VMware ESXi 6 Hypervisor - Getting Started

4 Chapters. 6 Lecture Hours. Learn Free ESXi 6 Hypervisor, vNetworks, NAS Shares and Virtual Machines | taught by Larry Karnis

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Need VMware Training?

Did you know that you can acquire free ESXi 6 Hypervisor licenses directly from VMware? And that these free licenses let you install ESXi 6 onto the hardware you own, create virtual and physical networking, connect to NFS and iSCSI SAN storage and boot and run as many VMs as your hardware can handle, configured as you like?

Despite the popularity of VMware's free ESXi 6 Hypervisor program, VMware does not offer training on this product. Instead, VMware offers a high-end, one-size-fits-all course (vSphere 6 Install, Configure, Manage) that is not only very expensive (over $4,000USD for 5 days), but it teaches features and capabilities that are not available to Free ESXi 6 Hypervisor customers. Why pay high prices for training that covers features and functions you are not licensed to use?

Now, with ESXLab, you get a complete video-on-demand training (with optional course books and remote lab rentals) that covers the major features of your vSphere licenses. With video-on-demand, you train on your schedule... for a lot less.

What Do I Get?

ESXLab is pleased to offer VMware vSphere 6 training specifically tailored to Free ESXi 6 Hypervisor customers. You get four courses with over 6 hours of video-on-demand training. In this course bundle, you will learn how to:

  1. Understand, install, configure and deploy the ESXi 6 hypervisor according to best practices
  2. Configure and use virtual networking including virtual switches and virtual network adapters
  3. Connect your ESXi host to file shares (Network Attached Storage) so that you can access/use NAS storage for virtual machine and other uses
  4. Create, edit and run virtual machines... how to install the guest operating system of your choice into a virtual machine, how to install VMware Tools into a VM and how to interact with your new VM via its console

You also get:

  • Unlimited access to these course topics with no expiry date and no time limit
  • Optional access to the full course Study / Lab Guide (234 pages of slides and notes) that includes all slides and slide notes and detailed how-to instructions to install, configure and use all major vSphere 6 features
  • Optional access to a full, remote hands-on lab environment so you can work through practical, detailed labs to build your familiarity and experience using vSphere 6
  • Optional lab access includes full support during the length of your lab rental

This course bundle takes you through everything you need to know to start building and running ESXi 6 based virtual machines quickly, efficiently and correctly.

If you are a VMware administrator (or aspire to be one) and you need an introductory course on vSphere 6, then this course is for you.

List of Chapters

  1. How to install and configure ESXi 6.0
  2. Introduction to Virtual Networking
  3. Network Attached Storage and Network File System
  4. Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines

A complete course syllabus is available for review (along with many free lectures), in the Course Curriculum section at the bottom of this page!

Is this Course for Me

We assume that you are an IT professional with prior experience in servers, operating systems and networking. We assume no prior knowledge of vSphere. We start at the beginning by showing you how to install, configure and use ESXi 6. We move on to cover Virtual and Physical Networking, Connecting to NFS File Shares and finally how to Create and administer Virtual Machines,

Please review the chapter roster for full details. Go into each chapter to review a detailed outline of the major topics and individual slide titles. Try the free lectures and decide for yourself if this training is right for you.

Value Pricing

This bundle includes 4 topics (normally $20/topic) for just $9.95 for a savings of $70 over buying courses individually. Why so cheap? We want to convince you of the quality of our training - so you will come back for more!

Optional Course Books

Get the full course book set including a 234 page Study Guide and Lab Guide with detailed steps to complete all labs. Full course books (in PDF format) are available on their own at $9.95USD, Or, purchase the Course + Book Set bundle and save.

If you have already purchased this course and want to add course books, please e-mail sales@esxlab.com.

Optional Remote Lab Rentals

ESXLab rents ready-to-use VMware practice labs for all of our courses. Our remote labs are access through any PC, notebook or tablet that has an HTML 5 compliant browser. Your lab rental is dedicated to you (not shared) and available 24hrs/day during your lab rental period.

The most cost effective way to rent our labs is to bundle them in with this course (check bundle features and pricing). Lab rentals are also available without a course for study/practice and include our 240+ page Lab Guide.

Click here for more information about our optional remote access hands-on labs.

If you have already purchased this course and want to add remote lab rentals, please e-mail sales@esxlab.com.

Feedback on ESXLab Training

Below is some of the unsolicited feedback we have received on ESXlab VMware vSphere training...

One of my friends showed me your vSphere 6 VMotion lecture. I am amazed with the level of detail you provide. I've seen PluralSight.com and CBTnuggets.com's training and yours is the most informative.

Rajesh Sood - Sr. System Analyst

ESXLab is outstanding. Their platform isn't a contrived lab build. They gave us access to a Win 2008R2 Server and to a complete lab environment. They also supply a setup manual, lab manual, student guide (that could easily replace a Sybex book) and responsive help desk for instructors. This is a complete solution. I'd use it in the future for this class without reservation."

D. Durr - Contractor, Consultant and Trainer

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Wanted to say thank you for teaching our vSphere class. I have had good and bad experiences with training, so I always go into these classes hoping they will be worth it. Your class definitely was. I learned quite a bit and will apply it immediately to my current VMware environment. And the new VMware environment I am working on soon will benefit even more.

K. Etter - Architect at MSKTD & Associates

Instructor was smart, patient, and well organized. He kept the class interesting and kept the students engaged and participate. He is one of the very best instructors I have encountered in my 18 years in HPE.

J. Smith - Manager, HPE

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M Marshal

I just wanted to thank you for teaching a great class. I got a lot out of it and have already put many of the things I learned to use.We had to upgrade our environment and your class made that much easier. It was wonderful having the hands-on lab experience before our upgrade so that we could practice in a safe setting. I also passed the ECVS certification exam. The course did a great job in preparing me. I feel that the exam is very relevant to our real world challenges.

M. Marshall - Gilford Medical

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

Get VMware vSphere & View Training... for less!

Q: What do you do if you need to learn VMware but can't afford the $4,000 - $6,000 charged for authorized VMware vSphere training? 

A: Enroll in my equivalent VMware vSphere 6.5 and Horizon View video-on-demand training... for less.

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.

Run This Class At Your Office

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.

And... please link to me on LinkedIn - https://ca.linkedin.com/in/larrykarnis



Larry Karnis

For more information or for questions about this course, please contact:

Larry Karnis
President, ESXLab

+1 (905) 451-9488 x100
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ESXLab VMware vSphere and View Training

Course Curriculum

Sample Course Book Set
Free Sample of Complete Course Book - Overview FREE TRIAL
Free Sample of the Course Book Set (PDF) FREE TRIAL
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Install and Configure the ESXi 6.0 Hypervisor
How to Install, Configure and Use the ESXi 6.0 Hypervisor FREE TRIAL
Stand Alone ESXi Hypervisor FREE TRIAL
Chapter Project Plan FREE TRIAL
ESXi Hypervisor Block Diagram FREE TRIAL
Scaling Up Networking, Storage FREE TRIAL
ESXi Server Hardware FREE TRIAL
ESXi Embedded, Installable
ESXi Install Steps
ESXi Installer Boot Screen
Accept the VMware End User License Agreement
Select the ESXi Target Install Volume
Performing and ESXi In Place Upgrade
Select the Keyboard. Set the root (Administrator) Password
Hardware Virtualization Assist (Potential) Warning Screen
Enabling Physical CPU Hardware Virtualization Assist
Ready to Install ESXi 6.0
ESXi 6 - Installation Completed
ESXi 6 Direct Console User Interface
Log in to ESXi for the First Time
ESXi DCUI Configuration Menu
Default Management Port Internet Protocol Settings
Configure ESXi 6.0 Management Network
Select ESXi Physical NICs for Management Services
ESXi 6 Physical Network Adapter Details
IPv4 Management Port Configuration
IPv6 Management Port Configuration
DNS Client Configuration
Define Custom DNS Suffixes
Apply Network Changes
Test ESXi Management Network Configuration
Local & Remote Tech Support (Troubleshooting Options)
Restart ESXi Host Management Agents / Services
ESXi 6 Now Ready for Service
Alt-F1 ESXi Command Line Login
Alt-F12 Real Time VMkernel Log Entries
Browse ESXi Host Log and Configuration Files
Log in to ESXi 6 with vSphere Client
Self Signed Digital Certificate Security Warning
vSphere Client Home View of an ESXi Host
vSphere Client to ESXi Host Inventory View
Creating Local ESXi Host Users
ESXi 6 Default Host Roles
Joining ESXi 6 to an Active Directory Domain Service
ESXi Host Physical CPU Properties
Enable and Verify Intel Physical CPU Hyperthreading
ESXi Host Physical Memory Properties
Review and Set Network Time Protocol (NTP) Client Settings
ESXi 6.0 Licensed Features Review and Status
ESXi Host System Health Status / Monitoring
ESXi Host Physical Network Adapters (pNICs)
DNS and Routing Settings
ESXi System Log Viewer and Log Export Tool
Sizing ESXi 6 Hosts Physical CPU and Memory
Sizing ESXi 6 Physical Storage and Network Controllers
RDP and Web Remote Lab Access FREE TRIAL
Lab - Install and Configure ESXi 6.0 FREE TRIAL
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Introduction to Virtual Networking
Introduction to ESXi Virtual Networking FREE TRIAL
Virtual Networking - Project Plan FREE TRIAL
Chapter Outline FREE TRIAL
vNetwork Standard and Distributed Virtual Switches FREE TRIAL
Standard Virtual Switches FREE TRIAL
Distributed Virtual Switches
ESXi 6 Physical Networking
Virtual Networking with Virtual NICs (vNICs)
Virtual Networking - Virtual Switches
ESXi Virtual to Physical Networking
Isolated Virtual Networking
Outbound / Uplinked Networking
Teamed Outbound Networking
vSwitch Network Frame Forwarding
Multi-homed ESXi 6 Networking
vSwitch Virtual Connection Types
vSwitch Port Groups
Running the Add Network Wizard
ESXi 6 Networking View
Changing a vSwitches Default Properties
Creating / Updating a Physical Network Adapter Team
Reviewing vSwitch Properties
ESXi 6 Physical Network Adapter Roster / Properties
Virtual Switches - Rules of Thumb for Working with vSwitches
Virtual Networking Lab FREE TRIAL
Virtual Networking - Review and Questions FREE TRIAL
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Connecting ESXi 6 to Network Attached Storage - NAS / NFS
Network Attached Storage - Network File System F FREE TRIAL
Network Attached Storage - Project Plan FREE TRIAL
Network Attached Storage - Overview FREE TRIAL
Network Attached Storage - Problems and Opportunities FREE TRIAL
ESXi as a Network Attached Storage Client FREE TRIAL
ESXi 6 NAS / NFS Uses
NAS Protocols
Network File System (NFS) - Overview
NAS / NFS Components
Defining NFS Shares on a Linux Server
NAS / NFS - VMkernel Port Requirements
Defining an ESXi 6 NFS Client Connection
Defining a NFS Share Properties
NFS Shares in the Datastores Roster
Unmounting (Disconnecting From) an NFS Share
Troubleshooting NFS
Benefits of Using NAS / NFS Shares
Concerns When Using NAS / NFS Shares
NFS v3 Multipathing, Speed Concerns
NAS / NFS v3 Sample Network Design
Addressing NFS v3 Performance, Reliability Concerns
NFS v3 Best Practices
NAS / NFS - Review and Questions FREE TRIAL
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Create, Configure and run ESXi 6 Virtual Machines
ESXi 6 Virtual Hardware and Virtual Machines FREE TRIAL
Virtual Machines - Overview FREE TRIAL
Virtual Machints - Project Plan FREE TRIAL
Virtual Machines - Hardware and Operating System Overview FREE TRIAL
Virtual Hardware Version 11 FREE TRIAL
Base Virtual Machine Hardware
Virtual CPU (vCPU) - Sockets and Cores
Physical CPUs and Virtual CPUs
How to Adjust Virtual CPU Sockets and Cores Layout
Virtual Machine Memory
Virtual Machine Virtual SCSI Controllers and Disks
VMware Paravirtual Virtual SCSI Controller
Completing the Virtual Machine's Virtual Hardware Layer
Virtual Machine Remote Console Application
Internacting with the Virtual Machine's BIOS
Installing an Operating System Into Your Virtual Machine
A Virtual Machine Running with Vendor Supplied Drivers
Updating VM Drivers with VMware Tools
Virtual USB Device Support
USB 2.0 & 3.0 Controller and Device Support
Windows Performance Tips
Virtual Machine Snapshots
How Snapshots Work
The Snapshot Manager
Powered Off Virtual Machines
How to Take Ownership of a Powered Off Virtual Machine
Copying Virtual Machines
ESXi 6 Virtual Machine Supported Guest Operating Systems
Create and Configure a Virtual Machine Lab FREE TRIAL
Review and Qustions FREE TRIAL
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