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Discover VMware tips and tricks from an SMB perspective


We know there are unique challenges when it comes to implementing enterprise IT at a small or mid-size business (SMB) — that’s why we’ve pulled together posts from the VMware blogosphere that we think might be useful to you: get tips and how-tos on VMware solutions, along with additional resources from an SMB perspective.

Evolution of IT 

IT has rapidly evolved over the past 15 years—costs have dropped, speed has increased and virtualization has soared. See how cloud computing has changed the game in this eBook sponsored by VMware.

Location-Based Printing  

With Horizon 6, IT organizations can map desktops to the nearest printer—meaning no matter where you are, you can print to whatever printer is closest. Learn how to set it up, plus find handy reference guides with more information.

Upgrading Your Virtual Environment?

Ready for a new release? We’ll help you make a smooth transition, whether you’re doing a fresh install or upgrading your existing environment. Discover the pros and cons of each—and why a mixed approach may be best—in this post.

Like what you see? We’ll be rounding up the top SMB posts each month, so come back often to discover new tips, solutions, and reference guides for VMware products from a small and mid-size business point-of-view.

Save 50% off Certification Exams at VMworld 2015 US

vmworld2015-logo-blackThe most popular VMware certification exams will be 50% off the regular price during VMworld 2015 US in San Francisco, California! This is an excellent opportunity to recertify your certification or validate new skills at a significant savings.

Space is limited in our Certification Exam Center, so we recommend registering in advance.

  • Option 1 – Bundle your exam with your VMworld registration. Simply select the Certification Exam Voucher on Step 4 of your VMworld registration and we’ll send you instructions on how to select your exam date and time.
  • Option 2 – Start at PearsonVue’s site and complete your exam registration separately from your VMworld registration.

For the complete list of available exams and testing center hours, click here.

New VMware ViewPoint Webinar: Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6

Interested in learning about troubleshooting strategies and best practices for vSphere 6? Then you’ll want to join us for the next installment of the ViewPoint Webinar Series, Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6, on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET.

During this webinar, Jamie Rawson, VMware Senior Technical Instructor will discuss troubleshooting strategies and best practices utilizing VMware® ESXi™ 6.0, and VMware® vCenter Server™ 6.0. He will be using the VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) and graphical user interfaces to identify and resolve configuration and operational issues. You’ll also hear about specific strategies for:

  • Networking
  • Storage
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • VMware ESXi host
  • VMware vSphere HA Cluster
  • VMware vSphere vMotion

Webinar Details
Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET

Featured Speaker
Jamie Rawson
Senior Technical Instructor at VMware
Register today

The free ViewPoint Webinar Series connects you with VMware experts and is a great addition to your VMware training. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from VMware Certified Instructors and find out how VMware training can extend your expertise.

Get Tips for Talking Cloud Strategy at Your Organization—Plus More Top Posts from VMware Professional Services

In Case You Missed It!

Our friends from around the VMware blogosphere publish everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about how you work. Check out the latest posts and try something new!

How to Deploy User Environment Manager in 60 Minutes or Less

Ready to implement VMware’s new User Environment Manager? This deployment guide will get you up-and-running quickly, as there’s no extra infrastructure needed for configuration.

Perform Proactive Load Testing to Build a Successful Environment

You’ve read the white papers and studied the reference architecture: now it’s time to load test your infrastructure. This how-to guide will walk you through the process of a successful load test.

Using Super Metrics to Populate Widgets in VMware vRealize Operations Manager

Want to get more metrics out of your VMware vRealize Operations Manager dashboard? Get step-by-step instructions on how to populate a widget with your required super metrics.

Link VMware Horizon Deployments Together with Cloud Pod Architecture

Looking for an easier way to link Horizon deployments? Learn how to configure and manage Cloud Pod Architecture right from the web interface with Horizon 6.1.

Optimizing IT Services for DevOps, Agility, and Cloud Capabilities

Customers are pressuring IT to deploy services and systems faster than ever. Find out how to take advantage of DevOps, Agile, and cloud to stay up-to-date and become a more nimble organization. 

7 Tips on Leveraging a Change Agent Program to Boost Cloud Adoption

Looking to improve adoption of your cloud initiative? We’ve got 7 tips on how to do so—by creating a change agent program that builds internal awareness, shares expertise, and builds community.

Turning IT Operations Management Dreams Into Reality

Ready to simplify your IT operations management? Check out this infographic to discover how VMware vRealize Operations Insight delivers intelligent IT ops management for businesses of all sizes. 

VMware vRealize Code Stream: Is DevOps Tools or Transformation?

DevOps provides the tools to assist in automating deployment and release processes. But for DevOps to truly be successful, it requires operations transformation. Find out why.

When to Engage Your Organization in Their Cloud Journey

When it comes to the cloud, timing is everything. Find a balance between building momentum and keeping your distance—and get more tips on gearing up for the cloud journey at your organization.

VMware Named to 2015 Learning! 100

Learning100CircleAwardArt2015VMware has been named to 2015 Learning! 100 by Elearning! Media Group for a third time.

“The Learning! 100 recognizes the top 100 global learning organizations for high performance. These organizations are innovative, collaborative and have a truly immersive learning culture,” reports Catherine Upton, Award Chairperson. In its fifth year, the Learning! 100 includes 60 corporate enterprises and 40 public sector organizations.

Get Virtually Fit with vSphere 6 Boot Camp

When VMware introduced vSphere 6 in February, it was one of the most anticipated product launches in VMware’s history. This new version of vSphere came loaded with over 650 new features.

vSphere 6 Boot Camp_tshirt photoVMware vSphere 6 delivers powerful capabilities. You need to be trained to take advantage of them. That’s why we’ve introduced the VMware vSphere 6 Boot Camp in cities across the US.

The vSphere 6 Boot Camp is not your traditional training. We’ve combined two of VMware’s most popular vSphere courses – vSphere Install, Configure, Manage [V6] and vSphere Optimize and Scale [V6] – to give you five days of intense, hands-on vSphere 6 training. We realize that completing the boot camp requires commitment. We’ve designed the course to deliver some real advantages:

  • You complete the equivalent of two courses in five days – you get back to work sooner, ready to use what you’ve learned
  • Being in the classroom with an instructor gives you instant access to VMware experts trained in vSphere 6 and its capabilities
  • This is the only course currently offered that maps to both the VMware Certified Professional 6  (VCP6) Foundation and VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) exams
  • You get a free catered lunch
  • When you complete the course, you get the exclusive “Boot Camp Survivor” t-shirt

Completing the vSphere 6 Boot Camp will set you apart from the crowd. Register now to take advantage of this great opportunity to gain in-depth, comprehensive vSphere 6 training.

Location Date
Denver, CO June 1, 2015
Chicago, IL May 18, 2015, June 1, 2015
Burlington, MA May 18, 2015, June 1, 2015, June 15, 2015
Dallas, TX June 1, 2015
Washington, DC June 15, 2015
San Francisco, CA June 8, 2015, June 15, 2015

Special VMworld 2015 US Training Offers

vmworld2015-logo-black Make the most of your VMworld 2015 US experience with our special training offers and hone your skills on the latest VMware technologies and solutions.

1) Get to the event early and take advantage of our pre-conference training courses at 25% off the regular price.

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6]
  • VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]
  • VMware vRealize Automation: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2]
  • VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]
  • vSphere: Design & Deploy Fast Track [V6]

2) Take 25% off select On Demand courses

  • Horizon (with View) - Install, Configure, Manage 6.0
  • VMware vCloud Automation Center – Install, Configure, Manage 6.0
  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6]

3) Subscribe to VMware Learning Zone for just $500

Add any of these training offers to your VMworld 2015 US event registration - or maximize your savings and attend a pre-conference course and purchase one or more of the self-paced products on the same registration.

Top Posts from April: Recertification Deadline Discount, Certification Website Changes, and 3 New VCP Level Certifications


How to Get Your Discount if You Met the Original Recertification Deadline

If you met the original Recertification deadline by recertifying between March 10, 2014 and March 10, 2015, you may be eligible for a 65% discount on one of the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) migration exams.

Check out the details and parameters for eligible candidates in the How to Get Your Discount if You Met the Original Recertification Deadline blog post.

April 2015 Certification Website Changes

Take a tour of the updated Certification Website. We recently made some improvements to coincide with the release of the version 6 certifications.

Watch our April 2015 Certification Website Changes video blog post to learn how to navigate the new Certification and Exam Details pages.

3 New VCP Level Certifications Available

Last month, we announced the availability of three new VCP level certification exams. Check out the 3 New VCP Level Certifications blog post to get all the details.

VMware Certification Spotlight

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

  • @balexis971: VMware #VCP6-NV passed !!! #Nsx #vExpert Next: #VCIX-NV ^^
  • @mrosstech : Passed the VCP-NV exam yesterday. Woohoo! Double VCP now. Now onto the VCIX-NV.
  • @burneeed : Just got my score PASSED #VCIX-NV !!!
  • @wojciehnet: I defeated the beast! Today I passed VCAP5-DCD exam! Yay!#vExpert Road to #vcdx is open :)

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.

AirWatch Training Courses Available

airwatchNext-generation mobile solutions are unlocking new levels of workforce productivity, introducing new ways to connect and build relationships with customers while helping organizations to grow and transform their markets. AirWatch by VMware is the global leader in enterprise-grade mobility solutions across every device, every operating system and every mobile deployment. These training courses will give you the skills and knowledge to address the most common issues of managing mobility.

  • VMware AirWatch: Cloud Deployment - This course provides you with skills required to configure and provision AirWatch cloud deployments. It covers the enablement of containerized applications, deployment and management of corporate email, and integration with enterprise resources. You'll access hands-on labs and learn best practices for mobile deployment, with specific focus on how to deploy and manage AirWatch applications.
  • VMware AirWatch: On-Premise Deployment - This course equips you with skills needed to install, configure, and upgrade an on-premise AirWatch server. You'll access hands-on labs and learn upgrade options and strategies, and how to troubleshoot common installation and upgrade issues. Advanced installation techniques are discussed, including the use of high availability and redundancy.


Top KB Articles, KBTV Webinar Series, and More from Global Support Services

In Case You Missed It!

Each month, we’ll share the top VMware Global Support Services (GSS) news, alerts, and announcements from our sister blog, VMware Support Insider. Read on to find out what you might have missed last month.

Top 20 Knowledge Base Articles
If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you might have come across our recent post on the Top 10 VMware Knowledge Base Resources. But did you know that the GSS team regularly compiles the top 20 Knowledge Base (KB) articles each month, as well as lists for specific products?

Take a look and see if any of these KB articles can help resolve an issue you’re having.

KBTV Webinars
The GSS team has a new KBTV webinar series where Technical Support staff members present on various topics across VMware’s product portfolio.

Watch the latest installment in the series, KBTV Webinars – Introduction to vRealize Business Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions, to get an overview of the various versions of vRealize Business that are available, understand their purpose, and learn what you can do with them.

Moving Virtual Machines from Oracle VirtualBox to VMware’s Virtualization Software
As more and more customers are making the transition from Oracle VirtualBox to VMware’s virtualization software, you’ll need to know how to move the virtual machines over.

Watch this video for a quick demo on How to import an Oracle VirtualBox virtual machine into VMware Fusion, Workstation or Player.

VMware Horizon CrowdChat Session
The GSS team recently held a CrowdChat session to discover where people go to find KB content for VMware Horizon. If you didn’t have a chance to participate in the CrowdChat, you can still read up on the features, roadmaps, tips, and tricks shared by vExperts.

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