VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) - Only 5 Days

Why

Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

Find Out How We Help You To Learn New Skills Quickly

  1. You'll be VMware® vSphere 5.5 certified in just 5 days. With us, you’ll be VMware® vSphere 5.5 trained in record time
  2. Our VMware® vSphere 5.5 course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  3. Pass VMware® vSphere 5.5 first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  4. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  5. You’ll learn VMware® vSphere 5.5 faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  6. You’ll be studying VMware® vSphere 5.5 with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 68,075 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  7. You'll do more than study Firebrand's courseware. We use practical exercises to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging

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What

VMware Training & Certification

We deliver this VMware training in cooperation with HP Education Services, a VMware Authorized Training Center (VATC)

Get VMware VCP5-DCV certified in just five days. In partnership with HP Education Services as a global VATC, Firebrand has combined VMware Install, Configure, Manage with advanced scalability and performance monitoring tasks and skills needed for configuring highly available and scalable vSphere environments.

You’ll also sit the official VMware VCP5-DCV exam which is covered by the Firebrand Certification Guarantee.

What will I learn?

You'll learn advanced vSphere5.5 features from the Optimize & Scale course not included on the basic VMware Install, Configure, Manage course. Get 12 more hands-on labs, 5 extra modules, 11 additional features and a minimum of 10 hours added learning time. You’ll have more time with our official VMware instructor and take a deeper dive into feature details. Cut your organisation’s server sprawl and boost the efficiency of your existing resources.

The VMware® vSphere 5.5 course covers everything from design, installation, configuration to performance monitoring and best practices. In just five days, you'll become an expert in virtualisation with hands-on experience to configure a scalable virtual infrastructure. You'll also learn about:

  • Configuring and controlling ESXi storage
  • Creating, configuring, migrating, managing and monitoring virtual machines and applications
  • Controlling VMware Infrastructure
  • Using vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
  • The implementation of VMware vSphere High Availability and VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance (FT)
  • Using host profiles to control the ESXi Configuration Compliance
  • Using VMware vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI to create ESXi Images
  • Using VMware vSphere Auto Deploy to deploy ESXi hosts
  • Use of profile-specific storage and VMware vSphere Storage DRS to scale space
  • Using the VMware vSphere Update Manager to apply ESXi patches
  • Using the VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) to control vSphere
  • Provisioning ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware vCenter Server Appliance

This official VMware vSphere training program is based on VMware ESXi 5.5 and VMware vCenter Server 5.5

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Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study

This information has been provided as a helpful tool for candidates considering training. Courses that include certification come with a Certification Guarantee. Pass first time or train again for free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs). We do not make any guarantees about personal successes or benefits of obtaining certification. Benefits of certification determined through studies do not guarantee any particular personal successes.

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Module 1 - Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Module 2 - Introduction to VMware Virtualization

  • Introduce virtualization and vSphere components
  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization
  • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
  • Install and use vSphere user interfaces
  • Describe the ESXi architecture and configure various ESXi settings

Module 3 - Creating Virtual Machines

  • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
  • Deploy a single virtual machine

Module 4 - VMware vCenter Server

  • Introduce vCenter Server architecture
  • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses

Module 5 - Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks

  • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
  • Describe and modify standard switch properties
  • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms

Module 6 - Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage

  • Introduce storage protocols and device names
  • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
  • Create and manage VMware vSphere® VMFS datastores
  • Introduce VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance

Module 7 - Virtual Machine Management

  • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
  • Modify and manage virtual machines
  • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
  • Perform VMware vSphere® vMotion® and VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion® migrations
  • Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™
  • Use VMware® vCenter™ Converter™ Standalone to hot-clone a system

Module 8 - Access and Authentication Control

  • Control user access through roles and permissions
  • Discuss ESXi host access and authentication
  • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
  • Introduce VMware® vShield™ products

Module 9 - Resourcing Management and Monitoring

  • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
  • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
  • Configure and manage resource pools
  • Use vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms to monitor resource usage

Module 10 - High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • Explain the vSphere HA architecture
  • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
  • Set vSphere HA advanced parameters
  • Enable FT on a virtual machine

Module 11 - Host Scalability

  • Use host profiles to manage ESXi configuration compliance
  • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Use vSphere HA and vSphere DRS together
  • Configure and manage VMware vSphere® Distributed Power Management™

Module 12 - Network Scalability

  • Create, configure, and manage vSphere distributed switches, network connections, and port groups
  • Discuss distributed switch features, such as private VLANs, discovery protocols, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control, NetFlow, and port mirroring

Module 13 - Storage Scalability

  • Describe VMware vSphere® Storage APIs - Array Integration and Storage Awareness
  • Explain profile-driven storage
  • Add a storage policy to a virtual machine storage profile
  • Introduce VMware vSphere® Storage I/O Control
  • Create a datastore cluster
  • Configure Storage DRS

Module 14 - Data Protection

  • Discuss a strategy for backing up ESXi hosts and vCenter Server
  • Introduce VMware vSphere® Data Protection™
  • Discuss solutions for efficiently backing up virtual machines

Module 15 - Patch Management

  • Use Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
  • Install Update Manager and the Update Manager plug-in
  • Create patch baselines
  • Scan and remediate hosts

Module 16 - VMware vSphere Management Assistant

  • Describe vMA
  • Configure vMA
  • Discuss the VMware vSphere® Command-Line Interface command set
  • Perform command-line operations for host management, network management, storage management, and performance monitoring

Module 17 - Installing VMware Components

  • Describe vCenter Linked Mode to manage multiple vCenter Server inventories
  • Introduce ESXi installation
  • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
  • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
  • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)
  • Introduce vCenter Server Appliance
  • Install and configure vCenter Server Appliance
  • Use Image Builder to create an ESXi installation image
  • Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to deploy a stateless ESXi host

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You'll prepare for and sit the following exam on site:

  • VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) - Exam code VCP550

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To successfully complete this course you should have:

  • Two years of experience with Microsoft or Linux Servers
  • Basic virtualisation or cloud computing knowledge

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites?

Don’t worry - we’ll discuss your technical background, experience and qualifications to determine whether this accelerated course suits you.

Just call us on 080 80 800 888 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants.

Firebrand is an immersive environment and requires commitment. Some prerequisites are simply guidelines; you may find your unique experience, attitude and determination enables you to succeed on your accelerated course.

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You, and every other student, will be assigned your own dedicated server with 24-hour access during the course. You'll perform all labs on exactly the same hardware you find in a real data centre. This means you can 'get your hands dirty', by revisiting labs and working at your own pace, without time constraints or distractions.

Firebrand Training offers top-quality technical education and certification training in an all-inclusive course package specifically designed for the needs and ease of our students. We attend to every detail so our students can focus solely on their studies and certification goals.

Our Accelerated Learning Programmes include:

  • Intensive Hands-on Training Utilising our (Lecture | Lab | Review)TM Delivery
  • Comprehensive Study Materials, Program Courseware and Self-Testing Software including MeasureUp *
  • Fully instructor-led program with 24 hour lab access
  • Examination vouchers **
  • On site testing ***
  • Accommodation, all meals, unlimited beverages, snacks and tea / coffee****
  • Transportation to/from designated local railway stations
  • Examination Passing Policy

Our instructors teach to accommodate every student's learning needs through individualised instruction, hands-on labs, lab partner and group exercises, independent study, self-testing, and question/answer drills.

Firebrand Training has dedicated, well-equipped educational facilities where you will attend instruction and labs and have access to comfortable study and lounging rooms. Our students consistently say our facilities are second-to-none.

Firebrand goes digital

We’re currently migrating from printed to digital courseware. Some courseware is already available in digital, while other books remain in printed form. To find out if this course is digital, call us on 080 80 800 888.

There are several benefits of easy-to-use digital courseware: downloads are immediate, and you’ll always have your courseware available wherever you are. You won’t need to wait for a printed book to be delivered before you start learning – and it’s better for the environment. You can choose to download the courseware to your own device, or borrow one of ours.

Considering a Microsoft course? Always have the most up-to-date Microsoft digital courseware with ‘Fresh Editions’. This gives you access to all versions of digital courseware – you’ll receive updates and revisions of your textbook, at no charge, for the life of that course.

Examination Passing Policy

Should a student complete a Firebrand Training Program without having successfully passed all vendor examinations, the student may re-attend that program for a period of one year.  Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees.

Please note

  • * Not on all courses
  • ** Examination vouchers are not included for the following courses: PMI, GIAC, CREST and CISSP CBK Review. Exam vouchers may also not be included for Apprentices and will require a separate purchase by an employer due to Education and Skills Funding Agency guidelines.
  • *** On site testing is not included for our PMI, GIAC, CREST, CSX Practitioner or ITIL Managers and Revision Certification Courses
  • **** Accommodation not included on the CISSP CBK Review Seminar

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Reviews

Here's the Firebrand Training review section. Since 2001 we've trained exactly 68,075 students and asked them all to review our Accelerated Learning. Currently, 96.73% have said Firebrand exceeded their expectations.

Read reviews from recent accelerated courses below or visit Firebrand Stories for written and video interviews from our alumni.


"Fast paced but informative and entertaining. I learnt a lot this week. Very good food and accommodation!"
Mark Richter. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (8/12/2014 to 12/12/2014)

"Well taught by the instructor. You cannot learn all this just by your own investigation."
Martin DewHattens, HP. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (8/12/2014 to 12/12/2014)

"Fast, challenging, good value."
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (2/2/2015 to 6/2/2015)

"Intensive training with an extremely good instructor!... "
Henrik Pedersen , Fujitsu. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (2/2/2015 to 6/2/2015)

"Good instructor. Learned a lot."
Vegard Bingen , Euro Engineering AS & ABB. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (2/2/2015 to 6/2/2015)

"Another enjoyable and useful experience with Firebrand"
Paul Harper , ABtec. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (8/12/2014 to 12/12/2014)

"The training was very good and I feel extremely confident going in to my next exam."
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (2/7/2018 to 6/7/2018)

"The instructor was amazing and the labs were great. My 11th and last time at Firebrand as part of the apprenticeship scheme. The course itself was very advanced but really enjoyed the content. "
Anonymous, Gamma - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (11/9/2017 to 15/9/2017)

"Firebrand training was really good and I like the format. Learning was at a fast and hard pace but as this is all you are doing for a week it really sinks in. The instructor was very enthusiastic and kept us all involved."
Harry Courtney-Buddle, OCSL. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (11/9/2017 to 15/9/2017)

"The perfect way to get certified fast. Friendly environment and professional instructors. Hard but satisfying work. Thank you all firebrand team!"
Alexander de Vries, Infrastructure Specialist. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (11/9/2017 to 15/9/2017)

"A great experience with a huge amount of knowledge gained. Partly due to a great instructor."
Simon Jones. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (6/6/2016 to 10/6/2016)

"The facilities were good and the material was well presented. The instructor had a great depth of knowledge and kept me focused and involved throughout the whole course."
Adam Coverdale, CWL Systems Ltd. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (6/6/2016 to 10/6/2016)

"Liked the course which was quite a complicated one to complete in 5 days. Still our instructor was able to jam-pack everything in and even get us to remember most of it."
B.v.N. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (4/4/2016 to 8/4/2016)

"Dedicated and full focus 24h study. Instructor available 8-19. All basic needs are taken care of, it is like on a All inclusive vacation. Exhausting and definitely not suited for all but I love the concept! Definitely will take a look at Firebrands offerings when training needs arise next time."
kenneth mänty . - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (19/10/2015 to 23/10/2015)

"Everything is organised to focus on learning with all the potential needs. "
Floris Peiren. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (19/10/2015 to 23/10/2015)

"Course was like drinking from a firehose. Loads of information rapidly fired at you, but extremly informative. "
P.S.. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (19/10/2015 to 23/10/2015)

"Very intensive training. I have learned a lot in just one week, maybe to much to handle in such short time. There was a lot of reading material, and many hours of teaching. "
Lasse Nicolajsen , Zitcom A/S. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (19/10/2015 to 23/10/2015)

"Intense but very good training. "
Lasse Melsaeter , Nextron AS. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (19/10/2015 to 23/10/2015)

"Intensive, focused training."
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"Brilliant course, short course with longer days. Covered all the content and had time for demos and lab."
J.K., IBM. - Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Developer - Associate certification (3 days) (2/12/2018 to 4/12/2018)

"Great way to study in an intensive learning environment without the distractions often attributed to E Learning."
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"Thanks for getting me through, instructor."
Paul Wright, Worldpay. - Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand training for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate and Professional certification (6 days) (26/11/2018 to 1/12/2018)

"Not for the faint Hearted. Embrace the learning and pass the exam. Firebrand provide the drive and the tempo required to succeed."
Anonymous. - Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand training for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate and Professional certification (6 days) (26/11/2018 to 1/12/2018)

"Enjoyed my course. gave me the opportunity to immerse myself and learn away from work. Facility and instructor were exceptional"
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"FIREBRAND ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND INFORMED ME AT EVERY STAGE WHAT AND WHEN WAS HAPPENING THE COURSE LEADER WAS WELL EXPERIENCED AND ABLE TO BE STORY TELLING TO GET THE POINTS ACROSS ALL IN ALL AN ENJOYABLE COURSE."
M.M.. - Lean Six Sigma Training Green Belt (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"A fantastic course that was well delivered by a quality instructor with real world experience. This helped us rationalise the concepts behind the skills learned."
Brad Mckenzie-Quinn, Coventry Building Society. - Lean Six Sigma Training Green Belt (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"Courses here are always well paced and structured to give the best opportunity to achieve your goals. The instructor is always knowledgeable within his field, and where he is not certain of an answer to a question, will always research and find the answer for you. Always a good experience!"
Steven Ready, ERT. - Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Solutions Architect – Professional certification (3 days) (29/11/2018 to 1/12/2018)

"Fantastic experience, enjoyed every bit of it."
Funmi Fakoya, BNP Paribas Fortis, Brussels, Belgium. - (ISC)2 SSCP - Systems Security Certified Practitioner (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"As a novice I have learnt a lot and found out a lot of interesting tips that I can now build on and use to achieve more qualifications."
Selina Flowers, NG. - Oracle OCP Java SE 8 Programmer (4 days) (27/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"Its Good."
Lyndon Martin, Nottinghamshire Healthcare. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Business Intelligence Development (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"Really hard work and long days, but that is why I chose Firebrand."
M.B., CDC. - (ISC)2 SSCP - Systems Security Certified Practitioner (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"The instructor is very good "
Anonymous. - (ISC)2 SSCP - Systems Security Certified Practitioner (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"I will happily use firebrand again the staff and the teachers are great, its hard work but completely worth it. "
Anonymous. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Business Intelligence Development (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"I love training at Firebrand. As a consultant, every day matters as you do not get paid if you do not work. The immersive bootcamp allows myself to cover twice the material in half the time. I also like getting into my bubble by it being residential so I can focus on absorbing and recalling. Great having the test centre onsite.. Maximises exam cram time. Thank you FB Wyboston."
Roy Casella, Designated. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Business Intelligence Development (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"I enjoyed my course at Firebrand. The trainers are friendly and extremely knowledgeable. This was my first experience of Microsoft exams and I would not hesitate to recommend Firebrand for anyone looking to achieve certification."
Darren Conley, Nicander Ltd.. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Business Intelligence Development (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"Studying with Firebrand is tough, theres no getting away from the fact that the days are long and full of content, however, the trainers are knowledgeable and the training is delivered professionally, in excellent facilities."
Rob Sims. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Business Intelligence Development (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"Great experience and staff, training setup and instructor."
K.W., Midwich Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Business Intelligence Development (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"Course had plenty of useful information and very helpful."
Connor Venton, Ringway Jacobs. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Business Intelligence Development (5 days) (26/11/2018 to 30/11/2018)

"Everything was great apart from the monitor I did the exam on. It was really poor quality."
Sean Dean, Sopra Steria. - Cisco CCNA (Routing & Switching) Certification (7 days) (26/11/2018 to 2/12/2018)

"I enjoyed my time here"
Dominic Santaniello, Experteye. - BCS Level 4 Certificate in Data Analysis Concepts (4 days) (26/11/2018 to 29/11/2018)

"Firebrand enables you to achieve results as fast as possible with excellent support from the tutors. "
Thomas Eyles, Barclaycard. - BCS Level 4 Certificate in Data Analysis Concepts (4 days) (26/11/2018 to 29/11/2018)

"This course ran through the core concepts of data analysis , there was a lot of concepts which hadn’t even crossed my mind & has opened up to more possibilities! "
L.W.. - BCS Level 4 Certificate in Data Analysis Concepts (4 days) (26/11/2018 to 29/11/2018)

"The instructor was great - really knowledgeable and explained things in an easy to understand way."
Matt Bevan. - Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification (3 days) (26/11/2018 to 28/11/2018)

"The course was really informative and enjoyable. I felt like I could keep up with the material and that it was covered in enough detail for me to fully understand. The facilities are great and everything you need is provided for you. The only downside is that it is hard to know where to go/ how to find it. "
Geogina King. - Scrum Firebrand's training for Scrum.org's Professional Scrum Master certification (2 days) (22/11/2018 to 23/11/2018)

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K.B.. - (ISC)2 CISSP Boot Camp (6 days) (19/11/2018 to 24/11/2018)

"One of the best training. Very dense program. I didnt loose time in evenings and lunch. Great positive attitude of the team."
Philippe Soupart. - (ISC)2 CISSP Boot Camp (6 days) (19/11/2018 to 24/11/2018)

"Enjoyed the campus feel and think that it adds a good element to allowing you to immerse yourself in the subject and really get to know things to give you every chance of passing the exam by really knowing the material. "
R.H.. - (ISC)2 CISSP Boot Camp (6 days) (19/11/2018 to 24/11/2018)

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K.M.. - (ISC)2 CISSP Boot Camp (6 days) (19/11/2018 to 24/11/2018)

"Long days, hard work but learnt a lot."
Spencer Gillam. - (ISC)2 CISSP Boot Camp (6 days) (19/11/2018 to 24/11/2018)

"This is my third time at Firebrand and each time has been intense but rewarding. Its a great environment to learn in and you will take knowledge back with you that you will find invaluable."
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