Clear and Simple VMware vSphere 6.7 Professional VCP-DCV
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Clear and Simple VMware vSphere 6.7 Professional VCP-DCV

Prepare for the VMware VCP-DCV 2019 2V0-21.19 exam. Learn all about vSphere version 6.7 and how to manage it.
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What you'll learn
  • Pass the VMware VCP 6.7 DCV exam
  • Design and Administer a vSphere 6.7 deployment
  • You should have a solid understandings of vSphere Foundations Concepts.

Are you looking for VMware vSphere Training? Do you want to learn from an experienced trainer who makes complex concepts simple and easy to understand? Do you need to prepare for the VMware vSphere 2019 Datacenter Virtualization (DCV) exam?

I am a VMware Certified Instructor who has taught thousands of hours of live training directly for VMware. Most lectures in this course are 5 - 15 minutes long. A few deeper topics are slightly longer. There are over 50 real-life demos of tasks being performed in a vSphere 6.7 environment using the new HTML5 vSphere Client.

VMware vSphere is everywhere. Non-virtualized datacenters are a thing of the past, and in order to stay relevant you must understand vSphere. This course builds off my "Clear and Simple vSphere Foundations" videos, and gives you a deeper understanding of vSphere.

Topics covered in this course include (but are not limited to):


  • Configure vSphere Standard and Distributed Switches

  • NIC Teaming and failover

  • Port Mirroring

  • Network IO Control

  • Traffic Shaping

  • Private VLANs

  • TCP/IP Stacks

  • NetFlow


  • VMFS and NFS

  • iSCSI

  • FC and FCoE

  • vSAN

  • VVOLs

  • Storage Multipathing and failover


  • Single Sign-On

  • Hardening VMs and Hosts

  • Encrypted vMotion

  • Roles and Permissions

Updates and Upgrades

  • Update Manager

  • Upgrade VMware Tool and VM Hardware

  • Upgrade ESXi

  • Upgrade vCenter

  • Migrate vCenter Server for Windows to the vCenter Server Appliance

Deploying Virtual Machines and Hosts

  • Templates and Cloning

  • Auto Deploy and Host Profiles

  • Content Libraries

  • vCenter Converter

  • Working with VMX Files

Resource Management

  • Configuring DRS Clusters

  • DRS Affinity Rules, Overrides, and advanced settings

  • Shares, Limits, and Reservations

  • Resource Pools


  • Restart ESXi Management Agents

  • Collect Diagnostic Data

  • Generate Log Bundles

Backup and Recovery

  • vSphere Data Protection

  • vSphere Replication

  • High Availability (HA)

  • Virtual Machine Component Protection (VMCP)

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone planning to take the VCP 6.7 DCV exam
  • Administrators that want to learn more about vSphere.
Course content
Expand all 103 lectures 12:52:39
+ Managing Networking in vSphere 6.7
17 lectures 02:35:11

Understand how network traffic travels from the operating system of a vSphere 6.7 VM and gets virtualized. Explain the role of the ESXi hypervisor in network virtualization.

Foundation Review: Virtual Networking

Describe the vSphere 6.7 Standard Switch and it's major components, including VMNICs, VM Port Groups and VMkernel ports.

Foundation Review: vSphere Standard Switches

Understand the architecture of the vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch. Differentiate the vSphere Distributed Switch from the vSphere Standard Switch.

vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switches

Learn how to create a vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch, choose the correct version, and assign hosts to the vSphere Distributed Switch. Manage the physical VMNICs of each ESXi host.

Demo: Create a vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch
vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch Features

Configure Port Binding, Port Allocation, VLANs and VLAN Trunks on a vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch.

Demo: Configure Distributed Port Groups in vSphere 6.7

Configure Port Binding, Port Allocation, switch Security Policies, VLANs and Trunks, NIC Teaming and Load Balancing, and failover settings on a vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch.

Demo: Configure vDS Security Policies in vSphere 6.7

Configure NIC Teaming and Failover on a VMware vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch.

Demo: Configure vDS NIC Teaming and Failover in vSphere 6.7

An in depth look at how to configure average bandwidth, peak bandwidth, and burst size, and the impact of these settings. This demo is performed on a vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch.

Demo: Configure Traffic Shaping in vSphere 6.7

Learn how to move groups of VMs from an existing vSphere Standard Switch Port Group to a vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch Port Group.

Demo: Migrate VMs to a vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch

Verify and troubleshoot the configuration of a vSphere 6.7Distributed Switch. View virtual switch versions and CDP, LLDP, and MTU settings. Check enabled services on VMkernel ports and view the configured TCP/IP stack.

Demo: Verify Network Configuration in vSphere 6.7

Understand the basic elements of Network IO Control and how it uses shares, limits, and reservations to control bandwidth contention.

Network IO Control (NIOC)

Learn how to configure Network IO Control in vSphere 6.7 to prioritize traffic on the physical uplinks of the ESXi host. Understand when you should use shares, limits, and reservations. Learn how to apply controls on different system classes of traffic.

Demo: Configure NIOC in vSphere 6.7

Understand Private VLANs and the purpose of Isolated, Community, and Promiscuous Secondary VLANs. Learn how traffic is controlled by creating Secondary VLANs in vSphere 6.7.

Private VLANs

Set up a Primary VLAN on a vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch, and then configure a Promiscuous, Community, and Isolated VLAN. Understand how traffic is segmented based on the configuration options chosen.

Demo: Configure Private VLANs in vSphere 6.7

Learn how to create different types of Port Mirroring sessions so that you can monitor traffic within a vSphere 6.7 virtual switch for security purposes.

Demo: Configure Port Mirroring in vSphere 6.7

Configure a vSphere 6.7 Distributed Switch to send traffic summaries, called Network Flows, to a centralized NetFlow collector. This data can then be used to perform historical analysis of traffic details.

Demo: Configure Netflow in vSphere 6.7
+ Managing Storage in vSphere 6.7
22 lectures 02:48:18

Understand how storage commands (SCSI) travel from the operating system of a vSphere 6.7 VM and get virtualized. Explain the role of the hypervisor in storage virtualization.

vSphere Storage Performance Overview

Compare and contrast VMFS and NFS datastores in vSphere 6.7. Identify common storage solutions (FC, FCoE, iSCSI, Direct Attach Storage) that are used to create VMFS datastores. Understand how LUNs are discovered by ESXi and formatted with VMFS.

VMFS and NFS Datastores on vSphere 6.7

Understand the differences between NFS 3 and NFS 4.1, and how these changes impact NFS datastores for vSphere 6.7. Learn how NFS 4.1 can secure storage traffic more effectively than NFS 3.

NFS 3 and 4.1 and ESXi 6.7

Learn how to create an NFS datastore using the vSphere 6.7 Client. Configure sharing settings on an NFS server. Mount an NFS share on a group of ESXi hosts.

Create an NFS Datastore for ESXi 6.7

Understand critical iSCSI concepts including the network topology and key components of an iSCSI SAN. Learn what LUNs are, and how they are presented to ESXi 6.7 hosts over the iSCSI network.

iSCSI Storage Review

Learn how you can use a normal Ethernet connection and a VMkernel port to connect an ESXi host to an iSCSI Storage Array.

Software iSCSI
Connecting Hosts and Storage with Software iSCSI

Create a new vSphere 6.7 datastore on an iSCSI LUN. Format it with VMFS6. Configure datastore size and block size on the LUN. Learn how datastores are identically presented to all connected hosts. Learn how to unmount and delete datastores.

Demo: Create a vSphere 6.7 VMFS datastore

Use spare space in an iSCSI LUN to increase the size of an existing datastore in vSphere 6.7.

Demo: Expand a vSphere 6.7 VMFS Datastore

View LUNs and available paths.Configure iSCSI network port bindings. Choose between round robin, Fixed, and Most Recently Used (MRU) path selection policies (PSP).

Demo: Storage Port Bindings and Multipathing Policies in vSphere 6.7

Learn how you can use a dedicated hardware iSCSI connector and a VMkernel port to connect an ESXi 6.7 host to an iSCSI Storage Array.

Dependent Hardware iSCSI and ESXi 6.7

Learn how you can use a dedicated hardware iSCSI connector to connect an ESXi 6.7 host to an iSCSI Storage Array, even without configuring a VMkernel port.

Independent Hardware iSCSI and ESXi 6.7

Learn how you can create a Datastore cluster to load balance VMs across multiple datastores for the purposes of load balancing in vSphere 6.7. Reduce storage contention and ensure that datastores do not run out of space unexpectedly.

Review: Intoduction to Storage DRS (SDRS)

Form a datastore cluster using a group of similar datastores. Configure cluster settings to control load balancing based on used capacity and storage latency in vSphere 6.7.

Demo: Create a Storage DRS Cluster in vSphere 6.7

Understand how storage commands flow in a traditional storage solution, and contrast that with the storage path used by Virtual SAN 6.7 (vSAN). Learn why shared storage is required for many vSphere features like vMotion and DRS. Understand how VMs are broken down into objects and stored across multiple ESXi hosts.

vSAN vs. Traditional Storage Arrays

Understand how vSAN can be used with vSphere 6.7 to leverage local storage devices to create a shared datastore. Learn key concepts such as vSAN Clusters, Disk Groups, Cache and Capacity tiers, and Hybrid vs. All-Flash architectures.

Introduction to vSAN 6.7 Architecture

Understand the purpose of vSAN Disk Groups, and how to design them for best performance. Learn how the flash tier impacts the performance of a hybrid disk group in vSphere 6.7. Balance workload equally across a vSAN cluster.

vSAN 6.7 Disk Groups

Learn how to configure vSAN on a cluster of ESXi hosts from beginning to end, including creating the network, disk groups, and VMkernel ports. Learn how to set up vSAN features like encryption and deduplication, RAID 5/6 erasure coding, and more.

Demo: vSAN Network Configuration for vSphere 6.7

Configure a group of ESXi hosts as a cluster and enable vSAN 6.7 to create a shared vSAN datastore.

Demo: Create a vSAN Cluster in vSphere 6.7

Understand Virtual Volumes datastores in vSphere 6.7, and how they differ from a traditional VMFS datastore by creating indivual volumes for each VM on the storage array. Learn how operations like snapshots and cloning can be made more efficient by using VVOLs.

Virtual Volumes (VVOL)

Learn how to configure Storage IO Control (SIOC) in vSphere 6.7 to prioritize storage traffic. Configure shares, limits, and reservations.

Demo: Configure Storage IO Control (SIOC) for vSphere 6.7

Learn about VMFS metadata errors and how you can use the VMware On-disk Metadata analyzer to detect and resolve these errors.

VMFS Metadata Consistency
+ vSphere 6.7 Monitoring Tools
4 lectures 52:50

Understand how the ESXi host divides CPU resource among competing VMs. Learn basic CPU performance indicators such as CPU READY and COSTOP.

The vSphere CPU Scheduler

Learn how to view and interpret alarms, overview performance charts, and advanced performance charts for a VM. Closely examine detailed CPU and Memory charts for a VM and view Ready, Ballooning, and other key metrics.

Demo: Monitoring Virtual Machines in vSphere 6.7
Introduction to ESXTOP in ESXi 6.7

Learn to launch a remote shell session to an ESXi 6.7 host using Putty. Launch ESXTOP, and view and interpret CPU, Memory, and other key performance metrics.

Demo: Using ESXTOP to Monitor an ESXi 6.7 Host
+ Securing a vSphere 6.7 Deployment
7 lectures 51:24

Understand the role of vCenter 6.7 Single Sign-On (Sso), and how it can be used to securely grant access to varying VMware solutions with a single login. Understand the role of vCenter and the Platform Services Controller (PSC).

vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO)

Learn how to configure SSO Identity Sources and use the SSO administrator account in vSphere 6.7. Reboot the vCenter Server to apply changes.

Demo: vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) for vSphere 6.7

Understand the Roles that are built into vCenter 6.7 by default. Use permissions, roles, and users and groups to control access to administrative functions. Create a custom role and define the scope of a permission.

Demo: Roles and Permissions for vSphere 6.7

Learn how to configure VM encryption, VM Storage Policies, Secure Boot, VMware Tools Automatic Upgrades, and Encrypted vMotion in vSphere 6.7

Demo: VM Encryption for vSphere 6.7

Understand UEFI secure boot and how certificates are used to validate that boot components are legitimate. Understand the virtual hardware and operating system requirements for secure boot.

Demo: Secure Boot and Encrypted vMotion in vSphere 6.7

Configure the Security Profile on an ESXi 6.7 host to manage the on-board firewall and configure Lockdown Mode. Enable and disable key services to futher secure the ESXi host. Join an ESXi host to the Active Directory Domain.

Demo: Working with ESXi 6.7 Host Firewall and Services

This video demonstrates the complete configuration and performance of Encrypted vMotion, and how it can be used to secure the contents of memory for a vSphere 6.7 VM during a vMotion migration.

Demo: Configure Lockdown Mode on an ESXi 6.7 Host
+ Updates and Upgrades
12 lectures 01:35:38

Learn how you can use Update Manager 6.5 or 6.7 to perform patches, upgrades, and install new extensions. Understand concepts including baseline types, attaching objects, scanning, and remediation. Understand how Update Manager and DRS work together.

Preview 09:18

Perform a complete configuration of Update Manager 6.7 with the vCenter Server Appliance. Configure download settings and notification checks. Modify remediation and rollback settings. Configure DRS, HA, and other cluster settings during Update Manager remediation.

Preview 08:23

Attach a baseline to a group of ESXi 6.7 hosts. Scan the hosts, find missing updates, and apply the changes through remediation. Reboot and place hosts in maintenance mode as required.

Demo: Using Update Manager 6.7 to Patch ESXi Hosts

Learn how to apply license keys to a vCenter using the HTML5 vSphere client.

Demo: Apply vSphere 6.7 and vCenter License Keys

Learn to install VMware Tools on a vSphere 6.7 VM. Configure automatic updates of VMware tools for VMs. Understand features that are possible when VMware Tools is installed.

Demo: Install VMware Tools on vSphere 6.7 Virtual Machines

Update VMware Tools on a single vSohere 6.7 VM. Then learn how to perform a mass-upgrade of VMware Tools using Update Manager.

Demo: Update VMware Tools on vSphere 6.7 Virtual Machines

Update Virtual Hardware on a single vSphere 6.7 VM. Then learn how to perform a mass-upgrade of Virtual Hardware using Update Manager.

Demo: Update Virtual Hardware on vSphere 6.7 Virtual Machine

Learn about the overall ESXi upgrade process, and how to perform upgrades using the GUI, Scripted Upgrades, using ESXCLI commands, using Auto Deploy, and using Update Manager. Understand the proper sequence in which to upgrade VMware solutions.

ESXi Upgrade Methods for vSphere 6.7

Upgrade an ESXi host for 6.5 using the DCUI. Configure the necessary BIOS settings to boot from the installation media. Upgrade the existing installation without overwriting VMFS datastores.

Demo: Upgrade ESXi 6.5 to ESXi 6.7

Upgrade a group of ESXi hosts to 6.7 using Update Manager. Import an updated ESXi image into Update Manager. Apply an upgrade baseline, then scan and remediate the hosts.

Demo: Upgrade ESXi 6.5 to ESXi 6.7 with Update Manager

Upgrade the Windows vCenter 6.5 to the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 6.7 using the migration tool.

Demo: Migrate vCenter for Windows to vCSA 6.7
Demo: Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance (6.5 to 6.7)
+ Deploying VMs and Hosts in vSphere 6.7
9 lectures 01:16:56

Auto Deploy can be used to install an image on a Bare-metal ESXi host as it boots using DHCP and PXE servers. Once the host is imaged and successfully booted, you will see how to use Host Profiles to apply a standardized configuration.

Using Auto Deploy to Image ESXi Hosts

Learn how to use Host Profiles to create a standard ESXi 6.7 configuration based on a reference host, and then apply that standard configuration to new or existing ESXi hosts and clusters.

ESXi 6.7 Host Profiles

Create a new vSphere 6.7 VM and configure resource settings such as memory, CPU, and virtual disks. Boot the VM from an ISO image mounted to the CD drive and install the guest Operating System.

Create a new Virtual Machine (VM) in vSphere 6.7

Learn how to create a Template that can serve as an image that you can use to create many identical copies of a VM. Use Customization Specifications to perform SysPrep and scrub out unique settings from cloned VMs.

Demo: Deploy VMs from Template in vSphere 6.7

Learn how to create local and subscribed Content Libraries, and how to publish a Content Library externally. Import Templates, ISO Images, and other key files into a Content Library.

Demo - Create Content Libraries with vCenter 6.7

Remove a VM from the vCenter inventory without deleting the VM files. Re-add the VM to the vCenter inventory using the VMX file in the datastore.

Demo: Register and Un-Register a VM in vSphere 6.7

Understand the VM configuration settings that are contained within the VMX file, and how to edit those settings using a text editor.

Working with VMX Files and vSphere 6.7 VMs

Use Advanced Settings under VM Options on a VM to configure the parameters of a VM. Change an advanced parameter and verify the results.

Demo: Advanced VM Settings in vSphere 6.7

Download and install vCenter Converter in standalone mode, and use it to convert physical machines or VMware Workstation image to vSphere VMs.

Demo - Deploying VMs using vCenter Converter 6.7
+ Resource Management for vSphere 6.7
17 lectures 01:52:11

Use the HTML5 vSphere 6.7 Client to view and adjust the CPU and Memory resource settings, including limits and reservations. Understand the limits of reservations, and why shares are typically preferable.

Demo - Configuring VM Reservations and Limits in vSphere 6.7

Learn how to configure shares on a VM. Understand how shares are used to prioritize resources during times of contention.

Demo - Configuring Shares on a vSphere 6.7 VM

Configure VMs to enable to addition of memory or CPU resources while the VM is powered-on.

Demo - CPU Hot-Plug and Memory Hot-Add for VMs

View performance charts for VMs in the vSphere Client. Analyze resource usage.

Demo - VM Performance Charts in vSphere 6.7

Create container objects such as Resource Pools and vApps to control resource settings across a large group of VMs. Learn about basic Resource Pool design, and some of the common pitfalls. Use vApps to control startup and shutdown order of VMs.

Resource Pools and vApps

Learn how to create a Resource Pool within a DRS Cluster of ESXi hosts, or on a standalone host. Set shares, limits, and reservations. Understand how many shares each pool gets, and the end result that actually impacts the VMs.

Demo - Create Resource Pools in vSphere 6.7

Learn how Expandable Reservations can be used to allow VMs to power on, even if resource reservations would normally prevent them from doing so. Understand Admission Control and it's impact on Resource Pools.

Demo: Expandable Reservations and Resource Pools in vSphere 6.7

Learn how to create a vApp and add VMs that are part of a Multi-tier Application. Configure resource settings and control startup and shutdown order for groups of VMs.

Demo: Configure vApps for Multi-Tier Applications in vSphere 6.7
Review: Introduction to DRS

Understand new features of DRS in vSphere 6.5. Learn how Predictive DRS leverages vRealize Operations Manager to prevent problems before they start. Describe Dynamic Thresholds, and how they can be used to learn normal behavior patterns for a cluster. Learn about additional enhancements, such as Network Aware DRS.

DRS in vSphere 6.5 - What's New?

Learn how to enable Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) on a cluster of ESXi hosts in fully automated, partially automated, and manual modes. Modify migration thresholds, VM overrides, and equalized VM distribution across hosts.

Demo: Create a DRS Cluster in vSphere 6.7 and Configure Automation Level
Demo - DRS VM Distribution and CPU Over-Commitment
Demo - DRS Distributed Power Management (DPM)
Demo - Migrating Hosts and Resource Pools to a DRS Cluster
Demo - Monitor a DRS Cluster

Configure Affinity and Anti-affinity rules, to either keep VMs together on the same host, or separated on different hosts. Create VM-Host rules to control VM placement on a larger scale. View and apply DRS recommendations in vSphere 6.7.

Demo: DRS 6.7 Affinity Rules, Groups, and VM Overrides

Use DRS to automatically migrate VMs off of ESXi hosts prior to performing planned maintenance. Push out new software with Update Manager that requires hosts to enter Maintenance Mode, and validate DRS performance and zero-impact maintenance in vSphere 6.7.

Demo: Avoiding Downtime with DRS and Maintenance Mode in vSphere 6.7
+ Troubleshooting
4 lectures 16:32

Learn how to access the ESXi shell using SSH, and restart hostd and vpxa. Use the restart command to restart services on a host. Use the DCUi to enable the ESXi shell.

Troubleshooting using ESXi Management Agents

Use the HTLM5 client to access vCenter and modify the monitoring settings and change the vCenter logging level. Export system logs and gather performance data.

Working with vCenter 6.7 Logs

Learn how to generate a support bundle. Use the vm-support command at the ESXi host shell. Download logs from a host using WinSCP.

Demo - Create vSphere Log Bundles

Download log bundles from an single ESXi host using the Host client. This is useful if you need to retrieve logs when vCenter is down.

Working with ESXi 6.7 Logs
+ Backup and Recovery
7 lectures 37:46
vSphere Data Protection EOA

Learn the basic concepts of vSphere Data Protection and how to create a backup job and establish a retention policy. Understand application aware and file level backup capabilities.

vSphere Data Protection

Learn how to configure a host cluster for High Availability. Configure settings including host isolation response, Admission Control policies and their impact, and Heartbeat Datastores.

Review Demo: HA Configuration in vSphere 6.5

Learn how High Availability and Virtual Machine Component Protection can be used to protect VMs and host from storage connectivity failures.

HA and VMCP in vSphere 6.5
Demo: Create an HA Cluster in vSphere 6.7
Demo: Configure Admission Control on an HA Cluster in vSphere 6.7
Demo: Configure Heartbeat Datastores for HA in vSphere 6.7