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, 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)

"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)

"I feel confident after the Firebrand training in all areas of knowledge competency needed to attempt the CRISC exam. Thank you."
Masarrat Shaikh, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. - ISACA CRISC Certification (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) (3 days) (25/7/2017 to 27/7/2017)

"Firebrand takes care of my training needs end to end, including logistics, counselling and even invoicing support. The trainings I attended were always delivered by experienced people that know what they are talking about. Thumbs up!"
Rafael R. M.. - ISACA CRISC Certification (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) (3 days) (25/7/2017 to 27/7/2017)

"Firebrand works on their commitments and take due care for participants. They provide original material and competent instructors."
M.B.. - ISACA CRISC Certification (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) (3 days) (25/7/2017 to 27/7/2017)

"The course is very interesting and will help you improve your knowledge and skills in different types of domains."
Nasser AlNasri, Etihadrail Company. - (ISC)2 CISSP Boot Camp (7 days) (4/10/2015 to 10/10/2015)

"Firebrand is the best learning experience in Dubai."
Anonymous - (ISC)2 CISSP Boot Camp (7 days) (1/6/2014 to 7/6/2014)

"Firebrand Training is the key to success for this CISSP exam, If you attend this program and get time to review and do many hours, you will pass."
Anonymous - (ISC)2 CISSP Boot Camp (7 days) (1/6/2014 to 7/6/2014)

"I had great time in class. Met new friends and learned few more tactics to understand the situations."
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"Firebrand was a one stop shop for all our training needs. We were met with courtesy and professionalism from the sales stage through logistics and the training itself. Excellent group of professionals, that know the score when it comes to appropriate training methodologies. We look forward to future classes with Firebrand."
J.A. - ISO 27001 Lead Auditor (3 days) (19/2/2014 to 21/2/2014)

"The trainer is extremely knowledgeable.The course is extremely scientific. Firebrand helps to get the certification with proper guidance"
Debomitra Banerjee, Tata Consultancy Services. - AXELOS PRINCE2® 2017 - Foundation & Practitioner (3 days) (13/2/2014 to 15/2/2014)

"Good. The trainer was very good."
Anonymous - AXELOS PRINCE2® 2017 - Foundation & Practitioner (3 days) (13/2/2014 to 15/2/2014)

"My trainerl is an experienced trainer and he put in his best efforts to make sure everyone understands everything needed to carry out practical day-to-day work."
Mohanram C Seshadri. - AXELOS PRINCE2® 2017 - Foundation & Practitioner (3 days) (13/2/2014 to 15/2/2014)

"Firebrand is one of the most professional training I ever been to"
Saad Alharbi, University of Taibah. - Project Management Institute (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)® (4 days) (9/2/2014 to 12/2/2014)

"The course is very informative with a lot of good material; any student that attends needs to prepare for long days and nights for study. I feel very confident in the material that I received while attending this course. The instructor was very knowledgeable on the subject matter, approachable, and had a great sense of humour. I will attend Firebrand training if I need a good understanding on any other training needs I may have in the future. "
Sheldon Jackson, Student. - Project Management Institute (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)® (4 days) (9/2/2014 to 12/2/2014)

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"guys you are the best in the training field."
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"I will definitely recommend Firebrand to my colleagues for future training. The CISM training I attended from Firebrand was good. The trainer was extremely good and having very good knowledge and command in the subject. It was an excellent opportunity to know more about the enterprise security management concepts through this course and I would like to rate the trainer 9 out of 10. "
PK Unnithan, Schlumberger. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (24/11/2013 to 27/11/2013)

"CISM Instructor have deep knowledge in the security domain, and help to understand the concept other than exam oriented."
Fenil Raphy Payyappilly. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (24/11/2013 to 27/11/2013)

"The instructor is very knowledgeable. He made the course very interesting with his real life experience."
John Wong. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (24/11/2013 to 27/11/2013)

"The facilities provided are excellent."
Aji Yadima, NNPC. - Cisco CCNA (Routing & Switching) Certification (7 days) (16/11/2013 to 21/11/2013)

"Not only the certification one can get, also working through with experienced instructor to get exposure on Cisco networking devices. I will recommend Firebrand as one of the top trainers one can get."
Sanusi Yerima, NNPC. - Cisco CCNA (Routing & Switching) Certification (7 days) (16/11/2013 to 21/11/2013)

"this training enriched my knowledge about project management "
Anonymous - Project Management Institute (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)® (4 days) (17/11/2013 to 20/11/2013)

"Good training, Knowledgeable and experienced instructor. Etisalat Academy in Dubai is a quiet place to study and stay. Labs time is open time for trainees. I recommend the training for security professionals."
Anonymous - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (29/9/2013 to 3/10/2013)

"The Instructor is probably the most knowledgeable guy in the Security field with immense amount of experience. The way he trains his students is simply brilliant as he explains what is what and why along with the concept also maintaining a light mood in the hall. "
Ankit Satsangi. - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (29/9/2013 to 3/10/2013)

"Good focused Course Material with knowledgeable, experienced as well as forthcoming Instructor. Facility is just the right kind of environment for such course. discussions and insights from Trainer, Course participants representing varied backgrounds and industry made it a great learning experience. "
Intakhab Shah, Saudi International Petrochemical Company. - Six Sigma Green Belt (5 days) (20/10/2013 to 24/10/2013)

"Instructor is well aware of the topics and an expert. He encourages interaction which improves the learning experience. "
G.B, Saudi International Petrochemical. - Six Sigma Green Belt (5 days) (20/10/2013 to 24/10/2013)

"Great way to learn in isolation, away from daily routine, excellent method used to transfer knowledge."
Narayan Iyer, El Seif Engineering Contracting Co Ltd. - Six Sigma Green Belt (5 days) (20/10/2013 to 24/10/2013)

"If you're lucky enough to get this instructor, you can look forward to a fun, insight filled and thoroughly rewarding 5 days. My third time at Firebrand, first time outside the UK, and another great training experience. "
F.M. - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (29/9/2013 to 3/10/2013)

"The Firebrand Black Belt course was intense and far exceeded my expectations. I learned the practical application of the tools and techniques in the real world through exercises and case study. If you want more than just a certification and want to learn HOW to apply the knowledge and skills to improve your Company... then go with Firebrand!"
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Raza Khan, ATIC. - Six Sigma Black Belt (5 days) (13/9/2013 to 17/9/2013)

"Training by Firebrand; you can pass the exam as well as get insight of the best practices "
Anonymous - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (25/8/2013 to 28/8/2013)

"This was a very intensive course, where we were working 14 hrs or so each day. A dedicated, energetic and knowledgeable lecturer still made the course very interesting and practical. Also the service from the local Firebrand office in Dubai was very expedient and helpful. "
Mindor Sjastad, DNV. - Project Management Institute (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)® (4 days) (18/8/2013 to 21/8/2013)

"Professional, friendly and very knowledable of the subject. Instructor was happy to help and assist throughout the course."
Ali Abdel-Hafiz. - AXELOS PRINCE2® 2017 - Foundation & Practitioner (3 days) (10/2/2013 to 12/2/2013)

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 and exams on your return). 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 +971 4 3199019 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 Certification Programs includes

  • 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 **
  • Near site testing, Transportation to/from Testing Center are provided ***
  • Accommodation, all meals, unlimited beverages, snacks and tea / coffee****
  • Examination Passing Policy

Please note

  • * Not on all courses
  • ** Examination vouchers are not included for the following courses: PMP, CAPM, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC and CISSP CBK Review
  • *** Not included in our PMP, CAPM, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, or ITIL Managers and Revision Certifications
  • **** Accommodation not included on the CISSP CBK Review Seminar

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.

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.

Interested? See prices or call +971 4 3199019