This quick reference page provides a summary of the specifications of this topology.
The procedure for implementing the VMware vSphere ICM pod varies, depending on the version of the course being used.
Please be aware of the robust server requirements that are necessary in order to run nested virtual machines. Review the virtual machine server recommendations.
VMware vSphere ICM Pod v6.0
VMware vSphere ICM Pod v5.5
VMware vSphere ICM Pod
In the NETLAB+ pod design for the VMware IT Academy vSphere Install, Configure, Manage Course (ICM) course, all lab components are 100% virtualized (i.e. ESXi-in-ESXi) to achieve a high pod to physical host ratio, at a significantly lower cost point relative to traditional delivery of vSphere ICM. Using virtualization and the sharing and scheduling capabilities of NETLAB+, each student (or team of students) has access to their own set of virtual equipment, which they may maintain exclusive use of throughout the course.
NETLAB+'s use of virtualized lab components results in a significant cost reduction by allowing several pods to run simultaneously on one physical server (final ratio to be determined). This cost reduction can open up the possibility of participating in the VMware IT Academy Program for many organizations who would be unable to afford it otherwise.
A description of the virtual machines in the pod is provided in the table below.
|esxi-1||Virtualized ESXi server.|
|esxi-2||Virtualized ESXi server.|
|san||Virtualized Storage Area Network server.|
|vclient||A virtual Microsoft Windows XP workstation that runs the VMware vSphere client.|
|vcenter-1||A virtual Microsoft Windows Server that runs an instance of VMware vCenter server.|
The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) provides virtual machine templates to install on the pod.
To request access to the preconfigured virtual machine templates from CSSIA: