VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) - Only 5 Days

Four 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 trained and certified faster. Learn more on this 5-day accelerated course. You'll get at least 12 hours a day of quality learning time in a distraction-free environment
  2. Your VMware® vSphere 5.5 course is all-inclusive. One simple price covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals – so you can focus on learning
  3. Pass VMware® vSphere 5.5 first time or train again for free. Your expert instructor will deliver our unique accelerated learning methods, allowing you to learn faster and be in the best possible position to pass first time. In the unlikely event that you don't, it's covered by your Certification Guarantee
  4. Study VMware® vSphere 5.5 with an award-winning training provider. We've won the Learning and Performance Institute's "Training Company of the Year" three times. Firebrand is your fastest way to learn, with 65.217 students saving more than one million hours since 2001

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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, 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)

"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)

"Grundsätzlich war der Kurs sehr zufriedenstellend und professionell abgelaufen. Trotz anfänglicher Probleme bei der Prüfungsanmeldung werde ich sehr gerne wieder einen Kurs bei Firebrand besuchen, falls ich die Möglichkeit dazu bekomme!"
Tobias Spaniol, HZD Hessische Zentrale für Datenverarbeitung. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (24.8.2015 to 28.8.2015)

"Sehr gute Betreuung und hohe Kompetenz des Dozenten. Danke sehr! Räumlichkeiten optimal!"
Volker Hess, Norfrost GmbH 6 Co. KG. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (24.8.2015 to 28.8.2015)

"Kuze Weg im Trainingszentrum - sehr gut. Meister im Sagen von wenigen Worten, aber maximale Wissensübertragung :-)"
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (20.4.2015 to 24.4.2015)

"A good guided course."
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (20.10.2014 to 24.10.2014)

"Viel Arbeit, viel Wissensgewinn, wie erwartet."
JH. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (18.8.2014 to 22.8.2014)

"Sehr gelungenes Konzept. Sehr gute Versorgung und Infrastruktur!"
VB, Hügli Nahrungsmittel GmbH. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (2.6.2014 to 6.6.2014)

"Die Ausstattung des Labs ist gut. Der Kurs hat die erwarteten Bereiche gut abgedeckt. Sehr guter Trainer!"
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (17.3.2014 to 21.3.2014)

"Viel Stoff, lange Schulungstage, aber gut vermittelt. Gut geeignet um eine Zertifizierung anzustreben"
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (17.3.2014 to 21.3.2014)

"Alles Bestens! Prima Schulungslocation, tolles Lab und ein sehr guter VMware Trainer!"
GR, RiECon IT GmbH. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (17.3.2014 to 21.3.2014)

"Sehr gut!"
Michel Quennoz. - VMware® vSphere 5.5 (VCP) (5 days) (17.3.2014 to 21.3.2014)

"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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (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] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (19.10.2015 to 23.10.2015)

"Intensive, focused training."
M.D.H.. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (19.10.2015 to 23.10.2015)

"Mit entsprechendem Vorwissen und Erfahrung bekommt man hier in kurzer Zeit das notwendige Wissen, um die Prüfung zu bestehen."
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (5.12.2016 to 9.12.2016)

"Unterbringung war super, Lernstoff wird schnell durchgezogen, man sollte Vorwissen mitbringen."
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (20.6.2016 to 24.6.2016)

"Sehr guter Kurs."
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (20.6.2016 to 24.6.2016)

"Gute Erfahrung, man kann 24 Stunden lernen und üben, netter und gut ausgebilderter Instructor."
Mohamed Haithem Snoussi, Circ IT GmbH & Co.KG. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (20.6.2016 to 24.6.2016)

"Der Kurs hat viel Spaß gemacht und es wurde alles gut vom Trainer erklärt."
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (20.6.2016 to 24.6.2016)

"Gutes Hotel und schneller Kurs zum Ziel. Hat Spaß gemacht und konnte innerhalb von ein paar Tagen viel lernen."
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (14.3.2016 to 18.3.2016)

"Vielen herzlichen Dank für dieses Training. Es war wirklich viel Stoff und die Zeit war knapp. Trotzdem fühlte ich mich gut betreut und die Unterkunft sorgte für die notwendie Entspannung."
Robert Schmidt, selbständig. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (14.12.2015 to 18.12.2015)

"Ein sehr intensives, interessantes und gewinnbringendes Training."
Anonymous - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (14.12.2015 to 18.12.2015)

"Der Kurs war sehr gut. Der Trainer hat den Stoff verständlich rüber gebracht."
Emmanuel Jabola, T-Systems Schweiz AG. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (19.10.2015 to 23.10.2015)

"100% Vollgas"
TS. - VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] (VCP Intensivkurs) (5 days) (19.10.2015 to 23.10.2015)

"Firebrand has a great concept and takes care of everything. Great trainer make this program well worth the money!"
Felix Ritscher. - (ISC)2 CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional (7 days) (23.10.2017 to 29.10.2017)

"Excellent Training, will come back to Firebrand!"
Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Siram, European Space Agency. - (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) (6 days) (16.10.2017 to 21.10.2017)

"Full power cloud security - one week good for a month of knowledge!"
O. K.. - (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) (6 days) (16.10.2017 to 21.10.2017)

"Intense and rewarding training. The instructor was very knowledgeable on the subject. I have recommended Firebrand Training to my colleagues. "
Maik Ellinger. - (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) (6 days) (16.10.2017 to 21.10.2017)

"A very good group, homogenous, good level of knowledge. Nice hotel, good food. "
Anonymous - Project Management Institute (PMI)® Program Management Professional (PgMP)® (3 days) (4.10.2017 to 6.10.2017)

"Great support during training and good location."
Anonymous - ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM Zertifizierung) (4 days) (25.9.2017 to 28.9.2017)

"Very good and motivating lectures."
Anonymous - (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) (6 days) (25.9.2017 to 30.9.2017)

"Our instructor was an excellent trainer. Both very much knowledge and very good at explaining concepts."
Myles Boddy. - ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM Zertifizierung) (4 days) (25.9.2017 to 28.9.2017)

"Fast, focused, phenomenal. Thank you Firebrand!"
Janos Zsolt Szemberi. - ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM Zertifizierung) (4 days) (25.9.2017 to 28.9.2017)

"Great experience with a lot of learning material. I would recommend at least some basic preparation."
F. S.. - (ISC)2 CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional (7 days) (4.9.2017 to 10.9.2017)

"Good way to study and refresh your memory directly before taking the exam."
Anonymous - (ISC)2 CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional (7 days) (4.9.2017 to 10.9.2017)

"Great course."
C. W.. - ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA Zertifizierung) (4 days) (28.8.2017 to 31.8.2017)

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 0720-880599 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 0720-880599.

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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