Install and Configure the ESXi 6.5 Hypervisor

How-to's, best practices and lab demos help you get ESXi 6.5 installed and running fast | taught by Larry Karnis

Course description

The ESXi 6.5 hypervisor is the foundation on which all of VMware's virtual infrastructure is based. So, installing and configuring ESXi correctly is essential to realizing the benefits of VMware's vSphere virtualization suite.

This introductory course helps you:

  • Understand VMware's ESXi hypervisor
  • Size your PC Server to match your virtual machine workload
  • Through the installation process of getting ESXi 6.5 onto your PC server
  • Use the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI) to perform post install tasks
  • Perform post install configuration tasks relating to time services, security, access control and more
  • Access your ESXi 6.5 host via a web browser, using vSphere Client, using Host Client and via console and network command line
  • Install, configure and use ESXi according to best practices
  • Update ESXi Host Client to the latest version using ESXi command line tools

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to install ESXi correctly and use it effectively.

Larry Karnis
Larry Karnis
VMware Certified Professional - Author, Consultant, Lecturer

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Many name is Larry Karnis - and I create courses that will help you start your career as a VMware vSphere 6.5 administrator, and help you build you knowledge and skill in vSphere 6.5 advanced features and capabilities. 

With Video-On-Demand training, I can provide more insight and detail, without the time constraints that a normal instructor led training class would impose. My goals are to:

  • Give you a better training experience than classroom training
  • Help you learn more than you can learn in a 5 day class
  • Give you the opportunity to learn at your own pace
  • Provide you to supporting books and hands-on lab rentals

At price points that you (or your boss) will appreciate.

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ESXLab maintains a pool of high-scoring, experienced instructors who would be glad to lead this event at your place of work. If you have 5 or more people and would like to run live instructor led (distance or on-site) training, please contact me for a quote.

About Me

I am an Information Technology consultant / trainer with over 30 years of experience in system administration, networking, security, infrastructure and security.

I worked for 10 years as a UNIX programmer / consultant before moving to Linux in 1995. I started working with VMware products in 2001 and decided to focus exclusively on VMware in 2004. I earned my first VMware Certified Professional (VCP) designation on ESX 2.0 in 2004 (VCP #: 993). I have also earned VCP in ESX 3, and in vSphere 4 and 5.

My VMware Work Experience

  • I have been providing VMware consulting and training for more than 14 years. I have lead literally hundreds of classes and taught thousands of people how to use VMware. I teach both introductory and advanced VMware classes.
  • I worked for VMware as a senior contract VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) and consultant for almost 5 years. One of my regular duties was to help mentor new VCI's - helping them prepare for and successfully deliver vSphere classes.
  • After leaving VMware, I launched my own training business focused on VMware virtualization in 2008. In 2013, VMware called me back to help them ramp up support services for the upcoming vSphere 5.1 product launch.
  • Prior to VMware, I worked as a contract consultant / trainer for RedHat (I hold RHCE, RHCI and RHCX), Global Knowledge, Learning Tree and many other training and consulting companies.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Math) from the University of Toronto, Canada. 

I also hold numerous industry certifications including VMware Certified Professional 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 LPI, HP, SCO and others.

I hope to see you in one of my VMware classes very soon... If you have questions, please contact me directly.

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Larry Karnis

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Course Curriculum

How to Install and configure the ESXi 6.5 Hypervisor
How to Install, Configure VMware ESXi 6.5 Hypervisor FREE PREVIEW
ESXi Server Hardware FREE PREVIEW
ESXi Installer Boot Screen FREE PREVIEW
Accept the VMware End User License Agreement FREE PREVIEW
Select the ESXi 6.5 Installer Target Volume FREE PREVIEW
Performing an In-Place Upgrade to ESXi 6.5 FREE PREVIEW
Setting the Keyboard, root Password Values FREE PREVIEW
Hardware Virtualization Assist FREE PREVIEW
Hardware Assisted Virtualization FREE PREVIEW
Hardware Virtualization Assist FREE PREVIEW
Ready to Install FREE PREVIEW
Installation Completed FREE PREVIEW
ESXi 6.5 Direct Console User Interface FREE PREVIEW
Log In for the First Time FREE PREVIEW
ESXi System Customization Menu FREE PREVIEW
Default Management IP Settings FREE PREVIEW
Configure Management Network FREE PREVIEW
Select Management NIC(s) FREE PREVIEW
Network Adapter Details FREE PREVIEW
IPv4 Configuration FREE PREVIEW
IPv6 Configuration FREE PREVIEW
DNS Configuration FREE PREVIEW
Custom DNS Suffixes FREE PREVIEW
Apply Network Changes FREE PREVIEW
Test Management Network
Troubleshooting Options FREE PREVIEW
Restart Management Agents FREE PREVIEW
ESXi Ready for Service FREE PREVIEW
Alt-F1 ESXi Command Line Login FREE PREVIEW
Alt-F12 VMkernel Log Entries FREE PREVIEW
Browse Host Log and Configuration Files FREE PREVIEW
vSphere Client is End of Life FREE PREVIEW
Login with vSphere Client 6.0 FREE PREVIEW
Self Signed Digital Certificate - Security Warning FREE PREVIEW
vSphere Client → ESXi Host FREE PREVIEW
vSphere Client → Inventory FREE PREVIEW
ESXi Host Client Home View FREE PREVIEW
Creating Local ESXi Users FREE PREVIEW
ESXi Default Local Users FREE PREVIEW
Join ESXi 6.5 to an Active Directory Domain FREE PREVIEW
Set ESXi Time Configuration FREE PREVIEW
ESXi DNS and Routing Settings FREE PREVIEW
Physical Server Properties FREE PREVIEW
Licensed Features in ESXi 6.5 FREE PREVIEW
System Health Status FREE PREVIEW
Physical Network Adapters FREE PREVIEW
ESXi Services and Status FREE PREVIEW
Configure ESXi Firewall Settings FREE PREVIEW
Sizing ESXi Physical Memory FREE PREVIEW
Host Client Limitations FREE PREVIEW
Host Client Bugs FREE PREVIEW
RDP, Web Remote Lab Access FREE PREVIEW
Install ESXi 6.5 Lab FREE PREVIEW
Review & Questions FREE PREVIEW
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Install and Configure ESXi 6.5 - Hands on Lab Demos
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 1 FREE PREVIEW
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 2 FREE PREVIEW
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 3 FREE PREVIEW
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 4 FREE PREVIEW
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 5 FREE PREVIEW
Install and Configure ESXi - Hands on Lab Demo Part 6 FREE PREVIEW
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