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Monthly Archives: April 2015

New Pricing & New Videos for VMware Learning Zone

221x125_learningzoneThe VMware Learning Zone is a subscription-based service that gives you a full year of unlimited, 24/7 access to VMware video-based training. And for a limited time you can get a one-year subscription for just $500

In addition to the current videos on Site Recovery Manager, vSphere Managed Object Browser, Horizon, and much more, we are constantly adding content from VMware experts and instructors including tips, advice, and how to discussions on a variety of advanced topics. The newest videos added to the library are:

  • Monitoring a Service Using vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Hyperic by Nick Moore
  • vSphere 6: vMotion Enhancements by Andy Cary

Learn more about VMware Learning Zone and take advantage of our limited time pricing.

Share your Certification on your LinkedIn Profile

There’s a new way to spread the word about your VMware certification – sharing it on LinkedIn.

Just log into to the Portal for your certification
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and then click on the “Add to Profile” button for your certification.

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You’ll be taken to LinkedIn and given the option to add your certification to your profile
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EMEA VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) of the Quarter

2015-04-21 12.29.46EMEA VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) of the Quarter award is given to VCIs that aspire to be the best of the best. The awards are our version of the “Oscars” identifying and rewarding excellence. The award recognizes outstanding VMware Certified Instructors from the EMEA region who share their expertise about VMware technologies with others. The award is designed to support, promote, and develop VCIs by inspiring them to continually raise the standards of training.

The EMEA VCI of the Quarter award for the period of January to March 2015 goes to Gary Mobey from United Kingdom. During the quarter he delivered several classes including vSphere, Virtual SAN, Site Recovery Manager, and Horizon. On several of these courses all the students gave him perfect scores along with outstanding feedback such as:

“Top guy with an answer to everything.”

”Brilliant instruction from Gary!”

“Excellent Instructor. Best I’ve had.”

“I have attended a lot of courses over the years and Gary is one of the only instructors that has managed to keep me engaged and interested throughout the length of the course. His knowledge is impressive and his ability to relate the theory to real life is extremely useful.”

Gary was among the top VCIs in the region in terms of number of days teaching, and he was also top in evaluation scores. Despite being on platform every week he managed to deliver an impressively wide range of courses to a very high standard. He was also among the first to deliver the new vSphere 6 and vRealize Operations: Install, Configure, and Manage courses. Gary works for one of the larger VATCs and is one of their most experienced instructors and supports his colleagues. In addition, he works with to support the companies classroom lab environment. Gary also leads his students by example holding VMware certifications from multiple solution tracks.

Congratulations Gary!

Top 10 VMware Knowledge Base Resources

You’re busy—and you need answers, fast. Your best bet to find what you need and get back to work: VMware’s Knowledge Base also known simply as “KB”. It’s a great resource for frequently asked questions, support solutions, error messages, and troubleshooting guides, all in one place.

New to VMware Knowledge Base?
Start with the Using the VMware Knowledge Base article: it highlights how to browse topics, the types of actions you can take upon finding an article and where to go for additional resources. Think of it as your cheat sheet for any VMware Knowledge Base questions you may have.

Need help searching the Knowledge Base?
If you’re having trouble finding the right resource in the Knowledge Base, check out the Searching the VMware Knowledge Base article. It provides search tips, guidance on how to use filters and search operator suggestions to help you get the best results.

Have other questions?
If you’re having trouble finding the right answer, don’t stress: you can request new content, ask for new product features and provide feedback at the bottom of each article. You can also refer to the VMware Support Insider Blog, which contains even more useful information, including video webinars and tutorials.

Top 10 VMware Knowledge Base articles
To get you started, here are the top 10 most popular articles on the VMware Knowledge Base. You’ll find answers to the most common problems or issues—no searching required.

  1. Hardware and firmware requirements for 64-bit guest operating systems
  2. Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Operating System does not boot or install on ESXi or ESX
  3. Response to OpenSSL security issue CVE-2014-0160/CVE-2014-0346 a.k.a: “Heartbleed”
  4. TCP and UDP Ports required to access VMware vCenter Server, VMware ESXi and ESX hosts, and other network components
  5. Upgrading to VMware Tools 5.1 causes log spew with the message: Error in the RPC receive loop: RpcIn: Unable to send
  6. vSphere 5.1 compatibility with VMware View
  7. How to download VMware products and troubleshooting issues with downloads
  8. Intermittent NFS APDs on VMware ESXi 5.5 U1
  9. VM Snapshot Size (GB) alarm incorrectly triggers on virtual machines with no snapshots
  10. Increasing the size of a virtual disk

Take a spin around the VMware Knowledge Base and let us know what you think in the comments. Which articles did you find most useful?

Top Questions From Our Micro-segmentation with NSX Webinar

johnkruegerLast week we held a webinar on Micro-segmentation with VMware NSX where VMware Certified Instructor John Krueger discussed the major features and capabilities of VMware NSX 6.1 and how in a software defined data center, a zero trust security model becomes achievable when taking advantage of features in VMware NSX. The conversation led to several questions, some of which we wanted to share with you.

Where can find step-by-step instruction for installation & configuration of NSX on ESX host?
Please see the NSX Installation and Upgrade Guide

What about network tools (reporting, monitoring, …) are they provided by NSX?
NSX provides Flow Monitoring for watching traffic through the Distributed Firewall. There is also a packet capture utility built into ESXi that is VXLAN aware, and can capture traffic at any point from the vNIC egress to physical uplink egress, and most points in between. NSX can take advantage of that capture utility and provides a traceflow function to capture and allow you to analyze traffic from one VM all the way to another across the Logical Network. NSX also provides auditing and logging for administrator activity. VMware provides a Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager for deep insight into NSX, its Logical Network topologies and components, and a Content Pack for vRealize LogInsight for a more visual syslog analysis.

If NSX extends the L2 boundaries of a Data Center, how does redundancy and configuration protection works between two data centers? Will only one NSX Appliance manage both data centers? Or will each DC have its own NSX appliance? 
If I have multiple physical sites managed by a common vCenter Server, the NSX Manager will exist only in one site (likely on your management cluster). Because NSX has a 1-to-1 relationship with vCenter Server, if I have multiple NSX Managers, that implies multiple vCenter Servers. There is currently no synchronization between them.

NSX has to go through physical hardware to get to a different ESX host. Routing and firewall make a lot of sense to do at the hypervisor level but what are some of the benefits on the switch level if you still have physical hardware?
Because the routing and firewalling happen within the hypervisor, the network requirements for the physical infrastructure are lessened, making the physical easier to operate, less of a touch point, and a more stable asset.

Is the micro-segmentation concept based on the VXLAN VNI separation? Or is it more of an NSX logical segmentation on top?
Micro-segmentation is based on the fact that we can now provide security filtering at the virtual NIC, so that each NIC is now segmented and protected within the environment.

What is future of existing network engineers with introduction of VMware NSX?
I think they have a very bright future. Generally, the network engineers will be the ones managing the virtualized networks, not the vSphere administrators.

 

A recording of the webinar is now available on demand, along with all our other webinars from the past few months. Check them out.

New Dates Set for VCDX Workshop Online

VCDX merchOur VCDX Workshop is one of the most popular ways we help people get ready for the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) design defense. However, we know that not everyone can make it to one of the live sessions in person, so we’re going to deliver a shortened version of it via WebEx throughout the year too. We’ve just added two dates to the schedule for May:

If you’re not familiar with the Online VCDX Workshop, it’s a semi-interactive session is a complete and engaging deep dive into the VCDX Process providing tips and success strategies for: solution design selection and development; the VCDX application and supporting documentation; creation and delivery of the design overview; the VCDX design scenario; and the VCDX troubleshooting scenario.  For the online webex version all audio will be broadcast, and questions will be asked and answered real time via the WebEx Q&A window.  Like the Online Q1 VCDX Workshop this will also be recorded and posted to VMTN.

If you’re pursuing the VCDX certification, the VCDX Workshop is the perfect start to your journey. Unlike the live events where space is limited, the online sessions are unlimited – but we do ask that you register using the links above so we know who’s interested.

I look forward to you joining us in May!

2 New VCA Certifications Available: VCA6-DCV and VCA6-DTM

VCALast week we announced three new VMware Certified Associate programs, and today we’re making two more available:

The links above will take you to the requirements for new candidates, related training courses, and objectives for each exam.

Stay up to date on the latest certification and course releases by signing up for our email notifications here.

How Tos for vRealize Operations Manager, Horizon, and More Top Posts from VMware Professional Services

In Case You Missed It!

Our friends from around the VMware blogosphere publish everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about how you work. Check out the latest posts and try something new!

Using Super Metrics to Populate Widgets in vRealize Operations Manager

Want to get more metrics out of your VMware vRealize Operations Manager dashboard? Get step-by-step instructions on how to populate a widget with your required super metrics.

Link VMware Horizon Deployments Together with Cloud Pod Architecture

Looking for an easier way to link Horizon deployments? Learn how to configure and manage Cloud Pod Architecture right from the web interface with Horizon 6.1.

The Cloud Architect: Change Champion for the New IT

With so many recent changes in IT, the career field is constantly evolving. Learn to adapt your skills to stay relevant—and consider roles like that of the cloud architect as the industry shifts to service-oriented IT.

Why Service Owners Are Integral to IT-as-a-Service Delivery

While service owner accountabilities won’t change drastically in the shift to an ITaaS environment, their importance will. See how they’ll take on a coaching role in order to drive delivery.

Approval Policies: It’s All About the People

Having trouble implementing efficient approval policies? Find out why people approvers may be resistant—and how you can work toward a solution together.

New vSphere, SRM, Storage, and NSX Courses

We’ve released several new courses over the last month – check them out below!NEW Courses

Instructor-Led Courses

  • VMware vSphere: Bootcamp [V6] – This course is a intensive combination of our best-selling hands-on vSphere training courses delivered in two parts across five days of extended hours. Part one focuses on installing, configuring, and managing vSphere 6, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.0 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6.0. Part two builds advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure.
  • VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.1] – This comprehensive, fast-paced training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX. This course covers NSX as a part of the software-defined data center platform, implementation use cases along with features of NSX, and functionality operating at Layer 2 through Layer 7 of the OSI model. Data center network architectures are examined to demonstrate how NSX intersects with and virtualizes functions of a Cisco-based infrastructure in spine-leaf and traditional core-aggregate-access architectures.

 On Demand Courses

Free eLearning Courses

  • Software-Defined Storage elearning – Overviews the storage pillars of a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) and how VMware’s Software-Defined Storage (SDS) strategy helps to mitigate the storage challenges faced by the Hardware-Defined Data Centers.
  • Data Center Virtualization elearning – Provides a fundamental understanding of VMware’s Data Center Virtualization products, the components and features of vSphere 6, and how vSphere 6 helps resolve commonly faced business and IT challenges.

IDC Whitepaper Confirms Value of IT Training

IDC WP_Screenshot CoverThe verdict is in. IT Training is critical for organizations who want to achieve tangible benefits from a software-defined data center (SDDC). In the new VMware-sponsored IDC whitepaper “Software-Defined Datacenter: Evolving Datacenter Management and IT Skills”, IDC Analyst Cushing Anderson discusses the link between IT training and recognizing the business benefits of an SDDC including:

  • Accelerated time to value
  • Higher system resiliency
  • Optimized IT and staffing spend
  • Increased IT staff focus on innovation

Here’s a sample of what else you’ll find:

“With a properly designed and deployed SDDC managed and optimized by well-skilled staff, organizations can realize a range of performance benefits.” (p. 9)

“These benefits can be realized only by accelerating the evolution of the datacenter, which involves transforming technology, transforming processes to manage the datacenter, and transforming the IT staff with increased and ongoing training.” (p. 10)

 

Cushing Anderson, IDC Program Vice President Project-based Services, speaks on a variety of topics including business consulting drivers, talent and the impact of certification on organizational performance. He has authored a number of IDC publications on IT Training and Certification including the “Worldwide and U.S. IT Education and Training Services 2014–2018 Forecast.”

Download a copy of the whitepaper