VMware vSphere: What’s new 5.5

This hands-on training course explores new features in VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5 and VMware ESXi™ 5.5. Topics include VMware® vSphere® 5.5 installation and how to upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.5.

Target Audience

  • System administrators
  • IT managers
  • System architects
  • People responsible for implementing or managing vSphere environments

Please be aware that this course is not suitable for delegates with existing vSphere 5.0/5.1 experience. The course is aimed at delegates updating their knowledge from vSphere 4.0/4.1


Please note: Effective 17th of March 2014 all VMware course materials will only be available to delegates in e-courseware format. VMware will email delegates with instructions on how to access their e-book entitlement no less than 48 hours before their course is due to take place. If you have an existing VMware MyLearn account it is imperative that you notify QA of the email address you have registered to this account.

Those delegates who are attending via either virtual or extended classroom will be required to provide either dual monitors or single monitor plus a tablet device.

Technical prerequisites

Attendance at one of these VMware vSphere 4 courses:

  • vSphere 4.0/4.1 Install, Configure, Manage
  • vSphere 4.0/4.1 Fast Track
  • vSphere 4.0/4.1 What’s New

Or equivalent vSphere 4 administration experience

Delegate will learn how to

  • List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 5.5
  • Upgrade a deployment from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.5
  • Use the VMware vSphere® Web Client to manage virtual machines
  • List and describe key networking enhancements, including the ESXi firewall and new features in distributed virtual switches
  • Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere® VMFS-5 datastore
  • Configure policy-driven storage
  • Create a datastore cluster and configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™
  • Use VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ to back up and recover a vSphere environment
  • Replicate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® Replication
  • Monitor VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster activity
  • Use Linux-based VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to install a stateless or stateful ESXi host
  • Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Image Builder CLI to export an image profile

Course Introduction
Introduction to VMware vSphere 5.5
Virtual Machine Management
Network Management
Storage Management
VMware vSphere Deployment Alternatives