Course details

This fast-paced, extended-hour, lab-intensive course includes the content of the VMware vSphere: Manage for Performance and VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting courses. This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to make fundamental design decisions that enhance performance and meet performance goals in a deployed VMware vSphere™ installation. This course also provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve competence in troubleshooting the vSphere virtual infrastructure.

Target Audience

System administrators, systems engineers, consultants, or help desk personnel who need the knowledge, skills, and abilities to troubleshoot performance, configuration, or operational problems in vSphere deployments.


  • At the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:
  • Use vSphere tools to monitor the performance of VMware ESX™/ESXi hosts
  • Diagnose performance problems relating to CPU, memory, network, and storage on an ESX/ESXi host
  • Apply guidelines for monitoring application performance
  • Use the VMware vSphere Client and command-line utilities to diagnose and rectify ESX/ESXi, VMware vMotion™, VMware Storage vMotion, VMware High Availability, VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler, and virtual machine power-on problems
  • Use ESXi technical support mode to diagnose and rectify problems on ESXi
  • Create and use a network packet capture utility to capture and display virtual switch network traffic

Course Outline

  • Manage for Performance Modules
  • Course Introduction
  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Performance in a Virtualized Environment
  • Discuss the vSphere performance troubleshooting methodology
  • Discuss software and hardware virtualization techniques and their impact on performance
  • Monitor performance using vCenter Server performance charts and the ESX/ESXi resxtop command
  • CPU Performance
  • Discuss the CPU scheduler and other features that have an impact on CPU performance
  • Monitor key CPU performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common CPU performance problems
  • Memory Performance
  • Discuss memory reclamation techniques and memory overcommitment
  • Monitor key memory performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common memory performance problems
  • Guidelines for DRS and Resource Controls 
  • Discuss performance guidelines for DRS clusters, resource pools, and resource allocation settings
  • Network Performance
  • Discuss the performance features of modern network adapters
  • Monitor key network performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common network performance problems
  • Storage Performance
  • Discuss how storage protocols, VMware vStorage VMFS configuration, load balancing, and queuing affect performance
  • Monitor key storage performance metrics
  • Troubleshoot common storage performance problems
  • Virtual Machine Performance
  • Discuss guidelines for configuring a virtual machine for optimal performance
  • Application Performance
  • Discuss tools and guidelines for application performance
  • Troubleshooting Modules
  • 1 Course Introduction
  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • ESXi Command-Line Troubleshooting Methods
  • Install and use the VMware vSphere Management Assistant
  • Learn common vSphere command-line interface commands and syntax
  • Configure ESXi technical support mode and Secure Shell (SSH) access
  • ESX, ESXi, and vCenter Server Log Files
  • View ESX, ESXi, and vCenter Server log files
  • Configure a centralized ESX/ESXi log host
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Identify and configure vNetwork components
  • Configure and use a network traffic packet capture utility
  • Management Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshoot vSphere management components
  • Storage Troubleshooting
  • View, configure, and diagnose storage-access problems
  • Configure iSCSI authentication and digests
  • vMotion Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshoot vMotion and Storage vMotion errors
  • VMware Infrastructure Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshoot DRS cluster errors with shares, pools, and limits
  • Troubleshoot VMware HA cluster errors with slot calculations, admission control, and host monitoring
  • Review virtual machine power-on requirements
  • Troubleshoot virtual machine power-on failures

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