About this course

Course type Essentials
Course code VMWAREWN55
Duration 2 Days

This hands-on training course explores new features in VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5 and VMware ESXi™ 5.5. Topics include VMware® vSphere® 5.5 installation and how to upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5.

Target Audience

  • System administrators
  • IT managers
  • System architects
  • People responsible for implementing or managing vSphere environments

Please be aware that this course is not suitable for delegates with existing vSphere 5.0/5.1 experience. The course is aimed at delegates updating their knowledge from vSphere 4.0/4.1


Please note: Effective 17th of March 2014 all VMware course materials will only be available to delegates in e-courseware format. VMware will email delegates with instructions on how to access their e-book entitlement no less than 48 hours before their course is due to take place. If you have an existing VMware MyLearn account it is imperative that you notify QA of the email address you have registered to this account.

Those delegates who are attending via either virtual or extended classroom will be required to provide either dual monitors or single monitor plus a tablet device.

Technical prerequisites

Attendance at one of these VMware vSphere 4 courses:

  • vSphere 4.0/4.1 Install, Configure, Manage
  • vSphere 4.0/4.1 Fast Track
  • vSphere 4.0/4.1 What's New

Or equivalent vSphere 4 administration experience

Delegates will learn how to

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 5.5
  • Upgrade a deployment from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.5
  • Use the VMware vSphere® Web Client to manage virtual machines
  • List and describe key networking enhancements, including the ESXi firewall and new features in distributed virtual switches
  • Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere® VMFS-5 datastore
  • Configure policy-driven storage
  • Create a datastore cluster and configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™
  • Use VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ to back up and recover a vSphere environment
  • Replicate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® Replication
  • Monitor VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster activity
  • Use Linux-based VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to install a stateless or stateful ESXi host
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI to export an image profile


Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • vSphere 5 documentation resources

Introduction to VMware vSphere 5.5

  • Key enhancements in ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Upgrade vSphere components from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.5, including vCenter Server, VMware vSphere® Update Manager™, and ESXi

Virtual Machine Management

  • Describe virtual hardware version 10 features
  • Explain virtual machine snapshot consolidation
  • Describe the Solutions Manager
  • Upgrade a virtual machine to virtual hardware version 10
  • Install, register, and use the VMware vSphere® Web Client

Network Management

  • Describe new features of distributed switches, including NetFlow, port mirroring, Link Aggregation Control Protocol, Link
  • Layer Discover Protocol, and Single Root I/O Virtualization
  • Describe enhancements to VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, including 802.1p priority tagging and user-defined virtual machine resource pools
  • Configure the ESXi firewall
  • Configure and test port mirroring

Storage Management

  • Describe new storage features, including VMFS-5, Fibre Channel over Ethernet software adapters, policy-driven storage
  • with VMware vSphere® APIs - Storage Awareness, vFlash, and virtual SAN
  • Describe enhanced features, including snapshot support for VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®, solid-state device
  • support, and new primitives in VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration
  • Upgrade VMFS-3 to VMFS-5
  • Create user-defined storage capabilities and virtual machine storage profiles


  • Describe scaling enhancements to resource pools and VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Describe vSphere Storage DRS operation
  • Create a datastore cluster
  • Configure vSphere Storage DRS


  • User vSphere Data Protection to back up and recover virtual machines
  • Replicate virtual machines with vSphere Replication.
  • Explain the master/slave architecture of vSphere HA

VMware vSphere Deployment Alternatives

  • Configure and use Linux-based vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI to export an installation image profile
  • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host
  • Monitor vSphere HA cluster activity

2 Days

Delivery Method

Delivery method

Classroom / Attend from Anywhere

Receive classroom training at one of our nationwide training centres, or attend remotely via web access from anywhere.

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