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VMware vSphere Fast Track ICM & Optimise and Scale 6.0

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:

    Special Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    8th September 2017

Admission Requirements:

The typical target audience for this course would come from the following roles within the IT industry. However, applicants from other areas are welcome to apply.

  • Systems engineers
  • Architects
  • Administrator 
  • Architect Professional
  • VMware Professional

Experience with VMware vSphere hypervisor would be an advantage

Course summary

The VMware vSphere 6.0 Install, Configure and Manage (ICM) & Optimise and Scale course is focused on VMware vSphere users who have completed a previous VMware vSphere VCP ICM course in either 4.1 or 5.0. However those who have no experience of VMware vSphere technology but wish to gain experience in the latest 6.0 vsphere architecture are also encouraged to apply. This course will teach both core and advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will configure and optimise the vSphere features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect.


Computer Science

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

An Information/Registration session will take place on Wednesday 6th September from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Institute staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.


Course fee
The cost of the course is €2,250 which includes the provision of an exam voucher which covers 70% of the exam total. This offer is only open to students who take a course under the VMware IT Academy.

Delivery and Duration

This course is delivered fully online using Adobe Connect (Virtual Classroom) and NETLab + and VMware vCloud (Virtual Lab Environment).  Lectures are recorded and can be streamed on an on-demand basis over the duration of the course. The course is supported through CIT’s Learning Management Systems and other communication systems.

It is delivered over 12 weeks (Two evenings a week Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm – 9:30pm); during the academic year. However, there is flexibility to deliver the course at other times based on demand. The course is broken down into the following: 60% lecture, 40% hands-on lab.

The first eight weeks of the course are given over to the vSphere 6.0 Install, Configure and Manage part of the course, while the following four weeks are focused on managing, optimising and scaling the VMware virtualised environment.


On completion, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Deploy an ESXi host and create virtual machines
  • Describe vCenter Server architecture
  • Deploy a vCenter Server instance or VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use vCenter Server to manage an ESXi host
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage various types of host storage: VMware vSphere   VMFS, NFS, virtual SAN, and Virtual Volumes
  • Manage virtual machines, templates, clones, and snapshots
  • Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise.
  • Manage changes to the vSphere environment
  • Optimise the performance of all vSphere components
  • Harden the vSphere environment against security threats
  • Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes
  • Use VMware vSphere 6.0 ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere
  • Management Assistant to manage vSphere
  • Use VMware vSphere 6.0 Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts


  • Course Introduction

    •    Introductions and course logistics
    •    Course objectives
    •    Additional resources libraries and how to deploy and use them.

  • VMware Management Resources

    •    Understand the purpose of VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface commands
    •    Discuss options for running vSphere CLI commands
    •    Deploy and configure vSphere Management Assistant
    •    Use vmware-cmd for virtual machine operations

  • vSphere Security

    •    Describe the features and benefits of the Platform Services Controller
    •    Configure ESXi host access and authorisation
    •    Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and virtual machines

  • vCenter Server

    •    Review the vSphere performance troubleshootingmethodology
    •    Explain software and hardware virtualisation techniques and their effects on performance
    •    Use vSphere performance monitoring tools

  • Network Scalability

    •    Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches
    •    Migrate virtual machines from standard switches to distributed switches
    •    Explain distributed switch features such as port mirroring,
    •    LACP, QoS tagging, and NetFlow

  • Network Performance Troubleshooting

    •    Explain the performance features of network adapters
    •    Explain the performance features of vSphere networking
    •    Monitor key network performance metrics
    •    Use vSphere Management Assistant to manage virtual network configurations
    •    Troubleshoot common network performance problems

  • Storage Scalability

    •    Explain vSphere storage APIs for array integration and storage awareness
    •    Configure and assign virtual machine storage policies
    •    Configure VMware vSphere® Storage DRS™ and VMware
    •    vSphere® Storage I/O Control
    •    Create and use virtual volumes in vSphere

  • Storage Optimisation

    •    Diagnose storage access problems
    •    Configure VMware vSphere® Flash Read Cache™
    •    Monitor key storage performance metrics
    •    Troubleshoot common storage performance problems

  • CPU Performance

    •    Explain the CPU scheduler operation, NUMA support, and other
    •    features that affect CPU performance
    •    Monitor key CPU performance metrics
    •    Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems

  • Memory Performance

    •    Explain ballooning, memory compression, and host swapping techniques for memory reclamation when memory is overcommitted
    •    Monitor key memory performance metrics
    •    Troubleshoot common memory performance problems

  • Virtual Machine and Cluster Optimisation

    •    Describe guidelines for optimising virtual machine configuration
    •    Discuss how vGPU usage affects virtual machine performance
    •    Discuss guidelines for using resource allocation settings
    •    Discuss guidelines for using resource pools
    •    Discuss guidelines for using vSphere DRS clusters
    •    Troubleshoot common vSphere cluster problems

  • Host and Management Scalability

    •    Describe and use host profiles
    •    Define and use content libraries
    •    Upgrade ESXi and vCenter Server instances
    •    Use VMware vSphere PowerCLI™
    •    Use Virtual Machine Converter
    •    Use VMware vSphere ESXi™ Image Builder CLI and vSphere
    •    Auto Deploy

  • Online Application will open shortly for course commencing in September

  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.




Pat McCarthy
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