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Seven Steps for Getting Started with Desktop Transformation

Physical desktop architectures can be an obstacle to end-user mobility, but cost concerns and fears about complexity stop many organizations from embracing desktop and application virtualization.

This brief from the VMware Horizon team offers seven steps you can follow to ease some of these concerns, plus quick customer stories from companies like NetApp, Metro Health Hospital, and Hartlepool College.


Download the complete brief or visit the VMware End User Computing blog for more on this topic.

Share your IT Experience — Start with the IT Skills and Salary Survey

What’s in store for the future of IT? These days, we’re told everything changes quickly. But doesn’t it feel like everything changes just a little more quickly for those of us at the front lines of IT?



As you expand your knowledge base with VMware Training, VCP certifications, and other skills-building activities, it’s a great idea to think about other ways to future-proof your career. You can start by understanding where you are as an IT professional now: your skills, your knowledge, your value.


Take the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Survey! Your response, along with those of 10,000 other IT professionals, will inform the 10th Annual IT Skills and Salary Report, to be published in Spring 2017. There, you’ll learn about industry salary trends and the most sought-after skills in the business.


Complete the short survey now —  it only takes 10–15 minutes to fill out. Please complete before October 21.

VMworld 2016 US Highlights

Just like that, VMworld 2016 US is in the books! With over 23,000 attendees from 83 countries and 400+ sessions, it’s safe to say it was another great year. Check out some of VMware Education Service’s favorite moments and highlights below:



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Our jam-packed Breakout Sessions presented by top VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) including Linus Bourque, Javier Menendez, and Brett Guarino, were a hit! The sessions covered a number of different topics from troubleshooting Horizon to vSphere tips & tricks. 

Several of the more popular sessions will be repeated at VMworld 2016 Europe. You can check them out in the Content Catalog here and register here.




Education Services Lounge


It was great to meet everyone that came by our Education and Certification Lounge in the VM Village! The lounge hosted several theatre sessions each day, which focused on troubleshooting, automation and certification information. Catch the replays of our live stream videos on our VMware Education Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. We also gave away awesome prizes for VMware Certified attendees!  

We’ll be in the VM Village again at VMworld 2016 Europe, so make sure you stop by and see what we’ve got going on.   




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The two VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) events are always a big hit at VMworld. The day started off with a VCDX Workshop designed to help candidates prepare for the VCDX application and defense process. There will be another Workshop held at VMworld 2016 Europe, but space is limited so register soon if you’re interested.


In the afternoon, the focus changed to a Town Hall for current VCDXs to share opinions on the future of the program, ask VCDX Alpha Pat Gelsinger questions on VMware’s direction, and get insights on coming technology from a panel from the Office of the CTO.  



If you missed anything at VMworld 2016 US, you can catch up at VMworld 2016 Europe in Barcelona, Spain from October 17th – October 20th! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get training, education and industry insights from top experts in the IT field. We can’t wait to see you in Barcelona!

Become a VMware Identity Manager Expert in this 9/29 Webcast!

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If you’re using Workspace ONE and you’ve got questions about the VMware Identity Manager, we’ve got the webinar for you! Join Máté Barany, Technical Instructor for VMware’s AirWatch Education Services, on September 29 at 8am PDT (11am EDT) for a full introduction to configuration and application management using VMware Identity Manager.

During the webinar, we’ll cover:

  • An overview of the VMware Identity Manager product
  • Deployment options
  • Configuration settings within Identity Manager and AirWatch portals
  • Application management

Register today and join us on the 29th for this exciting webinar! We look forward to seeing you there.


New Courses Covering vRealize, NSX, and more

NEW CoursesVMware Education Services releases new courses and delivery methods throughout the year. Last month we released four new training options covering VMware NSX, vCloud Director, Virtual SAN, and vRealize Operations Manager. 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.

VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.2] – On Demand
In this course, you will focus on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN™ 6.2. You will learn how Virtual SAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center. You will gain practical experience with Virtual SAN concepts through the completion of hands-on lab exercises.

VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals [V8.x]
This free eLearning course overviews cloud computing and explains the solutions offered by VMware. Next, you will look at the architecture, components, and installation and configuration of vCloud Director. Finally, you will gain an understanding of the administrative and end-user tasks and network administration in vCloud Director.

VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] – On Demand
This five-day course, designed for experienced VMware vSphere® users, teaches you how to use VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ as a forensic and predictive tool. Based on VMware ESXi™ 6, VMware vCenter Server® 6, and vRealize Operations Manager 6.2, this course includes instruction on advanced capabilities, including customization and management.

VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.2]
This comprehensive, fast-paced training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX®. This course addresses NSX as a part of the software-defined data center, implementation use cases and features of NSX, and functionality operating at layer 2 through layer 7 of the OSI model.

New VCA6-NV Exam Available

VCATwo weeks ago I got to tell you about three new exams we released, and today I get to tell you about another one!

Based on VMware NSX v6.2, the VMware Certified Associate 6 – Network Virtualization (VCA6-NV) exam (#1V0-642) will validate your ability to identify the technical requirements for managing a VMware NSX 6.2 environment and aligning them with the products and solutions that meet those requirements. This online exam is now available for registration at PearsonVue.

With this release, we will be retiring the older VCA6-NV exam (#1V0-604) on October 15, 2016.

VCAP5 Exam Retirements

I’ve previously written about our VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams based on vSphere 5. Based on your feedback we modified our original retirement plan for these exams, to keep them live until after the release of the GA version of the VCAP6 exams.

I’m happy to say that those exams have been released, so we are going to move forward with retiring these older exams:

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)
    Exam #VDCA550
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
    Exam #VDCD550
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert — Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV)
    Exam #VCXN610

We will stop taking new registrations for these exams after October 31, 2016. If you are making a new exam appointment, you must schedule it before November 30, 2016.

If you have specific questions or concerns please contact the Certification Support team.

Network Virtualization: New Skills for a New Era

Networking has continually evolved to reflect new technology capabilities and changing demands – it’s always moving toward the future. And virtualized networks is the next step. To get the most out of network virtualization project, you’ll need to learn more about it and stay up to date on the most current and important technologies.

This infographic explains why there’s never been a better time to discover network virtualization and move ahead of the rest.


2 New Books Help You Get VCP6-DCV Certified

Our official book publishing partner, VMware Press, has just released two new titles designed to help you pass the two exams required to earn your VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) certification. These Official Cert Guides are designed and written to help you master the concepts and techniques that lead to exam success.

vSphere 6 Foundations Exam Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-620)

This book combines quizzes and exam prep drills with a through review of each topic and objective covered on the exam to help you succeed.  VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) Bill Ferguson shares preparation hints and test-taking tips to help you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills.The material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.


VCP6-DCV Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-621), 3rd Edition

This book gives you with an organized test-preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. Quizzes open each chapter and help you determine how much time to spend on each. The book focuses specifically on the objectives for the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) #2V0-621 exam. Leading VMware consultants, trainers, and data center experts John A. Davis, Steve Baca, and Owen Thomas share preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills.

Update to VCIX Program

The VMware Certification Program is committed to helping candidates get the most value from their VMware certifications. As part of the enhancements we announced last December, we updated the program structure and paths to include VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 (VCIX6).

For candidates who earn both a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) Design and Administration/Deployment certification in the same technology track, the VCIX6 will be awarded as a special designation instead of a separate certification. This is a significant achievement, and we want to recognize those who earn both Design and Admin/Deploy certifications through a designation that can be shared and displayed for others and that allows us to combine credentials representing a complete overview of your advanced skills.

To upgrade from a VCAP5, complete the alternate VCAP6 certification. For instance, a VCAP5-DCA plus a VCAP6-DCV Design would earn you the VCIX6 designation.

The VCIX6 special designation will be complete within your certification transcript once it’s enabled within Certification Manager.

In the case of the Network Virtualization track there is not a Design exam available at this point so you will earn the VCIX6 designation by achieving the VCAP6-NV Deploy certification only.