VCAP – Datacentre Administration – VMware vSphere 5: Optimize and Scale

This hands-on training VCAP course is for VMware vSphere professionals who are VCP certified. The Optimize and Scale course teaches the advanced skills for configuring, troubleshooting and maintaining highly available and scalable vSphere environments based ESXi 5.5 & VMware vCenter Server 5.5.

This course will prepare you for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) – Datacenter Administration certification.

We are a VMware IT Academy; completion of this course also satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam.


VMware Management Resources:

  • Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant Configure ESXi technical support mode and SSH access Use the esxcli, vicfg, and vmware-cmd commands Review ESXi and vCenter Server log files

Network Scalability:

  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
  • Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
  • Explain distributed switch features such as PVLANs, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, port mirroring, LACP, and NetFlow

Performance in a Virtualized Environment:

  • Review the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology Explain software and hardware virtualization techniques and their effects on performance Use vSphere performance monitoring tools

Network Optimization:

  • 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

Storage Optimization:

  • Diagnose storage access problems
  • Explain how storage protocols, VMware vSphere® VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
  • Explain vSphere® Flash Read Cache™
  • Monitor key storage performance metrics
  • Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual storage
  • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimization:

  • Describe performance guidelines for virtual machines, resource allocation settings, VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ clusters, resource pools, and VMware vSphere®
  • High Availability admission control policies
  • Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures
  • Troubleshoot vSphere cluster problems

Storage Scalability:

  • Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
  • Configure profile-driven storage
  • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  • Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control

CPU Optimization:

  • Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other features that affect CPU performance
  • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

Memory Optimization:

  • 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


  • Systems administration experience on Windows or Linux
  • Previous experience on vSphere
  • VCP on vSphere

Host and Management Scalability:

  • Explain VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™
  • Use Host Profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Use VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ to perform vSphere administrative tasks
  • Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
  • Use vSphere Auto Deploy to provision ESXi hosts

Cost and Duration:

8 weeks – Part Time

Cost: £999

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