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VCAP6 Deployment Lab Beta Exams: Expanded and Extended!

Hi Everyone,VCAP Beta Expanded and Extended!

I have good news to share with you: The VCAP6 Deployment Lab beta exams are being extended to additional Pearson Vue centers in North America and expanded to roughly 175 centers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Additionally, the beta end-date has been moved out to July 13th.

We still need people to take the beta exams so please click on the registration links below to get more information (available locations, dates, times) and to register using the beta discount.

We will continue to work closely with Pearson Vue to monitor and evaluate the performance of the beta exams and will take further action to expand the number of sites as the beta continues to go well.

One important note: to help people with the new interface and delivery platform we created the VMware Certification Platform Interface User Interface Guide. Among other things this guide will help you optimize the interface layout (when you take the exam) and make you aware of some security-related keystroke limitations (restricted in the Pearson VUE Centers). Please be sure to review at this guide before you take the test.

Thank you and good luck on your test!

Paul Sorensen

New Training Videos on vRealize, NSX, and vSphere

VMware Learning Zone subscribers get a year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts, including all our new releases, like these from the past month:

  • VMware vRealize Log Insight: The Benefits of VMware vSphere Integration
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight: Reference Architectures
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight: Using Event Trends
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight: Viewing Events in Context
  • VMware vSphere 6 Virtual Volumes: Part 2 – Demonstration
  • VMware NSX Backup and Restore: Overview
  • VMware NSX Backup and Restore: Components

These videos are available right now to anyone with an active VMware Learning Zone Standard or Premium subscription.

Want to be the first to know when new videos are released? Follow our #NewintheZone hashtag on Twitter.

Congratulations to all the new VCDXs!


VMWQ216-1_Edu_Social_Blog_600x300_6-23-16_JS_001The VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification is the highest level of certification that we offer at VMware. VCDX architects demonstrate that they have enterprise-class skills in both VMware Solution design and implementation. Please join us in congratulating the 2016 VCDX certification recipients thus far:

First VCDX Certification
Ryan Veino, 218
Christophe Charrier, 219
Thomas Vigneron, 220
Marius Holmsen, 221
Matthew Bunce, 222
Marco Van Baggum, 223

Second VCDX Certification
Christopher Slater, 102
Joe Silvagi, 175
Eric Shanks, 195
Scott Norris, 201

Third VCDX Certification
Matt Vandenbeld, 107   

A special shout out to Matt Vandenbeld for being the first person to ever obtain three VCDX certifications. Be on the look-out for our upcoming blog post that will feature Matt and his journey to becoming VCDX certified, not once, not twice, but three times! If you’re interested in starting your VMware certification journey, check out our Certification Paths.

Plan Now for VCDX Defense Dates this Fall

VCDX merchWe are excited to announce the fall VCDX Defense dates. As announced earlier, we are separating defenses for Data Center Virtualization (DCV) from the other three tracks.

  • Week of 24 October: VCDX5-DCV, VCDX5-DTM in Sydney, Australia
    • Applications are due 12 August
  • Week of 31 October: VCDX5-DCV in London, UK
    • Applications are due 19 August
  • Week of 7 November: VCDX5-DCV, VCDX5-CMA, VCDX5-DTM, VCDX5-NV in Palo Alto, CA
    • Applications are due 26 August

Dates are subject to changes/updates based on location availability or unforeseen issues. Candidates should never book travel until they have received an invitation to defend for the confirmed defense.

Please be sure to check out the VCDX calendar and subscribe for updates so you can always know of new events and changes to existing ones.

Updated Virtual SAN Book from VMware Press

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Here is a brief excerpt from the newly released Second Edition of Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN): Administrator’s Guide to VMware Virtual SAN by Cormac Hogan and Duncan Epping, VCDX #7 from VMware Press.

Introducing Virtual SAN

VMware’s plan for software-defined storage is to focus on a set of VMware initiatives related to local storage, shared storage, and storage/data services. In essence, VMware wants to make vSphere a platform for storage services.

Historically, storage was something that was configured and deployed at the start of a project, and was not changed during its life cycle. If there was a need to change some characteristics or features of the logical unit number (LUN) or volume that were being leveraged by VMs, in many cases the original LUN or volume was deleted and a new volume with the required features or characteristics was created. This was a very intrusive, risky, and time-consuming operation due to the requirement to migrate workloads between LUNs or volumes, which may have taken weeks to coordinate.

What Is Virtual SAN?

VSAN is a storage solution from VMware, released as a beta version in 2013, made generally available to the public in March 2014, and reached version 6.2 in March 2016. VSAN is fully integrated with vSphere. It is an object-based storage system and a platform for VM storage policies that aims to simplify VM storage placement decisions for vSphere administrators. It fully supports and is integrated with core vSphere features such as vSphere high availability (HA), vSphere distributed resource scheduler (DRS), and vMotion.

To continue reading purchase a print or ebook edition, or access it from your Safari subscription.

4 Ways to Save on Training and Certification at VMworld 2016 Europe

vmworld 2016 logoTake advantage of the training and certification programs at VMworld 2016 to gain experience, validate your skills, and learn to design, deploy, and operate the latest VMware technologies and solutions. Add any of these offers to your event registration and make the most of your VMworld 2016 experience.

1 – Save 25% off some of our best-selling classes, offered the week before VMworld:

  • VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2]
  • VMware vRealize Automation: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2]
  • VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]
  • AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Bootcamp

2 – Save 25% off our On Demand courses and complete your training when and where it’s convenient for you.

  • VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] On Demand
  • VMware vSphere: What’s New [V6] On Demand
  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] On Demand
  • Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage [V6] On Demand
  • VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6] On Demand
  • VMware vRealize Automation: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] On Demand
  • VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] On Demand
  • vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.8] On Demand
  • VMware Mirage: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] On Demand
  • VMware Horizon (with View): Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] On Demand
  • AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Configure and Manage On Demand
  • AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Configure and Deploy Integrated Solutions On Demand

3 – Get a year’s access to the VMware Learning Zone video library for just € 300.

4 – Save 50% off VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exams.

  • Bundle an exam voucher with your VMworld registration,
  • Register in advance at PearsonVue,
  • Or register onsite during the event.

3 Free eLearning Courses Released This Month

NEW Courses

In the last month VMware Education Services released three new eLearning courses:

Workforce Mobility Fundamentals [2016] – This free eLearning course starts by introducing end-user computing, then reviews the VMware Digital Workspace Portfolio components and the challenges they help resolve.

vRealize Automation Fundamentals [V7] – This free eLearning course demonstrates how you can use VMware vRealize® Automation™ to accelerate the delivery and ongoing management of business-relevant IT services.

Network Virtualization Fundamentals [2016] – This free eLearning course focuses on the technology area of network virtualization and security, and will target the VMware® NSX platform.

 

For more information about these or any of our other courses, or assistance developing a learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialist for your area.

VCAP6 Deployment Lab Beta Exams: Register Now!

Hi Everyone,

I am really excited to announce that registration for the the new VCAP6 Deployment Labs is available now through Pearson Vue, with a first appointment date of June 15, 2016.

The following Lab Exams are available now for registration:

Pre-Registration Notice – Limited-time Availability

This is a very special beta – the Pearson Vue platform and channel are both new – so we will be rolling the beta out in stages. The betas will be available for very limited time (only two weeks), limited to certain geographies (initially North America) and limited to certain testing centers (with proven bandwidth). Pearson Vue and VMware will be monitoring performance carefully and will expand or contract the beta as results come in.

Benefits of taking a VCAP6 Beta Exam?

  • Opportunity to be the first to preview and experience the new Pearson Vue testing engine.
  • Discount exam price – Beta exams are only $100 USD.
  • Become one of the first to experience the new lab exams and become VCAP6 *certified!
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses in the exam content at a significant discount.
  • Recertify by *upgrading to VCAP6.

We need experienced and qualified people to participate early and provide feedback. Some of you have been waiting a long time for the release of the VCAP6 Lab exams – here is your chance!

One last note – this post is a pre-registration notice and our marketing team won’t be sending out notices or updating the webpages until early next week. If you see something on the certification web page that has not been updated don’t be alarmed, just check back again early next week.

As always thank you and good luck on your test!

Paul Sorensen

*You all must meet pre-requisites and pass the beta exam in order to become certified

VCDX Defense Process Changes

VCDX merchWe are constantly talking to current and potential VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs) about ways to improve our processes in order to grow and strengthen the program. Out of those conversations, we have developed two process improvements that will go into effect immediately.

New Double VCDX Process

Over the past few months, we have been piloting a new approach for VCDXs submitting for a second, third, and (yet to be done by someone) fourth VCDX certification. After some trial and error, we have created a simple and fair process.

A VCDX has already proven they can design. They’ve proven they can present and defend against a rush of panel questions. They’ve already shown how they can think on their feet against a new scenario.

All they need to show is that they have the core competencies in the technology and design area in the solution track for which they are applying. To validate that competency, the process will be:

  • Submit your design.
  • A trio of panelists will review it to ensure it meets the same requirements as any other VCDX application.
  • Once approved, you will be scheduled for and attend a one-hour telephone conference call with three panelists.
    • On this call, you will present a short 5-10 minute presentation on your design, focusing on the core design elements related to the track you’re applying for.
    • The panelists will ask questions to determine your skill level and knowledge on that technology.
  • Once complete, the panelists will provide a score and you will receive your results.

This process will be implemented immediately, including for those who recently submitted applications.

The price for the call will be the same as an initial design review (US $300 – tentative to change).

 

Alternate Defense Option for Returning Candidates

In addition, we are also announcing a new opportunity for candidates who have attempted a defense, but did not pass. To help provide time and cost-savings for both the program and the candidate, if you failed your first defense, you now have the option of defending again remotely over video conference.

The defense process is the same – you will be held to the same standards and need to present, whiteboard, and answer questions just as if you were in-person – but it will be done remotely, and (as much as possible) with the same panel from your first attempt.

The remote defense will be held over a video conferencing application, such as WebEx, where the candidate and panelists will be able to see each other, the candidate can whiteboard for all to see, and the same conversations can take place, albeit over headphones.

You may also decide to defend again in-person if you prefer. All first-time candidates will still be required to defend in-person.

 

We hope these changes will remove the barriers some candidates have, and help us continue to grow and support the VCDX program.