Delivery Methods

  • Instructor-led training
  • Live-online
  • Onsite training

Course Duration

  • Five days of instructor-led training
  • 60% lecture, 40% hands-on lab

Target Audience

  • System administrators
  • Systems engineers
  • Operators responsible for ESXi and vCenter Server

Course Suitability

  • Administrator
  • Expert
  • Engineer
  • Advanced
  • Architect
  • Professional
  • Fundamentals


System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems.


Contact your VMware representative or a VMware Authorized Training Center for pricing information.

More Information

Course Overview

This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware vSphere® ESXi™ and VMware® vCenter Server™. This course is based on prerelease versions of ESXi 5.1 and vCenter Server 5.1. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.

Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several, more advanced vSphere courses. For advanced course options, go to

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you should understand vSphere 5.1 functions and features and be able to do the following:

  • Install and configure ESXi
  • Install and configure vCenter Server components
  • Use vCenter Server to configure and manage ESXi networking and storage
  • Deploy, manage, and migrate virtual machines
  • Manage user access to the VMware infrastructure
  • Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • Use vCenter Server to increase scalability
  • Use VMware vSphere® Update Manager™ to apply ESXi patches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage higher availability and data protection