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3 New Certification Exams for VCAPs and VCAs

The VMware Certification program has been working hard all summer on new exams. We’ve announced several over the past few weeks, and that streak continues with three more today!

Two VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 Exams

You can now schedule these exams at participating PearsonVue testing centers, and they will also be offered for 50% off at the onsite Certification Exam Center at VMworld 2016 (US and Europe).

We are currently working through the beta exam rescore process now for the VCAP exam, and expect to have test scores out in the next week.

One VMware Certified Associate 6 Exam

This online exam can be taken at your convenience from your own laptop. The current exam will be retired on 30 September 2016.

How to Select an HCI

A hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) offers your organization several benefits by collapsing storage, compute, networking and management. But like any new technology, picking the best solution involves comparing vendors across a standard set of criteria. VMware recommends focusing on five key characteristics:

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By ranking and evaluating HCI solutions against each of these criteria, you can choose the option that meets your needs but still allows for future growth. Our free buyers guide PDF goes into more detail on each of these five areas – and even provides a worksheet you can use during your research phase. Check it out today.

VCAP6-CMA Deploy Beta Exam Closing Soon

VCAPWe still need a few more people to take the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation Deployment (3V0-633) Beta Exam.This exam will be available at the $100 beta discount rate only through September 3, 2016.

More information on how to prepare for this exam is available here and you should also review the VMware Certification Platform Interface User Interface Guide. This guide reviews the new interface and delivery platform and will help you optimize the GUI layout when you take the exam. There are some security-related keystroke limitations that you need to be aware of so be sure to review at this guide before you take the test.

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Going to VMworld? Reserve Your Seat for Education Breakout Sessions.

8/22 Update: Repeat Sessions Added for our Hottest Topics

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 1: CPU & RAM – INF8780
Repeat Session: Tuesday, August 30th at 4:00pm – 5:00pm

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 2: Disk & Network – INF8701
Repeat Session: Tuesday, August 30th at 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Troubleshooting 101 for Horizon – EUC8243
Repeat Session: Thursday, September 1st at 10:30am – 11:30am

Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks for the Real World – INF8755
Repeat Session: Thursday, September 1st at 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Advanced NSX Troubleshooting: Tips & Tricks for Experienced Users – NET8680
Repeat Session: Tuesday, August 30th at 12:30pm – 1:30pm


We are just one month from kicking off VMworld 2016 US! If you are registered to attend, the VMworld 2016 US Schedule Builder is your pass for getting a seat at the hottest sessions, labs, demos and discussions. It’s very easy to get started:

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  1. Go to Content Catalog and browse for sessions of interest
  2. When you spot a session you’d like to pre-register for, click +
  3. If you’re not already logged in, you’ll be prompted for your VMworld account credentials

You can see all your reserved sessions by clicking the calendar icon in Content Catalog. You can also click the star to save a session as a favorite and come back later.

Be sure to check out these sessions delivered by the VMware training and certification team.

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 1: CPU & RAM – INF8780
Presenters: Jon Loux and Carl Paterik
Monday, August 29th at 11:00am – 12:00pm

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 2: Disk & Network – INF8701
Presenters: Jon Loux and Brett Guarino
Monday, August 29th at 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Troubleshooting 101 for Horizon – EUC8243
Presenters: Linus Bourque and Joe Cooper
Tuesday, August 30th at 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks for the Real World – INF8755
Presenter: Javier Menendez
Wednesday, August 31st at 8:30am – 9:30am

 Advanced NSX Troubleshooting: Tips & Tricks for Experienced Users – NET8680
Presenters: Tim Burkard & Stephen DeBarros
Wednesday, August 31st at 8:30am – 9:30am

Day 2 Automated Operations with vRealize Automation 7 and the Event Broker Services, A Deep Dive – MGT9184
Presenters: Carl Paterik and Brett Guarino
Wednesday, August 31st at 11:30am – 12:30pm

Troubleshooting VSAN 6.2: Tips & Tricks for the Real World – STO8750
Presenter: Javier Menendez
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Taking Back the Desktop – EUC8853
Presenter: Linus Bourque
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:00pm – 3:00pm PST

 Architecting VSAN for Horizon – the VCDX Way! – EUC8648
Presenters: Ray Heffer and Simon Long
Tuesday, August 30th at 2:30pm – 3:30pm PST

An Architects Guide to Designing Risk: The VDCX Methodology – INF9048
Presenters: Daemon Behr
Wednesday, August 31st at 1:00pm – 2:00pm PST

On the Front Line: A VCDX Perspective Working in VMware Global Support Services – SDDC7502
Presenters: Panel Discussion
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:30pm – 3:30pm PST

Learning in the Cloud: VMware Education’s New Enterprise Learning Subscription – SDDC8945-QT
Presenters: Steve Haft & Damian Wraa
Sunday, August 28th at 2:00pm – 2:30pm

VCAP6-DTM Design Exam Now Available

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Last month I announced the availability of the first three VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 (VCAP6) certifications. Today I get to announce a fourth one:

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Design (VCAP6-DTM Design)

You can now schedule the exam for any date after August 22, 2016 at participating PearsonVue testing centers. This exam will also be offered for 50% off at the onsite Certification Exam Center at VMworld 2016 (US and Europe).

We are currently working through the beta exam rescore process now, and expect to have test scores out by the beginning of September.

Save 35% off VMware Press Books and More

VMwarePress_logo_388x39You can save 35% off ALL VMware Press titles now through September 30, 2016 just by entering discount code: VMWARE when you check out. That includes these Official Cert Guides designed to help you pass the exam.

Plus all the other VMware Press books, videos and more at www.vmwarepress.com

New Horizon 7, AirWatch, NSX, and vRealize Suite Courses

NEW CoursesIn the last month VMware Education Services released several new courses designed to help you get the most value from your VMware investment. 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.

Horizon 7 Troubleshooting and Performance Optimization [v7]

During this lab-intensive hands-on training course you will gain the advanced knowledge, skills, methodology, and abilities to troubleshoot the View component of VMware Horizon® 7 using VMware and third-party tools to analyze and solve problems associated.

VMware AirWatch: Software Development Kit (SDK)

This course focuses on the skills you need to effectively implement VMware AirWatch® Software Development Kit™ for internal application development. Hands-on labs will give you the opportunity to practice using Xcode and Android Studio with AirWatch Software Development Kit to build VMware AirWatch® functionality into internal applications.

VMware AirWatch: Rugged Device Management

This course focuses on the skills to effectively manage rugged devices and deploy rugged applications with VMware AirWatch®. Hands-on labs will give you the necessary skills to manage your fleet of rugged devices and execute critical application management initiatives.

NSX Troubleshooting and Operations [V6.2]

This hands-on training course provides you with the advanced knowledge, skills, and tools to  operate and troubleshoot the VMware NSX® 6.2 environment. You will learn how to identify the problems and solve them through a systematic process using operational, management, and troubleshooting tools.

VMware vRealize Automation: Install, Configure, Manage [v7] On Demand

This course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing the vRealize Automation platform, including self-service provisioning and the creation of catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, software components, and on-demand VMware NSX® networks.

vRealize Business for Cloud Fundamentals

This free elearning course overviews VMware vRealize Business for Cloud Standard and VMware vRealize Business for Cloud Advanced. It also introduces the vRealize Business for Cloud architecture, deployment best practices and business use cases.

Essential Capabilities of a CMP

Cloud Managment For DummiesA cloud management platform (CMP) is core to managing your mix of private and public cloud services. According to Jad El‐Zein and Shobhana Viswanathan, authors of Cloud Management for Dummies

At a broader and more business‐oriented level, a CMP is about much more than enabling the automated provisioning of IT resources. Yes, that’s a critical CMP capability, but it isn’t the full story. An effective enterprise CMP includes both the following:

Day 1 capabilities:
Day 1 capabilities enable cloud providers and consumers the ability to rapidly provision a complete services stack — one or more applications, infrastructure, plus all their dependencies — across private and public clouds. And your users have easy access to cloud‐based IT services. These are among the minimum capabilities for a CMP — but an enterprise CMP doesn’t stop there.

Day 2 capabilities:
A CMP that’s ready for the challenges of a large enterprise also addresses the Day 2 activities involved in managing and optimizing a hybrid cloud environment. These include both automation‐centric activities and operations management‐centric activities that allow you to keep a hybrid cloud environment and associated applications up and running — with peak efficiency and optimal performance — and to operate it like a business.

An enterprise CMP does all the following:
✓ Provides unified management of public, private, and hybrid cloud resources
✓ Enables Day 1 automated provisioning of application‐centric infrastructure and streamlined access to cloud services
✓ Enables Day 2 capabilities needed to keep a hybrid cloud environment operating at peak efficiency and maintain optimal performance throughout an application’s life cycle

Download your copy to learn what to look for in a CMP to meet your needs around:

  • Lifecycle management – from deployment to maintenance
  • Hybrid landscape – manage local and remote services
  • Quality of service – improve uptime and performance
  • Cost containment – capture and communicate usage

VCDX Programs at VMworld 2016 US

UPDATED August 10, 2016

The location for these events has been changed to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.


VCDX merchKick off your VMworld 2016 US activities by joining us for VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Day on August 27, 2016 at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

VCDX Workshop – 8:00am – 12:00n

  • Open for anyone interested in learning more about VCDX program and continuing on their path towards earning the certification
  • Hosted by Joe Silvagi, VCDX #175 and Chris Colotti, VCDX #37
  • Networking lunch with current VCDXs
  • Continental breakfast will be served

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VCDX Town Hall – 1:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Open to all current VCDXs
  • Hear from VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, VCDX Alpha and ask questions about the strategic direction of VMware
  • Hear from VMware’s panel of CTOs and ask questions about the technology and future direction
  • Visit with the Education group leader’s about VCDX and other related certifications and offerings
  • Networking lunch with other VCDXs to grow your connections throughout the globe
  • Earn a special VCDX shirt with your own VCDX number!

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Plan Now to Catch these Sessions at VMworld 2016 US

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Last week we told you about the breakout sessions that VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) and VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs) are delivering at VMworld 2016 US in Las Vegas.

But did you know there are more opportunities to hear from these great speakers?

Once again the Education and Certification Lounge (located in the VM Village) will host a theater with 30 minute sessions all week. Download the schedule and make a note in your calendar so you don’t miss your favorites, or you can add them to your official VMworld 2016 US Schedule.

  • Troubleshooting Tips for vSphere 6 by Javier Menendez
  • Troubleshooting for Virtual SAN 6.2: Tips & Tricks by Javier Menendez
  • Troubleshooting for Horizon: Tips & Tricks by Linus Bourque and Joe Cooper
  • Advanced VMware NSX Troubleshooting by Tim Burkard and Stephen DeBarros
  • VMware Identity Manager: Application Management and Business Use Cases by Andy Roberts
  • Automating Your Network Services Deployments with NSX and vRealize Automation by John Krueger
  • VMware NSX: Life After Deployment by John Krueger
  • vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource by Brett Guarino
  • vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting: An Overview by Jon Loux
  • Transforming Day 2 Operations with vRealize 7.0 Event Broker by Carl Paterik
  • Prove Your Skills and your Value with VMware Certification by Paul Sorensen and Karl Childs
  • VMware Enterprise Learning Subscription: A Complete Cloud-based Training Solution by Steve Haft and Damian Wraa

We recommend adding popular sessions even if they have a waitlist in the schedule builder tool. There will be plenty of standing room in the lounge! Additionally, session attendees who scan themselves in will receive the presentation in an email after VMworld wraps.

For those unable to make it to VMworld US this year, look out for live streams on our Twitter and Facebook pages! We are taking requests, so feel free to let us know which sessions you’d like us to stream in the comments below.

We can’t wait to see you in Vegas!