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Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Certification Pros Added

We’ve added to our collection of Certification Pros stories. Check them out to learn how VMware certification has helped these people advance their career, and what advice they have for others considering certification.

Want to join them? Share your story!

If you’re coming to VMworld in San Francisco and you’re VMware certified, we’d like you to share your story to help others become certified. We are doing short, interview-style videos for the Certification Pros website, and we’d love to include you. Don’t be camera shy! Your accomplishments are inspirational and your advice on the best way to prepare for certification is invaluable to someone thinking about getting certified! If you are interesting in being videotaped or want more details, please contact us at certificationpros@vmware.com.

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 should you select in the DCUI to review the system logs?
a. View Support Information
b. View System Logs
c. Troubleshooting Options
d. System Customization

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. View System Logs

The mobile workforce is here; BYOD is the name of the game

With the surging popularity of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, it’s no surprise that IT leaders are eager to add mobility to their staff’s skill sets. When you combine that increasing demand with the already burgeoning IT skills gap, you end up with a perfect storm that IT managers need to address with an efficient, cost-effective strategy.

“One in four CIOs is seeking mobile solutions talent,” according to a poll of 2,000+ CIOs by recruitment and employment firm Harvey Nash Group. But, as the InformationWeek2012 State of IT Staffing Survey” makes clear, those same CIOs are skeptical they’ll be able to find staff with mobility skills, or will be able to offer them an attractive salary when they do find them.

Half of the respondents who prioritize BYOD management and mobility skills anticipate those skill sets will be hard to find in the next year. Almost 20 percent of respondents worry they will not be able to afford people who can fulfill their organization’s mobility and end-user management needs.

Not surprisingly, then, the vast majority of respondents plan to tackle their mobility skills gap with retraining rather than new hires. More than half (57 percent) said they would only retrain or retrain with a few hires and contract workers. Another 26 percent will do a mix of retraining and hiring/contracting.

A recent piece in Computer World elaborated on why training is a better option for organizations wishing to fill skill gaps.

  • High-demand skills can mean 15–20% higher salaries for new employees
  • Retraining saves the recruiter fees, which can cost 25–100% the employee’s salary
  • Retraining a current employee means a better chance of culture fit

Yet a 2012 CompTIA study found that organizations are often failing to effectively address skills gaps with training:

  • 43% report lack of resources for IT skills development
  • 39% report poor translation of IT education and training to workforce performance
  • 56% don’t have a process in place to identify skill gaps among employees.

“Clearly efforts are concentrated elsewhere when employers should try to focus more on their employees; their most valuable asset after all,” the CompTIA report states. “Those in IT management roles are especially feeling the neglect.”

VMware offers all the educational opportunities necessary to bring you and your staff up to speed on the mobility and BYOD front. For mobility-focused training, check out our full list of end user courses for VMware Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, and Horizon Workspace. Then encourage your staff to earn VMware Certified Professional – Desktop certification, which verifies their ability to install and configure the VMware View environment.


New Korean (한국어) Certification Videos

The VMware Certification Video site allows you to hear about our certification programs and now we’ve added two new videos with Korean subtitles:


Share your Thoughts on VMware Certification

To help us better understand your perceptions of VMware’s certification programs and tailor future programs to meet your needs we have begun a limited-time research study. Whether you’re a current VCDX or just getting started on your path to VCP, we hope you’ll take the time to share your thoughts and opinions.

The survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete, and at the end you’ll have the option to enter a drawing for one of two 32GB New Apple iPads with WiFi as a thank you for participating.

Get started now.

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VCP5-DT Official Cert Guide (with DVD): VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 - Desktop

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Coverage includes:

    • The basics of virtualization and vSphere 5 as they relate to desktop virtualization
    • VMware View’s components and how they work to deliver a superior desktop experience
    • Configuring VMware View environments
    • ThinPrint and location-based printing
    • Networking via RDP and PCoIP
    • Interacting with Active Directory and Persona Management
    • Optimizing Windows 7 for virtualization
    • Deploying kiosk applications
    • Using Local-Mode in “Bring Your Own PC” environments
    • Troubleshooting VMware View desktop virtualization.


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 following is provided by VMware as a last resort to troubleshoot issues that cannot be resolved through more normal means?
a. vCLI
b. vSphere Client
c. TSM
d. PowerCLI

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: c. TSM

Get VMware Certified Faster

With the recent enhancements to the VMware Training and Certification portal, we have:

  • Streamlined the exam registration process by integrating VMware Training (myLearn) registration and Pearson VUE scheduling systems
  • Consolidated your training and certification histories in to one integrated view and created a single Candidate ID recognized by both systems
  • Automated the exam authorization process – reducing the time to schedule to minutes

What does this mean for you?

  • Register Faster
  • Get Authorized Faster
  • Get VMware Certified Faster

Check out the exam pre-requisites and register to get VMware Certified today.

Got questions? See our FAQ

VMware Certified Instructor Q2 EMEA Awards

Each quarter, VMware recognizes top instructors with an achievement award for educating the technical community. When choosing whom should be awarded, we consider:

  • The number and range of courses delivered
  • If they are early adopters of new courses
  • Evaluation scores for subject knowledge, professionalism, presentation skills, ability to encourage participation, and responses to questions
  • Support within the VMware training community

Like most quarters, it was difficult to choose only two candidates among so many strong instructors. However, there were two standouts in Q2 (April through June) and we’re delighted to announce them today.


EMEA VATC VCI Winner: David Sjöstrand

David Sjöstrand is a senior VCI employed at Cornerstone and is our first winner from Sweden.  David was amongst the first in the world to deliver the brand new vSphere Troubleshooting course undertaking two early access deliveries of the course prior to its general release.  He also provided significant feedback to the review of the course which resulted in many improvements for the developers.  David is also a leading expert in Powershell scripting technologies.





EMEA Freelance VCI Winner: Eric Bourgeois

Eric Bourgeois is a freelance VCI in France. During this quarter he led the way delivering the vSphere Troubleshooting course before many of his peers and also advanced courses including vCloud Director Install Configure Manage.  Eric brings his experience of implementing disaster recovery plans for large international financial groups to his students. He has also jointly published a book about cloud computing with ITIL integration: “Cloud computing : Décider, concevoir, piloter, améliorer”.  Eric, one of our many remarkable VCI’s, is pictured here sailing a small boat across the Atlantic Ocean earlier this year.



Congratulations to both David and Eric for making tremendous advancements in our technical community.


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