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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Automate your cloud, simplify your life with VMware vCenter Orchestrator training

Chances are you are already using VMware vCenter Orchestrator to simplify IT management through automation. This is certainly the first step towards saving time and reducing operating expenses caused by manual errors, however becoming an expert and getting trained on all the features will take your systems operations to the next level. VMware vCenter Orchestrator: Develop Workflows [V5.1] is a three-day hands-on training course that explores the use of VMware vCenter Orchestrator for the automation of IT processes, both physical and virtual. In this course you will learn to:

  • Run the Orchestrator platform
  • Design, develop and run customized workflows
  • Use VMware vSphere API to automate various VMware vCenter tasks
  • Integrate Orchestrator into VMware vSphere Web Client and external systems

Upcoming classes are scheduled in Miami from 23-25 July, or if you can’t travel Live Online options are available in the US and Australia during the month of August. Sign up today and you’ll be on your way to making your job – and your life – easier.

Free VCDX Prep Video Series

The VCDX Bootcamp is a great way to learn about the VCDX Certification program, the application process, and the in-person defense. However, it may not be scheduled at a time and location that’s convenient for you. So we gathered a group of VCDXs in our studio, including John Arrasjid, Rawlinson Rivera, Mahesh Rajani, and Ben Lin, to create an on-demand, available-when-you-are, version.


Check out the complete series of videos online at www.vmwarecertificationvideos.com


Get in the fast lane by taking VMware vSphere with Operations Management: Fast Track [V5.1]

Just like summer bootcamp, but for VMware vSphere — VMware vSphere with Operations Management: Fast Track [V5.1] – is the newest and one of the quickest routes to installing, configuring and managing VMware vSphere 5 and making the most of VMware vCenter Operations Manager. Whether you prefer an onsite experience or live online, this Fast Track course includes both lecture and hands-on lab to optimize your learning experience.

An intensive, extended-hours course you’ll focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 5 and effectively using VMware® vCenter Operations Manager.  To make the best use of your time, we’ve combined the contents of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with the vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze and Predict course. This Fast Track course explores installation, configuration, and management of vSphere, which consists of VMware ESXi™ and VMware® vCenter Server™. You’ll also become skilled in the use of vCenter Operations Manager as a forensic and predictive tool. This course is based on ESXi 5.1, vCenter Server 5.1 and vCenter Operations Manager 5.x.

Don’t miss out. Sign up today.


Question of the Week: VCP5-DCV

This week’s “Question of the Week” comes from the VMware Certified Professional 5-Datacenter Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Official Study Guide.

When you power off a vApp, which of the following happens?
a. The vApp powers off but VMs remained powered on.
b. The VMs in the vApp gracefully shut down based on their shutdown order.
c. The VMs in the vApp are all powered off immediately.
d. It is not possible to control the power of a vApp.

See below for the answer

Not sure of the answer? You can learn more about this topic in our VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course.



Answer: b. The VMs in the vApp gracefully shut down based on their shutdown order.

Take a shortcut to next-level VMware ops management with advanced training

Are you looking to further optimize and customize the operations of your VMware environment? Are you a VMware Operations Manager power user who is hungry for more? If so, then you’ll want to check out this newly released course: VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Advanced Usage and Dashboard Design [V5.X].

In this training course you’ll focus on the advanced capabilities of VMware vCenter Operations Manager 5.6, such as adapters, customization, and management topics. You will learn how to use adapters, define custom super metrics, customize dashboards, and use the Custom user interface.

Sound like fun? Sign up to attend an upcoming Live Online delivery of this 3-day hands-on session without the necessity of travel! Space is still available for classes being held on July 17-19 and July 31-August 2. Or, you can check out our full schedule for more options. Sign up today.

Upcoming vCloud Best Practices workshops: Build your cloud design know-how, now

When you’re tackling the challenge of a VMware vCloud implementation for your organization or customer, you don’t need to do it alone. Even the most seasoned of engineers could use some guidance on cloud design best practices to help you save time, money and ensure a smoother project.

VMware vCloud: Design Best Practices [V1.5] is designed to guide you through the decision points and policy choices available for designing and implementing a VMware vCloud environment. Learn to appreciate the effects of design choices in VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud Director, VMware vCenter Chargeback, and the VMware vShield Edge capability that is included with vCloud Director. The course culminates in a comprehensive workshop on VMware cloud design.

Upcoming classes are being held in Sydney (17-19 July), New York (29-31 July) and Bangkok (14-16 August). Or, you can check out the full schedule of classroom and v-FLEX ILT deliveries to find one that works for you.

VMware Lab Connect : Come play in our virtual sandbox.

“I hear and I forget, I see and remember, I do and I understand.” 

This Confucian proverb may hold an important key in addressing today’s IT skills gap. According to the 2013 Gartner CIO Agenda Report, of the 2,053 CIOs surveyed, more than half reported shortages in talent relating to key digital technology skills, including enterprise architecture, business intelligence and analytics, security and risk management, and IT strategy and planning.

I’ve talked before about the importance of continued education for IT teams—for the health of the staff as well as the company’s bottom line. Today I want to highlight one key tool to help attendees make the most of their VMware training: hands-on learning.

Understanding the importance of practicing what you’re learning, we recently released VMware Lab Connect™. The self-paced technical training lab environment can be utilized on its own or as a follow on to an instructor-led class.









By providing a virtual-lab environment, including a true VM “console” for advanced users, that supports complex multi-VM configurations across almost all guest operating systems, VMware Lab Connect gives students a risk-free non-production setting to test out what they learn. If you get truly stuck, VMware can even help move you along to the next step. This is an especially good option if you’re seeking a VMware certification, since you can experiment and practice with VMware systems anytime and any place that’s convenient.

If you’re skeptical that an online lab can be as instructive is in-person learning, you might be interested in an informal study on the blog of the American Society for Training & Development. Ruth Colvin Clark, an instructional design specialist, tested how students running experiments in a virtual lab would compare to students working in a physical lab. Her findings?

  1. Students learned equal amounts from the virtual lab as the physical one.
  2. Students in both virtual and physical lab groups learned significantly more than students who only observed experiments.

Additionally, a recent study of 50 organizations that are using online simulations to deepen employee education found that experience-based learning does more than simply improve information retention. Respondents saw more engagement in learning, increasing confidence, reduced cost, and a better ability to apply learning to real-world situations.

The moral of this story, if it isn’t already clear, is that investing in continuing education for IT staff is the best way to keep your business on the cutting edge of innovation. And hands-on learning, like VMware Lab Connect™, should be an integral part of that education.

“We always know more than we can say
and will always say more than we can write down.” — Dave Snowden


Question of the Week: VCP5-DCV

This week’s “Question of the Week” comes from the VMware Certified Professional 5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Official Study Guide.

Which of the following cannot be added to a vApp?
a. Host
b. VM
c. Resource Pool
d. vService

See below for the answer

Not sure of the answer? You can learn more about this topic in our VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course.



Answer: a. Host

Save on Training at VMworld 2013

Get to VMworld San Francisco early and take advantage of these pre-conference training courses at 20% off the regular price.

These special course offerings are your chance to hone your skills with VMware solutions, meet the experts behind VMware products, and exchange ideas and best practices with IT professionals from around the world.

Registration for these VMworld pre-conference training classes is handled via the VMworld San Francisco registration system at www.vmworld.com.

Space is limited, so register today!

Course Schedule

  • August 22-24 – VMware vCloud: Design Best Practices [V1.5
  • August 22-24 – VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V5.x]
  • August 23-24 – VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1]
  • August 22-24 – VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1]
  • August 22-24 – VMware View: Design Best Practices [V5.x]
  • August 23-24 – VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1]
  • August 23-24 – VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze and Predict [V5.x]
  • August 22-24 – VMware vCloud Networking and Security for vSphere Professionals [V5.1]
  • August 22-24 – vCenter Operations Manager: Advanced Usage and Dashboard Design
  • August 23-24 – Cloud Essentials
  • August 23-24 – Virtualization Essentials
  • August 22-24 – ITIL Foundation
  • August 20-24 – TOGAF 9 Level 1 and Level 2 Combination

Designing a vSphere 5 Virtual Infrastructure? Attend VMware vSphere: Design Workshop

If you’re taking on a vSphere design project, VMware vSphere: Design Workshop will help you learn available design alternatives and give you the tools needed to make sound design decisions. In this three-day workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to practice your design skills by working with peers on a design project. Classes are available throughout the world – here are just some upcoming classes:

If none of these dates or locations work for you, search all classroom deliveries or avoid travel and consider a vFlex-ILT offering. Either way, you’ll find that this workshop is a great way to build your skills and learn best practices that will benefit your IT operations.  Sign up today.