VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) - Only 5 Days

Seven reasons why you should sit your VMware® vSphere 5.5 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 VMware® vSphere 5.5. 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 65,217 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  7. You'll do more than study VMware® vSphere 5.5 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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Here's the Firebrand Training review section. Since 2001 we've trained exactly 65,217 students and asked them all to review our Accelerated Learning. Currently, 96.56% have said Firebrand exceeded their expectations:



"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 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."
M.D.H.. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (5 days) (19/10/2015 to 23/10/2015)

"This is my 5th courses here at Firebrand. The teaching standard is excellent across the board. I look forward to returning for my change management course. Firebrand have ignited my passion for learning at this accelerated pace."
Jennifer Hamling-Hills, Orangutan Project Management. - Data Protection GDPR Practitioner - General Data Protection Regulation (3 days) (13/11/2017 to 15/11/2017)

"Great class. I would recommend the course to anyone."
Eric Lee, Itsoha. - Data Protection GDPR Practitioner - General Data Protection Regulation (3 days) (13/11/2017 to 15/11/2017)

"It was a great experience. Definitely would recommend the course."
Junaid Shakoor, Perspective Publishing Limited. - Microsoft Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 (3 days) (11/11/2017 to 13/11/2017)

"During my time at Firebrand I have felt welcomed, respected and comfortable. I would wholeheartedly recommend the instructors and the Compita A+ & N+ course to anyone looking for an introduction into the IT world."
Bhavesh Patel, Inntel. - CompTIA A+ & Network+ (7 days) (6/11/2017 to 12/11/2017)

"The training at Firebrand is excellent, the instructors have a very wide knowledge of IT Systems and even beyond that. All courses I have been on were set out clearly, well delivered and I was never made to feel left out or lost at any point. If ever I was confused, The instructors did an excellent job at explaining things in a way that was possible for me and others to understand."
Anonymous - CompTIA A+ & Network+ (7 days) (6/11/2017 to 12/11/2017)

"The content was in depth and explained well."
Nick Burgess, ABP. - CompTIA Network+ Certification and Training (3 days) (10/11/2017 to 12/11/2017)

"The course was very understanding and clear. The teacher had a great sense of humor, which made the course more interesting. I feel I have learnt a lot over the past few days here."
Josh Miles, CIS LTD. - CompTIA Network+ Certification and Training (3 days) (10/11/2017 to 12/11/2017)

"I found the whole experience very good. It was new to literally living at the training centre and purely focus on this, but I think this works really well. Can't fault anything to do with the training centre or the trainer, who was exceptional."
Andrew Martin, Pennine. - Microsoft Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015 (3 days) (9/11/2017 to 11/11/2017)

"Very good course and instructor, mixed course details with real life experience."
Anonymous - Microsoft Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015 (3 days) (9/11/2017 to 11/11/2017)

"Good facilities, great instructor, great food. No complaints"
Daniel Lemmon, Aviva. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017)

"Firebrand is a well run organisation. The training was excellent and the accommodation very comfortable."
Helen Dove, Aviva. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017)

"Very insightful and enjoyable course. Tutor was really good, great at explaining everything and very approachable. The facilities on site were great too, and the unlimited coffee was also a bonus!"
Ryan Lay. - CompTIA A+ (4 days) (6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017)

"Real world training with plenty of practical examples and not entirely focused on teaching to pass exams."
Kristofer Donaghy. - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (6/11/2017 to 10/11/2017)

"Very happy with the training and trainer."
Jamie Ridings, Bartec Paper & Packaging LTD. - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (6/11/2017 to 10/11/2017)

"Firebrand delivered a well administered, focused training environment with excellent Instruction delivered. Administration was 100% good and accommodation of a high standard. Training resources ideal. An excellent course experience which I would recommend."
Cathy Sareker, MOD. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017)

"A great way to get away from all the "noise" and focus on the training."
Nick Tuppen, BOAML. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017)

"A worthwhile and rewarding experience. High quality training, well organised at a quality location."
David Owen, Aviva. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017)

"Great end to end an experience. Instructor mixed text book with real life examples, bringing the subject to life."
Dom Lucas. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017)

"An extremely valuable and thorough course. Great experience!"
Richard Diston, Fir4. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (6/11/2017 to 9/11/2017)

"An intensive course but still managed to go through all material."
Anonymous - Microsoft Core Solutions of Skype for Business 2015 (3 days) (6/11/2017 to 8/11/2017)

"The course allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge in such a short space of time. The trainer was very informative and helpful, I feel like I got the most out of my time here. Would recommend this course to anyone who wants to build a foundation of knowledge in software testing."
Anonymous - ISTQB Firebrand's Training for ISTQB's Foundation Software Tester Certification (2 days) (6/11/2017 to 7/11/2017)

"Firebrand training is an exceptional resource that I would recommend to anyone who is looking to obtain a professional certification."
J.D.. - ISACA CISA Certification (4 days) (30/10/2017 to 2/11/2017)

"The instructor was great and lead me through the material effortlessly and inspiring confidence in the final result."
B.D., dunnhumby. - The Open Group TOGAF® 9 certified training (Level 1&2) (3 days) (3/11/2017 to 5/11/2017)

"Intensive training, well taught. I have now done 3 courses at Firebrand and have found all of value"
Dominic Foster, Raytheon UK. - The Open Group TOGAF® 9 certified training (Level 1&2) (3 days) (3/11/2017 to 5/11/2017)

"Intensive training , well taught# I have now done 3 courses at Firebrand and have found all of value"
Wendy Carr, HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY. - The Open Group TOGAF® 9 certified training (Level 1&2) (3 days) (3/11/2017 to 5/11/2017)

"The Location is perfect, quiet and peaceful. Great experience."
Dave Palmer, Capgemini. - Microsoft Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (2 days) (4/11/2017 to 5/11/2017)

"Firebrand have a clear mission to assist you with their capacity to teach. They are very customer friendly at the Centre and always try to help. AAA+++"
Simon Korie, NA. - Microsoft Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (2 days) (4/11/2017 to 5/11/2017)

"The compact learning structure is beneficial for contractors who want to minimize their time away from the office."
Randy Perkins-Smart, Perkins-Smart Consulting. - The Open Group TOGAF® 9 certified training (Level 1&2) (3 days) (11/9/2017 to 13/9/2017)

"The instructor made the course accessible and interesting."
Matthew Ottley, Manuli Hydraulics UK Ltd. - Microsoft MCSE: Server Infrastructure (6 days) (30/10/2017 to 4/11/2017)

"The trainer had good hands-on experience of the product, which made the course interesting."
Thomas Thomas, Diyar United Co. - Microsoft MCSE: Messaging (Exchange 2016) (6 days) (2/10/2017 to 7/10/2017)

"Excellent trainer. "
J.PK, Diyar United Company. - Microsoft MCSE: Messaging (Exchange 2016) (6 days) (2/10/2017 to 7/10/2017)

"My level of knowledge of SQL was null when I started the course, after the first three days I had a basic idea of how to use TSQL to write queries, although the second part of the course was really advance for a beginner, it was really good explained and I was able to understand most of it and will keep in the future. Didn't pass the first test and I did not do the second test. "
Merce Bauza Cerezo, HEE. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Database Development (6 days) (30/10/2017 to 4/11/2017)

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, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, CISSP CBK Review and CSX Practitioner Level 1,2 and 3
  • *** On site testing is not included for our PMI, GIAC, CSX Practitioner or ITIL Managers and Revision Certification Courses.
  • **** Accommodation not included on the CISSP CBK Review Seminar

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