VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for Virtual Infrastructure Management

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This hands-on training course builds your skills with VMware® vCenter Configuration Manager™. It provides you with the knowledge and skills to install and configure vCenter Configuration Manager, navigate the user interface, manage compliance, and perform administrative and configuration tasks against your virtual infrastructure.


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

  • Understand the position of vCenter Configuration Manager in the VMware® management solution set.
  • Recognize the role of vCenter Configuration Manager in enterprise configuration and change and compliance management.
  • Use the vCenter Configuration Manager console to configure vCenter Configuration Manager for management of VMware® vSphere® systems.
  • Navigate the vCenter Configuration Manager console.
  • Collect data from vSphere systems from the vCenter Configuration Manager console.
  • Manage vSphere system compliance with vCenter Configuration Manager.
  • Generate reports in vCenter Configuration Manager.
  • Create custom reports in the vCenter Configuration Manager console.
  • Perform vCenter Configuration Manager administration tasks to manage itssetup and collection of data, user access, jobs, and alerts.
  • Discuss the installation options for vCenter Configuration Manager and perform a basic installation.
  • Identify changes in the VMware® vCenter™ Operations Management Suite™ including new products and packaging in a high-level overview.
  • Articulate the use case for the new integration with VMware® vCenter™ Operations Manager™ to maintain a compliant infrastructure.
  • Learn about the improvements in change log and report management.


  • Virtual infrastructure administrator
  • IT managers


  • Experience in performing basic administration tasks on VMware ESXi™ hosts, VMware® vCenter Server™, VMware vCloud Director®, VMware® vShield™, and virtual machines
  • System administration experience in a Windows, Linux, or Solaris environment


1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • vCenter Configuration Manager overview

2. Configuration, Compliance, and Change Management

  • Provide a high-level overview of vCenter Configuration Managerand its position in the VMware management solution set
  • Discuss some of the common challenges that customers face in IT configuration, compliance, and change management Describe the key features of vCenter Configuration Managerand how they benefit IT departments.

3. Components and Processes

  • Understand the system architecture
  • Describe and discuss the CARMA concept
  • Describe the database
  • Describe the collector
  • Describe the processes

4. Configuration for Virtual Infrastructure Systems

  • Identify and use vCenter Configuration Manageruser interface components
  • Describe and configure management agents
  • Add and configure settings for vCenter Server, vCloud Director, and vShield systems
  • License vSphere systems
  • Collect data from vSphere systems
  • Manage certificates
  • Set up an alternative Managing Agent machine

5. Using the Upper Console

  • View dashboards
  • View and manage alerts
  • Change management in the virtual infrastructure
  • Use the Virtual Infrastructure node

6. VMware vSphere System Compliance Management

  • Describe compliance analysis
  • Create a rule group
  • Create a rule group filter
  • Create a rule group compliance condition
  • Create and run a compliance template

7. Working with Reports

  • List vSphere system–related reports available in vCenter Configuration Manager
  • Generate custom reports with the Report wizard
  • Manage reports

8. Basic Settings and Configuration

  • Work with general settings
  • Configure settings for integration with vCenter Operations Manager and the vCenter Configuration Manager plug-in in VMware vSphere® Client™
  • Configure virtualization settings

9. Creating Collection Filters

  • Describe collection filters
  • Create collection filters
  • Create collection filter sets and collection filter set groups

10. User and Role Management

  • Discuss how vCenter Configuration Manager access is controlled by access rules and roles
  • Create access rules and use them in a role
  • Manage access rules and roles
  • Add and manage vCenter Configuration Manager logins

11. Job Management

  • Describe the function of Job Manager
  • View a running job
  • Add a job
  • Schedule a job
  • Edit a job

12. Alert Management

  • Add an alert rule
  • Discuss and enter an alert configuration

13. Using the Content Wizard

  • Describe the Content wizard
  • Import and use imported templates

14. Using the Import/Export Utility

  • Describe the Import/Export utility
  • Discuss where the Import/Export utility is used

15. Using the Debug Event Viewer

  • Discuss how the Debug Event Viewer works
  • Describe how to filter events

16. Installing VMware vCenter Configuration Manager

  • Prerequisites
  • Architecture (single-tier or multitier)
  • Installation
  • Understanding and meeting preinstallation requirements
  • Installing vCenter Operations Manager

Training provider

Teaching mode: Classroom - Instructor Led
Duration: 3 days
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