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vSphere: What’s new 5.5

  • Price £695.00
  • Duration 2 day(s)
All major credit cards accepted


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.

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

Target Audience

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

Course suitability:

Administrator - Professional
Engineer - Professional
Architect - Professional


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


By the end of the course, you should have an understanding of the functions and features in vSphere 5.5 and be able to do the meet the following objectives:

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 Content

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

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