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Q&A from Our Recent NSX Webinar

A few weeks ago we offered a free webinar called Yes, You Really Need VMware NSX based on the very popular session VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) John Kreuger delivered at VMworld US 2015.

As always when we present on VMware NSX, there were lots of good questions from the audience and we wanted to share a few with you while you check out the recording.

Do you support Multicast any time soon to handle unknown unicast?
Currently, our control plan supports 3 mechanisms for broadcast, unknown unicast, and multicast traffic generated by guest VMs. The VTEPs can Unicast copies of those frames to all other VTEPs in the Transport Zone, VTEPs can Multicast the frame to a multicast group for the VNI, or they can leverage a Hybrid Mode, which sends a copy of the frame to a multicast address for VTEPs on the local subnet while sending an additional copy via unicast to a VTEP proxy on each remote VTEP subnet.

What routing protocols are supported in distributed logical router?
The DLR supports OSPF and BGP.

How does NSX work with Horizon environment?
Please see this solution brief for more information.

Does the main ESG for N/S traffic need jumbo frames enabled for uplink/internal interfaces?
No. The ESG is a simply a virtual machine attached to multiple networks. Jumbo Frames are not required for any virtual machine connectivity. The Jumbo Frames requirement is only for the VTEPs that carry the VXLAN traffic between ESXi hosts.

Within NSX/VM hypervisor virtualization, can we work directly with subnets and not even identify any xVLAN or VLAN as part of the VM image?
Just like we’ve done for years, the workings of the hypervisor are transparent to the virtual machine. The virtual machine has never concerned itself with VLAN membership, and the same holds true for VXLAN.

Do you have more information about remote site VPN?
Please look here for more information.

Were any tests made regarding performance/delay/BW when using “non NSX” vs NSX (vxvlan)?
We find that VXLAN provided a minimal impact on bandwidth and latency, allowing for line-rate transmission. We generally see a 2-5% ESXi host CPU overhead associated with the encapsulation/deencapsulation process.

 

VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Availability Extension, 2016 VCDX Workshops and 4 New eLearning Courses

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VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Availability Extended
We decided to extend the availability date for the VCP5-DCV exam until March 31, 2016 due to continued popularity! In this blog post, you can discover more about the exam’s key advantages to decide if it’s the right fit for you.

2016 VCDX Workshop Locations and Registrations
Read this blog post to find out how we updated and evolved the processes for the 2016 VCDX Workshops to make them more streamlined.

4 New eLearning Courses Available
We offer a wide variety of self-paced training options to help you enhance your skills wherever you want, whenever you want. Check out this blog post for information on the newest course options.

 

VMware Certification Spotlight

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

  • @MayorMikeGolden: I passed! #vcp very excited about that!
  • @MarcHuppert: Just finished another @VMwareEducation Training with a perfect score #VCI
  • @nick_andreev_au: Got the confirmation: “You have passed the #VCAP DCA exam.” Four weeks of preparation have paid off.

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.

New VCAP6 Beta Exams Now Available

Editors note (2/5/16): Please note that we have reached our capacity for the VCAP6-DCV Design beta exam and registration has closed. There is still room in the VCAP6-CMA Design exam.


AVCAPs we announced in December, we have been hard at work on the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 (VCAP6) beta exams. And now the wait is over! The following exams are now open for public registration, with first exam appointments beginning on February 15.

Available beta exams:

Only candidates with either a VCP6 level certification or a VCP5 level certification + a VCAP5 level certification are eligible to take these beta exams.

The VCAP Deployment beta exams are available via invitation only.

VMware uses beta exams to “field test” new exam questions with a live audience. These exams are offered at a deeply discounted price, participation is limited, and they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to popular demand, we recommend that you register soon. For more information and timing, please visit our beta exam information page.

Training Unlocks the Power of Your Business Mobility Solution

Today’s increasingly mobile workforce needs easy and secure access to business applications and data. An IT task made more difficult as workers insist on using their own devices, meaning personal and corporate data must coexist on the same device. Plus, users need a consistent experience across all of their devices, or productivity suffers.

Proven Business Mobility Solutions

VMware provides a comprehensive solution suite for business mobility, from VMware Horizon desktop and application virtualization solutions to the comprehensive VMware AirWatch mobile device and content management platform.

VMware Horizon 6 delivers virtual desktops and applications through a single platform, which gives users a rich experience when accessing their applications and data. Horizon’s ability to consolidate end-user resources also lets IT simplify management, reduce costs, and improve data security.

The VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management platform supports multiple use cases with unified management of endpoints, end-to-end security from devices to the data center, and seamless integration across enterprise systems. Its tight control over devices lets IT provide consistent BYOD capabilities while securing sensitive data and applications, and maximizing user productivity and collaboration.

Education Ensures Your Mobility Success

Training from VMware experts gives you the skills to properly implement, manage, and optimize our powerful business mobility solutions. Most of these courses are available in a classroom or virtual/self-paced setting. We also offer related certifications and accreditations, so you can validate your skills and differentiate yourself from colleagues and other IT professionals.

Course Certification/Accreditation
Horizon (with View): Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility (VCP6-DTM)
Horizon: Design and Deploy [V6] VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Design (VCAP6-DTM Design) + VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Deployment (VCAP6-DTM Deploy)
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Configure and Manage AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Associate Accreditation
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Configure and Deploy Integrated Solutions AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Professional Accreditation
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Install and Deploy On Premise Solutions AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Expert Accreditation
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Bootcamp
Combines Configure and Manage + Configure and Deploy Integrated Solutions into a single course
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Associate Accreditation + AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Professional Accreditation
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: K12 Education AirWatch Enterprise Mobility K12 Education Accreditation

New Horizon and vSphere Videos Added to the Learning Zone

0059VMware Learning Zone offers one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts, with two subscription options available: Standard or Premium subscription.

We are constantly releasing new videos to the library, with two new ones added in the last month:

  • Horizon Flex Containerized Policy-Based Desktop: Template Creation In this video, Peter Schraml thoroughly demonstrates the why and how of creating templates within Horizon Flex.
  • vSphere 6 – NIOC Enhancements In this video, Andy Cary presents Network I/O Control (NIOC) enhancements made in vSphere 6, including an overview of what NIOC is, a close look at changes and updates made in NIOC Version 3, and other technical topics such as bandwidth allocation and admission control.

See How VMware Certification Helped Other IT Pros

Last fall, we asked VMworld 2015 attendees to share their experiences with VMware Certification: how it’s helped their career, how they prepared, and any advice they have for people thinking about getting certified. Five people agreed to share their stories with us, and you:

See their stories, along with 24 others, on our YouTube channel

Where in the World are VCPs, VCIX6 Certification Announcement and Extending the Cisco Certification Credit

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 Where in the World are VCPs? [Infographic]
See where in the World VCPs are in this infographic. Bonus points for commenting which country you represent!

VCIX6 Certification Announcement: Part 3 of 3
In this three-part blog series (see parts one and two) we roll out all the information you need to get started with your advanced v6 certification. Check out part three for exam guides and training courses.

Extending the Cisco Certification Credit for Network Virtualization Certification
After listening to our community of certification-holders, we have decided to remove the January 31st, 2016 deadline for Cisco certification-holders and make it an ongoing streamlined route to VMware Network Virtualization certification. Find the details in this blog post.

 

4 New eLearning Courses Available

NEW CoursesIn addition to instructor-led courses delivered in a traditional classroom environment, VMware Education Services also offers self-paced training delivered online as well. Last month we released four new courses that you can attend whenever and wherever you like.

AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Configure and Manage On Demand provides insight into the current challenges of enterprise mobility and how AirWatch® can help you solve those challenges. You will gain a comprehensive view of all AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management™ solutions, key device platforms, and an overview of AirWatch architecture. This course provides the foundational skills necessary to manage the AirWatch platform.

AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Configure and Deploy Integrated Solutions On Demand provides you with the skills required to configure and provision AirWatch cloud deployments. You will cover the enablement of containerized applications, deployment and management of corporate email, and integration with enterprise resources. You will access hands-on labs and learn best practices for mobile deployment, with specific focus on how to deploy and manage AirWatch applications.

Identity Manager Fundamentals overviews VMware Identity Manager™ and explains how it helps with business mobility and application security. This free course also reviews the different solutions that can be integrated with Identity Manager and demonstrates how to deploy and administer it.

VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy & Manage v6 On Demand focuses on preparing you to deploy and manage a software-defined storage solution with VMware® Virtual SAN™ 6, an important component in the VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

If you would like more information about these courses, or assistance developing a learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialists for your area.

 

vRealize Automation 7.0, Virtual SAN Stretch Clusters, and The Cloud Business Manager Role

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The VMware blogosphere is a wealth of knowledge covering everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about work. Check out a few of the latest posts from the Professional Services bloggers below!


VMware vRealize Automation 7.0 – Finally the most desirable features and capabilities in a VMware Private Cloud Automation Solution have arrived!
VMware’s Professional Services Engineering team extensively tests and researches the most effective and proven methodologies to implement vRealize Automation. Check out this blog post to learn why this team is excited about the new vRealize Automation 7.0.

Virtual SAN Stretch Clusters – Real World Design Practices (Part 1)
In this blog post, VMware Professional Services Technical Architect, Jonathan McDonald highlights important design decisions for Virtual SAN customer implementations.

The Cloud Business Manager Role
This blog post takes a deep dive into how the Cloud Business Manager role is driving a new business management discipline within IT to lead a comprehensive cloud business management practice.

vRealize Operations Python Adapter—A Hidden Treasure
This blog post delivers step by step instructions on how to enable the vRealize Operations Python Adapter to get more power out of VMware vRealize Operations.

Transforming IT into a Cloud Service Provider
Enjoy a quick animated whiteboard session describing the future IT operating model as IT departments transform into cloud service providers in this blog post.

Technology is not a Magic Wand for DevOps
Explore the core pillars of DevOps transformation and find out why jumping in with just technology is not a recipe for success in this detailed blog post.

Why and How to Overcome the CAPEX to OPEX Barrier
This blog post describes the CAPEX to OPEX barrier, why you would want overcome that barrier, and how to do it.

 

2016 VCDX Workshop Locations and Registrations

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year.

I wanted to provide a quick update on 2016 VCDX Workshops. In 2015, we established a new process that aligned workshops with key VMUG events. This worked out extremely well to combine efforts and combine events. We also learned a few things in developing the new process. Primarily around the registration system, and tracking of registrations and attendees. Based on that we’ve streamlined a lot.

First and foremost, as many know, all the Workshops are listed in the official VCDX Calendar of Events so you can easily find them. We’ve also incorporated the registration link so you can quickly get a seat.

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Once we have the final location, we will make sure all the details are in the calendar as well as the registration link. You’ll find that we added a few more than we had last year, and we added more locations outside the US at the request of the community.

Second, we have decided to use EventBrite.com for all the Workshop registrations. Each Workshop has a limited number of seats so using this system allows people to reserve a seat as well as maintain a wait list. We ask that you only register if you can truly attend since we want to fill the rooms each time.

Third, we will be updating some of the previous content to account for some of the new policies and procedures. The bulk of the content will be the same as previous Workshops but we do need to make sure the new changes are known to aspiring candidates.

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning these are all the Workshops we will hold in 2016.  We determine and budget for them in Q4, so if there is not one that perfectly meets your needs this year, there might be next year. You can email us requests for 2017 locations and depending on how it maps with VMUG events they can be considered.

There you have it, all the news about the 2016 VCDX Workshops under an ever improving, scalable process. To me, the nice part about having these the day BEFORE the VMUG event is that you don’t have to miss anything at the VMUG, but most importantly you will be around for vBeers.  Just Saying…