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Software Defined IT using VMware: Solutions 3

VMware, the industry-leading virtualization software company, empowers organisations to innovate and thrive by streamlining IT operations. By virtualizing infrastructure - from the data centre to the cloud to mobile devices - VMware enables IT to deliver services from any device, anytime, anywhere.

VMware is radically transforming IT with technologies that make businesses more agile, efficient and profitable. A pioneer in virtualization and policy-driven automation, VMware simplifies IT complexity across the entire data centre.

Our VMware courses are offered as evening classes or as an in-class programme over a 1, 5 or 10 week period.


Software Defined IT Using VMware, Solutions 3 - v6.5 is the VMware IT Academy version of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (ICM) course.

The Solutions 3 course covers similar content to the ICM course, plus 20 optional hours covering an introduction to vSAN and NSX.

After completing Software-Defined IT Using VMware - Solutions 3, students will be able to:

Course Outcomes

  • Describe the software-defined data centre
  • 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
  • Configure standard switch policies
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere® VMFS, NFS, iSCSI, and RDM
  • Examine the features and functions of Fibre Channel and VMware vSAN™
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Create, clone, and deploy a vApp
  • Describe and use the content library
  • Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
  • Use VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® to migrate virtual machine storage
  • Monitor resource usage and manage resource pools
  • Use esxtop to identify and solve performance issues
  • Discuss the VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster architecture
  • Configure vSphere HA
  • Manage vSphere HA and VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance
  • Use VMware vSphere® Replication™ and VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ to replicate virtual machines and perform data recovery
  • Use VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters to improve host scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply patches and perform basic troubleshooting of ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and vCenter Server operations
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Audience & Entry Requirements

System administrators, Systems engineers and anyone wanting to start a career in Virtualisation.

Entry Requirements

  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

  • Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course

or equivalent knowledge.

Course content

This version of the Software Defined IT using VMware: Solutions 3 course comprises 11 modules delivered over 10 weeks, evening training sessions.


  • Module 1: Course Introduction
  • Module 2: Introduction to VMware Virtualization
  • Module 3: Create Virtual Machines
  • Module 4: VMware vCenter Server
  • Module 5: Configure and Manage Virtual Networks
  • Module 6: Configure and Manage Virtual Storage
  • Module 7: Virtual Machine Management
  • Module 8: Resource Management and Monitoring
  • Module 9: High Availability and Fault Tolerance
  • Module 10: Scalability
  • Module 11: Patch Management

Please refer to the ICM course datasheet for further information.

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The published tuition fees for this version of the VMware course does not cover assessment fees which are charged and payable externally.

You may also be eligible for Individual Training Accounts (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland to help fund your VMware Course.

VMware Testing & Additional Costs

This course prepares you to sit the official VMware Examination.

This exam needs to be booked and paid for separately via a Pearson VUE testing centre.

Additional Funding Opportunities*

VMware courses are eligible for ITA funding. Please visit the Skills Development Scotland website to check your eligibility and to search for courses.


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