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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Getting vSphere 6 off the ground and more from Global Support Services

In Case You Missed It!

Each month, we’ll share the top VMware Global Support Services (GSS) news, alerts, and announcements from our sister blog, VMware Support Insider. Read on to find out what you might have missed last month.

Fresh vSphere 6 KB articles!
With vSphere 6 out for a few weeks, we’ve put together some brand new Knowledge Base articles addressing the customer feedback we’ve received so far. Take a look to see if they answer your vSphere 6 questions—and if not, let us know!

How to install vSphere 6 ESXi using the Interactive Installer
Installing vSphere 6 for a smaller deployment? This video offers step-by-step instructions on using the Interactive Installer for deployments of four or fewer hosts.

Maintaining the vCenter Server Database
Check out the latest video in our webinar series to get a high level overview of the vCenter Server Database architecture, plus best practices and tips for maintaining the database.

Introduction to VMware vRealize Orchestrator 6 – KBTV Webinars
Want more from our free webinar series? This video covers vRealize Orchestrator 6: how to install and configure it, how to create a simple workflow, and more.

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New Titles added to 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. In addition to the current videos on Site Recovery Manager, VMware Directory Services Database (vmdir), Virtual SAN, 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:

  • Introduction to EVO:RAIL (Part 1: Presentation) by Mike Laverick
  • Introduction to EVO:RAIL (Part 2: Demo) by Mike Laverick
  • PSOD Analysis and Troubleshooting (Part 1 of 2) by Shane O’Connor
  • PSOD Analysis and Troubleshooting (Part 2 of 2) by Shane O’Connor

Learn more about VMware Learning Zone and take advantage of our limited time $500 price.

Are there other topics you want to see covered in the Learning Zone? Let us know in the comments below.



2015 VCDX Advisory Council Survey

VCDX merchBack in October 2014, we announced that a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Advisory Council was being formed with initial members. It’s coming time to rotate out the current members with new members for the second half of 2015. The panel is made up of three internal VMware employee VCDX’s and three external VCDX’s.  To make the process simple we have created an online survey for current VCDX’s to fill out. The current council will then review and vote on their replacements, along with Karl Childs and myself. The following dates will be how we manage the change over process.

  • May 26: Survey Posted
  • June 15: Survey Closed
  • June 16-23: Council review/voting
  • June 30: First call with new members and departing members

The basic terms of the council are that you must be willing to commit to the following:

  • Have been a VCDX for at least a year.
  • Publicly support any decisions and communications made by the council.
  • Attend all council meetings (we understand some conflicts will occur.) The calls are held bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 11am EST.

Feel free to post questions here, but the survey is pretty easy and straight forward.  We look forward to hearing from some of you for this unique opportunity.

NEW! VMware EMEA Education Course Catalogue Schedule for Q2-Q3 2015


Download the Schedule (PDF)

We’ve made it easier for you to see when VMware Delivered open-enrolment courses are scheduled in Europe, Middle East and Africa. To sit alongside our current course catalogue we have created a schedule (PDF) which shows all the Classroom and Live Online courses scheduled up until September 30th 2015.

All courses can be found and booked via our website. Any other enquiries please contact us at EMEAEducation@vmware.com.

Our Current Open Enrolment Course Availability:

  • vSphere Optimize & Scale [V5.5] & [V6.0]
  • vSphere Troubleshooting [V5.5]
  • NSX: Install, Configure, and Manage [V6.0] & [V6.1]
  • NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.1]
  • vRealize Automation: Install, Configure and Manage [V6.2]
  • vRealize Operations Manager: Install, Configure and Manage [V6.0]
  • vCenter Configuration Manager: Install, Configure and Manage [V5.7]
  • vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze & Predict [V5.x]
  • Cloud Orchestration & Extensibility [V6.1]
  • Other vCloud Courses
  • Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage [V5.5]

Additional courses available On Demand

Discover VMware tips and tricks from an SMB perspective


In Case You Missed It!

We know there are unique challenges when it comes to implementing enterprise IT at a small or mid-size business (SMB) — that’s why we’ve pulled together posts from the VMware blogosphere that we think might be useful to you: get tips and how-tos on VMware solutions, along with additional resources from an SMB perspective.

Evolution of IT 

IT has rapidly evolved over the past 15 years—costs have dropped, speed has increased and virtualization has soared. See how cloud computing has changed the game in this eBook sponsored by VMware.

Location-Based Printing  

With Horizon 6, IT organizations can map desktops to the nearest printer—meaning no matter where you are, you can print to whatever printer is closest. Learn how to set it up, plus find handy reference guides with more information.

Upgrading Your Virtual Environment?

Ready for a new release? We’ll help you make a smooth transition, whether you’re doing a fresh install or upgrading your existing environment. Discover the pros and cons of each—and why a mixed approach may be best—in this post.

Like what you see? We’ll be rounding up the top SMB posts each month, so come back often to discover new tips, solutions, and reference guides for VMware products from a small and mid-size business point-of-view.

Save 50% off Certification Exams at VMworld 2015 US

vmworld2015-logo-blackThe most popular VMware certification exams will be 50% off the regular price during VMworld 2015 US in San Francisco, California! This is an excellent opportunity to recertify your certification or validate new skills at a significant savings.

Space is limited in our Certification Exam Center, so we recommend registering in advance.

  • Option 1 – Bundle your exam with your VMworld registration. Simply select the Certification Exam Voucher on Step 4 of your VMworld registration and we’ll send you instructions on how to select your exam date and time.
  • Option 2 – Start at PearsonVue’s site and complete your exam registration separately from your VMworld registration.

For the complete list of available exams and testing center hours, click here.

New VMware ViewPoint Webinar: Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6

Interested in learning about troubleshooting strategies and best practices for vSphere 6? Then you’ll want to join us for the next installment of the ViewPoint Webinar Series, Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6, on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET.

During this webinar, Jamie Rawson, VMware Senior Technical Instructor will discuss troubleshooting strategies and best practices utilizing VMware® ESXi™ 6.0, and VMware® vCenter Server™ 6.0. He will be using the VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) and graphical user interfaces to identify and resolve configuration and operational issues. You’ll also hear about specific strategies for:

  • Networking
  • Storage
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • VMware ESXi host
  • VMware vSphere HA Cluster
  • VMware vSphere vMotion

Webinar Details
Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET

Featured Speaker
Jamie Rawson
Senior Technical Instructor at VMware
Register today

The free ViewPoint Webinar Series connects you with VMware experts and is a great addition to your VMware training. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from VMware Certified Instructors and find out how VMware training can extend your expertise.

Get Tips for Talking Cloud Strategy at Your Organization—Plus 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!

How to Deploy User Environment Manager in 60 Minutes or Less

Ready to implement VMware’s new User Environment Manager? This deployment guide will get you up-and-running quickly, as there’s no extra infrastructure needed for configuration.

Perform Proactive Load Testing to Build a Successful Environment

You’ve read the white papers and studied the reference architecture: now it’s time to load test your infrastructure. This how-to guide will walk you through the process of a successful load test.

Using Super Metrics to Populate Widgets in VMware 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.

Optimizing IT Services for DevOps, Agility, and Cloud Capabilities

Customers are pressuring IT to deploy services and systems faster than ever. Find out how to take advantage of DevOps, Agile, and cloud to stay up-to-date and become a more nimble organization. 

7 Tips on Leveraging a Change Agent Program to Boost Cloud Adoption

Looking to improve adoption of your cloud initiative? We’ve got 7 tips on how to do so—by creating a change agent program that builds internal awareness, shares expertise, and builds community.

Turning IT Operations Management Dreams Into Reality

Ready to simplify your IT operations management? Check out this infographic to discover how VMware vRealize Operations Insight delivers intelligent IT ops management for businesses of all sizes. 

VMware vRealize Code Stream: Is DevOps Tools or Transformation?

DevOps provides the tools to assist in automating deployment and release processes. But for DevOps to truly be successful, it requires operations transformation. Find out why.

When to Engage Your Organization in Their Cloud Journey

When it comes to the cloud, timing is everything. Find a balance between building momentum and keeping your distance—and get more tips on gearing up for the cloud journey at your organization.

VMware Named to 2015 Learning! 100

Learning100CircleAwardArt2015VMware has been named to 2015 Learning! 100 by Elearning! Media Group for a third time.

“The Learning! 100 recognizes the top 100 global learning organizations for high performance. These organizations are innovative, collaborative and have a truly immersive learning culture,” reports Catherine Upton, Award Chairperson. In its fifth year, the Learning! 100 includes 60 corporate enterprises and 40 public sector organizations.

Get Virtually Fit with vSphere 6 Boot Camp

When VMware introduced vSphere 6 in February, it was one of the most anticipated product launches in VMware’s history. This new version of vSphere came loaded with over 650 new features.

vSphere 6 Boot Camp_tshirt photoVMware vSphere 6 delivers powerful capabilities. You need to be trained to take advantage of them. That’s why we’ve introduced the VMware vSphere 6 Boot Camp in cities across the US.

The vSphere 6 Boot Camp is not your traditional training. We’ve combined two of VMware’s most popular vSphere courses – vSphere Install, Configure, Manage [V6] and vSphere Optimize and Scale [V6] – to give you five days of intense, hands-on vSphere 6 training. We realize that completing the boot camp requires commitment. We’ve designed the course to deliver some real advantages:

  • You complete the equivalent of two courses in five days – you get back to work sooner, ready to use what you’ve learned
  • Being in the classroom with an instructor gives you instant access to VMware experts trained in vSphere 6 and its capabilities
  • This is the only course currently offered that maps to both the VMware Certified Professional 6  (VCP6) Foundation and VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) exams
  • You get a free catered lunch
  • When you complete the course, you get the exclusive “Boot Camp Survivor” t-shirt

Completing the vSphere 6 Boot Camp will set you apart from the crowd. Register now to take advantage of this great opportunity to gain in-depth, comprehensive vSphere 6 training.

Location Date
Denver, CO June 1, 2015
Chicago, IL May 18, 2015, June 1, 2015
Burlington, MA May 18, 2015, June 1, 2015, June 15, 2015
Dallas, TX June 1, 2015
Washington, DC June 15, 2015
San Francisco, CA June 8, 2015, June 15, 2015