VMware vSphere 5 – Part 2: vCenter Server Appliance Deployments and Upgrades

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


A vCenter Server Appliance, or VCSA is a Linux-based appliance that can be downloaded and installed on an ESXi host that will allow the move away from traditional Windows-based installs. This course provides an overview of the vCenter Server Appliance including the deployment options available. Configuration of the vCenter Server Appliance is also covered.
This course provides an overview of factors you need to consider when upgrading to the vSphere 5 from earlier versions. It also explains upgrade options, details the upgrade process, reviews changes from vSphere 4 to vSphere 5, and covers upgrade requirements. It also covers the prep work required for a vCenter Server upgrade and the upgrade processes for vCenter Server, VCSA, and Update Manager.
This course can be used in preparation for the VCP5 exam. However, it is not sponsored or authorized by VMware so does not fully satisfy the training requirements to achieve the certification.

Target Audience

Systems engineers, system administrators, vSphere operators and support personnel working in virtualized server environments who have completed Datacenter Virtualization with vSphere 5: Part 1. Candidates who are seeking to learn about advanced features and configuration options available in the vSphere Enterprise product. This includes, configuring High Availability, Distributed Resource Scheduling, upgrading to vSphere 5 and auto deployment. A solid technical foundation in virtualization using vSphere coupled with strong network and administration skills are required as a prerequisite for this path.


Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Deploying vCenter Server Appliance

  • identify characteristics of VCSA
  • Configuring the VCSA Console and Browser

  • describe how to configure the console VCSA for initial setup information and text based configuration
  • identify actions to take to configure the VCSA via the web browser
  • VCSA Web Interfaces and Clients

  • match example tasks with VCSA web interface options that would be used to accomplish these
  • Upgrading vSphere 5

  • identify considerations when upgrading to vSphere 5
  • Preparing to Upgrade vCenter Server

  • describe what you need to do before a vCenter Server upgrade
  • Upgrading vCenter Server

  • sequence steps to upgrade a vCenter Server
  • Upgrading VCSA and Update Manager

  • recognize steps to upgrade a vCenter Appliance
  • sequence the steps to upgrade Update Manager