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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.


After completing VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6], students will be able to:

Course Outcomes

  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment
  • Optimise the performance of all vSphere components
  • Harden the vSphere environment against security threats
  • Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts
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Audience & Entry Requirements

Experienced System Administrators, Systems Engineers, System Integrators.

Entry Requirements

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [5.5 or 6] or equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Experience working at the command prompt is highly recommended

Course content

This version of the Software Defined IT using VMware: Solutions 3 course comprises 12 modules delivered over 5 consequtive days / training sessions.


  • Module 1: Course Introduction, references and resources
  • Module 2: Describe the features and benefits of VMware Platform Services Controller™; Configure ESXi host access and authorization; Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines; Upgrade ESXi and vCenter Server instances
  • Module 3: Understand the purpose of VMware vSphere®; Command-Line Interface commands; Discuss options for running vSphere CLI commands; Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant; Use vmware-cmd for virtual machine operations
  • Module 4: Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology; Explain software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance; Use vSphere performance monitoring tools
  • Module 5: Configure and manage vSphere distributed switches; Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches; Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring, LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow
  • Module 6: Explain the performance features of network adapters; Explain the performance features of vSphere networking; Monitor key network performance metrics; Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configurations; Troubleshoot common network performance problems
  • Module 7: Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness; Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies; Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control; Create and use virtual volumes in vSphere
  • Module 8: Diagnose storage access problems; Configure VMware vSphere® Flash Read Cache™; Monitor key storage performance metrics; Troubleshoot common storage performance problems
  • Module 9: Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance; Monitor key CPU performance metrics; Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems
  • Module 10: Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted; Monitor key memory performance metrics; Troubleshoot common memory performance problems
  • Module 11: Describe guidelines for optimizing virtual machine configuration; Discuss how vGPU usage affects virtual machine performance; Discuss guidelines for using resource allocation settings; Discuss guidelines for using resource pools; Discuss guidelines for using vSphere DRS clusters; Troubleshoot common vSphere cluster problems
  • Module 12: Describe and use host profiles; Define and use content libraries; Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™; Use Virtual Machine Converter; Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI and vSphere Auto Deploy

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 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 Opprtunities*

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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