I had the opportunity a few months ago to take the VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [6.5] class. The class was held at MicroTek Atlanta Training. The facility was very nice and not far from the hotel I stayed at for the week. The instructor was Brian Perry who is the Managing Partner with VUmbrella. He is a member of a very exclusive club VMworld Alumni Elite. Alumni Elite members (21) have attended every VMworld event and now have been given a free pass for life as long as they continue to go to each VMworld event and do not miss one.
The course is broken down into 11 sections. (You can get the outline from the course link above in the first paragraph) Going into this class after reading the outline I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough new material to justify taking this class in the first place. For experienced VMware admins this class is great because it allowed me to test drive many of the new feature of vSphere 6.5 before implementing in my lab. In my case, whether intentional or not, I had been exposed to many of the more advanced parts of this class through VMware Support requests. (Just a little training tidbit: If you can’t get your organization to pay for advanced VMware training, use VMware Support to get educated when you invariably have issues in your environment. Most of the techs are more than happy to explain to you the why behind the what. The other excellent resource is VMware Hands-On Labs which is free to everyone. If you need some free resources please refer to my previous article Top 13 Free VMware Training Resources)
Out of the 11 different sections the 4 sections on Optimization and the vCenter Server Availability and Performance were the best for me. The Optimization sections cover CPU, Memory, Storage, and Network. They especially get into the use of esxtop to troubleshoot and analyze your environment. Setting up vCenter HA in the class was a great experience and within a couple of weeks after attending this class it was setup in my production environment. Great Stuff!
The bottom line is that this class was great especially the instructor Brian Perry. After talking with Brian I think I found my next VMware training class. VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop . His description was that the instructor runs scripts to break various parts of vSphere and you have to fix it. What better way to learn is there?