VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for VI and OS Management 5.5 Training

vCenter Configuration Manager for VI and OS Management 5.5 Course Description

You learn how to manage Active Directory (AD), create and use compliance templates, use vCenter Configuration Manager for patching, deploy operating systems and Windows software applications, and use vCenter Configuration Manager tools to download, import, and export compliance templates, and view and collect debug information. 

This hands-on training course builds your skills with VMware® vCenter Configuration Manager™. It provides you with the knowledge and skills to install and configure vCenter Configuration Manager, navigate the user interface, manage compliance, and perform administrative and configuration tasks against your physical and virtual infrastructure. This course is 60 percent lecture and 40 percent hands-on lab.

vCenter Configuration Manager for VI & OS Management 5.5 Course Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the position of vCenter Configuration Manager in the VMware® management solution set 
  • Recognize the role of vCenter Configuration Manager in enterprise configuration & change & compliance management Use the vCenter Configuration Manager console to configure vCenter Configuration Manager for management of VMware® vSphere® systems
  • Use the vCenter Configuration Manager console to configure vCenter Configuration Manager for physical & guest operating system management 
  • Navigate the vCenter Configuration Manager console
  • Collect data from vSphere systems from the vCenter Configuration Manager console
  • Manage vSphere system compliance with vCenter Configuration Manager

vCenter Configuration Manager for VI and OS Management 5.5 Training - Suggested Audience

This course is aimed at professionals involved in managing virtual infrastructure. Suggested attendees based on our past programs are:
  • Virtual infrastructure administrator  
  • IT managers

vCenter Configuration Manager for VI and OS Management 5.5 Training Duration

  • Open-House F2F (Public) : 5 days
  • In-House F2F (Private) : 5 days, for commercials please send us an email with group size to hello@pincorps.com

vCenter Configuration Manager for VI and OS Management 5.5 Training - Prerequisites

  • Experience in performing basic administration tasks on VMware vSphere® ESXi™ hosts, VMware® vCenter Server™, VMware vCloud® Director™, VMware® vShield™, and virtual machines
  • System administration experience in a Windows, Linux, or Solaris environment

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for VI and OS Management 5.5 training course outline includes:

Module 1: Course introduction
  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • vCenter configuration manager overview 

Module 2: Configuration, compliance, and change management
  • Provide a high-level overview of vCenter configuration manager and its position in the VMware management solution set
  • Discuss some of the common challenges customers face in IT configuration, compliance, and change management
  • Describe the key features of vCenter configuration manager and how they benefit IT departments managing configuration, compliance, and change 

Module 3: Components and processes
  • Understand the system architecture 
  • Describe and discuss the CARMA concept
  • Describe the database 
  • Describe the collector
  • Describe the processes 

Module 4: Configuration for virtual infrastructure systems
  • Identify and use vCenter configuration manager user interface components
  • Describe and configure management agents
  • Add and configure settings for vCenter Server, vCloud Director, and vShield systems
  • License vSphere systems 
  • Collect data from vSphere systems 
  • Manage certificates 
  • Setup an alternative managing agent machine 

Module 5: Basic administration and machines manager 
  • Manage UNIX®/Linux machines
  • Work with ignored machines and machine snapshots
  • Work with machine collection status and the machine collection log
  • Work with machine groups 

Module 6: Using the upper console View dashboards
  • View and manage alerts
  • Use change management in the virtual infrastructure
  • Use the Virtual Infrastructure node 

Module 7: Using the upper console on physical and guest OS machines 
  • Dashboards
  • Change management (for physical or guest operating systems)
  • Windows and UNIX remote commands
  • Overview of enterprise applications 

Module 8: Using the lower console on physical and guest OS machines 
  • Operating System node and subnodes
  • Security node and subnodes
  • Directory Services node and subnodes 

Module 9: VMware vSphere system compliance management
  • Describe compliance analysis 
  • Create a rule group
  • Create a rule group filter
  • Create a rule group compliance condition
  • Create and run a compliance template 

Module 10: Active Directory management 
  • Configure VCM for AD collections
  • Collect and analyze AD data
  • Work with AD compliance

Module 11: Working with reports
  • List vSphere system–related reports available in vCenter Configuration Manager
  • Generate custom reports with the Report wizard
  • Manage reports 

Module 12: Basic settings and configuration
  • Work with general settings
  • Configure settings for integration with vCenter Operations Manager and the vCenter Configuration Manager plug-in in VMware vSphere® Client™ Configure virtualization settings 

Module 13: Basic settings and configuration for physical and guest OS machines 
  • Work with general settings
  • Work with Asset Extension settings
  • Configure UNIX settings
  • Configure AD settings
  • Configure Windows settings 
  • Configure with vCenter Configuration Manager for AD
  • Configure for network authorities 

Module 14: Creating collection filters 
  • Describe collection filters 
  • Create collection filters
  • Create collection filter sets and collection filter set groups 

Module 15: User and role management 
  • Discuss how vCenter Configuration Manager access is controlled by access rules and roles
  • Create access rules and use them in a role
  • Manage access rules and roles
  • Add and manage vCenter Configuration Manager logins 

Module 16: Job management
  • Describe the function of the Job Manager
  • View a running job
  • Add a job
  • Schedule a job
  • Edit a job 

Module 17: Alert management 
  • Add anal alert rule
  • Discuss and input alert configuration 

Module 18: Patching for physical and guest OS machines
  • Describe the vCenter Configuration Manager Patching process
  • Access patching requirements for a machine group
  • Patch Windows machines 
  • Patch to UNIX/Linux machines 

Module 19: Operating system provisioning
  • Describe collection filters
  • Create collection filters
  • Create collection filter sets and collection filter set groups 

Module 20: Software provisioning
  • Describe software provisioning components and their relationship to one another
  • Build software packages with Package Studio
  • Configure a software repository
  • Configure Package Manager
  • Create a software package and provision it with vCenter Configuration Manager 

Module 21: Using the Content wizard 
  • Describe the Content wizard
  • Import and use imported templates

Module 22: Using the Import/Export utility
  • Describe the Import/Export utility
  • Discuss where the Import/Export utility is used 

Module 23: Using the Debug Event Viewer
  • Discuss how the Debug Event Viewer works
  • Describe how to filter events 

Module 24: Installing VMware vCenter Configuration Manager 
  • Prerequisites
  • Architecture (single-tier or multitier) 
  • Installation
  • Understanding and meeting preinstallation requirements
  • Installing vCenter Operations Manager Configuring vCenter Configuration Manager to gather data from its environment 

Module A: VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite update
  • Discuss the VMware management suite solution and products
  • List the key components and capabilities of the vCenter Operations Management Suite
  • Describe the main features available in each of the vCenter Operations Management Suite products and editions 

Module B: VMware vCenter Configuration  Manager v5.6 changes
  • Discuss changes in configuration of machine groups
  • Identify new features in managing changes and compliance in the virtual infrastructure
  • Improvements in internationalization of vCenter Configuration Manager
  • Generate new reports for the virtual infrastructure 

Module C: Integration with other products 
  • Identify use cases for integration of additional vCenter Operations Management Suite products 
  • Discuss integration with vCenter Operations Manager for group management 
  • Learn about new dashboard badges in vCenter Operations Manager
Keny White


Keny White is Professor of the Department of Computer Science at Boston University, where he has been since 2004. He also currently serves as Chief Scientist of Guavus, Inc. During 2003-2004 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Laboratoire d'Infomatique de Paris VI (LIP6). He received a B.S. from Cornell University in 1992, and an M.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


After working as a software developer and contractor for over 8 years for a whole bunch of companies including ABX, Proit, SACC and AT&T in the US, He decided to work full-time as a private software trainer. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Rochester in 2001. "What I teach varies from beginner to advanced and from what I have seen, anybody can learn and grow from my courses".


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