Course Duration:

2 Days


This hands-on 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.
Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several advanced vSphere 5.1 courses. Go to for advanced course options.


• 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

Intended Audience:

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


Attendance at one of these VMware
vSphere 4 courses:
• Install, Configure, Manage
• Fast Track
• What’s New
Or equivalent vSphere 4 administration experience


1 Course Introduction
• Introductions and course logistics
• Course objectives
• Other vSphere 5 learning resources
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
8 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