VMware vSphere 5 – Part 1: vCenter Server Administration

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


On a scale of 1 to 10 in importance, security should always rate close to a 10 in setting up and managing a vSphere environment. Even though VMware has increased the capabilities and features that come with it’s products, these same products and features must ?t within the security policies applied to other servers. Most of the time, ESXi and vCenter Server ?t easily and nicely within those security policies, but sometimes the process is a bit of a challenge. Under Administration, vCenter Server has screens for managing roles, viewing and managing current sessions, licensing, viewing system logs, managing vCenter Server settings, and viewing the status of the vCenter Server services.
This course examines the tools and techniques that will help you ensure your vSphere environment appropriately follows the security policies of your organization by discussing the administrative features of vCenter Server.

Target Audience

Anyone wishing to learn the fundamental features, functions, and capabilities of the VMware vSphere product suite collection of products in order to provide a full array of enterprise virtualization functionality; systems engineers, system administrators, vSphere operators and support personnel, and ESXi operators and support personnel. A good understanding of system administration on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Server 2008 operating systems experience would be of benefit. Experience equivalent to or greater than CompTIA Network+ and with Linux Server operating systems is strongly recommended.


Expected Duration

90 min.

Course Objectives

Roles and Permissions

  • identify the characteristics of roles in vCenter Server
  • identify the ways in which you can customize roles in vCenter Server
  • recognize how to assign permissions to users and groups in vCenter Server
  • Sessions and Licensing

  • identify session tasks you can perform in vCenter Server
  • recognize ways in which the vCenter Server message of the day feature can be used
  • describe how vCenter Server licensing can be administered
  • Adding a vCenter Server License Key

    System Logs

  • recognize how logs can be used in vCenter Server and DCUI
  • identify the steps to export system logs through vCenter Server
  • Working with System Logs

    Checking vCenter Service status and using plug-ins

  • recognize when to view the vCenter Service Status