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Monthly Archives: October 2013

FREE eLearning: Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with VMware [V5.X] Fundamentals

New FREE eLearning Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with VMware [V5.x] Fundamentals is now available.  In this 3 hour course, you’ll learn of the pittfalls commonly encountered when experienced VMware vSphere professionals cross the chasm of Tier-1 SQL Server virtualization.

The price is right, so sign up today!

New FREE Instructional Videos on vCloud Automation Center

VMware Certified Instructor and Senior Trainer, Brian Watrous, demonstrates vCloud Automation Center functionality in the following ten videos:

Brian Watrous, VCI

Visit the VMware Education Learning site and watch these videos and other topics too.  Tip:  We recommend watching the earlier vCloud Automation Center videos, presented by Joe Desmond, before diving into Brian’s video as the information builds.

Japan: vForum 2013 の期間中、会場にて 75% 割引で VMware 認定試験 (一部のVCP試験) が受けられます

Attendees of the Japan vForum 2013 will receive 75% off VCAP and VCAP exams during the vForum event.  See details and sign up today to reserve your seat.

Quiz Question of the Week: vSphere 5.1

This week’s question of the week comes from the VMware Instructional Video vSphere 5.1 series.

What does vSphere Data Protection replace?

[a] Storage vMotion
[b] vSphere Replication
[c] Site Recovery Manager
[d] VMware Data Recovery


Not sure of the answer?  Then watch New Feature Overview for vSphere 5.1.






Answer: [d] VMware Data Recovery




Congratulations to the New VCDXs from VMworld Barcelona!

We are excited to announce and recognize the newest VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs), who successfully defended their Data Center Virtualization designs during VMworld Barcelona 2013.

  • Magnus Andersson, VCDX 056
  • Romain Decker, VCDX 120
  • Viktor van den Berg, VCDX 121
  • Ray Heffer, VCDX122
  • Steven Wenban, VCDX123

This prestigious designation is the highest level of certification offered by VMware and held by only a select few. You can read more about these and the other VCDXs in our online VCDX Directory.

Networking Tips: Connect with Certifications – Stand Out with VCA

To complement our new certification, the VMware Certified Associate, we’ve examined the certifications value and ongoing professional education to help you do better work, advance your career, and stand out when applying and interviewing for new jobs.

There is one final benefit to certification that we want to be sure to highlight: community. Studying for and completing a certification exam constitutes a shared experience that we often find professionals bond over. And with that specific knowledge, you also gain a vocabulary and an understanding that forever makes you part of a group of colleagues who also speak that language and understand where you’re coming from.

Over the years, these cohorts have formed numerous groups. First and foremost, there are the VMware certification community forums. On LinkedIn you’ll find the VMware Training and Certification group, the VMware Certified Professional group (+37K members!), and an extensive list of groups dedicated to specific VMware products. These are a great way to connect with peers online; for real-world networking, it doesn’t get much better than the VMware User Group (VMUG), with more than 80,000 members and local events around the world.

Although these are technical groups designed to share knowledge, they also present a great opportunity to build relationships that could later help you build your career. As long as you are genuine and generous in the way you form these connections (i.e. “network”), there’s no reason that term has to carry the negative connotation it apparently does.

We say “apparently” because a quick search of “networking tips” returns an endless list of posts reassuring people—especially the introverts—that it’s not so bad. Rather than rehash what turns out to be some truly useful advice, we thought we’d point out some of our favorites and let you decide which works best for you.

24 Networking Tips that Actually Work

This post by James Clear is ridiculously comprehensive and drives home the best practice of giving first without expecting anything in return. If you read nothing else, we recommend this one.

Favorite Tip: Develop the habit of introducing people.
Connecting like-minded people is a powerful [way] to enhance your network. The idea of doing this seems foreign to many people, but it is actually quite easy. Do you know two people who enjoy reading the same type of books? Or like the same sports teams? Or love reading about history? Or work in the same industry? You get the point. Don’t make it hard, just introduce the two of them by sharing their common interest. They can decide if they want to pursue the relationship further.

How to Network: 12 Tips for Shy People

Considering this piece is from CIO.com, we’re guessing that the tech audience is even less inclined to networking than the average person. If that’s you, these tips will be particularly helpful.

Favorite Tip: Stop Apologizing
Introverts and inexperienced networkers often apologize when asking for an individual’s help because they see networking as an imposition, not as an exercise in relationship building.

Networking Tips for Introverts: Visual Sketchnotes

If you’re more of a visual learner, this hand-illustrated SlideShare presentation has surprisingly specific suggestions (that just might work).

Favorite Tip: How can an introvert join a conversation already in progress?
Choose one cluster of people. Focus on one person. Ask, “Could I join you?”

10 Networking Tips for People Who Hate Networking

This is another comprehensive list, with some nice outside-the-box suggestions, like volunteering at events or organizing your own.

Favorite Tip: Arrive Early
As an early arriver, you have a chance to engage one-on-one with a few attendees before all of the noise and bustle sets in. You also have the luxury of making the first impression in people’s minds before they are drowning in business cards and handshakes. In fact, you might have so many fruitful conversations in the first half hour that you don’t have to stick around for the full networking event. Win-win!

12 Tips for Networking Like a Pro

TechCocktail, a startup event organizer, has collected advice from a dozen young entrepreneurs, including some that goes beyond the usual pabulum.

Favorite Tip: Find a Networking Wingman
For any networking event, it can be helpful to have a networking “wingman.” Together, you can naturally draw others into your conversation. This is particularly true if your networking wingman is knowledgeable about an industry you are unfamiliar with. If nothing else, the event will provide you with an opportunity to get to know your networking wingman better.

VMUG Conference Heading to Boston – Take VCA Exam for Free

The Chicago VMUG User Conference on Tuesday gave 785 VMware users the opportunity to meet face-to-face with VMware representatives, show their expertise through certification exams, learn about VMware offerings, and provide feedback on their experiences with VMware products.

VMUG members also had the opportunity to attend VMware Expert Technology Day on Monday. Covering the latest in VMware vSphere, vCloud, and VMware Horizon View, this exclusive pre-event generated great questions and conversation.

As part of the event, attendees could also take the VMware Certified Associate exam at no cost. Our congratulations go out to the 32 new VMware Certified Associates who passed the exam on site. Don’t forget! If you attended, you have until Friday evening to take the exam for free.

In Boston or Kansas City? Attend the VMware Expert Technology Session
The next VMUG User Conference takes place Tuesday, October 29, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Three VMware instructors will also be conducting a VMware Expert Technology Session the day before. VMUG members who attend will get a deep dive on VMware’s latest technology, as well as a discount code to take the VCA Exam for free.

For those of you in Kansas City, join us November 4 and 5 at the Overland Park Convention Center for your local VMware Expert Technology Session and VMUG User Conference.

Don’t miss out—register today for the VMware Expert Technology Session in Boston or Kansas City.

Find out more and register for the Boston event.

Find out more and register for the Kansas City event.

Find a VMUG event in your area.

Free eLearning Helps You Prep
To prepare for the exams, we invite you to take free online courses:

VMware Certified Associate – Cloud (VCA-Cloud)
VMware Certified Associate – Data Center Virtualization (VCA-DCV)
VMware Certified Associate – Workforce Mobility (VCA-WM)

Hope to see you in Boston or Kansas City!

FREE eLearning Available: What’s New in VMware Horizon View 5.2

New FREE eLearning What’s New in VMware Horizon View 5.2 is now available.  In this 30 minute self-paced course you’ll learn about the new features available with View 5.2 that improve user experience, ease management, and reduce total cost of ownership.  Register today!

But don’t stop there!  Sign up for the VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.2].  Some classroom locations available are:

or Live Online from anywhere [just note the timezone]!

These are just a few of the classes available — see the rest of the locations for VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.2] and sign up today!

Question of the Week on VMware Horizon View

This week’s question of the week comes from the VMware Instructional Video Horizon View series.

What product allows administrators to manage and monitor multiple Horizon View environments from one location?

[a] vCenter Operations Manager
[b] vCenter Operations Manager for View
[c] vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon
[d] vCenter Operations Manager for VDI


Not sure of the answer?  Then watch “What’s New with Horizon View 5.2, part 2






Answer:  [b] vCenter Operations Manager for View

Tips for Strong IT Resumes & Interviews – Stand out with VCA

We’ve been talking recently about the value of IT certifications (especially the new VMware Certified Associate track). They give you confidence, help you do your job better, and, in particular, make you an attractive candidate for jobs you’re looking to land.

But let’s take a step back. Once you’ve received your IT certification, you need to make sure the people doing the hiring realize you have it. You put a lot of time and effort into getting it—don’t waste that by burying it at the bottom of your resume. The IT recruiting firm Avid “makes it a priority to include every logo for every certification on every resume” so that it’s the first thing that hiring managers see.

But badges are not enough—your certifications need to be listed in the text of the resume also, since almost all resumes today are entered in a database and searched by keyword, points out Mirek Burnejko, a CCIE recruiter and creator of the Everything About IT Certifications blog.

For this reason, Burnejko also throws out the old advice to keep your resume to one or two pages. Instead, include all the information (especially details of your technical skills) that is necessary to tell your story.

This is not, however, an excuse to list everything you’ve ever done in an unreadable list. Focus on including just enough design and formatting to allow the eye to process the information easily. And don’t forget section headers to help readers find what they’re looking for.

If you only have a few certifications, it makes sense to include them in a section along with your education. For up to five or six certifications, list them together under “certifications” or something similar; for more, break them out into several categories of certifications.

If you follow these guidelines, and assuming you have the right skills for the position, your resume should rise to the top of the virtual pile. At which point you’ll be faced with the next important step: the interview.

Probably the most important advice when preparing for an interview is to do your research. Sounds simple, but it’s overlooked with surprising frequency. You should have already started researching the company before you sent them your resume, possibly with a search on a company culture review site like Glass Door.

Research the company, as well as the specific person you’ll be meeting with.

Once you land the interview, spend some time on the company’s website, blog, and other social sites to get a sense for their voice and style. Then research the specific person (or people) you’ll be meeting with. See if you have any common interests to help the conversation along. You’ll also want to read up on the latest industry news, especially anything that might have a major impact on the company’s business.

Finally, after all this research and preparation, it can be tempting to try to tell your interviewer what you think they want to hear. Avid warns against this. “IT professionals who give the perfect, cookie-cutter response to questions” are doing themselves a disservice, they point out. “IT managers know nothing about them at the end of the interview because the answers they’ve given don’t say much about them as employees.”

You’ve worked hard to gain the IT skills and certifications that make you a strong candidate. As long as you help those achievements stand out on your resume and you are honest about them, you’ll stand out during the interview process, too.