VCP-DCV for vSphere 7.x

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9+ Hours of Video Instruction

Almost 10 hours of video designed to help you prepare to pass the VMware Professional vSphere 7.x exam, which is a key requirement for earning the VCP-DCV certification. This course is also advantageous to those who want to learn how to implement, configure, and manage a vSphere environment or those preparing to take another Data Center Virtualization qualifying exam.


Earning the VCP-DCV certification demonstrates that you can implement, configure, manage, and support virtual infrastructure and clouds built on VMware vSphere 7. It demonstrates that you understand the components, features, and use cases for vSphere 7. The major step for earning VCP-DCV is to pass the Professional vSphere 7 exam. This course is designed to help you achieve exam success! It provides details on the exam objectives as stated in the exam blueprint, as well as technical detail, explanations, and real-world examples. At the end of each lesson is an end-of-lesson quiz to test your understanding of the concepts discussed.

Throughout this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of VMware vSphere 7 and how to use it to implement virtual compute infrastructure, virtual storage infrastructure, and virtual network infrastructure. You learn how to optimize host clusters and provide high availability for VMs to protect against hardware, storage, and network infrastructure issues. You learn how to monitor virtual machines and vSphere components and how to perform day-to-day operations and maintenance.

At the end of the course, you will not only be able to engage in knowledgeable discussions involving vSphere 7 but also will be well on your way to passing the Professional vSphere 7.x exam and be that much closer to VCP-DCV certification.

About the Instructor

John A. Davis, an independent contractor and senior integration architect at MEJEER, LLC, became a VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) and VMware Certified Professional (VCP) in 2004. Since then, all of his work has focused on VMware-based technologies. He has experience in teaching official VMware curriculum in five countries and delivering VMware professional services throughout the United States. Recently, his work has involved designing and implementing solutions for hybrid clouds, cloud automation, disaster recovery, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). He has authored several white papers and co-authored the VCP6-DCV Cert Guide and the VCAP5-DCA Cert Guide (VMware Press). He holds several advanced certifications, including VCAP5-DCA, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DTD, VCAP5-CID, and VCIX6-NV. He has been a vExpert since 2014. He is author of the and can be found on Twitter @johnnyadavis.

Skill Level
  • Intermediate/Advanced
Learn How To
  • Best prepare for the VCP-DCV 7.x exam
  • Implement, configure, and manage a vSphere environment
  • Install ESXi and vCenter Server
  • Configure SSO
  • Leverage storage infrastructure with vSphere
  • Manage virtual storage infrastructure for your VMs
  • Provide virtual network infrastructure for your VMs
  • Keep everything secure in vSphere
  • Use the various vSphere resources and tools
  • Deploy, modify, and use VMs
  • Use Virtual Machine File Structure and VM Snapshots
  • Upgrade VMware Tools and VM virtual hardware
  • Migrate virtual machines, both hot and cold
  • Clone VMs
  • Upgrade vSphere and implement Lifecycle Management best practices
Who Should Take This Course
  • Anyone hoping to pass the VCP-DCV 7.x exam<
  • A person with 6-12 months of hands-on experience implementing, managing, and supporting a vSphere environment, including knowledge of storage, networking, hardware, security, business continuity, and disaster recovery concepts
  • Current and prospective IT professionals such as system administrators, infrastructure administrators, and virtualization engineers
Course Requirements
6-12 months of hands-on experience implementing, managing, and supporting a vSphere environment, including knowledge of storage, networking, hardware, security, business continuity, and disaster recovery concepts

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson 1, “Exam Details and General Recommendations,” focuses on the exam itself, including the purpose and requirements of the VCP-DCV certification, delivery options, the number of exam questions, and the objectives, resources, and recommendations.

Lesson 2, “vSphere Overview, Installation, and Integration,” starts with what the major pieces and editions of vSphere are, and the requirements for implementing vSphere. Then we cover vSphere in SDDC and hybrid clouds followed by vSphere integration with other VMware Products. Lesson 2 explains how to install ESXi as well as vCenter Server. Next, it covers Single Sign-on and how to configure it, and then covers the initial vSphere configuration.

Lesson 3, “Storage Infrastructure, Configuration, and Management,” deals with storage infrastructure. By the end of this lesson, you will have a good understanding of how to leverage storage infrastructure with vSphere and how to manage virtual storage infrastructure for your VMs.

Lesson 4, “Network Infrastructure, Configuration, and Management,” teaches you how to provide a virtual network infrastructure for your VMs. The lesson starts with network terminology and then delves into virtual switches, including vSphere standard switches and vSphere distributed switches. Next, the lesson covers VMkernel virtual adapters, TCP/IP stacks, networking policies, port allocation, binding, mirroring, network IO control, private VLANs, LACP support, and finally, managing hosts with vDS.

Lesson 5, “vSphere Security,” starts with vSphere certificates, including the key vSphere components that manage certificates and custom certificates. It then moves into vSphere Authentication and Single Sign-on (SSO). vSphere permissions, including default and custom roles, are next, and then security, which includes ESXi security, vCenter Server security, network security, and VM security.

Lesson 6, “Cluster Configuration, Resource Management, and Optimization,” covers vSphere DRS, which provides load balancing and VM happiness; vSphere DRS rules and resource pools, which controls VM placement and resource usage; and vSphere high availability and HA response. Other vSphere availability features are discussed, including vCenter Server HA, using performance charts, as well as other resource usage tools. This lesson also provides details on vSphere alerts and vSphere logging.

Lesson 7, “Managing vSphere Services and Virtual Machines,” provides many “how-to” steps for daily management and operational procedures involving vSphere inventory, virtual machine configuration and use, virtual machine file structure and VM snapshots, virtual machine upgrades, and virtual machine migrations. This lesson specifically focuses on two migration types: vMotion and Storage vMotion. Next, we cover virtual machine cloning and templates, the Content Library, vSphere upgrades and lifecycle management, and vCenter Server monitoring and management.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. VCP-DCV for vSphere 7.x: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Exam Details and General Recommendations
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Certification Purpose and Requirements
    3. 1.2 Exam Purpose and Logistics
    4. 1.3 Exam Objectives Details – Part 1
    5. 1.4 Exam Objectives Details – Part 2
    6. 1.5 Exam Preparation Resources
    7. 1.6 Exam Preparation Recommendations
  3. Lesson 2: vSphere Overview, Installation, and Integration
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 vSphere Editions, Components, and Topology
    3. 2.2 vSphere Requirements
    4. 2.3 vSphere in SDDC and Hybrid Clouds
    5. 2.4 vSphere Integration with Other VMware Products - Part 1
    6. 2.5 vSphere Integration with Other VMware Products - Part 2
    7. 2.6 Install ESXi
    8. 2.7 Install vCenter Server
    9. 2.8 Single Sign-On Configuration
    10. 2.9 Initial vSphere Configuration
  4. Lesson 3: Storage Infrastructure, Configuration, and Management
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Traditional Storage and Software Defined Storage
    3. 3.2 Datastore Types
    4. 3.3 Storage Multipathing
    5. 3.4 VMFS and NFS Datastore Configuration and Management
    6. 3.5 vSphere Storage Integration and Storage Policies
    7. 3.6 vSAN Characteristics, Features, Limitations
    8. 3.7 vSAN Requirements, Fault Domains, Considerations
    9. 3.8 vSAN Installation, Configuration, and Management
    10. 3.9 vVOLs
    11. 3.10 Storage DRS and SIOC
  5. Lesson 4: Network Infrastructure, Configuration, and Management
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 Network Terminology
    3. 4.2 vSphere Standard Switches
    4. 4.3 vSphere Distributed Switches
    5. 4.4 VMkernel Virtual Adapters and TCP/IP Stacks
    6. 4.5 Networking Policies
    7. 4.6 Port Allocation, Binding, Mirroring
    8. 4.7 NIOC, DirectPath, SR-IOV
    9. 4.8 Private VLANs
    10. 4.9 LACP Support
    11. 4.10 Manage Hosts with Distributed Switches
  6. Lesson 5: vSphere Security
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 vSphere Certificates
    3. 5.2 vSphere Authentication and Single Sign-On (SSO)
    4. 5.3 vSphere Permissions
    5. 5.4 ESXi Security
    6. 5.5 vCenter Server Security
    7. 5.6 vSphere Network Security
    8. 5.7 Virtual Machine Security
    9. 5.8 Encrypted Virtual Machines and Encrypted vMotion
  7. Lesson 6: Cluster Configuration, Resource Management, and Optimization
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 6.1 vSphere Clusters and Services Overview
    3. 6.2 vSphere DRS
    4. 6.3 vSphere DRS Rules and Resource Pools
    5. 6.4 vSphere HA
    6. 6.5 vSphere HA Response, Admission Control, and Options
    7. 6.6 Other vSphere Availability Features
    8. 6.7 Using Performance Charts and Other Resource Usage Tools
    9. 6.8 vSphere Alerts
    10. 6.9 vSphere Logging
  8. Lesson 7: Managing vSphere Services and Virtual Machines
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 7.1 vSphere Inventory
    3. 7.2 Virtual Machine Configuration and Use
    4. 7.3 Virtual Machine File Structure and Snapshots
    5. 7.4 Virtual Machine Upgrades
    6. 7.5 Virtual Machine Migrations
    7. 7.6 vMotion
    8. 7.7 Storage vMotion
    9. 7.8 Virtual Machine Cloning and Templates
    10. 7.9 Content Library
    11. 7.10 Advanced Virtual Machine Management
    12. 7.11 vSphere Upgrades and Lifecycle Management
    13. 7.12 vCenter Server Monitoring and Management
  9. Summary
    1. VCP-DCV for vSphere 7.x: Summary

Product information

  • Title: VCP-DCV for vSphere 7.x
  • Author(s): John A. Davis
  • Release date: November 2021
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0137667795