Self-study VMware vSphere 5.5 Lab Rental + 232 Page Lab Guide, up to 29 Lab Tasks
ESXLab vSphere 5.5 remote lab environment

Self-study VMware vSphere 5.5 Lab Rental + 232 Page Lab Guide, up to 29 Lab Tasks

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  • Remote Hands-on vSphere 5.5 Lab Rental:Dedicated VMware ready Lab Rentals for vSphere 6.5 self-study and practice. Includes 232 page Lab Guide with up to 29 lab tasks.
  • Dedicated Labs:Your labs are available 24hrs/day during your lab rental period. Use them as much as you like to work through exercises or to experiment
  • Course Books Delivered as Unsecured PDFs:Your course books are delivered to you as unsecured PDF documents. You can copy them, print them and use them on any device you own
  • Course Books are Fully Personalized:Your name and e-mail address are discretely watermarked into your documents. Watermarks do not obscure actual content.
  • Get your new course books in minutes:Your course books are delivered to you via e-mail (typically within a few minutes of completing your order).

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ESXLab 5.5 Self-Study Lab Rentals

Dedicated, VMware ready Lab Rentals for vSphere 5.5 self-study practice. People rent our labs for many reasons including: VMware Certified Professional - DataCenter Virtualization certification exam preparation, to practice upgrading to vSphere 5.5, to safely learn new features and more. Our labs work perfectly with the following ESXLab courses:

  1. VMware vSphere 5.5 with ESXi and vCenter
  2. VMware vSphere 5.5 Boot Camp
  3. VMware vSphere 5.5 Advanced Administration

Each lab rental includes a copy of our VMware vSphere 5.5 with ESXi and vCenter Lab guide. Your Lab guide is delivered in digital / PDF format (discretely watermarked with their names and e-mail address) directly to you by e-mail. We need a minimum of one business day advanced notice to provision and release your labs.

What You Get
The success of your VMware self-study lab rental is our top priority. To guarantee you successful lab rental, we:

  • Release labs to you on your preferred starting date (subject to availability)
  • Provide you with always ready, dedicated labs that are available 24hrs/day for the duration of your rental
  • Provide e-mail support during your lab rental via our Trouble Ticketing system
  • Provide access via Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS / RDP) and via our HTML 5 compliant browser based interface

Why Rent our Labs?
People rent ESXLab's vSphere remote lab environments for many reasons:

  • Get hands-on lab practice before challenging the VMware Certified Professional - Datacenter Virtualization (VCP-DCV) certification
  • Practice labs suitable for Certified Virtualization Professional certification preparation
  • Build skill, knowledge and confidence needed to help you advance in your career
  • Practice upgrades, reconfiguration or other major changes in a non-production environment
  • Gain immediate access to fully functional labs (includes DNS, DHCP, AD, iSCSI, etc.) rather than trying to build everything yourself
  • Media images provided in your lab rental

Server Pod Configuration

A server Pod is a set of one or more virtual servers organized into a lab (we call a pod). We have sufficient facility to comfortably support 150+ learners concurrently - with no slow downs or resource contention. Our labs are dedicated to each customer (not shared) and are available 24hrs/day during the lab rental period.

Each server pod contains:

  • A remote Windows Server 2008 R2 desktop to access your lab environment (access via a web browser or RDP / RDS)
  • One or two virtual ESXi hosts with 4 CPU cores, 12+ GB of RAM and 150GB of local storage
  • An Active Directory server configured for the domain
  • Full DNS and DHCP services
  • An iSCSI SAN with 5 generously sized volumes (LUNs) for ESXi shared storage labs
  • A gateway router for full Internet connectivity
  • Professional hosting at our datacenter
  • Full support during your rental

Lab Tasks

Your included lab guide will provide detailed, step-by-step instructions for completing the following lab tasks:

  1. Install of ESXi 5.5 and perform post-install configurations
  2. Create, update Network Standard vSwitches. Use NIC Teams for performance and redundancy
  3. Define, connect to and browse NFS file shares. Create a Content Library and add ISO images
  4. Create a Virtual Machine and install a guest OS into the VM. Install VMware Tools into the VM. Add 3rd party tools and utilities to the VM
  5. Manually export a VM in Open Virtual Machine Format and then import it as a new VM
  6. Grow a system drive on a Windows VM. Grow a secondary volume on a Windows VM
  7. Install and configure the vCenter Server Appliance
  8. Configure vCenter's inventory views to organize inventory objects
  9. Configure and use VMware Web Client
  10. Work with Clones and Templates. Convert a VM into a template. Rapidly deploy new VMs from template. Copy VMs using cloning.
  11. Use guest OS customization to easily change the identity of a VM. Create, update and deploy VMs using Guest OS Customization Specifications
  12. Work with virtual disks. Hot add a secondary virtual disk. Grow a non-system volume. Grow a Windows system disk and increase it's partitions without the need for 3rd party tools
  13. Configure and test hotplug memory. Create multi-core vCPUs
  14. Work with vCenter permissions. Use and customize Roles
  15. Perform Physical-to-Virtual or Virtual-to-Virtual migrations with VMware Converter
  16. vCenter alarms for monitoring key infrastructure objects. Send SNMP traps to a trap receiver on high VM resource consumption
  17. Configure ESXi for iSCSI Storage Area Networks. Connecting to shared iSCSI storage
  18. Use Raw Device Maps to provide direct VM to SAN LUN connectivity. Configure and use your new RDM in a Windows Server VM (requires Boot Camp study guide add-on)
    (requires Boot Camp study guide add-on)
  19. Create, manage and monitor Resource Pools. Work with resource tuning settings.
  20. VM migration including Cold Migration, Storage Migration and VMotion
  21. Automated VM resource load balancing with DRS clusters
  22. Configure vSphere Power Management to dynamically manage ESXi host server capacity (requires Boot Camp study guide add-on)
  23. Use HA clusters to minimize VM down time due to server failures
  24. Use Fault Tolerance to configure a VM for 100% availability (requires Boot Camp study guide add-on)
  25. Use Host Profiles to set, validate and correct ESXi host configurations
  26. Hot replicate and restore VMs using VMware Replication
  27. Set up VMware Update Manager to patch/update ESXi host
  28. Perform advanced networking tasks including vSwitch security and Jumbo Frames (requires Boot Camp study guide add-on)
  29. Performance analysis and benchmarking storage and networking

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