Review: The Complete VMware vSphere 6.5: Beginner to Advanced

If you want to understand virtualization in IT, you will come across VMware vSphere.

But what is VMware vSphere?

VMware vSphere — formerly known as VMware Infrastructure — is the brand name for VMware’s suite of server virtualization products that includes its ESXi hypervisor and vCenter management software. vSphere undergoes periodic revisions and updates to add features, modifications to the application program interface (API) and changes to the ESXi Shell.

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Simply put, VMware vSphere enables companies to virtualize their IT infrastructure. The need of a data center fully equipped with a lot hardware is no longer necessary. Enabling the transformation of a fully hardware stacked data center into a software defined data center (SDDC)*.

*An SDDC (software-defined data center) is a data storage facility in which all infrastructure elements — networking, storage, CPU and security — are virtualized and delivered as a service. Deployment, operation, provisioning and configuration are abstracted from hardware. Those tasks are implemented through software intelligence.

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I wanted to understand and learn how to use VMware vSphere – at my own pace. When I looked for beginner’s trainings, I found Udemy. Udemy is the leading global marketplace for learning and

Looking up VMware vSphere related courses, I found courses created and presented by the instructor Fettah Ben.

Most interesting for me was the two-part course The Complete VMware vSphere 6.5: Beginner to Advanced.

In part 1 you learn

Fettah Ben takes you step-by-step through VMware vSphere installation, configuration, operation and security processes.

At the beginning you need to get accustomed to his accent. English is only his third language. But once you started you can follow the course.

Update: I finally completed part 2.

In part 2, you learn about:

Having followed step by step thru all of VMware vSphere in close to 24 hours, in 240 lectures, I now understand virtualization better. But without being able or having the chance to putting my gained knowledge into practice, I am not ready to take on a virtualisation challenge. But I feel now more comfortable to participate in talks about the topic.

I am keen on putting my theoretical knowledge and understanding into practical work at some point.

I am not connected with Udemy, I am just keen on developing my understanding and knowledge of what you can achieve with virtualization in IT.


I am an entrepreneurial and innovative technical; presales; and customer success professional equipped with a Master’s in Business Administration. I am working as a Technical Account Manager at VMware Inc., Zweigniederlassung Deutschland. My early career with Novell involved a promotion to Presales Systems Engineer after having worked on a team of 4 anti-piracy, licensing and intellectual property specialists situated in legal.