VMware vSphere 7.0 with ESXi and vCenter

An affordable alternative to VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage [v7]. Learn how to Install ESXi, Build VMs, Deploy vCenter and Build Clusters.

Course Summary

Why spend over $4,200 to sit an official VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage [v7.0] class when you can attend our comparable training for less? This 5-day equivalent course is an intensive introduction to VMware vSphere™ 7.0 including VMware  ESX™ 7.0 and vCenter™ 7.0. In this course, I will teach you how to install, configure, administer, scale, patch and troubleshoot VMware vSphere 7.0.

Assuming no prior vSphere experience, this class starts with the basics and rapidly progresses to more advanced topics. Participants learn how to:

• Understand / explain vSphere virtualization including what it is, how it works and its many benefits
• Install ESXi from scratch
• Connect virtual and physical networking
• Connect to and use NAS and SAN storage
• Build and rapidly deploy Virtual Machiness
• Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance and how to manage it from the VAMI interface
• Effectively size, manage and scale ESXi compute resources
• Cold migrate, Hot VMotion migrate and hot Storage VMotion migrate VMs
• Build Load Balanced and Failure recovery clusters
• Patch and Update ESXi 7 using Lifecycle Manager

And much more!

With 40+% of class content devoted to labs, participants quickly acquire the skills needed to become effective vSphere administrators. Labs start with installation and configuration of stand-alone ESXi servers continues until participants have built a complete, fully functional vSphere 7.0 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 participants 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, participants will have learned the knowledge, skills, and best practices needed for effective vSphere 7.0 installation, configuration, administration and troubleshooting.

What Do I Get With This Course?

We structure our course offerings to suit every budget. Start learning for free  with our Free tier. Like your training? Move up to our full vSphere 7.0 Video training. Want more?  Add full vSpghere 7.0 Course eBooks with over 800pgs of lecture material (with full slide notes) and step-by-step lab instructions - when you are ready. Need to get hands-on practice buildnig a full vSphere 7.0 environment from scratch? Add Turnkey Labs to maximize your training. Or just buy the Complete Bundle, get everything in one package - and save!

Video-on-Demand Training

Our self-paced Video-on-Demand training gives you up to 30+ hours of video lectures and hands-on lab demo training.

Our lectures explain the principles, concepts, key issues and best practices for each topic.

Our hands-on lab demo videos show you step-by-step, exactly how to complete 20+ lab tasks.

Together, they are an effective learning tool!

Full Course eBooks

Our complete eBook course bundle includes our VMware vSphere 7.0 with ESXi and vCenter 620pg Study Guide and 213pg Lab Guide.

      📥  Free vSphere 7 sample eBook

Our Study Guide includes every slide presented in our video training along with detailed slide notes.

Our Lab Guide gives you step-by-step, detailed instructions on how to complete 20+ vSphere 7 lab tasks.

Ready-to-Use vSphere 7 Labs

Once you've watched the videos and gone through our course books, it's time complete your vSphere 7 journey with our ready-to-use vSphere 7 hands-on labs.

Our labs are accessible from any location with an Internet connection. Access is via Microsoft RDP or using any web browser.
Our labs are delivered ready to use.

Everything you need (DNS, DHCP, AD, file shares, iSCSI and more) are fully configured and ready to use.

Just log in and start building your new vSphere 7.0 ESXi hosts, vCenter server, VMs, networks, storage, clusters, and more.

See our Hands-on Lab Demo chapters in our Course Curriculum section (below) for complete details.

Course Pricing

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  • 25 free lectures and hands-on lab demo videos (5+hrs of free training)
  • No credit card needed to sign up
  • Learn how to Install, configure ESXi 7.0
  • Learn all about Virtual Networking
  • Get our free 160+ pg course book PDF (first 4 chapters, 2 labs)
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  • Upgrade to a paid tier when you are ready
  • vSphere 7.0 Video Training
  • $99.95 USD

    Lifetime Access to Full Course Videos

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  • No risk with our 30 day, no questions asked guarantee
  • Compare to VMware Install, Configure, Manage [v7.0] that costs $4,000+
  • 18+hrs of recorded video Lectures
  • 14+hrs of recorded hands-on lab demo videos (coming soon)
  • Course completion certificate
  • Complete vSphere 7.0 Training on a budget!
  • vSphere 7.0 Videos & Course Books
  • $249.95 USD

    Everything in the vSphere 7.0 Video Training Tier plus

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  • 620pg Study Guide with all slides and slide notes (PDF)
  • 220pg Lab Guide with 22+ detailed lab tasks (PDF)
  • vSphere 7.0 Videos, eBooks & Remote Labs
  • $499.95 USD

    Everything in the vSphere 7.0 Videos & Books Tier plus

    I Want This
  • Install, Configure and Build a Complete vSphere 7 Environment from scratch
  • Includes 14-days dedicated vSphere 7.0 Remote Access Labs
  • Complete with DNS, DHCP, AD, File Shares, media, 2 ESXi hosts, iSCSI SAN...
  • Access from Windows, Mac, LInux via MS Remote Desktop or an 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!
  • Option availalbe to extend your lab time

Course Curriculum

John Smith


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!!

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