VMware vSphere: What's New - Virtual Class (v5.1)

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This virtual training course explores new features in VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.1 and VMware vSphere® ESXi™ 5.1. Topics include VMware vSphere® 5.1 installation and how to upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.1.

Course Suitability

  • Administrator - Professional
  • Engineer - Professional
  • Architect - Professional


By the end of the course, you should gain an understanding of the functions and features in vSphere 5.1 and be able to do the following:

  • List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 5.1
  • Upgrade a deployment from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.1
  • Use the VMware vSphere® Web Client to manage virtual machines
  • List and describe key networking enhancements, including the ESXi firewall and new features in vNetwork distributed switches
  • Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere® VMFS-5 datastore
  • Understand and configure policy-driven storage
  • Create a datastore cluster and configure Storage DRS
  • Live migration of a virtual machine without shared storage
  • Secure the virtual machines using VMware® vShield Endpoint™ (now included in base vSphere product)
  • Backup and recover a vSphere environment using vSphere Data Protection
  • Replicate vSphere for SRM deployments using vSphere Replication
  • Use new displays to monitor VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster activity
  • Use the Linux-based VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
  • Use Auto Deploy to install a stateless or stateful ESXi host
  • Use Image Builder to modify and export an image profile


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


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:

  • Install, Configure, Manage
  • Fast Track
  • What's New

Or equivalent vSphere 4 administration experience

  • Delegates on QA public virtual courses will be issued with headsets prior to the event


Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Other vSphere 5 learning resources

Introduction to VMware vSphere 5.1

  • Key enhancements in ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware vSphere® Update Manager™
  • Upgrade vSphere components from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.1, including vCenter Server, Update Manager, and ESXi

Virtual Machine Management

  • Describe new virtual machine version 9 hardware features
  • Explain virtual machine snapshot consolidation
  • Describe the vCenter Solutions Manager
  • Upgrade a virtual machine to version 9 hardware
  • Install, register, and use the vSphere Web Client

Network Management

  • Describe the ESXi firewall
  • Describe new features of vNetwork distributed switches including NetFlow, port mirroring, Link Aggregation (LACP), Link Layer Discover Protocol (LLDP), and SR-IOV
  • Describe enhancements to 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 vStorage API for Storage Awareness, and VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance
  • Describe enhanced features, including snapshot support for VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®, solid-state disk support, and new primitives in the vStorage API for Array Integration
  • Upgrade VMFS-3 to VMFS-5
  • Create user-defined storage capabilities and virtual machine storage profiles

Scalability and Security

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

High Availability

  • Describe enhancements to VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance and Enhanced vMotion Compatibility features
  • vMotion a virtual machine without shared storage.
  • Explain the new master-slave architecture of vSphere HA
  • View the new informational displays to monitor vSphere HA cluster activity
  • Replicate vSphere using vSphere Replication.
  • Backup and recover virtual machines using VMware vSphere® Data Protection

New VMware vSphere Deployment Alternatives

  • Configure and use the Linux-based VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
  • Use Image Builder to create an installation image profile
  • Use Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host
  • Use Auto Deploy to deploy a stateful ESXi host

Training provider

Teaching mode: Classroom - Instructor Led
Duration: 2 days
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