VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V4.1]

VMware vSphere [V4.1] certification, a part of VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification, is based on ESX/ESXi 4.1 and vCenter Server 4.1. It validates knowledge and skills required to install, configure, and manage VMware vSphere, which consists of ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server. The candidates will be trained on diagnosing and resolving configuration problems created on ESX/ESXi 4.1 and vCenter Server 4.1. vSphere 4.1 includes a lot of new and enhanced features like Installation and Deployment, Storage Network, Availability, Management, Platform Enhancements and Partner Ecosystem.

Technical persons like system administrators, systems engineers and operators responsible for VMware ESX, ESXi, and VMware vCenter Server are eligible to attend this certification training. vSphere V4.1 certification acts as a prerequisite to enroll in any of several more-advanced vSphere courses and to take the VMware Certified Professional 4 exam.

Objectives of vSphere V4.1

  • To install and configure ESX or ESXi and vCenter Server components
  • To configure and manage ESX/ESXi networking and storage using vCenter Server
  • To deploy, manage, and migrate virtual machines
  • To manage user access to the VMware infrastructure
  • To use vCenter Update Manager to apply ESX/ESXi patches
  • To use vCenter Server to
    • monitor resource usage
    • increase scalability
    • manage higher availability and data protection


  • System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems
  • Experience entering commands at a command-line prompt
  • Experience scripting in Windows PowerShell, VBScript, Perl, UNIX, or other languages featuring variables and control structures

Course outline

  • Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
  • Introduction to VMware Virtualization
    • Introduce virtualization, virtual machines, and vSphere components
  • VMware ESX and ESXi
    • Introduce the architecture of ESX and ESXi
    • Manually configure ESX/ESXi
  • VMware vCenter Server
    • Install and configure vCenter Server components
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects
  • Networking/Storage/Virtual Machine/Access Control
    • Create, configure, and manage vNetwork standard switches, network connections, and port groups
    • Configure ESX/ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage vSphere datastores
    • Deploy virtual machines using the Create New Virtual Machine wizard, templates, cloning, and VMware vCenter Converter
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Perform Storage vMotion migrations
    • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Resource Monitoring
    • Control virtual machine access to CPU, memory, and I/O resources
    • Introduce VMkernel methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
  • Data Protection/Scalability/High Availability
    • Back up and recover virtual machines using VMware Data Recovery
    • Manage multiple vCenter Server inventories using VMware vCenter Linked Mode
    • Manage ESX/ESXi configuration compliance using Host Profiles
    • Create, configure, and manage vNetwork distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
    • Perform VMware vMotion migrations
    • Configure and manage a VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler cluster, VMware Distributed Power Management, VMware High Availability cluster and fault-tolerant virtual machines using VMware Fault Tolerance


The vSphere V4.1 certification exam #VCP-410 consists of 85 questions and a short pre-exam survey consisting of 8 questions. The exam is 105 minutes long and the passing score is 300.

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