VMware vSphere 6 - For Small Business Essentials Customers

8 Chapters. 14+ Lecture Hours. Learn VMware vSphere 6 Small Business Essentials license features | taught by Larry Karnis

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Need VMware Training?

Did you know that VMware vSphere 6 Small Business Essentials (SBE) is the most popular vSphere license sold based on the number of licenses purchased. The low price and vCenter capability make this license popular with very small business and technology enthusiasts who need a fully vCenter managed virtual environment but who cannot afford the almost $5,000USD price for vSphere Small Business Essentials Plus licenses.

Despite this fact, VMware does not offer training specifically tailored to the needs of this large customer base. Instead, VMware offers a 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 SBE+ and Standard 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 vSphere 6 SBE customers. This class bundle gives you 8 chapters of training offering you over 14 hours of recorded lectures that contains all the information you need to install, configure, administer and troubleshoot all of the major features offered by your vSphere 6 license. You get unlimited access to this course with no expiry date and no time limit.

This class bundle gives you:

  • 8 chapters of training offering you over 14 hours of recorded lectures - the equivalent of over 3 days of normal instructor led classroom training
  • All the information you need to install, configure, administer and troubleshoot all of the major features offered by your vSphere 6 license.
  • Training on higher end features including how to install and configure ESXi 6 and vCenter Server Appliance 6, how to connect to and use NFS and SAN shared storage, and how to build, clone and rapidly deploy virtual machines from template
  • Unlimited access to these course topics with no expiry date and no time limit
  • Optional access to the full course Study / Lab Guide (486 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

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
  5. Central Management with vCenter Server
  6. Rapid Deployment with Virtual Machine Templates and Clones
  7. FIbre, iSCSI and NFS 4.1 Shared Storage
  8. VMFS - VMware's Cluster File System

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 Networking, File Shares, Creating VMs, Installing and running vCenter and much, much more.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 8 topics (normally $20/topic) for just $99.95 for a savings of $60 over buying courses individually

Optional Course Books

Get the full course book set including a 469 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 $49.95USD, 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 provided. 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

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Course Curriculum

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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Central vSphere 6 Infrastructure Management with vCenter Server
Central vSphere 6 Infrastructure Management with vCenter Server FREE TRIAL
Project Plan FREE TRIAL
Central Management with vCenter - Overview FREE TRIAL
vCenter is a Management Proxy Server FREE TRIAL
vCenter Lab - Part 1 Only FREE TRIAL
vCenter Server for Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012
vCenter Server Appiance (vCSA)
vCenter Server for Windows vs. vCenter Server Appliance
Single Sign-On Service (SSO)
vCenter Simple Install
vCenter for Windows Server - Database Options
Microsoft SQL Server and vCenter Server for Windows
vCenter's Database Size Estimating Tool
vCenter Server for Windows - Installer Application
Installing vCenter Server Appliance
Activating the Client Integration Plug-in (CIP)
vCenter Server Appliance - Ready to Start the Install
Selecting the Target ESXi 6 Host for vCSA
Setting the vCenter Server Appliance Administrator Account Properties
The Platform Service Controller (PSC)
Understanding the Embedded vs. External Platform Service Controller
Setting the SSO Password and Domain
Selecting the vCenter Server Appliance CPU / Memory Size
Selecting the vCSA Target Datastore
Setting vCSA Networking Properties
Ready to Deploy the vCenter Server Appliance
vCenter Server Appliance - Installation Completed
vCenter Lab - Parts 1 & 2 Only
Logging in to the vCSA for the First Time - Using Web Client
Adding vCSA's Base OS to Active Directory
Adding the vCenter Server Service to Active Directory
Updating Single Sign-On with the SSO Domain
Grant Administrator Rights to Active Directory Domain Accounts
Don't Bypass vCenter
vCenter's Home View in vSphere Client
vCenter's Home View in Web Client
Organizaing vCenter's Inventory
Using Folders to Organize Datacenters
Using Folders Within Datacenters
Viewing ESXi 6 Hosts Managed by vCenter
Managing vCenter Sessions
vCenter's Task Scheduler
vCenter's Task Console
vCenter's Events Console
The VMware Remote Console Application (VMRC)
VMware Remote Console Menu Items
Review / Edit Virtual Hardware with Web Client
The Virtual Machine's Actions Menu
vSphere C# Client - Use Cases
vCenter Functions only in Web Client
vCenter Maximums
vCenter Server Appliance Changes from vSphere 5.5
The VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA)
VMCA Options
Custom Certificate Management
vCenter Server Appliance - Management Console
vCenter Server - Best Practices
vCenter Lab - Parts 3, 4 and 5 FREE TRIAL
vCenter Server - Review and Questions FREE TRIAL
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Rapid VM Deployment with VM Templates and Clones
Rapid VM Deployment with VM Templates and Clones FREE TRIAL
Project Plan FREE TRIAL
Virtual Machine Rapid Deployment - Overview FREE TRIAL
Virtual Machine Template Theory FREE TRIAL
The Benefits of Deploying New Virtual Machines from Template FREE TRIAL
Templates in Inventory
Virtual Machine Disk Formats - Thin Disk / Thick Disk
Thick Disk Use Cases
Thin Disk Use Cases
Selecting a Target Virtual Machine Disk Format
Creating a Template from an Existing Virtual Machine
Template Properties
Templates in the Hosts and Clusters View
Deploying a New Virtual Machine from Template
Cloning a Virtual Machine
Cloning a Template Virtual Machine
How to Perform Maintenance on a Template Virtual Machine
Windows Guest Operating System Customization
Legacy Windows Guest Operating System Customization
How to Enable Secure Shell Access on vCenter Server Appliance
How to Enable PI Shell on vCenter Server Appliance
How to Upload Legacy SysPrep Files to vCenter Server Appliance
Non-Windows Operating System Customization with vCenter
Pre-Built Virtual Machines - Virtual Appliances
Virtual Appliance - Examples
Virtual Appliance - Pros
Virtual Appliance - Cons
How to Import Virtual Machines in OVF / OVA Format
How to Export a VM in OVF / OVA Format
How to Change a VM's vCPU Sockets and Cores Layout
VM Multi-core vCPUs - Best Practice
Multi-core vCPUs - Maxims
Physical CPU to Virtual CPU Hardware Virtualization
Hot Plug Hardware Operating System Support Matrix
Hot Plug Virtual Machine vCPU / Memory Settings
Hot Plugging VM vCPUs
Hot Plugging VM vCPUs - Use Cases
Hot Plug Memory - Use Cases
Hot Plug RAM Strategy
Dynamically Adding Memory to a Running Virtual Machine
Virtual Machine 2D / 3D Video Support
Example of Windows 7 Using Basic 3D Virtual Video
Virtual Machine Hardware 3D Video Support
All Virtual Machines Support Simple Changes
Adding Virtual Hardware to a Virtual Machine
Virtual Machine Options
Virtual Machine Resources
Hot Adding a New Virtual Disk to a Running Virtual Machine
Hot Adding a Raw Device Map (RDM) Virtual Disk
After Hot Add Disk - Rescanning Storage Devices in Your VM
What's New in vSphere 6
Work With Virtual Machines - Lab FREE TRIAL
Multiple Virtual Machines - Review and Questions FREE TRIAL
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Fibre and iSCSI SAN Storage, NAS / NFS v4.1 Shared Storage
Fibre and iSCSI SAN Storage, NAS / NFS v4.1 Shared Storage FREE TRIAL
Shared Storage - Overview FREE TRIAL
Shared Storage - Project Plan FREE TRIAL
Shared Storage - Problems and Opportunities FREE TRIAL
Entry Level Storage Area Network (SAN) Features FREE TRIAL
Higher End SAN Features
Fibre Storage Area Networks
Fibre Switched Fabric Topology
Fibre Networks - World Wide Names (WWNs)
Fibre SAN Zoning Options
VMware Runtime Hardware Paths
Hardware Path Auto Discovery
iSCSI Shared Storage
iSCSI Capabilities
iSCSI Motivation
iSCSI Block Diagram
iSCSI Network Redundancy Options
Understanding iSCSI Qualified Names
iSCSI Logical Unit (LUN) Discovery Options
iSCSI Hardware Initiators (Controllers)
iSCSI Software Initiators
Configuring the Software iSCSI Initiator
Changing the iSCSI Software Initiator's iSCSI Qualified Name (IQN)
Entering the IP Addresses of iSCSI SAN Targets
Configured iSCSI Targets
Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP)
CHAP Authentication Explained
Correctly Added iSCSI Targets
Scanning an iSCSI SAN for Storage Volumes
Reviewing New iSCSI LUNs
Reviewing Newly Discovered Datastores
Datastore Properties
View Storage Devices by ESXi Host
iSCSI Trade Offs
Troubleshooting iSCSI Storage
ESXi 6 - NFS v4.1 Support
NFS v4.1 Multipathing (vCenter)
NFS v3 versus NFS v4.1 Client Features
Parallel NFS (pNFS) v4.1 with ESXi 6.0
NFS v4.1 - Best Practices
Upgrading NFS v3 to NFS v4.1
Shared Storage - Lab FREE TRIAL
Shared Storage - Review and Questions FREE TRIAL
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Administering VMFS - VMware's Cluster File System
Administering VMFS - VMware's Cluster File System FREE TRIAL
VMware's Cluster File System - Overview FREE TRIAL
VMFS - Project Plan FREE TRIAL
Shared VMFS Storage FREE TRIAL
VMware File System (VMFS) - Explained FREE TRIAL
VMFS Version 5 Features
VMFS Auto Discovery
Building a VMFS
VMFS Name and Storage Device Selection
Storage Device Partition Configuration
Reviewing the New VMFS Datastore
VMFS Datastore Settings
The Consequences of Running out of Space on a VMFS Datastore
VMFS Capacity Management Options
Option 1 - LUN Span - Before
LUN Span - After
Create and Grow a LUN Span
Increase Datastore Capacity - Select Storage Device
Review the Completed LUN Span
Spanned LUNs - Concerns
Option 2 - Grow the VMFS Storage Device, Then Partition and File System
Expanding the VMFS Partition and File System
Growing an Existing VMFS Into Freshly Allocated Space
Review Updated VMFS Capacity
Fibre SAN Path Failure - Explained
iSCSI SAN Multipathing - Explained
Storage Multipathing
VMware Provided Path Selection Policies (PSPs)
Review VMFS Path Selection Policy
Manage VMFS Path Selection Policy
ESXi's Pluggable Storage Architecture
SAN Storage Considerations
SAN Storage - Best Practices
SAN Storage - Best Practices Continued
VMFS Multpathing - Best Practices
Working with VMFS Datastores - Lab FREE TRIAL
Working with VMFS Datastores - Review and Questions FREE TRIAL
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