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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Question of the Week: (vSphere)

This week’s question comes from the VCP5- Data Center Virtualization practice exam.



C) Converged Network Adapter (CNA)
D) Fibre Channel

Click through to the comments for the answer and learn more here.

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Skills = Advantage. Get the Skills! VMware vSphere Fast Track [V5.5]

The first thing Andrew Blasiman did when he got his VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) certificate was share the news with his boss.  “He was so happy for me. I wanted to get the certification so he made it a goal on my review.  You can’t take the test if you don’t take the class.”

AndrewBlaisiman Andrew Blasiman proudly displays his VCP5-DCV certificate.

Learn by doing.  Hands-on labs develop practical, usable skills to help on the job immediately.

The second thing he did was “put my VCP5-DCV certification on my LinkedIn profile!”  The recognition he received from his peers was instantaneous and rewarding after all the hard work. “We have a weekly IT Staff Meeting and my boss let the staff know.  They were really supportive and excited for me.”

The third thing?  Well let’s just say that Andrew enjoyed an adult beverage. “I definitely cracked open a beer.”

Bravo Andrew! Advanced data center optimization is not for the faint-at-heart and as a Systems Engineer with Mediware Information Systems, there are few opportunities for Andrew to test new “in-depth configurations and load-balancing” without the risks of working in an active data center environment.

Enter VMware’s vSphere Fast Track 5.5 course — an intensive, extended-hours and hands-on lab training course.  Focusing on installing, configuring, managing and mastering VMware vSphere® 5.5 (including VMware ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware vCenter™ 5.5), this course combines the content of our most popular VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced hands-on labs.  Students learn the scalability and performance monitoring skills they need to configure highly available and scalable vSphere environments.

It is the labs that offer practical, usable skills that can be used on the job – immediately. “I was extremely impressed with the lab environment. It worked perfectly the entire time and enabled us to learn at a fast pace because it was designed well,” says Andrew.  “These configurations can be set up a million ways.  The class got into the nitty, gritty details we need.  The vSphere Fast Track Training helped me re-optimize existing data centers.  It made me more comfortable working with VMware.”


Connecting to the lab environment via simple Remote Desktop Protocol.


Hands-on-lab environment: Web Client connected to vCenter

Senior Linux Administrator, Noel Benjamin, was even more emphatic about the labs and the class. “The hands on experience were tooooooo good. Awesome experience!!!!! Thanks!!!”


Noel Benjamin – Senior Linux Administrator

Limited time?  Live online means training from anywhere.

Noel needed a remote learning option to advance his training.  He had been supporting his company’s virtual machine environments for the past 2.5 years but couldn’t invest in the advanced training until this remote learning option became available.  “It was the VMware Community in India that let me know I could take the class ‘Live Online’… because of my location, I could not go in-person.  It was easy to attend from home.  The time savings was key for me.”

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Online learning is only as good as the instructors and the course materials – students appreciate both.  “What I liked most about the course was the knowledge of the tutor, the content that was provided.  We were able to work with other students online, which was like working in a classroom.”

Mats Gedin is a Senior Integration Engineer from Ericsson AB in Germany.  He echoes, “This is exactly the course everyone should take prior to working with VMware stuff.  Very good instructions and instructors.”

VMware Fast-Track = Career Advantage.  Let us make you better.

Superior skills mean a superior advantage in any profession.  Once completed, VMware’s vSphere 5.5 Fast Track course serves as a prerequisite for the VMware® Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam.

“Don’t wait to take the test.  VMware gives you a voucher [on VMware delivered courses] for a year, but schedule the test and take it in two weeks so you don’t forget what you’ve learned,” advises Blasiman.  “The VMware certification really is a big deal for employers.  For some positions it is simply a requirement.  You won’t even get the call if you don’t have the training and proved you can pass the test.”

In short, VMware’s vSphere 5.5 Fast Track course is designed with your time and your skills in mind.   With flexible onsite, online and classroom locations worldwide, students interact directly with other students in practical, hands-on labs.  There’s no better way to advance your skills and your career.

Take the class.
Take the exam.
Crack the code.
And if you’re Andrew Blasiman, crack open a beer.

Transform an Organization by First Transforming Your Career


Paul ChapmanGuest Post by Paul Chapman
Formerly Vice President, Global Infrastructure & Cloud Operations at VMware, currently CIO of HP Software at Hewlett-Packard

This is the second post in our series highlighting recertification and the importance of keeping technical skills current. Read the first post here.

Constant change is the steady state of the IT industry. When it comes to our careers that holds especially true. Core technical competencies come and go, technologies change, and the market demand for a set of skills simply shrinks, so we can only control our own skills and abilities.

I’ve gotten to a point in my career where people come to me for advice and what I often tell them is that technical aptitude can only get you so far. Certifications are an important tool to help you achieve success: they are a springboard.

Because product cycles are becoming quicker, the re-certification part is another important aspect of keeping your skills current. Years ago, when VMware’s certifications first began, the lifecycle of an application used to be much longer. It used to be that you could go out and get certified and the certification would remain current for a long time because the release cycles were so much longer. But today, quicker version releases of software and capabilities mean there’s a significant increase in work to remain current on latest release — the recertification process becomes an important way to keep up.

But there’s another level of your career: the next step, the big leap. What happens all too often is that someone is strong technically and takes steps to build technical skills, but fails to migrate from individual contributor to manager and then leader because they want to hold onto core technical expertise as long as they can. Even those who have stepped outside a comfort zone can (and often do) go back when things get uncomfortable. But in that discomfort is the ability to grow, change, and transform–both as an individual and as an organization.

A similar thing happens when you’re going to do a parachute jump: as you inch yourself towards the door, you can still back out. But once you’re out of that plane, you’re out, and there’s no going back. When people get into a managerial role, the moment before jumping out of that plane they get fearful and resist. By staying in the plane and not making that leap into an area of discomfort, you’re not progressing in your career.


Whether you’re coordinating or building the services that people are subscribing to, the shift in IT is happening in buying and managing services, not in the group that builds the services. Now it’s about who’s building versus running and managing the service. In IT, the management path means making a shift from being skilled in the technical arena to being more skilled in managing sets of services to deliver something valuable to the enterprise. For example, in buying tenet operations and backup as a service.

Finding Meaning

If you’re working for a company that does meaningful work, you will automatically gain experience through a multitude of different things. (Non-meaningful work is what you make of it, even if a company itself is doing meaningful work, but it’s not enhancing your breadth of experience, then it’s not meaningful to you.)

Today, a lot of organizations are looking for breadth of experience. I spent years as a COBOL programmer (and you’ll find that in the bowels of my resume, just don’t ask me to program any COBOL). If I had latched onto COBOL and never let it go, then I certainly wouldn’t be sharing this advice with you today. So my advice is this: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you put your resume in drawer for a year and nothing has changed, you’ve wasted a year and your personal market cap hasn’t changed. Your resume needs to be a story that shows progression.

I’m a firm believer in IT professionals taking on rotational assignments, getting off the flagpole of expertise, and moving to a different role. So it’s especially important to be part of an organization that allows you to do that in a non-threatening way.

It’s like being in the shallow end of the pool with floaties. If you never move toward the deep end, you’ll never struggle and learn. Of course, if you’re in the deep end with concrete boots on doing things that are too far over your head, you’ll fail as well. But the question is always: how do I move to the middle of the pool where I’m treading water and not sinking? After treading water for awhile and learning, eventually the shallow end will move to you. It’s about doing that in a progressive, ongoing basis. All too often people get uncomfortable and go back to the shallow end. You have to spend time being uncomfortable to progress.

I spoke to a group of students recently and I’ll share the career advice I gave them:

  • Migrate from individual contributor to manager to leader
  •  Understand your business and how automation and agility can improve operations
  •  Volunteer for high-profile assignments
  •  Play a major role in large global programs
  •  Gain M&A integration experience
  •  Develop external peer groups and networks
  •  They call it work – because it is
  •  Work hard because nothing worth gaining is gained without effort

As IT professionals, you have to be willing to give up areas of technology expertise to be part of the next wave or next movement and progress. Where can your career take you tomorrow?

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



Virtualize the Network with VMware NSX and Key Training

The future of virtualization is here and it’s an exciting time. VMware NSX is the network virtualization and security platform for the software-defined data center. NSX brings virtualization to your existing hardware network and transforms network operations and economics by delivering a completely new operational model for networking in your software-defined data center.


Photo credit: http://virtualizeyournetwork.com/the-future-for-network-engineers/

Networks can now have the same level of flexibility as virtualized servers. With VMware NSX, you can spin up a network like you would a virtual machine (VM). In fact, NSX reduces the time it takes to provision custom, multi-tier network topologies and enterprise class security services from weeks to down to seconds. How’s that for innovation?

If you’re just getting started on your journey to the software-defined data center and network virtualization, check out our free one-hour Introduction to VMware NSX webinar. Chris McCain, VMware Director of Networking and Security and VCDX #79 walks through how VMware NSX fundamentally changes the data center by adding agility and efficiency to network operations.

Don’t stop there – continue your learning with specialized training from our NSX experts with our 5-day comprehensive VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] which focuses on installing, configuring and managing VMware NSX.

Bookmark our NSX Training and Certification webpage which details future training courses and certifications and/or sign up to be notified when a new course or certification becomes available.

As the data center transforms, stay ahead of the curve and learn more about virtualizing your network with these additional resources.

Question of the Week: (ESXi host)

This week’s question comes from the VCP5- Data Center Virtualization practice exam.



A) The speed setting of a vmnic
B) The drivers associated to a vNIC
C) The port group assignment of a vNIC
D) The duplex setting of a vmnic

Click through to the comments for the answer and learn more here.

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Americas: Save 50% on Two VMware BETA Courses

Jun 6 Update:  Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] BETA is Full.  But there is still room in the Jun 23 BETA for VMware vCenter Configuration Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.7] – BETA.

Save on two new BETA courses.

With the release of Horizon 6, we’re excited to introduce VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] – BETAGain practical experience through the completion of hands-on labs and build your skills in installing, configuring, and managing the Horizon™ View™ component of VMware Horizon™. This 4-day course is ideal for system administrators and system integrators responsible for deploying the VMware® virtual desktop infrastructure. Save 50% towards valuable course training that goes towards your VCP-DT certification.

VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0] – BETA
Location: Warren, NJ ­– United States
Time: June 23, 2014 – June 26, 2014 @ 9 am EDT (4 days)
See Prerequisites, Course Details, and Register

If you’re a virtual infrastructure administrator or IT manager experienced in performing basic administration tasks on ESXi hosts, vCenter Server, and virtual machines through the VMware vSphere® Web Client and are looking to take your knowledge of VMware® vCenter™ Configuration Manager™ 5.7 further, then you’ll want to check out VMware vCenter Configuration Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.7] – BETA. Save 50% on this 3-day hands-on training course and learn how to manage Active Directory (AD), manage windows machines, manage UNIX and Linux machines, manage vCenter Server systems and ESXi hosts, create and apply compliance templates, use vCenter Configuration Manager for patching, and use vCenter Configuration Manager tools to download, import, and apply compliance templates.

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.7] – BETA
Location: Austin, TX – United States
Time: June 25, 2014 – June 27, 2014 @ 9 am CDT (3 days)
See Prerequisites, Course Details, and Register

Sign up now as BETA classes fill up quickly!

Bookmark this List of VMware Certified Instructors’ Blogs

VMware Certified Instructors aren’t just experts in their field, they train new experts in the field via the courses they teach. But did you know that many of these experts are so passionate about their subject that they share useful tips and advice on their personal blogs?

Don’t miss this list of VMware instructor blogs that keep you current with news as well as expert advice, invaluable study tips, and a few jokes.

vLore Blog

The vLore blog is your source for virtualization knowledge featuring the words of VCI / VCP / VCAP John A. Davis. With professional services tips, exam preparation help, data to supplement courses, and details of his work with customers, this blog captures Davids’ eight years of experience in providing VMware Authorized Consulting services and delivering VMware Authorized Training. He encourages students to share their experiences and offers his advice.
Follow John on Twitter @johnnyadavis.

Demitasse Blog

Alastair Cooke, a vExpert from New Zealand, says his largest contribution to the virtualization community is AutoLab, a free kit of VMs and automation tools in which you can build a vSphere® test and training lab using a single PC. His blog is chock-full of content as he posts regularly on a variety of topics, from the very technical to his travels in Silicon Valley.

He writes elsewhere too, on subjects like cloud disaster recovery, scaling a VDI deployment, scale-up vs. scale-out storage, and VDI user credentials. (You can find a full list here.) If that weren’t enough, he blogs at professionalvmware.com and runs the APAC Edition of the vBrownBag podcast every second Thursday.
Follow Alastair on Twitter @DemitasseNZ.

Dennis Bray’s Virtual Place

Dennis Bray is a Senior Architect for Enterprise Networking Solutions, Inc. A part-time trainer for VMware since 2006, Bray is a VMware Certified Instructor, Advanced Professional in Data Center Design, Certified Professional in Data Center Virtualization, and Certified Professional in Desktop. His blog Dennis Bray’s Virtual Place covers technical topics like VMware’s VCP recertification policy, ESXi console lockdown, and vSphere ® memory management. It also includes lots of useful nuggets, hidden gems, and useful screenshots to help provide guidance.


Saurabh Bhattacharya is your go-to guy for VMware vSphere ® as he conducts trainings for clients around the world and has also helped to design virtualized solutions. As a VMware Certified Instructor with VCA-DCV, VCA-Cloud, VCA-WM, VCP-4, VCP-5, VSP, VTSP and VCAP, his blog Hoonkar.com has course insights and covers vCloud Director news too.


Andy Fox’s 25-plus years in the IT industry, plus his VCP3,4,5, VCI3,4,5 and VCAP4-DCA status, make him a trusted veteran. He delivers VMware vSphere ® training and his blog VMware2112 covers all things virtual, with topics running the gamut from VCP-DCV exams, to application virtualization tips, and automation tools. Don’t miss his expert opinions.

If you’re a VMware instructor and blog regularly, share your link via the comments or email us at educationservices@vmware.com.

Question of the Week: (vApp)

This week’s question comes from the VCP5- Data Center Virtualization practice exam.


A) Physical host
B) Resource Pool
D) vApp

Click through to the comments for the answer and learn more here.

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Just Like Winning an Oscar: VMware Certified Instructor of Quarter Announced

And the envelope, please! The Oscar goes to…

There may not be any red carpets, limos, or long speeches thanking parents and agents, but the VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) of the quarter award is just as prestigious as an Oscar win in our world.

This is a quarterly recognition awarded to VCIs for outstanding and inspiring contributions to VMware Education.

The Americas and Europe & Middle East winners identified for the period of January to March 2014 are Miguel Molina from Brazil and Hussam Abbas of Global Knowledge Egypt, respectively.  Congratulations to our two winners!

Miguel Molina


Miguel secured the win thanks to top-notch evaluation scores, with more than three quarters awarding him a maximum five out of five value. A VCI since 2010, Miguel taught over 190 classes and obtained quite a few of our certifications along the way. He  is the first LATAM VCI to win this award and is also one of the select few VMware LATAM VCIs to be chosen as an evaluator to run ICWs. He helps onboard new LATAM VCIs growing the pool of quality instructors.

Not only is he an instructor and consultant for VMware, but he is also a professor in the evenings at the Federal Institute of São Paulo (IFSP). As a professor he mentors graduate students in Cloud and VMware Virtualization. Miguel is recognized in LATAM as one of the top VMware experts having implemented and maintained vSphere and View at several companies.

Hussam Abbas


Europe and Middle East VCI winner Hussam has high evaluation scores, also with three quarters in the maximum five out of five range. While he is new to the world of VCI (he earned his certification in October 2012), he is already focused on teaching advanced courses. Not only was he among the first to run the new 5.5 versions of the courses released at the start of the quarter, but between teaching 10 courses, took his VCAP-DCA certification so he could start teaching advanced courses.

Hussam is also among the top VCIs in terms of number of days teaching and in teaching the widest range of courses of any of the candidates shortlisted for this award. He is recognized in the region as an expert in Site Recovery Manager, Horizon View, as well vSphere.

Thanks also to the other candidates who were shortlisted, the decision by the Americas VCI Program Team this quarter is  always very difficult.  All candidates come very close to winning and will no doubt win future awards.

Congratulations to our winners, Miguel and Hussam.

Question of the Week: (vCenter Server)

This week’s question comes from the VCP5- Data Center Virtualization practice exam.



a) vSphere Update Manager
b) vSphere Client
c) vSphere Web Client

Click through to the comments for the answer and learn more here.

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