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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Question of the Week: ESXi

This week’s question comes from the vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) video series.


a. Third party reporting tools in the service console
b. Third party agents running in the service console
c. All of the above
d. Third party management tools in the service console

Click through to the comments for the answer and watch Install or Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.1 Overview for more information.

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New Recertification Policy Offers Growth Opportunities

Certifications are valuable assets for any IT professional. They validate your technical expertise. They demonstrate your ability to learn. And they prove that you have the initiative to invest in your future.

If you’ve earned a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification, you have already demonstrated exceptional competence in employing current VMware products using best practices in operational environments. But maintaining currency in the expertise gained and proven by VCP certification is just as important as becoming a VCP in the first place. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value. The technical and business communities expect that every VCP will be current on the latest technologies and capable of implementing VMware products with the required level of skill. To ensure that all VCPs meet these expectations, VMware has instituted a recertification policy.

Recertification is widely recognized in the IT industry and beyond as an important element of continuing professional growth. It enhances your credibility and demonstrates a commitment to your career, your employer, and your customers. The new VMware recertification policy works like this:

VCP holders must recertify by taking a VCP level exam or advancing to VCAP or VCDX level certification within two years of earning their most recent VCP certification. Prerequisite course requirements are waived, but the exam and exam cost are the same as those required for initial certification. Failure to recertify by the required date will result in revocation of your certification.

In other words, your three recertification options are:

  • Pass the current exam for the VCP certification you currently hold. For example, a VCP3 could recertify by passing the current VCP5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam.
  • Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. For example, a VCP-Cloud could recertify by earning a VCP-Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification.
  • Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification. For example, a VCP5-DCV could earn VCAP5-DCA certification.

The choice is yours. But we hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to extend your certification resume, which will help you add more value to your projects and earn greater recognition throughout your career.

For more information on the recertification policy, please visit www.vmware.com/go/recertification or contact certification@vmware.com.



IT ‘Upskilling’ Key to Career Advancement – And Not Just for IT Pros

By David Day

I recently read an interesting article in TalentCulture that looked at the persistent IT skills gap from a new angle: that of recruiters trying to help fill specific jobs (especially in the Midwest United States, which has the hardest time, apparently). 


I wrote last month about how IT roles are covering a wider range of skills than ever before. According to this post, that means that recruiters also have to keep up on a wider range of skills in order to converse with and evaluate today’s candidates.

This got me thinking about our VMware Certified Associate (VCA) program, which we specifically designed to provide a broad knowledge base about VMware products, not only for those wishing to earn their living with these tools, but for anyone in a related industry that simply needs to be able to intelligently talk about the technology. We’ve already heard from writers and marketers who have found the VCA helpful—perhaps recruiters will be next.

The bigger story, though, is that there are fewer and fewer jobs available where some sort of IT background isn’t required. You might not actually be in the IT department, but you better know how to collaborate with them if you want to get anything done—today and especially moving into tomorrow.

The TalentCulture article suggests two key activities that IT recruiters, or anyone working with IT, can benefit from:

1. Skilling Up

As I’ve written before, anyone in IT “needs 10 hours a week ‘upskilling’ to stay relevant” in the face of the relentless change of today’s technology innovations. That’s a big commitment, one that requires discipline and deadlines. At VMware Education, we often suggest forming a group of peers to keep you on course and help share insights.

2.  Filling Up

I like the addition of this strategy, as it works to support “skilling up.” The idea is simply to make sure you always have a few nuggets information about the cutting edge of your area of the industry. You can’t possibly keep track of every innovation out there, but having a handful of key data points in your back pocket will help you make better decisions about where things could be headed.

This should all help you see why IT training and ongoing education is not just for lifelong IT professionals anymore. VMware education offers a wide range of classroom and online options to help you continue to learn. Whether you are planning to use them to reach a new level of certification or simply stay at the forefront of the industry, your future self will thank you for checking them out.


New On Demand Classroom for VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

On Demand Classroom


VMware adds On Demand Classroom for VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] to its growing list On Demand Classroom offerings .  This course is VCP-Cloud certification qualifying and includes the following Certification Preparation Package:

  • An electronic version of the VCP-Cloud Official Cert Guide from VMware Press
  • VCP-Cloud Practice Tests to prepare for the certification exam or just to test your knowledge
  • A certification voucher that can be used for the VCP-Cloud certification exam

Additionally, promotions are available with this offering in some locations.  See below for promotion availability and sign up before the offer ends!

Question of the Week: vSphere 5.0

This week’s question comes from the vSphere 5.0 video series.


a. 5
b. 50
c. 1000
d. 10000

Click through to the comments for the answer and watch Installing VMware vCenter Server for more information.

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Online Certificates and VMware Press Discounts for VMware Certified Professionals

Wait and labor no longer ­– now you can show off your certification the minute you receive it. Print it, hang it, share it with your online community. If you tag us (@vmwareeducation) on Instagram, you may even be featured.

Download a print-ready certificate for your VCA, VCP, VCAP, or VCDX right from your online transcript page at vmware.com/certification. The new e-version replaces the old, physical mailings. Electronic delivery of your certificate is faster, convenient, and eco-friendly!

As a bonus, we’re now offering VMware Certified professionals 30 percent off all VMware Press products, including books, certification and study guides, video training and learning tools. Check out vmwarepress.com and enter the discount code VMWARECERT at checkout.