VMware vSphere 8.0 Skill Up

An In-Depth VMware vSphere 8.0 Course for Experienced Administrator and Operators


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VMware vSphere 8.0 Skill Up
VMware vSphere 8.0 Skill Up


5-day, 10hr/day instructor led training

Course Books

640pg Study Guide with all slides and slide notes
215pg Lab Guide with detailed instructions on how to complete 35+ lab tasks

Delivery Options

Instructor led on-site
Instructor led Webinar
Instructor led mixed on-site and webinar
Self-paced video training with lab access and support

Max. Attendees

For the best attendee experience, we recommend no more than 16 students per class


A Windows, Mac or Linux PC with a 1080p display
A quality Internet connection
A microphone, speakers and a web cam if you are attending remotely

vSphere Version

This class teaches vSphere 8.0

Remote Labs

Remote access to dedicated labs that include two ESXi hosts per student, an iSCSI SAN, DNS, DHCP, Active Directory, SMB shares, NFS shares, all media images and tools

Lab Time

45+% of class time is devoted to hands-on labs

Recorded Lectures

Lifetime access to recorded lectures and labs is included


Since February, 2024

Suggested Price

$3,599 USD / seat


This powerful, fast paced 5-day class provides in-depth training on VMware vSphere 8.0. This course is intended for vSphere professionals who want to take their knowledge and skills to the next level. In this course, we assume that you already have a basic understanding of virtualization and work experience as a vSphere VM owner, as an operator or as a junior administrator. This could be on earlier versions of vSphere or on vSphere 8.0.

This course is popular with people who need to upgrade their VMware vSphere 8.0 knowledge and skills. People who attend this class do so because they want to:

  • Go go deeper into vSphere features and capabilities
  • Learn vSphere best practices
  • Be able to diagnose vSphere issues
  • Troubleshoot and fix common problems
  • Upgrade vSphere 6.7 / 7.0 deployments to vSphere 8.0
  • Learn how to use Lifecycle Manager to upgrade VM virtual hardware and VMware Tools
  • Manage, review and configure ESXi hosts and vCenter from the command line
  • Dig deep into performance issues with ESXtop
  • Maximize scalability and performance while minimizing their spend on vSphere 8.0 subscription licenses
  • Learn how to upgrade vCenter 6.7 or 7.0 to version 8.0

The approach taken with this course is – Learn by doing as 45+% of class time is devoted to hands-on labs.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned practical, actionable skills in vSphere design, implementation, upgrading, sizing, scalability, performance optimization and troubleshooting.

Now that Broadcom has completed its takeover of VMware is and VMware prices have increased substantially, it is even more important than ever for you to maximize your ROI on your existing vSphere installation. This class will help you achieve that goal.


This is not a beginner level course. Attendees should have experience working with earlier versions of vSphere such as vSphere 5.x, 6.x or 7.0.

Chapter List

Our class consists of the following chapters:

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Install, Configure and Secure ESXi 8.0 (HoL1)
  3. Virtual and Physical Networking (HoL)
  4. Advanced Virtual Networking (HoL)
  5. Connecting to and Using NAS Shared Storage (HoL)
  6. Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines (HoL)
  7. Upgrade and Configure vCenter Server Appliance (HoL)
  8. Virtual Machine Rapid Deployment (HoL)
  9. Upgrading ESXi Hosts with Lifecycle Manager (HoL)
  10. Connecting ESXi to Shared Storage (HoL)
  11. Direct VM to SAN Access with Raw Device Maps (HoL)
  12. VMware File System (VMFS 6) (HoL)
  13. Storage Load Balancing with SDRS Clusters (HoL)
  14. VMotion Migration, Cold Migration, Storage Migration (HoL)
  15. Distributed Resource Scheduling Clusters (HoL)
  16. VMware High Availability Clusters (HoL)
  17. VMware Fault Tolerance (HoL)
  18. Distributed vSwitches Features and Scalability (HoL)
  19. Final Thoughts

1 HoL – Every attendee perform one or more Hands on Labs at the end of each chapter

Hands On Labs

Attendees will complete the following hands on labs during the class:

  1. Connect to your dedicated Remote Lab environment
  2. Install of ESXi 8.0 and perform post-install configuration steps
  3. Review ESXi services and configure ESXi firewall
  4. Enable ESXi Lockdown mode to prevent direct host configuration changes
  5. Create/update Standard vSwitch configurations
  6. Configure vSwitch Security Policies for Promiscuous Mode, MAC Address Changes and Forged Transmits
  7. Configure vSwitches, VMkernel NICs for Jumbo Frame use
  8. Configure and connect to NFS storage via GUI and CLI
  9. Create a new VM according to best practices
  10. Import and configure vCenter Server Appliance from the command line
  11. Perform an upgrade of vCenter Server Appliance to v8.0
  12. Use vCLI command line tools like esxcli, localcli, vmware-cmd and other commands to review, troubleshoot and configure your ESXi host
  13. Use esxtop to monitor resource use and pinpoint performance concerns
  14. Rapidly deploy VMs from Templates and Clones
  15. Review and size VM vCPU to maximize CPU performance
  16. Enable and use Hot-plug virtual hardware
  17. Rapidly deploy VMs using Guest OS Customization Specifications
  18. Monitor storage controller queue length and performance
  19. Monitor ESXi host and VM memory use
  20. Configure and use VMware Lifecycle Manager to update an ESXi host from ESXi 7.0 to ESXi 8.0
  21. Use VMware Lifecycle Manager to upgrade a VM’s virtual hardware
  22. Connect to an iSCSI SAN
  23. Create a new VMFS 6.0 file systems
  24. Create Storage DRS clusters and use Storage DRS to manage storage capacity and I/O load
  25. Expand VMFS 6.0 file systems using LUN Spanning and LUN expansion
  26. Create, configure and test vSphere High Availability Clusters
  27. Configure All Paths Down and Permanent Device Loss policies in an HA cluster
  28. Create a multi-core Fault Tolerant VM
  29. Create and test a VMware DRS compute load balancing cluster
  30. Create Distributed vSwitches
  31. Bulk migrate VMs from Standard to Distributed vSwitch networking
  32. Work with dvSwitch Configuration Backup Up and Restore
  33. Enable and use dvSwitch Health Management
  34. Using dvSwitch port shadowing
  35. Testing network health on dvSwitches
  36. Work with dvSwitch configuration roll back and recovery

Detailed Chapter List

Chapter 0 - Course Introduction

  • Welcome to this course
  • Course goals and objectives
  • VMware vSphere 8.0 certification road map

Chapter 1 – Install, Configure ESXi 8.0

  • Install and configure ESXi 8.0 using best practices
  • Enable and secure command line access including the console and Secure Shell
  • Using Lockdown mode to restrict management access
  • Working with ESXi log files
  • Working with VMkernel Paging Files on local storage, flash storage and shared storage
  • Use command line tools to review and update host configurations
  • Using command line tools to create/manage users and permissions

Chapter 2 – Introduction to Virtual and Physical Networking

  • Create / update standard Virtual Switches
  • Create, configure VMkernel NICs
  • Create, configure vSwitch Port Groups
  • Network bandwidth management using Traffic Shaping
  • Creating and updating pNIC teams
  • Enabling and configuring Cisco Discovery Protocol

Chapter 3 – Advanced Virtual Networking

  • Configuring vSwitch Security policies Promiscuous Mode, Forged Transmits and MAC Address Changes
  • Improve network failure detection and recovery with Beacon Probing
  • Configure and use Jumbo Frames to improve network performance
  • Use command line tools to create, update, configure and repair Standard vSwitches
  • Use esxtop to monitor network activity
  • The Five physical NIC teaming policies including the pros, cons and use cases for each one
  • Troubleshoot networking configuration and performance issues

Chapter 4 – Connecting to NAS Shared Storage

  • Connecting to NFS v3 storage
  • Network design for high service availability
  • Best practices for performance and reliability
  • NFS v4.1 features, benefits and use cases

Chapter 5 – Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

  • VM virtual hardware, options and maximums
  • Creating and right-sizing Virtual Machines for CPU, memory
  • Assigning, modifying and removing Virtual Hardware
  • Virtual Machine best practices
  • Import and export VMs in Open Virtual Machine Format
  • Configure and use vDisk flash based read caching to accelerate VM read performance

Chapter 6 – Upgrade and Configure vCenter Server Appliance

  • Deploy vCenter Server Appliance from the command line and configuration files
  • Upgrade vCenter Appliance to vCenter Appliance 8.0
  • vCenter redundancy with vCenter High Availability
  • Connecting Single Sign On (SSO) to Active Directory and other identity sources
  • Create and test a vCenter Appliance backup job

Chapter 7 – Virtual Machine Rapid Deployment

  • How to create a Template VM
  • Using Guest OS Customization for Windows, Linux and BSD UNIX
  • Enabling, using Hotplug Virtual CPU and memory
  • Enabling, using Hotplug disks, networking, USB devices and more
  • Predictive and adaptive sizing strategies for VMs
  • Troubleshooting Virtual Machine issues
  • Features, benefits and use cases of NVMe virtual disks
  • Use esxtop to analyze VM performance

Chapter 8 – Upgrading ESXi hosts with Lifecycle Manager

  • Configure VMware Lifecycle Manager
  • Create a custom ESXi 8.0 ISO image
  • Attaching a Host Upgrade baseline to a host and do a host upgrade pre-check
  • Upgrading an ESXi host from ESXi 7.0 to ESXi 8.0
  • Upgrading VM virtual hardware and VMware Tools using Lifecycle Manager
  • Using command line tools to backup and restore an ESXi host’s configuration

Chapter 9 – Connecting ESXi to Shared Block Mode Storage

  • General SAN features and capabilities
  • VMware APIs for Array Integration (VAAI)
  • Storage network design for performance and redundancy
  • Connecting to block mode shared storage
  • iSCSI Hardware and Software Initiators
  • iSCSI Static and Send Targets LUN discovery
  • Troubleshooting storage issues
  • Use esxtop to review storage controller and datastores configuration and I/O activity

Chapter 10 – Direct VM to SAN Access with Raw Device Maps

  • Explain Physical and Virtual Raw Device Maps (RDMs)
  • Use cases and benefits of Raw Device Maps
  • How Raw Device Maps work with VM cold, VMotion and Storage VMotion migrations
  • Using RDMs to implement Virtual and Virtual/Physical Windows Fail Over Clusters

Chapter 11 – VMFS – VMware's Cluster File System

  • Features and benefits of VMFS 6
  • Creating and managing shared Volumes
  • Managing VMFS capacity with LUN spanning, LUN expansion
  • Benefits, pros, cons and use cases for VMware’s three multipathing policies
  • Review storage queuing, I/O aborts and other storage issues
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot storage performance
  • Troubleshooting VMFS issues
  • VMFS best practices

Chapter 12 – Storage Load Balancing with SDRS Clusters

  • Creating and using Storage Distributed Resource Scheduling clusters (SDRS)
  • ter properties for capacity and I/O load balancing
  • Best practices for building storage clusters

Chapter 13 – VMotion Migration, Cold Migration, Storage VMotion

  • Cold Migrations to new ESXi hosts, datastores
  • Hot Migrations with VMotion
  • VMotion requirements and dependencies
  • Troubleshooting VMotion
  • Storage VMotion for hot VM disk migrations

Chapter 14 – Distributed Resource Scheduling Clusters

  • Automatic CPU and Memory resource balancing clusters with VMware DRS
  • DRS Cluster configuration and tuning
  • Per-VM cluster policy overrides
  • Features, benefits and use cases for Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC)
  • Configuring Per-VM EVC

Chapter 15 – VMware High Availability Clusters

  • Minimize unplanned VM down time VMware High Availability clusters
  • VM requirements for HA Clusters
  • Storage fault recovery in High Availability clusters (All Paths Down, Permanent Device Loss)
  • Monitoring VM health in HA clusters
  • Admission Control policy settings for predictable pCPU/pRAM resource availability
  • Identifying and troubleshooting issues in VMware HA clusters

Chapter 16 – VMware Fault Tolerance

  • Eliminate VM unplanned down time with VMware Fault Tolerance
  • Role of the Primary and Secondary VM in a Fault Tolerance configuration
  • Explain how Fast Checkpointing keeps the Secondary VM vCPU, vRAM, vDisk up to date
  • Enabling VM Fault Tolerance
  • Initial VM synchronization
  • Testing Fault Tolerance

Chapter 17 – Distributed vSwitch Features and Scalability

  • Features and benefits of Distributed vSwitches
  • Role of the DVUplink port groupRole of the DVUplink port group
  • Adding ESXi hosts to dvSwitches
  • Creating dvSwitch port groups
  • Migrating physical NICs and VMkernel ports to dvSwitches
  • dvSwitch configuration backup and restore
  • Configuring custom VM MAC address generation policies
  • Testing dvSwitch network health

Chapter 18 – Final Thoughts

  • What to virtualize and what not to virtualize
  • VM guest OS security in a virtual environment
  • How to protect VMs and their data from unauthorized copying
  • Useful books, white papers and online resources

For More Information

This class can be customized to meet your unique training and delivery needs, including:

  • On-site delivery at your facility
  • Custom timetables including 3-day rapid delivery boot-camps
  • Content and Lab customization to meed your unique training needs
  • Webinar distance training
  • Mentoring, implementation planning and assistance

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