New VMware vSphere 4.1 courses. Need help for content!

Now that VMware has annouced that ESXi will be the only version of vSphere to be continued, It is  time to update the VMware vSphere courses that I give for Ictivity Training to ESXi 4.1. We already have a Practical Administration course and a Advanced Administration course based on VMware vSphere 4.0. Due to many requests we want to add a Advanced Security course to this list.

The Practical Administration course is meant for System Administrator who have to manage a VMware vSphere environment on a daily basis. Most of the task will be Virtual Machine related.
The book we want to use is: Mastering VMware vSphere by Scott Lowe
Content of this 3 day course is:

  • Introduction to VMware vSphere 4.1 and concepts
  • Configuration of VMware vSphere
  • Installation of the vSphere Client
  • Installation of vCenter
  • Host Profiles
  • Installation and configuration of a Virtual Machine
  • Templates and Clones
  • P2V (VMware Converter)
  • Snapshots
  • vCenter Webaccess
  • VMFS management
  • Storage Concepts (NFS, iSCSI, FC)
  • Virtual Switches
  • Port Groups
  • Load balancing and fault Tolerance
  • Roles and Permissions
  • Alarms
  • Tasks and Events
  • VMware Vmotion
  • Storage Vmotion
  • Concept of VMware clustering
  • Backup concepts

The Advanced Administration course is for System Administrator of a larger vSphere Enviroment has have to monitor and change the vSphere hosts, Storage and Networking.
The book we want to use is: VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical deepdive by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman
Content of this 2 day course is:

  • Advance Networking
  • Distributed Switches
  • VMXnet Generation 3
  • (Private) Vlans
  • Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA)
  • VMDirectPath
  • vCenter Linked Mode
  • HA best practice
  • DRS best practice
  • FT best practice
  • DPM best practice
  • vCenter Update Manager
  • Scripted Installation
  • VMware Management Assistant
  • VMWare Command Line Interface
  • RESXTOP
  • Recourse Pools

The new Advanced Security course is for System Administrators have have to monitor and mange a vSphere enviroment where security has a priority (Banks, Ensurance companies, etc).
The book we want to use is: I don’t have a clue!
Content of this 1 day course is:

  • VMware vSphere ESXi lockdown
  • Securing Virtual Machines
  • Securing Storage Networks
  • Securing vCenter
  • Securing virtual Networks
  • Authentications through Active Directory
  • Logging with Syslog
  • VMware VMsafe
  • Certificates

We find it very important that the content of these courses match real life of our work. There for I want to asked you what you think of the training content and books we want to use? Please provide feedback through the comment section. Thanks!

About Michael
Michael Wilmsen is a VMware training/consultant (no specific order) with more than 15 years in the IT industry. Main focus is VMware vSphere, Horizon View and Site Recovery Manager with a deepdive to performance. Michael is VCDX 210, VCAP 4/5 certified, has been rewarded with the vExpert title from 2011, is a PernixPro, Nutanix Tech Champion and a Nutanix Platform Professional.

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