VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.5 to V6.5]



In this three-day, hands-on training course, you will explore the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server� 6.5 and VMware ESXi� 6.5. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere� 6.5. This class is recommended for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6.5 into their existing vSphere environment.


System architects, system administrators, IT managers, VMware partners, and individuals responsible for implementing and managing vSphere architectures


System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

Learning Objectives

  • key enhancements in vSphere 6.5
  • Use the user interface of the new VMware vSphere Client, the new VMware Host Client, and the appliance shell of VMware vCenter� Server Appliance
  • Add users to the lockdown exception users list and test the lockdown mode
  • Configure virtual machines to check for and install newer versions of VMware Tools
  • Upgrade virtual machines to the current hardware
  • Create a multisite content library for synchronizing virtual machine templates, vApps, ISO images, and scripts across vCenter Server instances
  • Enable the VMware vSphere Authentication Proxy service to automatically add new hosts to the Active Directory domain
  • Configure NFS- and iSCSI-backed virtual volumes to provide a common storage platform, independent of the underlying storage hardware
  • Create storage policies and use these policies with virtual machines and virtual volume datastores
  • Work with VMware vSphere Network I/O Control to create and configure a distributed switch
  • Use VMware vSphere vMotion to migrate virtual machines across vCenter Server instances
  • Activate the high availability feature of vCenter Server Appliance
  • Back up vCenter Server Appliance by using a file-based backup solution from the vCenter Server
  • Appliance Management Interface
  • Set up your environment to encrypt and decrypt virtual machines
  • Set up your environment to use encrypted vSphere vMotion to securely migrate encrypted virtual machines
  • Migrate from Windows vCenter Server to vCenter Server Appliance
  • Configure vCenter Server and associated services to use VMware Platform Services Controller high availability

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

2. Introduction to vSphere 6.5

  • vSphere 6.5 feature enhancements
  • Use vSphere Client, VMware Host Client, and the appliance shell of vCenter Server Appliance

3. Installation and Upgrade

  • New vCenter Server architecture features
  • Choose between a distributed configuration and an embedded configuration based on your requirements
  • Enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance
  • Center Server Appliance deployment
  • Hardware requirements for installing vCenter Server Appliance
  • Information that is needed before you begin the installation
  • Deploy a Platform Services Controller appliance
  • How to upgrade vCenter Server Appliance 5.x to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
  • How to upgrade an ESXi 5.x host to an ESXi 6.5 host
  • Benefits of using the content library
  • Create a basic content library
  • Synchronize a content library across vCenter Server instances

4. Compute Enhancements

  • Enhancements to vSphere 6.5 scalability and performance
  • Additional features to support hot-plug and SMART solid-state drives
  • New capabilities of host profiles introduced in vSphere 6.5
  • Improvements to lockdown settings
  • Addition of smart-card authentication
  • Changes that enhance user accountability
  • How virtual hardware 12 extends virtual machine resource configurations
  • How using large receive offload reduces CPU-associated costs for network packet processing
  • How hot-add memory is distributed across NUMA nodes in vSphere 6.5

5. Storage Enhancements

  • Benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
  • Upgrade from VMFS 5 to VMFS 6
  • Benefits of using VMFS 6 with vSphere
  • Benefits of using NFS v4.1 with vSphere
  • Differences between NFS v3 and NFS v4.1
  • Implications of using NFS v4.1
  • Advantages of the new VMware Virsto on-disk file system
  • Advantages of the vsanSparse snapshot format
  • Advantages of fault domains to withstand rack-local failures
  • Benefits of applying different default policies to different VMware Virtual SAN� datastores
  • Benefits of using virtual volumes
  • Virtual machine, policy-based policy management
  • How VMDK data operations are offloaded to storage arrays through the use of VMware vSphere� API for Storage Awareness�

6. Network Enhancements

  • Work with Network I/O Control
  • Upgrade Network I/O Control to version 3
  • Enable network resource management on VMware vSphere� Distributed Switch�
  • Configure bandwidth allocation for system and virtual machine traffic based on shares and reservations.
  • IPv6 support in vSphere 6.5

7. Management Enhancement

  • Core security modules that are part of Platform Services Controller
  • VMware certificate management components
  • Certificate use changes in vSphere 6.5
  • Certificate management components that are part of Platform Services Controller
  • Primary services provided by the VMware Certificate Authority component
  • Primary services provided by the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store component
  • VMware CA certificate replacement options
  • ESXi certificate replacement options
  • Certificate-based guest authentication

8. Availability Enhancements

  • New TCP/IP stack for vSphere vMotion
    Changes that make vSphere vMotion migrations across high-latency networks possible
  • Requirements for migrating a virtual machine across vCenter Server instances
  • How VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance supports virtual machines with multiple virtual CPUs
  • How vSphere Fault Tolerance maintains the secondary virtual machine in a ready state
  • Mechanism by which the primary virtual machine is determined
  • Improvements made in handling all paths down and permanent device lost conditions
  • Increased scalability of vSphere HA
  • Additional compatibility supported by vSphere HA

9. Security Enhancements

  • Plan for secure boot support for ESXi host
  • Deploy enhanced vCenter Server events and alarms, and vSphere logging
  • virtual machine encryption
  • Enable encrypted vSphere vMotion
  • Use encrypted core dumps