Enrolments: 561,726

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 552,861

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: VMware vSphere 6 Masterclass

This short course is for administrators who are already comfortable setting up individual ESXi hosts, and configuring and maintaining VMs within. It explores some of the more advanced techniques required for operating in a highly-available enterprise environment.

The course was developed in partnership with the Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA) – an exciting industry association whose members are IT professionals aiming to advance the practice of information technology as a profession.

Pre-requisite knowledge

We expect that students will already have fundamental knowledge of servers, virtualisation (with ESXi), and networking. If you do not have this experience you will need to spend a bit more time building your knowledge before the course, especially installing and familiarising yourself with ESXi. We will provide a beginners forum where you can ask questions and get advice from experts in the community.

This short course is free to undertake. Please note that by signing up, you will also receive a free (associate level) membership to the ITPA.

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High-level short course where prior knowledge is likely required to get the most out of the course. Content may be at Masters level or cover part of a postgraduate subject
Duration5 Weeks
Enrolled6,188 students

Course Schedule

Module 1:

vSphere and vCenter

  • What’s new in vSphere 6
  • vSphere Licensing – recent changes
  • vCenter Component Breadkown
  • vCenter Deployment Options
  • Lab: IHome Lab Setup Options

Module 2:

Virtual Networking

  • Standard and Distributed switches overview
  • NIC teaming
  • Load balancing
  • Detecting and handling network failure
  • Network settings – an overview of advanced settings and their importance
  • Lab: Add networking to your lab environment

Module 3:

Virtual Storage

  • Storage protocols overview
  • FC/iSCSI
  • NFS: When, why, how
  • Multipathing
  • Lab: Create and connect to a virtual SAN

Module 4:

Advanced Operations

  • High Availability
  • Permissions
  • AV (vShield APIs)



A free open-book online test:

  • 40 Multiple Choice Questions – Pass Mark 50%
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Can be sat once, at any time in the week
  • Certificates awarded to those who pass during exam week

Course Information Q&A

Who presented the webinars?

This course was developed by Robert Hudson, the President of the Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA). Robert has worked in IT for twenty years and has experience in the Internet Provider, Media, Finance, Legal, IT Consulting, Finance, Manufacturing and Energy Management industries. In his current role, Robert is responsible for managing the IT Infrastructure across Asia Pacific for a multi-national corporation headquartered in Europe and is deeply involved in technology selection and IT policy definition for the global organisation in the areas of IT Infrastructure and security.

Robert holds a Master of Network and Systems Administration degree through IT Masters/CSU, and has held a number of technology certifications from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, and EMC.

Robert has been a member of SAGE-AU (now ITPA), a not-for-profit organisation representing IT Professionals in Australia, for fifteen years, serving as the organisation’s president since 2012.

What equipment and Software will I need to complete the Labs in the course?

Ideally you will have two computers for the labs. However, with a powerful enough computer you can install vSphere hypervisor in a vmware player/virtualbox VM.

Will the course qualify Professional Development Points” (PDPs) towards recognition as a “ITPA Certified Practicing Member”?

Provided you pass the assessment at credit level or above, completion of the course will qualify you for both entry into the ITPA Certified Practicing Member program and also for 10 of the 20 Professional Development Points” (PDPs) required to achieve ITPA Certified Practicing Member status.

Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and any available participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.