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VMware Certified Associate

This course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6.5. This course will give you a solid understanding of how to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. Learn faster and retain more so you are fully prepared to install and support VMware and become prepared to take the VMware Certified Associate - Digital Business Transformation (VCA-DBT) - 1V0-701 exam for the VMware Certified Associate (VCA) credential.

6 Months / 40 Course Hrs
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VMware Certified Associate

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES3005

What You Will Learn
  • Describe the software-defined data center
  • Explain the vSphere components and their function in the infrastructure
  • Deploy an ESXi host
  • Deploy VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™
  • Use a local content library as an ISO store and deploy a virtual machine
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Configure and manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware Host Client™ and VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Describe virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere® VMFS, NFS, iSCSI, and RDM
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 40 hours – including lab time
How you will benefit
  • Deep dive into key vSphere topics and functions
  • Learn about real world applications of this technology
  • Expand your knowledge of the material even further than what the certification test requires
  • Preparation to take the VMware Certified Associate - Digital Business Transformation (VCA-DBT) - 1V0-701 exam for the VMware Certified Associate (VCA) credential.


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  1. Introduction to Virtualization
    1. Basics
    2. Topology
    3. Software
    4. Interfaces
    5. Inventory Objects
    6. Server Plugins
    7. Advantages/ Disadvantages
    8. Overview of Features
    9. Licensing
    10. What's New
  2. ESXi Installation
    1. Requirements
    2. Preparation
    3. ESXi Set up
    4. Post installation
    5. vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance Installation
    6. Server vs. Appliance
    7. Embedded vs. External
    8. Server
    9. Appliance
    10. Appliance Migration Tool
  3. Virtual Machines
    1. Basics of Virtual Machines
    2. Deployment
    3. Templates
    4. Content Libraries
    5. Hardware
    6. Options
    7. NVMe
    8. vSphere App
    9. Solutions Manager
    10. Management
    11. VMware tools
    12. VM Migration
  4. Networking
    1. Networking basics
    2. vSwitches
    3. VMKernel Groups
    4. Port Groups
    5. Security polices
    6. Load Balancing and Failover
    7. Backing up Network Configurations
    8. Network Policies
    9. RDMA
    10. IPv6
    11. Best Practices
  5. Storage
    1. Storage basics
    2. ESXi SAN implementations
    3. ESXi Fibre Channel
    4. ESXi iSCSi
    5. ESXi NFS
    6. Flash Devices
    7. Multipathing and Failover
    8. Datastores
    9. Raw device Mapping
    10. Virtual Volumes
    11. I/O filtering
    12. Hardware Acceleration
    13. Thick and Thin
    14. Vmkfstools
    15. Storage providers
    16. Storage Polices
  6. Security
    1. Basic Security
    2. SSO
    3. Certificates
    4. Permissions
    5. Hardening (best practices)
    6. Boot Secure
    7. Enhanced logging
    8. Encrypted vMotion
  7. Resource Allocation
    1. Basics of Resource Allocation
    2. Settings
    3. CPU
    4. Memory
    5. Storage
    6. Clustering
    7. NUMA
    8. Attributes
    9. Fault Definitions
  8. Host Profiles
    1. Create
    2. Attach
    3. Detach
    4. Compliance
    5. Remediation
    6. Profile Management
    7. DRS integration, parallel host remediation, audit quality improvements
    8. Business Continuity
    9. HA Clusters
    10. Fault Tolerance
  9. Monitoring and Performance
    1. Charts
    2. Web Client
    3. Guest OS
    4. Host Health
    5. Events, Alarms, Automation
    6. vCenter Solutions
    7. Health of Nodes and Services
    8. Resxtop and esxtop
    9. Vimtop
    10. SNMP
    11. Syslog
  10. Upgrade Process
    1. Introduction to the upgrade process
    2. Requirements
    3. Prerequisites
    4. vCenter Server
    5. vCenter Server Appliance
    6. vCenter Server to Appliance Migration
    7. Hosts
    8. VMs
    9. Datastores
    10. Update Manager
  11. Troubleshooting
    1. Overview
    2. VMs
    3. Hosts
    4. vCenter Server
    5. Availability
    6. Resources
    7. Storage
    8. Networking
  12. Virtual VSAN
    1. Introduction
    2. Requirements for vsan
    3. Design and sizing
    4. Preparation
    5. Creation vsan cluster
    6. Stretching across datastores
    7. Policies
    8. Monitoring
    9. Failures and troubleshooting
    10. ISCSi Support
  13. Redundancy and Data Protection
    1. vSphere Replication
    2. Data Protection

Instructors & Support

Russell Long

Russ Long currently holds active certifications in VMware (VCSA, VCP), Cisco, CompTIA, and Apple. He has over six years of experience delivering enterprise level IT content in live webcast classrooms and prerecorded content. Classes have included personnel from: IBM, NASA, IRS, BT, DoD, VMware. Russ has 16 years of IT experience ranging from a fiber optic splicing technician to a site administrator. He has IT support experience in face-to-face customer service, troubleshooting, and consulting. He has worked with federal and local government entities as a provider of services and equipment and is also a former IT business owner with a focus on computer repair and IT infrastructure.




There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, system administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems is highly recommended.


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

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


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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

This course will help prepare you for the VMware Certified Associate - Digital Business Transformation (VCA-DBT) - 1V0-701 exam.

When can I start the course?

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

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

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 your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

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