VMware vSphere: What's New [V8]

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2 Days

12 CPD hours

This course is intended for

System architects, system administrators, IT managers, VMware partners, and individuals responsible for implementing and managing vSphere architectures who want to deploy vSphere 8.0 into their existing vSphere environment.


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
Recognize the importance of key features and enhancements in vSphere 8.0
Describe vCenter Server, VMware ESXi, storage, virtual machine, and security enhancements in vSphere 8.0
Describe the purpose of vSphere Distributed Services Engine
Update an ESXi host equipped with a Data Processing Unit (DPU) using vSphere Lifecycle Manager
Identify devices supported for system storage on ESXi 8.0
Recognize enhancements to VM hardware compatibility settings
VMware vSphere Memory Monitoring and Remediation and the improvements to vSphere DRS
Recognize the new Virtual Non-Uniform Memory Access (vNUMA) topology settings of a VM in vSphere Client
Use vSphere Lifecycle Manager and Auto Deploy to manage the configuration specifications for the hosts in a cluster
Recognize the vSphere Lifecycle Manager and Auto Deploy enhancements in vSphere 8.0
Recognize the cloud benefits that VMware vSphere+ brings to on-premises workloads
Recognize technology that is discontinued or deprecated in vSphere 8.0


In this two-day course, you explore the new features and enhancements following VMware vCenter Server 8.0 and VMware ESXi 8.0. Real-world use-case scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere 8.0.

Course Introduction
  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Describe how device groups support AI and ML in vSphere 8
  • Describe how device virtualization extensions support AI and ML in vSphere 8
vSphere Distributed Services Engine
  • Describe the benefits of Distributed Services Engine
  • Explain how Distributed Services Engine works
  • Recognize use cases for Distributed Services Engine
  • Install ESXi on a host equipped with a DPU
  • View DPU information in vSphere Client
  • Add an ESXi host equipped with a DPU to a cluster
  • Update an ESXi host equipped with a DPU using vSphere Lifecycle Manager
  • Create a vSphere Distributed Switch for network offloads
  • Add a host with a DPU to the vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Configure a VM to use Uniform Passthrough Mode
vSphere and vCenter Management
  • Review the improvements to the communication between vCenter and ESXi hosts
  • Review the enhancements to the vCenter recovery process
ESXi Enhancements
  • Describe the function of the central configuration store in ESXi
  • Explain how ConfigStore affects your interaction with ESXi configuration files
  • Recognize the supported system storage partition configuration on ESXi 8.0
  • Identify devices supported for system storage on ESXi 8.0
  • Configure an RDMA host local device on ESXi
vSphere Storage
  • Describe the vSAN Express Storage Architecture
  • Recognize the benefits of using vSAN Express Storage Architecture
  • Describe the benefits of using NVMe
  • Recognize the support for NVMe devices in vSphere
Guest OS and Workloads
  • Review the enhancements of the latest virtual hardware versions
  • Describe the features introduced with virtual hardware version 20
  • Create a snapshot of a VM with an NVDIMM device
Resource Management
  • View energy and carbon emission metrics in vRealize Operations Manager
  • Describe the VMware vSphere Memory Monitoring and Remediation (vMMR) functionality
  • Describe how vMMR enhances the performance of vSphere DRS
Security and Compliance
  • Describe how to handle vTPM secrets when cloning a VM
  • Manage OVF templates for VMs that are configured with vTPM
  • Deploy an OVF template with vTPM
  • Describe the enhancements to trusted binary enforcement in ESXi
  • Describe ESXi 8 enhanced security features
vSphere Lifecycle Manager
  • Describe the enhancements to life cycle management of standalone ESXi hosts
  • Manage the configuration profiles of ESXi hosts in a cluster with vSphere Lifecycle Manager
  • Use Auto Deploy to boot a host with the desired image and configuration specifications
  • Upgrade multiple ESXi hosts in a cluster in parallel
  • Stage an ESXi host image prior to remediation
Auto Deploy
  • Manage custom host certificates using Auto Deploy
vSphere with Tanzu
  • Describe the features of the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 2.0 offering
Announcing vSphere+
  • Describe the functionality and benefits of vSphere+
Training Insurance Included!

When you organise training, we understand that there is a risk that some people may fall ill, become unavailable. To mitigate the risk we include training insurance for each delegate enrolled on our public schedule, they are welcome to sit on the same Public class within 6 months at no charge, if the case arises.

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