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Monthly Archives: November 2014

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VMware_ProfessionalServices_Blog_RoundUp_R2_NotepadIcon_90x90Calling all Firefighters! Build your vMuscle with advanced training in VMware vSphere

Everyone knows you shouldn’t skip leg day – but have you been flexing your vMuscles? Just as firefighters stay in shape by running regular drills, our instructors and students run their own virtual drills to stay ready for anything.

We’re encouraging our advanced IT pros to test themselves, either online or in person, with the vSphere Troubleshooting Workshop. Think you’ve got what it takes? Check out the prerequisites on the original blog post, then check out the course page to sign up.

VMware_ProfessionalServices_Blog_RoundUp_R2_NotepadIcon_90x90Calling all VCP5-DCVs: Save Time and Money on Recertification

For those looking to recertify without expanding to new solution tracks or advancing levels, we have a streamlined exam designed just for you. This exam can be taken online, and is only based on the new material between the vSphere 5.0/5.1 and vSphere 5.5 exams. Save yourself a whole bunch of prep time, but only for a limited time – the exam will only be offered through November 30, 2014.

Only a couple weeks left! Grab the exam blueprint and learn more here.

VMware_ProfessionalServices_Blog_RoundUp_R2_NotepadIcon_90x90New Courses on NSX and Cloud Orchestration Now Available

Have you seen the two new courses we’ve added to our line up?

For Internetworking Experts, we’re not offering a VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts: Fast Track [V6.0]. Experienced system admins specializing in networking can save 50% off a VCP exam voucher when attending this training. It’s a 5 day extended, instructor-led course that will explore NSX as part of the software-defined data center, implementation, use cases, features, and functionality operating at layer 2 through layer 7 of the OSI model. The discount on VCP is only for a limited time though, so sign up today.

For experienced VMware administrators, automation and orchestration system integrators, and proviate cloud and public cloud administrators, we’re offering the VMware Cloud Orchestration and Extensibility [V6.1] course. This is a five day hands on course that will cover the use of VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.5 and VMware vCloud Automation Center [V6.1]. See the details and pick your training date here.



VCAP-DCA and VCAP-DCD Exam Retirement

VCAP-DCD (1)VCAP-DCAVMware Certification is announcing the retirement of two exams:

  • Exam VDCA510 which qualified candidates for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA) certification and was based on vSphere V5.0
  • Exam VDCD510 which qualified candidates for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD) certification and was based on vSphere V5.0

Both exams will be retired on January 31, 2015, and you will not be able to schedule them after this date.

You can still earn your VCAP5-DCA or VCAP5-DCD certification by passing the exams based on vSphere V5.5 – VDCA550 and VDCD550, respectively.

If you have prepared for the retiring exams but will not be able to test before January 31, 2015, we suggest the following courses to help you prepare for the vSphere V5.5 exams.

24/7 Access to Continuous VMware Learning: VMware Learning Zone

VMware Learning Zone is a new subscription-based service that gives you a full year of unlimited, 24/7 access to official VMware video-based training. Top VMware experts and instructors discuss solutions, provide tips and give advice on a variety of advanced topics. Your VMware Learning Zone subscription gives you:

  • Easy to consume training on the latest products and technologies
  • Powerful search functionality to find the answers you need fast
  • Content that delivers exactly the knowledge you need
  • Mobile access for on the go viewing
  • much more

Question of the Week (vCloud Air)

This week’s question comes from the vCloud Air video series.



A) Test & Dev
B) Mission Critical App
C) Disaster Recovery
D) All of the above

Click through to the comments for the answer.

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Four Steps to Building Your Career Plan in 2015


What are your career goals for 2015? The right skills can lead to recognition, growth and new options – if you plan it right. We have a list of questions to ask yourself as you plan out any training you may want to take on in the next year.

Set your goals

What is your ideal next career move, and what kind of knowledge does it require? Take a look at your situation and decide whether you are interested becoming more specialized or more generalized. If you really enjoy one specific technology, it might be time to focus there. If you know your company is looking for people with skills you don’t yet have, maybe focus on which new areas you can become certified in. Create actionable goals that will guide your yearly plan.

Research Your Options

Where can you go for resources? Depending on whether you want to focus on a product or a certification, VMware offers different Learning Paths to follow. Our tools are available to help you understand which path will best suit your needs, and help you plan your next step.

Engage With Your Employer

How can my manager help? Once you know what you’re hoping to achieve, we recommend connecting with your manager to ensure that s/he is aware of the effort you’re expending, and is there to support you. Skilled IT employees are in high demand, and once you’ve talked through how your personal development plan intersects with the needs of your organization, you’ll be setting yourself up for a very successful year. Plus, many companies may be willing to pay for training and allow for time off to attend the classes.

Identify Your Training Style

Do you learn better in a classroom, via live online sessions, or on your own schedule? Plans may always change, of course, but having something in place now will make it that much easier to stay focused over the coming year. We have several delivery options available, so that you can learn via the method that works best for you. Make sure you understand how your training will fit into everything else you have planned for the upcoming year.

Need help? We’re always happy to lend a hand in creating personalized training plans. There’s so much to learn, and before you know it the new year will have started! Let 2015 be the year you take your career to the next level!

Virtualizing Oracle Databases on vSphere

The start-to-finish guide to virtualizing business-critical Oracle Software and Databases on VMware vSphere.

Virtualizing Oracle Databases on vSphere

Virtualizing large-scale Oracle software and databases on vSphere can deliver powerful scalability, availability, and performance benefits. Recognizing this opportunity, thousands of organizations are moving to virtualize Oracle. However, reliable best practices have been difficult to find, and database and virtualization professionals often bring incompatible perspectives to the challenge.

Virtualizing Oracle® Databases on vSphere® is the first authoritative, comprehensive, and best-practice guide to running Oracle on VMware platforms. Reflecting a deep understanding of both Oracle and vSphere, this guide is supported by extensive in-the-field experience with the full spectrum of database applications and environments. Both a detailed reference and a practical cookbook, it combines theory and practice, and offers up-to-date insights for the entire lifecycle, supported by case studies.

Kannan Mani and Don Sullivan fully address architecture, performance, design, sizing, and high availability. Focusing on current versions of Oracle and vSphere, they highlight the differences between ESX/ESXi 4.x and 5.x wherever relevant. To deliver even more value, they provide extensive online resources, including easy-to-adapt scripts and expert how-to videos.



Coverage includes:

        • Understanding the DBA’s expanded role in virtualized environments, and the emergence of the vDBA, vRACDBA, and Cloud DBA
        • Identifying your best opportunities to drive value from virtualizing Oracle
        • Anticipating challenges associated with virtualizing Oracle-based Business Critical Applications on vSphere
        • Using VMware to overcome ongoing database deployment and management problems
        • Protecting your virtualized database environment with vSphere’s high-availability capabilities
        • Designing databases to achieve scalability on demand, maximize availability, consolidate servers, and improve compliance
        • Implementing best practices for memory, storage, and database layout
        • Demystifying the impact of virtualization on Oracle support and licensing
        • Using VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to accelerate disaster recovery by seamlessly integrating VM and storage failover
        • Streamlining provisioning and taking advantage of opportunities to automate

Order your copy today!


Question of the Week (Software-Defined Data Center)

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






















A) Yes, it is available in all editions of vSphere 5.1
B) Yes, it is an Enterprise Plus feature
C) Yes, it is available in Enterprise and Enterprise Plus
D) No

Click through to the comments for the answer.

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The Secret to Passing VCP and Other VMware Exams

What does it take to get VMware certified? Feats of amazing strength, x-ray vision, or superhuman brain power? While those powers are indeed enviable, they are not needed or required to pass VMware exams. In fact, the best way to pass is to take the required courses, study, and take advantage of a new and very useful tool of the trade.

Learn the steps to passing your next VMware exam: