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Why Get Certified in Network Virtualization?

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 3.28.37 PMNetworking – the profession and the technology – has evolved quickly. And demand for virtualization is expected to grow so networks are as agile as compute. It is now a necessity to limit hardware-centric infrastructure and increase agility, flexibility and heightened security with network virtualization.

If you work on the network in any capacity, earning VMware certifications will re-enforce your credibility, as well as provide leverage for job and salary negotiations. Let’s break it down – a virtualization certification can benefit you by:

  • Building on existing knowledge
  • Developing highly sought-after skills
  • Positioning yourself as networking expert
  • Increasing your value to the business

In this eBook, you’ll learn more about the benefits of virtualization, hear from top networking professionals about the importance of certification, and find out how you can take your career to the next level.

Where in the World are VCAPs, The Changing IT Landscape, and 2 New Training Courses

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Where in the World are VCAPs? [Infographic]
Where in the World are VMware Certified Advanced Professionals? Answer: everywhere! Check out this blog post for our detailed infographic highlighting the geographical location of VCAPs.

The IT Landscape is Changing: Are you Ready
This blog post discusses ways organizations and IT professionals can prepare and fully embrace the changing IT landscape.

Two vRealize Courses Now Open for Registration
Last month we announced two new instructor-led training courses covering components of the VMware vRealize product suite. Get the details in this blog post

 

VMware Certification Spotlight
Please give a huge round of applause to the following people who earned a VMware Certification last month:

We know there are more people who recently earned a VMware certification. If you would like to be spotlighted in the future, be sure to tweet out which certification you earned and add the hashtag #vmwcertified. You can also check out #vmwcertified on Twitter for the latest list.

VCAP5 Exam Retirements Suspended – Registration Remains Open

VCAPSince we announced the retirement of the remaining VCAP5 exams in late March, we have heard from quite a number of you who have requested additional time to prepare for and take those exams. Additionally, we are still working on the development and refinement of the VCAP6 exams (which will replace VCAP5), so these new exams have not yet been released in production.

In light of your requests and still-pending VCAP6 exam releases, we are suspending the retirement of the following exams:

VCAP5 Design Exams:

VCAP Lab Exams:

Registration for these exams will remain open. We will not plan to retire them until approximately 30 days after the VCAP6 exams become available. Once the VCAP6 exams go live in production, we will make a detailed retirement announcement for these VCAP5 exams. In the meantime, we hope that those of you who would like to up-level your certification from VCP to VCAP5 will take advantage of this opportunity.

For training or exam information, detailed certification requirements or additional program information, please visit the VMware Education homepage. If you have more specific questions or concerns please contact the Certification Support team.

Thank you!
Paul Sorensen

New Courses covering NSX, Horizon 7 and more

NEW CoursesVMware Education Services continually releases new courses designed to grow your skills so you can exploit the opportunities provided by VMware technologies. New this month:

VMware NSX: Troubleshooting and Operations [V6.2]

This course teaches you to troubleshoot and operate a VMware NSX® deployment by isolating problems and identifying resolutions through a systematic process.

VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage for NSX Standard Edition [V6.2] – On Demand

This On Demand Course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX™ Standard Edition, including logical switching and logical routing.

Horizon 7: Troubleshooting and Performance Optimization v7

This lab-intensive course teaches you to troubleshoot, identify, analyze, and solve a broad range of issues associated with the View component of VMware Horizon® 7.

Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage v6.1 On Demand

This On Demand course teaches experienced VMware vSphere admins how to install, configure, and manage VMware Site Recovery Manager™ 6.1, as well as how to write and test disaster recovery plans.

vRealize Log Insight: Fundamentals [V3.0]

This free eLearning course describes how to install, configure, and use VMware vRealize™ Log Insight™ V3 to collect and analyze logs, and how it can be integrated with other solutions to monitor, troubleshoot, and secure a data center.

 

For more information or for help developing a learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialist for your area.

Save on Training & Certification at VMworld US 2016

vmworld 2016 logoTake advantage of our special training and certification offers at VMworld 2016 US to hone and validate your skills on the latest VMware technologies and solutions:

  • Save 25% off our best-selling classes offered the week before VMworld.
  • Save 25% off our On Demand course and complete your training when and where it’s convenient for you.
  • Get a year’s access to the VMware Learning Zone video library for just $500.
  • Save 50% off VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exams.

The training and certification programs we offer during VMworld US 2016 are designed to help you realize the full value from your VMware investments by building the skills and experience to design, deploy, operate your VMware platform and evolve your organization.

Add any of these offers to your VMworld US 2016 registration and make the most of your experience.

Get Special “Rough Cut” Access to New Official Cert Guides

Want a preview of the official VMware certification exams study guides before they hit the presses? “Rough Cuts” from VMware Press are now available through Safari. Rough Cuts are manuscripts that have been developed, but not yet published. They allow you to get access to the newest information on various topics and let you interact with the author to influence the final publication.

VMware Press recently released Rough Cuts for the following Official Cert Guides:

vSphere 6 Foundations Exam Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-620)
vSphere 6 Foundations Exam Official Cert Guide is the only VMware approved guide for the new vSphere 6 certification exam. The guide is written by one of VMware’s leading instructors, Bill Ferguson. It is filled with different visuals, tables, figures, screenshots, and practice exam questions to arm you with all the information you need to know to prep for the 2V0-620 exam.

VCP6-NV Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-641)
The VCP6-NV guide dives into all aspects of installing, configuring, and administering NSX virtual networking in any environment and with any architecture. NSX expert, Elver Sena Sosa provides tips, best practices, templates, and different tools that will be valuable to all experienced VMware professionals involved in NSX network virtualization, whether they’re currently preparing for the exam or not. You can find this guide here.

VCP6-DCV Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-621), 3rd Edition
The VCP6-DCV Guide covers all of the main topics that will be on the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) #2V0-621 exam. The guide is a collaborative effort from VMware experts John A. Davis, Steve Baca and Owen Thomas. They share tips, information on the exam subjects, and help you to determine which aspects of the exam you need to study further. Start studying now. 

Get access to any of Rough Cut guides by logging onto Safari. If you do not have an account, claim a free 10 day Safari trial here.

Attend VMware Expert Forum for just €999 – Offer ends soon!

Don’t miss the introductory €999 registration rate to VMware’s Expert Forum.

The Expert Forum goes beyond the standard content of classroom training, giving you a unique opportunity to engage with experts for a practical deep dives and networking with like-minded peers.

The experts engaged in the workshops are industry recognised in their field, and have extensive hands-on experience from supporting customers around the world. Each session will be run in a collaborative environment to promote and encourage active participation and involvement, so you get the most value from your time participating.

Core sessions will cover vSphere infrastructure and storage, NSX, End-User computing/mobility, plus

  • Workload Protection vSphere Availability Choices
  • vROPS 6.x The Undiscovered Country
  • vRealize Automation Advanced Extensibility Workshop
  • Leveraging the Power of NSX
  • The Journey of Virtual San
  • and more.

Register by May 13 to get the discounted rate.

VMware NSX & Horizon 7 Troubleshooting Beta Classes in June

BETA ClassesTwo beta training classes are scheduled for 20-24 June in San Jose, California:

VMware Horizon 7: Troubleshooting and Performance Optimization – During this five-day, hands-on course you will gain the advanced knowledge, methodology, and ability to troubleshoot the View component of VMware Horizon® 7. You will increase your skills using VMware and third-party tools to analyze and solve problems associated with a View implementation. This lab-intensive course offers a comprehensive environment to test your skills at identifying and solving a broad range of issues.

VMware NSX: Troubleshooting and Operations [V6.2] – This hands-on training course teaches you the advanced knowledge, skills, and tools to operate and troubleshoot a VMware NSX® 6.2 environment. You will learn how to identify various types of technical problems and solve them through a systematic process using operational, management, and troubleshooting tools.

 

VMware Beta courses let you participate in finalizing the near complete course, while saving 50% off the list price. Space is limited, so register early.

To receive an email notification when future Beta courses are released sign up here.

Q&A from our Virtual SAN Webinar

Virtual SAN is always a popular topic in our webinar series, and during last week’s What’s New in VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 Senior Technical Instructor Javier Menendez answered a lot of questions from the audience. Here is a small sampling, and you can hear the rest in the recording.

Q: If one needs HA Failover, then do we need at least four ESXi hosts in that case?
A: Virtual SAN should be combined with HA even with three hosts. With three hosts, if a host crashes, the VMs affected will be restarted by HA in a different node. The reason why four hosts is better than three is simple. If a four hosts exists, not only you have more flexibility but besides that, the data lost in one of the hosts can be rebuilt on a fourth host.

Q: How does Virtual SAN deal with split brain?
A: With Virtual SANs, that is the role of a witness. If a VM is a mirror, it has two submirrors and a witness. You need majority to continue to operate. Aka, if host1 can’t see host2 and these are the two with the two submirrors of a VM, the one that can access the witness first wins.

Q: Is there a performance hit using thin provisioning on the swap files?
A: Not a good idea to use thin provision if memory is overcommitted. The virtual swap files always exist if the VM is running but if you don’t overcommit memory, you are not swapping; hence not writing to the swap object or reading from them.

Q: If you have a 3 host ESx Virtual SAN can you have a failure of one host and still keep the VM guest running?
A: In a three node cluster, assuming that a virtual machine is using the default policy (FTT=1; aka a 2-way mirror), the VM will either continue to run or be restarted by HA depending on which host crashes. For example, if it was running on the first server, it will continue to run (no downtime) if the second or third host fails. If the first one fails, the virtual machine will crash since it was using CPU and RAM from that host, but then HA will restart it in either the second or third since the VM was redundant.

Q: I am new to Virtual SAN, I would like to clarify if I need an SSD to create a Virtual SAN or can I use only magnetic disks?
A: Flash drives are always needed. Either for caching purposes only (the hybrid model) or both cache and capacity (all-flash model).

Q: Can Virtual SAN “intelligently” migrate high IOP machines to flash while keeping less demanding VMs on slower disks?
A: All the machines reside in the capacity tier, while the cache tier is used to improve the performance of all of the virtual machines.

Q: Can ESXi hosts be boot-to-SAN and use SAN LUNs for the storage presented to the cluster?
A: The idea is to use ESXi hosts with local drives for Virtual SAN; not LUNs on a physical storage area network.

Log Insight and Admission Control Videos added to the Learning Zone

SEM_Banner_LearningZone_300x250_V1SEM_Banner_LearningZone_440x230_V1VMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts. This subscription includes all the latest videos we release each month, like these two new series covering vRealize Log Insight and vSphere Admission Control.

VMware vRealize Log Insight by Steve Flanders

  • Creating a Log Insight Cluster
  • Constructing and Saving Queries
  • Configuring Log Insight Agents Server-Side
  • Performing a One-Time Configuration
  • Configuring Archiving
  • Configuring Active Directory
  • Planning a Deployment

VMware vSphere Admission Control by Matt Vandenbeld 

  • Overview
  • Understanding “Define Failover Capacity by Static Number of Hosts”
  • Understanding “Use Dedicated Failover Hosts”
  • Understanding Percentage-Based Admission Control
  • Understanding Slot Sizes

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

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