Enrolments: 238,595

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 7,138

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: 231,457

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

4,594 enrolled


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 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 ran over 5 weeks in October and November 2016.

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
Enrolled4,594 students

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Course Schedule


Week 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

Week 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

Week 3:

Virtual Storage

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

Week 4:

Advanced Operations

  • High Availability
  • Permissions
  • AV (vShield APIs)

Week 5:

Exam Week

16th-23rd November 2016

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

Question 1: Who presented the webinars?

The Webinars were presented 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.

Question 2: 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.

Question 3: Were there any prizes?

The 5 students who scored the highest marks in the final exam will be provided with 1 year of complimentary membership of the ITPA.

Question 4: Do I get a certificate if I complete the course?

As the official sitting period has now lapsed, no more certificates are able to be issued. You are still able to complete the exam for your own benefit and test your knowledge.

Question 5: 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.

Question 6: Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Successful completion of 3 live University Short Courses will award credit for an elective subject. Please note this course is NOT LIVE and will not qualify you for credit.

Question 7: What is the relationship between IT Masters and the IT Professional Association?

IT Masters is both a sponsor and passionate supporter of the ITPA.   

Question 8: Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No – all materials will be supplied to you.

Question 9: Were the sessions recorded?

Yes – the sessions were recorded and you will be able to access them by signing up.