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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Question of the Week: vSphere Storage Application

This week’s question comes from the vSphere Storage Application video series.


a. Ports 80 and 443
b. Ports 80, 443, and 902
c. Ports 80, 443, 902, and 903
d. VMkernel ports

Click through to the comments for the answer and watch Install or Installing the vSphere Storage Appliance for more information.

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New Release on Networking Available from VMware Press

VMware Press has just released a one-stop guide to modern networking for every VMware administrator, engineer, and architect: Networking for VMware Administrators by Steven Pantol and Christopher Wahl.


Virtualization has changed the modern IT landscape, blurring the lines between networking and servers. As a result, many VMware specialists need a stronger understanding of networks than they may have gained in their earlier IT roles. Networking for VMware Administrators fills this crucial knowledge gap.

Drawing from extensive experience and teaching through relevant examples, the authors dive into core concepts of modern networking, and show how to apply them in designing, configuring, and troubleshooting any virtualized network environment.

Head over to the VMware Press store and grab your copy today. Don’t forget to Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Tips and Hints on Preparing for VMware Certification Exams

It’s no secret that VMware Certifications require dedication.  Whether you’re just getting started with VCA or preparing for your VCDX defense, the first step is to commit to preparing for the exams.

Everyone has their own goals for obtaining VMware Certifications.  Some enjoy the challenge of keeping their skills sharp and relevant in this fast-paced and ever-changing technology landscape.  Others seek to advance their careers or open up new opportunities. Still others may solely seek the personal satisfaction of the accomplishment.

Whatever your reason may be, we’re here to help you get started.  Benjamin Franklin once warned, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” So let’s jump in.

In this video, Linus Bourque, VMware Certified Instructor, provides guidance on how to prepare for your VMware Certification exam, regardless of which exam you plan to take.

Linus walks through the following recommendations for how to prepare:

  • Set a schedule – plan ahead, rather than trying to cram
  • Set up a lab – the practice will give you a chance to apply your knowledge
  • Study with partners – discussions will aid in understanding
  • Tap into available resources:
    • VMware Certification Forums
    • Free practice exams & exam demos
    • Use your reference materials:
      • Exam Blueprint
      • Training courseware manuals
      • Review appropriate vSphere documentation
      • VMware Press Official Cert Guides
      • Watch free, online instructional videos
      • Hone your skills with Hands On Practice

In addition to leveraging the community in VMware Certification forums for help, study tips and program questions; we suggest that you take advantage of our strong community of certification holders.  Having been through the process, they offer a wealth of excellent insight on how to succeed.  This month, we highlight advice from Ray Heffer, VCDX #122.

In these blog posts, Ray recounts the experience of working to achieve VCDX and offers tips for those looking to achieve a similar goal:

Read Part 1 of Ray’s VCDX Preparation & Tips*

Read Part 2 of Ray’s VCDX Preparation & Tips*

We hope these hints help you get started on your path to certification!

* The views expressed in these blog posts and comments of this blog do not reflect the positions or opinions of VMware. The views and technical information are solely those of the owner and have not been validated by VMware.

Recertification Questions Answered

Last week, VMware Certification Director Erik Ullanderson and I joined John Troyer on his weekly podcast to talk about the new recertification policy and answer questions from the audience.

Listen here:

Check out the Recertification FAQs for more common questions, or leave a comment below.

Question of the Week: Software-Defined Data Center

This week’s question comes from the Software-Defined Data Center video series.


a. Endpoint
c. NAT
d. vCloud Ecosystem Framework

Click through to the comments for the answer and watch Install or Network Security and Virtualization Part 2 for more information.

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Attend Two New VMware vSphere V5.5 Courses

We’ve added two new courses to help you achieve greater competence in the vSphere® environment. 

VMware vSphere®: Skills for Operators [V5.5] is a two-day technical training course designed to help operators and administrators create and manage virtual machines. Prerequisites include system administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems. Choose your delivery method and register today.

VMware vSphere®: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5] is a five-day immersive workshop that is suitable for system administrators and system integrators. Walk away with the advanced knowledge and skills to achieve competence in troubleshooting the VMware vSphere® environment. See the required course prerequisites and enroll in your preferred course format today.

On Demand Classroom Available for VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

On Demand ClassroomNow available in the robust self-paced format, On Demand Classroom for VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5].

VMware offers a number of delivery options that incorporate exciting technologies to meet your unique learning needs. On Demand Classroom is an engaging self-paced learning offering which gives you ‘anywhere, anytime, any pace’ access to detailed training modules coupled with VMware Lab Connect™ course-related labs.  The On Demand Classroom delivery method fulfills course requirements necessary for certification.

Access to in-depth training modules and labs begins immediately after purchase and lasts for 90 days. Don’t miss out when new courses become available  – sign up to be notified.

New Course VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5]

Now available, VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5] combines content from VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage with advanced tasks.  Classes are available as instructor-led or live online around the world.  Sign up today.

VMware Learning Specialists Enable Your Certification Success – Currently available in US, Canada and Latin America

Need guidance on selecting the right training module, your next class or even where to start with VMware training? VMware Learning Specialists are on hand and available in the US, Canada and Latin America to help you meet your training objectives. Learning Specialists have extensive background on the breath of courses available and can work with you to assess and develop a learning path that is specific to your certification goals. 

Check out our interactive map to find a VMware Learning Specialist near you.

Connecting with a Learning Specialist is easy – pick up the phone or email to get started.

New Course: vCloud Automation Center Application Services: Fundamentals [V6]

A new course on vCloud Automation Center Application Services: Fundamentals [V6.0] is now available. Gain a fundamental understanding of how to use vCloud Application Director with VMware vCloud Automation Center to configure and deploy complex applications that are portable across private and public clouds.

The course contains five distinct modules:

  • An introduction to VMware vCloud Application Director
  • Installation and configuration
  • Working with the catalog
  • Creating application blueprints
  • Managing deployments

Prerequisites: a basic understanding of virtualization and cloud technologies and terminology as presented in the VMware Cloud Fundamentals eLearning course.

Sign up today for this two-hour FREE self-paced course.