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Certification Insights: Updating your Email and Account Information

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Changing jobs is an exciting time, with lots of people to notify and documents to update. If you use your employer email address for your VMware Education & Certification (myLearn) account, you’ll want to make sure you change your account information before your last day. Here’s how:

  1. After you log into your VMware Certification account, click on the myProfile link in the sidebar

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2. When your profile opens, make any changes needed to your address or phone number, then select the change email option

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3. Enter your new email twice, then click on the authentication link when you receive it.

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How to Reset Single Sign On Password in vSphere 6.x

Periodically we’ll be bringing you tech tips from our Technical Training team on topics they receive questions on from the field. Today’s post comes from Rohit Sachdeva a Technical Training Specialist. Rohit is very passionate about delivering VMware technical training. At VMware, he is responsible for the enablement of the newly hired Technical Support Engineers and he also delivers advanced vSphere training to the more experienced Global Support staff.


Since the vSphere 6.0 release, Single Sign-On (SSO) is a component of the Platform Service Controller (PSC). SSO is the main component of PSC and responsible to provide token to the users to access the solutions connected to vCenter.

It is a human tendency, we often forget the passwords and even keeping a track of the passwords is a hectic job. This is the reason we have SSO as a component for almost all the software which will act as an authentication broker and you do not have to remember password for every solution connected to the vCenter.

One password is enough to access multiple solutions (provided you have permission to access the solution).

Now the billion-dollar question is what will happen if you forgot the SSO administrator password? The simple answer is, it is not possible to manage SSO without SSO administrator. You wouldn’t even be able to promote another user as an SSO Administrator.

So, is there any way to reset the SSO password? Yes, it is possible and here are the steps to reset SSO password for VCSA 6.5.

  1. Log in to vCenter Server Appliance using SSH as the root user.
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  2. Run this command to enable access the bash shell.
    set --enabled true
  3. Type the shell and press Enter
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  4. Run
    /usr/lib/vmware-vmdir/bin/vdcadmintool

    This will show the below mentioned console.

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  5. Press 3 to enter the Reset Account Password option.
    a) It will prompt for an “Account UPN”
    b) Enter administrator@vsphere.local
    c) A new temporary password is generatedss4
  6. You can use this temporary password to login to vCenter server and change the SSO password after login to vCenter server.
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  7. After login, Click on Administration>Single Sign On > Users
    a) Right click on Administrator and select Modify
    b) Change the passwordss6

We have successfully reset the vCenter SSO password.

New Certification & Exams: VCP6.5-DCV

VMW-LGO-CERT-PRO-6.5-DATA-CTR-VIRTIntroducing a new certification: VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV)

VMware vSphere 6.5 enables companies to accelerate their digital transformation to cloud computing and introduces a number of new features and capabilities that increases business agility. With that much change, this new certification provides you an opportunity to prove your expertise in the latest version of the industry-leading virtualization platform.

For those who already have your VCP, this new VCP provides a new path and recertification opportunity.

There are three exams associated with this new certification:

  1. vSphere 6.5 Foundations (exam # 2V0-602)
          Ed. note: registration for this exam opens on 4/24/17
  2. VCP6.5-DCV elective exam (exam # 2V0-622)
  3. VCP6.5-DCV delta exam (exam # 2V0-622D)

More details on the certification requirements, and the specific exam objectives can be found at the links above.

New vSphere, Horizon Cloud, and Exam Prep Courses Now Available

This month the VMware Education Services team released several new VMware vSphere® 6.5 courses, a free elearning course on VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™, plus a new video series to help you prepare for the VCP6-NV exam based on NSX v6.2.

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V6.5]

This three-day training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design a VMware vSphere 6.5 virtual infrastructure. You’ll follow a proven approach to design a virtualization solution that is available, scalable, manageable, recoverable, and secure, and that uses VMware best practices. This course also discusses the benefits and risks of available design alternatives and provides information to support making sound design decisions.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage and Optimize and Scale Fast Track [V6.5]

This extended-hours course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure, and optimize vSphere 6.5. You will also explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect.

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop

This five-day, hands-on workshop teaches you the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to troubleshoot the VMware vSphere® 6.x environment. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the command-line interface, VMware vSphere® Web Client, VMware vRealize® Log lnsight™, and other tools to analyze and solve problems.

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6.5]

This intensive, extended hours course focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere® 6.5, including VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. Featuring plenty of hands-on training, this course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

VMware Horizon Cloud Fundamentals

This free eLearning course provides information on how VMware Horizon Cloud Service helps IT meet the expectations of today’s mobile workforce. This course explains the architecture, features, benefits, and functionality of the two service offerings of Horizon Cloud and demonstrates how to install an agent and create a desktop image.

VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV) Exam v6.2 (2V0-642)

This comprehensive, 110-video training course focuses on preparing you to take the VCP6-NV exam #2V0-642. It includes tips for preparing, an in-depth review of each objective, and sample questions. These videos provide a time-saving and methodical study plan designed to let you review exam topics and identify and close knowledge gaps – building both your knowledge and your confidence before taking your VMware Certification exam.

Introducing the Next Generation of Testing at VMware

Written by Guest Author Lourdes Soler 

Over the past year, the VMware certification team has been hard at work making enhancements to our development processes, exams, and delivery infrastructure. Since many of these changes are behind the scenes and not immediately apparent, we are going to begin telling you about what these changes are and how they will improve your certification experience.

For example, what if I told you that you didn’t have to wait for weeks to receive your beta exam results and subsequent certification status update, but could receive your score immediately?

How It Works

With the traditional beta exam process, all test-level and individual question-level analyses occurred after the beta period ended, which meant candidates had to wait until after the final production exam launched before receiving their beta exam results.

With our new process, under the direction of a trained measurement specialist (more formally referred to as a psychometrician), Subject Matter Experts participate in a rigorous process (called the standard setting process) before the exam release to ultimately select the best set of questions for inclusion in the exam and determine an appropriate pass score. This means that test candidates can walk away with their exam results at the end of their testing event.

The Benefits

Other than the immediate scoring, benefits include:

  • Less time burden: With traditional beta exams, candidates must sit through and answer the entire pool of questions, even taking time to answer questions that do not make it into the final exam. With our new process, candidates are presented with a subset of questions that were considered valid during the standard setting process, providing a shorter exam time compared to past beta exams.
  • No blackout period for analysis: With traditional betas, analysis begins after the beta period closes and a blackout period is instituted, during which candidates are unable to register for or take the exam. The blackout period was needed to review and analyze question and exam data and participant comments to determine which items will appear on the final production exam. Depending on the amount of data to be analyzed and the time needed to construct the production exam, this blackout period could take from 6 to 10 weeks. Because all of this analysis will now be done before exam launch, there will no longer be a blackout period.
  • No retake restriction: Traditional beta exams can only be taken once by each candidate. With production exams, candidates can retake exams under the standard retake policy.
  • No risk for recertification: With traditional betas, if taken for recertification purposes, scoring may not be completed before an individual’s recertification deadline and certification status could be in jeopardy. Candidates would need to plan accordingly and allow enough lead-time to retake the exam after they receive their results, in case they did not pass, or pursue an alternate route to recertification. With the immediate scoring factor, this is no longer an issue.
  • No “set-it-and-forget-it” mode: In the case of traditional beta exams, there is one health check done during the post-beta analyses. Now, since every effort is taken ahead of time to eliminate questions that are ambiguous, too easy, too difficult, or just bad, there is increased confidence in the quality of the content. Even so, VMware will still conduct periodic exam health checks throughout the life of the exam and make improvements as needed.

Keep an eye out for future blog posts describing further program enhancements and improvements.

Embracing Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

why_enterprises_HCI_V1According to the latest free ebook from VMware on the subject:

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) revolutionizes the data center, bringing all the benefits of server virtualization to storage. It is composed of two essential elements: hyper-converged infrastructure software and industry-standard hardware. Together they provide the performance, flexibility, and efficiency that budget-conscious, resource-starved IT departments crave.

Download your free copy today to learn how with HCI powered by VMware vSAN, you can:

Evolve Without Risk

  • Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage and enjoy the best integration with vSphere features like DRS and vMotion
  • Continue to leverage the large and proven ecosystem of VMware partners
  • Protect current investments in storage infrastructure with policy-based management

Reduce TCO

  • Lower total cost of ownership by 50% or more with CapEx and OpEx savings
  • Accelerate responsiveness to traditionally timeconsuming tasks with analytics and automation
  • Achieve predictable performance and cost with grow-as-you-go scaling

Scale to Tomorrow

  • Prepare for business in the multi-cloud era
  • Support a wide range of traditional and next-gen apps
  • Use a common storage platform as a steppingstone to the cloud

Where in the World are VCPs? [Infographic]

It’s that time of year! 2016’s “Where in the World are VCPs” infographic was such a hit, we decided to refresh it for 2017. The VMware Education Services team is proud to announce that the VCP community grew (11%) to represent a total of 190 countries this year. Which country do you represent?

 

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*Note: This infographic has been updated to reflect the number of unique VCP holders per country

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Add Training & Certification to your VMworld Registration

VMworld 2017 registration opens today. Make the most of your time and get the training and certification you need to advance your career and shape the future of digital business.

Add these special training and certification offers to your event registration, and pay for everything at one time:

  • Discounted training classes taught before VMworld
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  • Discounted certification exams taken onsite

Learn more about the VMworld US 2017 and VMworld Europe 2017 training & certification programs.

Troubleshooting Videos for vRealize Operations Manager, Workspace ONE, and NSX Now Available in the Learning Zone!

This month the Learning Zone was focused on troubleshooting for vRealize, Workspace ONE, and NSX. The following videos can now be accessed by Standard and Premium subscribers:

  • VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.x Troubleshooting Tips & Tricks
  • Learn Best Practices and Troubleshooting of Workspace One
  • Advanced Troubleshooting for VMware NSX

In addition to these videos, the following is available for Premium subscribers:

  • VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV) Exam v6.2 (2V0-642)

For more information on this course, click here.

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