DCUI configuration
    3. Host Client
  3. vCenter Server Installation and Configuration
    1. vCenter Server Installation
    2. vCenter Server Management interface
    3. Backing up vCenter Server
    4. vCenter Server Administration tour
  4. Virtual Machines
    1. Virtual Machine Introduction
    2. Virtual Machine Deployment
    3. Key Options of the VM
    4. VM Configuration Options
    5. Using Content Libraries
    6. Solutions Manager configurations
    7. Snapshot Management
    8. Using Limits, Shares, and Reservations
    9. Migrating Virtual Machines
    10. Installing VM Tools
    11. SR-IOV basics
  5. Networking
    1. Networking Basics
    2. Understanding Portgroups
    3. Creating and Managing Distributed Switches
    4. Port Group Options
    5. Using Network Policies
    6. Traffic Filtering and Marking
    7. Monitoring Networking
    8. Paravirtualization and IPv6 deployment
  6. Storage
    1. Storage Introduction
    2. Connecting to Storage
    3. Fibre Channel over Ethernet
    4. iSCSI
    5. NFS
    6. Intro to VMFS Datastores
  7. Security
    1. Securing vSphere
    2. Using Single Sign On
    3. Applying certificates
    4. Using Permissions
    5. Hardening your vSphere environment
  8. Resource Allocation
    1. Resource management
    2. Resource pools
    3. Understanding DRS
    4. Deploying a DRS cluster
    5. Understanding Distributed Power Management
    6. Storage DRS
  9. Host Profiles
    1. An overview of Host Profiles
    2. Working with Host Profiles
  10. Business Continuity
    1. Introduction to Business Continuity Solutions in VMware
    2. Using High Availability
    3. Troubleshooting HA
    4. Fault Tolerance explained
  11. Upgrade Process<
    1. Upgrading vCenter Server
    2. Upgrading a Host
    3. Introduction to the lifecycle manager interface

Russ Long

Russ Long is an experienced IT professional and instructor specializing in Cisco networking and VMware virtualization. He holds many reputable IT certifications, including Cisco CCSI, Cisco CCNA, Apple Certified Support Professional, VMware VCP-DCV, and VMware VCA-DCV. In addition to his certifications, Russ has extensive experience with Cisco routing and switching, Linus administration, Cybersecurity, VMware vSphere, VMware Workstation, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Apple Support. His approachable teaching style allows students to get a deeper understanding of technology by encouraging them to ask questions. Outside of class, Russ will get his party killed in MMOs and dominate in the pool hall.


There are no prerequisites for the course, but System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems is highly recommended.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 3 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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