VMware vSphere 6.7 with ESXi and vCenter

An introductory VMware vSphere 6.7 course that teaches how to install, configure, administer, update, scale and troubleshoot vSphere

Course  Summary

Why spend over $4,300 to sit an authorized VMware vSphere class. Attend this powerful 5-day equivalent, training course instead? This course is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ 6.7 including VMware  ESX™ and vCenter™. In this course, I will teach you how to install, configure, administer, scale, patch and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 6.7 using VMware's modern web based user interfaces including Host Client, Web Client and HTML 5 Client.

Assuming no prior virtualization experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to more advanced topics. Student learn how to install ESXi, connect virtual and physical networking, how to use NAS and SAN storage, how to build and rapidly deploy VMs, how to install and configure vCenter, how to manage ESXi CPU / Memory resources, how to monitor vSphere, how to migrate VMs and how to build Load Balanced and Failure recovery clusters and much more! With 40+% of class content devoted to labs, attendees quickly acquire the skills needed to become effective vSphere administrators. Labs start with installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers continues until students  have built a complete, fully functional vSphere environment.

This class is unique in its approach; which is to identify and eliminate common issues and limitations often found in live installations. The goal is for students to learn how to deliver real business value while improving their skill with the technical and conceptual aspects of the software.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the knowledge, skills, and best practices needed for effective virtualization. Participants will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 6.7 installations.

Course  Packages & Pricing

  • Most popular
    Getting Started
  • $10 USD

    Get the first 4hrs of videos training for just $10

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  • 4+hrs with 33 Lectures and Hands-on Lab demo videos
  • Lifetime access to all recorded lectures and labs
  • Course book (PDF) covers first 4 chapters only
  • Upgrade to the full course when you are ready
  • Verify learning with end of lecture Quizes
  • Join our vSphere Discussion group
  • Questions answered within one business day
  • vSphere 6.7 Video Training
  • $99 USD

    Everything in the Getting Started with vSphere 6.7 tier plus

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  • Includes everything in all lower priced tiers plus
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • Compare to VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage [v6.7]
  • 21+hrs of recorded video Lectures
  • 14+hrs of recorded hands-on lab demo videos
  • Free Preview videos in all Lecture chapters
  • Course completion certificate
  • Complete vSphere 6.7 Training on a budget!
  • vSphere 6.7 Course Books
  • $229 USD

    Everything in the vSphere 6.7 Video Training Tier plus

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  • Includes everything in all lower priced tiers plus
  • Compare to VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage [v6.7]
  • Free Preview videos in all Lecture chapters
  • 620pg Study Guide with all slides and slide notes (PDF)
  • 220pg Lab Guide with 22+ detailed lab tasks (PDF)
  • Free vSphere 6.7 timed practice exams
  • vSphere 6.7 Hands-on Labs
  • $549 USD

    Everything in the vSphere 6.7 Course Books Tier plus

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  • Includes everything in all lower priced tiers plus
  • Includes 30-days dedicated hands-on vSphere 6.7 Labs
  • Ready to use DNS, DHCP, AD, File Shares, all media, 2 ESXi hosts, iSCSI SAN
  • Access from Windows, Mac, LInux via RDP / RDC or HTML 5 browser
  • Next business day support for your labs
  • Additional Lab Q&A with the instructor
  • Get the hands-on skills you need to succeed!

Course  Objectives

By the end of the full course, you will be able to:

    • Explain the many significant benefits of virtualization
    • Install ESXi 6.7 according to best practices
    • Upgrade and use Host Client to manage stand alone ESXi hosts
    • Configure and manage local storage resources
    • Create virtual and physical network configurations
    • Define and use NFS datastores
    • Create virtual machines, install operating systems and applications
    • Install, configure and upgrade VMware Tools
    • Install, configure and update vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
    • Using golden-master Templates to rapidly deployment of VMs
    • Create clones – one-time copies of virtual machine
    • Use Guest OS customization to rapidly configure new VMs according to requirements
    • Configure and use Hotplug Virtual Hardware including hot-add vCPUs and Memory
    • Use ESXi and vCenter permissions to configure, manage, monitor and secure users and groups
    • Understand the benefits and trade offs of network attached storage and Fibre, iSCSI SANs
    • Configure and use iSCSI shared SAN storage
    • Hot add and grow virtual disks including system disks and secondary volumes
    • Use vCenter alarms to monitor ESXi, VM, storage and network health, performance, state
    • Use Resource Pools to bulk delegate resource to meet Service Level Agreements
    • Perform VM migrations including cold migrations, hot VMotion migrations and Storage VMotion
    • Create, configure and manage Distributed Resource Schedule (DRS) load balanced compute clusters
    • Use vSphere High Availability to minimize VM down time caused by ESXi host, storage network or SAN volume failures
    • Patch and update ESXi hosts using vCenter Update Manager
    • Monitor and tune both ESXi and virtual machine performance
    • Understand how VMware and third party products, including operating systems, are impacted by virtualization
    • Troubleshoot common problems 

Course   Packages

The Free Course Package

Do you want to need VMware vSphere 6.7? If so, this package lets you try out my course at no cost and no risk. Just enroll and go and start learning.

In this package you get 100% of the videos, hands-on lab demos and course books for the first 4 chapters of this course, including:

- Introductory Lectures (total 25min)
- Class Overview Lectures (total 60min)
- Install and Configure ESXi 6.7 Lectures (total 90min)
- Install and Configure ESXi 6.7 Hands-on Lab Demos (total 98min)
- Introduction to Physical and Virtual Networking Lectures (total 57min)
- Introduction to Physical and Virtual Networking Hands-on lab Demos (total 36min)

For a total of over 4hrs and 30min of free content! You also get the first 4 chapters of the course book in digital / PDF format!

Once you are completely satisfied that this course is for you, upgrade a higher tier to unlock all of the additional content.

The Learn Course Package

Choose this package to get the equivalent of a  full week VMware vSphere 6.7 training course at the lowest possible  price. For less than $100, you get:

Get over 35 hours of recorded lectures and recorded hands on lab demos with lifetime access. Our Video-on-Demand lectures (24+hrs) systematically introduce you to VMware vSphere 6.7 from first   principles to advanced configurations. Each chapter thoroughly covers   one major vSphere topic. In each chapter, I explain the learning   objectives, the approach, I provide an overview of what we will be  doing  and then I take you step by step through the material. I cover   concepts, an overview of how to do it, I provide best practices and I   give you design and troubleshooting tips so you get the job done right.

Following each chapter you will find detailed Hands-on lab demo videos (16+hrs). In the hands-on lab demo videos, I connect to a live VMware   vSphere 6.7 environment where I complete the lab tasks needed to build,   configure, administer, test and verify that our new feature is built   right and is working as expected. I explain what I am doing, why I'm   doing it and what to watch out for along the way. Our recorded hands-on   lab demo videos are a great tool for you to use to refresh your   knowledge and plan you activities before you make changes in your own   live work environment

Full Course books in digital / PDF format. Your get our highly regarded  620 page vSphere 6.7 Study Guide that includes all slides and slide notes for every recorded lecture in  this class. We also include our 220 page vSphere 6.7 Lab Guide that includes  detailed step-by-step instructions for completing every  task  demonstrated in the hands-on lab demo videos. This is a great  reference  set that you'll come back to again and again. Your also get  free vSphere 6.7 course book updates for life!

Questions and Answers. Got a question? Ask it in your attendee interface and receive an answer typically within one business day

Free access to live, weekly Ask the Instructor webinars.   Join us twice a week on Zoom meetings where you can interact with  other  students, ask questions about the course material and brainstorm  with  your instructor and peers regarding challenges you face at work.   Students will receive an e-mail each week with the next week's meeting   schedule. I will hold meetings at different times to help you fit them   into your schedule.

Free vSphere 6.7 practice exams.  We also include free  access to our VMware vSphere 6.7 onlne exam  engine. Whenever you are  ready, challenge our VMware vSphere 6.7 exam  to see how much knowledge  and skill you have gained. Challenge the exam  as often as you like.

When  you take the exam, you'll be asked  80 multiple choice or True / False  questions. You have just 90 minutes  so you'll have to move quickly. Not  sure of an answer? Mark it for  review and come back to it once you've  answered all of the easy  questions. Use our practice exam to identify  areas where you need  further study. Go back back to the relevant  chapters and review the  lectures and lab demos. Then challenge the exam  again and watch your  results improve!

Course Completion Certificates. Once you complete the final lecture of this course, you will automatically receive a Course Completion certificate by e-mail.

The Learn and Do Course Package

    • This bundle includes everything found in the Learn course package plus:
    • 30 Days Access to our Dedicated Live vSphere 6.7 Labs

      ESXLab maintains a live vSphere lab environment that we use primarily for our corporate training customers. When you  choose this bundle, we add 30 days of 24/7 dedicated lab access to your  video training. Use our labs to work through every lab task I  demonstrate in the Hands-on Lab Demo videos.

      Video lectures and  lab demos are great but nothing beats actually logging in to a live  system and doing the work yourself. You get dedicated live remote labs  that you access using Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection  (available on PC, notebooks, Macs and Linux). Can't RDP from work? No  problem, as we also provide a free RDP -> HTML 5 browser gateway  service that puts your entire lab in a browser tab.

      Your labs come pre-configured with everything you need to build your vSphere 6.7 environment including:

      - DNS, DHCP and Active Directory all set up and ready to go
      - SMB and NFS shares pre-populated with needed tools and media images
      - A Windows desktop to access the environment
      - Two ESXi hosts for you to use. One is ready to install and the second pre-configured and ready to use for VMotion and clusters
      - An iSCSI SAN to provide shared storage volumes. We use this for VMotion, DRS Clusters, HA clusters and more

      Don't worry if you make a mistake or need assistance using your labs as support is included.

      Need Additional Lab Time? Select the 60 day option so you can work through your labs as your schedule permits

The Learn, Do and Coach Course Package

    • This bundle includes everything found in the Learn and the Learn and Do packages and adds:

      3 hours of One-on-One Coaching

      Do your vSphere education needs go beyond a training course? Do you wonder if you are using all of the features and capabilities of your expensive vSphere licenses? Or maybe you'd like to discuss your plans, problems, issues or strategies with an objective, experienced vSphere administrator. If you answered Yes to any of these questions, then One-on-One Coaching is for you.

      With this bundle you get 3hrs of one-on-one coaching with the course author. Once we agree on a time (during business hours), you set the an agenda and we will meet via Zoom. We can use all 3 hrs at once or you can have up to 3, one hour meetings as you prefer.You get up to one year to use your time so there is no hurry to book your coaching time. You can even buy additional blocks of time once your 3hrs are up!

Is This Class  For Me?

    • To benefit this course you should be an IT administrator with a good working knowledge of Windows Server or Linux. You should be familiar with TCP/IP networking, storage basics and computer hardware. Prior VMware vSphere experience is helpful but not necessary.
    • Customers buy our courses because they
    • Are new to vSphere and want to add virtualization to their skill set
    • Have experience with legacy versions of vSphere and need to skill up quickly on vSphere 6.7
    • Have been working with VMware vSphere for years but have never received any formal training on the software
    • Wish to upgrade their skills so they can move into vSphere administration from vSphere operations
    • Are preparing to challenge the VMware Certified Professional - Datacenter Virtualization exam and want to gain additional knowledge and hands-on lab time before challenging the exam

Course  Curriculum

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Instructor  Bio

Larry Karnis

ESXLab - Your source for affordable VMware vSphere training.

Q: What do you do if you need to learn VMware vSphere introductory or advanced skills - but can't afford the $4,000+ needed to attend official VMware training?
A: Enroll in ESXLab's VMware vSphere training instead!

My is Larry Karnis and I have been teaching VMware vSphere since 2004, when I was invited by VMware to become one of their first contract instructors. I taught their Install, Configure, Manage and FastTrack courses for 5 years. In 2008, I founded ESXLab and dedicated it to providing practical, effective and objective VMware training for corporate and individual customers. I have led hundreds of training classes all around the world and have taught vSphere to literally thousands of people in my live instructor led events. And I have taught over 25,000 people through video-on-demand training!

This site is my official video-on-demand training site. This site offers my complete introductory and advanced vSphere training courses. These courses provide you with a learning experience comparable to what you would receive if you attended a crazy expensive 5-day event such as official VMware vSphere 7.0 Install, Configure, Manage  or VMware vSphere 7.0 Optimize and Scale courses. But my video-on-demand training sells for a small fraction of the cost of live training.

By offering self-paced Video-on-Demand (VoD) training, digital course eBooks, live remote access vSphere labs and online support, I can provide you with a self-paced vSphere learning experience that will match or exceed what you would get from an instructor led training class. My goal is to give you a better training experience - for much, much less.

How Will ESXLab vSphere Training Benefit Me?

I get lots feedback from people who tell me the benefits they have received from my courses. They use my training to:

  • Help prepare for VMware Certified Professional (VCP)  or VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification
  • Fill in knowledge gaps on software they already have and use
  • Learn about new features and capabilities of vSphere 6.7 or 6.5
  • Learn how to use vSphere Web Client and HTML 5 Client (because vSphere Client is obsolete)
  • Get the skills necessary to move into an entry level vSphere administrators job
  • Get the skills necessary to move up to intermediate and advanced level vSphere administrators job

Why Learn From Me?
I am an IT consultant / trainer with over 25 years of experience. I currently run an IT consulting and training company called ESXLab that specializes in VMware vSphere consulting and training. 

After graduating with Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Math in 1984, I worked for 10 years as a UNIX programmer and administrator. I switched to Linux in 1995 and started teaching Linux courses for Learning Tree, Global Knowledge and RedHat. At RedHat, I taught introductory and advanced Linux courses and administered the RedHat Certified Engineer exams. I even authored two books on Linux.

I've been working with VMware products since 2001. I earned my first VMware Certified Professional (VCP) designation on ESX 2.0 in 2004 (VCP #: 993). I have earned VCP in ESX 3, and in vSphere 4 and 5. I have been providing VMware consulting and training for more than 17  years. I have taught more than 25,000 people how to use vSphere in live instructor led training, online live training and video-on-demand training.

I worked for VMware as a VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) for five years (2004-2008). After leaving VMware, I launched my own VMware training business called ESXLab.  

I hold many industry certificates including VCP-Datacenter Virtualization on VMware Infrastructure 2 & 3 and vSphere 4 & 5 (ret.), VMware Certified Instructor (ret.), RedHat Certified Engineer (RHCE), RedHat Certified Instructor (RHCI) and RedHat Certified Examiner (RHCX) as well as certifications from the Linux Professional Institute, Hewlett Packard, Santa Cruz Operation and others. 

I hope to see you in one of my VMware classes... There's no risk as I make plenty content available for free preview - so check it out and see if my VMware vSphere training is for you.

Feel free to send me questions. My e-mail address is larry.karnis@esxlab.com. I usually respond within 1-2 days.

Thanks for your interest.


Larry Karnis / ESXLab.com

E-mail: larry.karnis@esxlab.com

Recent  Reviews

Anthony J.

June 2020

I would like to thank you for the wealth of excellent videos showcasing the full spectrum of vSphere administration tasks. Those lab recordings helped me a lot! You are equally good at teaching theory as well as performing hands-on labs.

John S.

June 2020

Highly Recommended Course. Easy to Understand, Informative, Very Well Organized. The Course is Full of Practical and Valuable for Anyone who wants to Enhance their Skills. Really Enjoyed it. Thank you!!

Andrew T.

June 2020

I liked how this guy was able to go through so much information, and then show how you are suppose to do it through video tutorials. Very well done.

Bradford O

June 2020

Clear and meaningful content. Easy to understand. Each piece is put in place and supports the next steps

Adam C

June 2020

This course is a perfect starting point, I had no previous knowledge in VMware but now Ifeel like it is not overwhelming and with further  course's would feel comfortable in managing a VMware environment.

Liana G

May 2020

Excelente curso!! Do básico ao avançado!! Recomendo! Excelente Instrutor!! Obrigada, Larry!

Jonathan B

May 2020

As someone who has been in service desk for a year, this gives me an understanding of VSphere and its components.

Tolga K

May 2020

Kaliteli, almaya değer bir eğitim. Teşekkürler.

William B

April 2020

Larrys vSphere 6.7 course was exactly what I needed for the VCAP-DCV certifications that I was going after. The level of detail was actually just as good or better than some of the VMware "official" courses out there today I highly recommend it.

Rafael M

April 2020

Like Larry's other courses, really enjoying this one thus far, and more pertinent for my needs at work.


March 2020

A lot of good stuff to learn. Thanks Larry for bringing me to the VM world!

Ronaldo M

March 2020

The best course and teacher. All content is very good explored by the teacher. Congratulations.