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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Save 50% off vSphere 6 Troubleshooting Class in Dallas

BETA ClassesCheck out our newest beta course: VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V6.0] offered 9-13 November in Dallas, TX. You’ll leave this hands-on workshop with crucial VMware vSphere 6 troubleshooting knowledge, skills, and abilities. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the command-line interface (CLI), VMware vSphere® Web Client, VMware vRealize™ Log lnsight™, and other tools to analyze and solve problems.

VMware offers BETA courses to anyone wanting to participate in finalizing the near complete course. You save 50% off the course price and get the same valuable VMware training that fully qualifies towards certification. Sign up here if you’d like to be notified when future BETA courses are released.

Update on VCP6 Beta Exam Results

Ed. Update 9/30/2015:

We have an update on the Beta exam results:

Our vendor is working on these results and we expect to have them by the end of the week for the 2V0-621 exam. Transcripts will be updated once they work through our system. Once those results are processed, they will begin working on the 2V0-620 results.

See my comment below for a few more details.


Many of you have been patiently waiting to hear the results of the VMware Certified Professional 6 (VCP6) beta exam you participated in earlier this summer.

We just received the anticipated beta rescore dates:

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You will receive your exam score via email as usual, and shortly thereafter you will be able to log into myLearn to review your updated transcript.

There is a significant amount of review and processing that goes into analyzing beta results and the work that goes into creating a valid and fair final exam. However, we anticipated that these results would come sooner and that we would have more information to share. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this might have caused and will work to improve our processes.

Thank you,

Paul Sorensen


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VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Extended

VCP-DCVWe spoke to a lot of you at VMworld 2015 US about our certification programs and received a lot of feedback around the new programs, exam registration, and recertification. We take this feedback seriously.

One of the things you asked for is an extension on taking the VCP5-DCV Delta exam. Some of you are not ready to upgrade to VCP6-DCV yet but need to recertify and keep your status. To make this easier, we extended availability for this exam through December 31, 2015.

If you have any comments on this, or any part of the program, please let us know.

New VMware ViewPoint Webinar: VMworld US 2015 Recap

Did you miss VMworld US this year or need a recap? Join us for the next installment of the ViewPoint Webinar Series on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET.

During this one-hour webinar, Andrew Ellwood, Senior Education Product Manager and John Hathaway, Senior Education Portfolio Product Manager will give you an overview of the key product announced at VMworld and how VMware training and certification is aligned.

Webinar Details
VMworld US 2015 Recap
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET

Featured Speakers
Andrew Ellwood
Senior Education Product Manager, GTS Curriculum, VMware

John Hathaway
Senior Education Portfolio Product Manager, GTS Curriculum, 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.

New vSphere and Horizon Beta Classes

Editor Update 10/7 – Both of these classes will now be delivered as Live Online, so you can attend from anywhere. 

BETA ClassesSave 50% off the list price when you attend the beta version of our new training courses. VMware BETA courses gives you 50% off the same valuable VMware training for helping us finalize the nearly completed course.

VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V6] 

San Francisco, CA, 28-29 October
This two-day course combines lecture and hands-on labs to give operators and administrators the skills to effectively work with, create, and manage VMware virtual machines.

VMware Horizon: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] 

San Jose, CA, 27-30 October
This hands-on training course gives you the skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform. It builds your skills in installing, configuring, and managing the View component of VMware Horizon™ 6, release 6.2, through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs. This course teaches you how to configure and deploy pools of virtual machines, how to manage access and security of the machines, and how to provide end users a customized desktop environment.

Save Room in your VMworld Europe Schedule

VMworld Cert-Graphic-VMworld 2015 Europe is just a few weeks away! Now is the time to start thinking about which sessions and activities to attend.

We have some terrific 30 minute Theatre Sessions planned in the VMworld Education and Certification Lounge (Located in Hall 7) each day. Be sure to add these to your personalized schedule using the VMworld 2015 Europe Schedule Builder. Many of these sessions were standing room only at VMworld 2015 US, so be sure to sign up early and reserve your seat.

Virtual SAN 6: A Radically Simple Solution

  • Tuesday, 1pm
  • Wednesday, 4pm

VMware Virtual SAN is radically simple, hypervisor-converged storage designed and optimized for vSphere virtual infrastructure. Join Javier Menendez for a quick dive into the capabilities of VMware Virtual SAN 6 and training options available to build your skills and knowledge.

VMware NSX: What, How and Why?

  • Tuesday, 3pm
  • Wednesday, 2pm

Have you deployed VMware NSX and want to know what it can do for you? Or maybe you’re considering it and just want to learn more. Come join Paul McSharry for an overview of what the NSX platform means to an enterprise, their business and technical staff. Example use cases are discussed, followed by a deeper look into the components and considerations to deploy the platform. Attendees will be guided to additional content and a high level approach for proof of concept with NSX n their environment.

VMware vSphere 6: Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks

  • Tuesday, 11am
  • Wednesday, 1pm
  • Thursday, 11am

Did you know that vSphere 6 launched more than 650 new features and innovations? Javier Menendez will share troubleshooting techniques to help you be better prepared to take advantage of what vSphere 6 can offer.

vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource

  • Tuesday, 2pm
  • Wednesday, 11am

VMware vRealize™ Automation is a phenomenal product that goes beyond Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) based cloud delivery solutions, and is wholly dedicated to providing a true Anything as a Service (XaaS) solution. Join Brett Guarino for this session where we’ll define how a traditional vSphere infrastructure built using vCenter Server and ESXi hosts will be abstracted as a resource to be used by the vRealize Automation Cloud Abstraction layer.

Introduction to AirWatch

  • Tuesday, 4pm

AirWatch is an enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform with the flexibility to support multiple use cases with unified management of endpoints, end-to-end security from devices to data center, and seamless integration across enterprise systems. Join Andy Roberts for an overview of AirWatch applications and functions from an end-user perspective. Learn more about how to deploy enterprise mobility solutions across every device, every operating system and every mobile deployment while integrating with existing enterprise systems and providing a unified experience for your end-users.

VMware Training: How Do You Prefer to Learn?

  • Wednesday, 12pm

Whether you prefer self-paced, online or traditional classroom training, VMware Education Services has an option that fits your schedule and your learning style. Andy Cary will explore different training methods and also tell you how we can assess your organization’s learning needs and deliver customized, tailored training.

Get on Track with the VMware Certification Roadmap

  • Tuesday, 12pm

VMware certification validates critical skills for IT professionals in high demand areas such as cloud and virtualization. Paul Sorensen will walk you through the certification process and help you understand how achieving VMware certification supports and expands your career goals. We’ll discuss tips and techniques to help you prepare for your exam, including VMware Learning Zone.

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Quickstart

  • Wednesday, 3pm
  • Thursday, 1pm

Are you ready to achieve the status of VMware® Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)? Undeleeb Din will discuss tools and resources available to help you prepare for the exam, give you a feel for the way exam items will be presented, along overview key concepts included in the exam.

Where to Start with vSphere 6 Training

  • Tuesday, 12pm

VMware training provides critical skills for IT professionals in high demand areas such as cloud and virtualization. Javier Menendez will walk you through the training process and help you understand how attending VMware training supports and expands your career goals. We’ll discuss how to identify the correct course for your job role and the different ways to attend training, including VMware On Demand.

Simplified Registration Process for Advanced Exams Coming


We are in the process of simplifying the registration and scheduling process for VMware Advanced exams (VCAP5-DCA, VCAP5-DCD or VCIX-NV) to eliminate the need for a second PearsonVue account. However, this entails some short term impacts to our registration process you should be aware of.

  • From now until October 15, you will not be able to register for any Advanced exam appointments beyond November 30, 2015
  • Between October 15-18, exam registration will be closed for Advanced exams only to ensure a smooth transition.
  • On October 19, you will once again be able to register for any Advanced VMware exam throughout the rest of 2015 and beyond.

As of October 19, the NEW process will be streamlined so that candidates will no longer be required to click on a separate link to register for their Advanced exams. The new process for existing candidates scheduling their first VCAP/VCIX exam will be:

  1. Request exam authorization at www.vmware.com/certification
  2. Once authorization has been granted, sign into http://www.pearsonvue.com/vmware/
  3. Finish your exam registration as usual

We hope that you will find that this short-term limitation will result in simplifying your VMware Advanced exam scheduling experience once the process is completed on October 19.

The project does NOT involve any exam retirements and does NOT involve any exam content changes. This project is strictly related to simplifying the process by which you register for VMware Advanced certification exams.

If you have any other questions or feedback on this new process, please let us know in the comments below.

Apple Watch Offer Extended

2015-06-01_1330Offer extended to December 18, 2015!

There’s no better time than right now to discover the latest VMware technologies and solutions like vSphere 6, NSX, and vRealize Automation.

And for a limited time, when you complete select VMware courses you will also get your choice of either a free Apple® Watch or 15% off the course price.

Don’t miss out on these great offers! 

VMware Certificate Authority, Organizational Change, and Other Top Posts from our Professional Services Team

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!

VMware Certificate Authority – My Favorite New Feature of vSphere 6.0 – Part 1 – The History
Technical Solutions Architect Jonathan McDonald discusses VMware certificates, what you need to know about the architectural design of them, and some new features you may not know about. This is Part 1 of a three part series, so stay tuned for the rest.

Organizational Change: Perfecting the Process
Transformation Strategist Rich Hawkins and Transformation Senior Consultant Greg Link discuss the stages of Organizational Change from beginning to end as a primer for what to consider, and when to consider it, during each stage of the process.

From CIO to CEO: Financing your ITaaS Organization with Charge-back
Transformation Consultant Jason Stevenson explores a quickly-executable IT cost model to calculate Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of IT services using tools and data to establish a price that is simple, accurate, equitable, scalable, and agile.

Managing Horizon Gold Images Across Multi-Site Deployments
Find out how you can use the new vSphere 6 Content Library to keep your Gold/Master images in sync while deploying VMware Horizon across multiple sites or data centers.

App Volumes AD Objects Move Issue
Senior Consultant Jeffrey Davidson discusses App Volumes and things to check for when you’re having trouble logging in.

EUC Design series: Application Rationalization and Workspace Management
Principal Architect and CTO Ambassadors member TJ Vatsa shares the what, why, and how of application rationalization and workspace management. Learn about the challenges architects should be aware of while analyzing and defining an enterprise application strategy.

Cloning AppStacks and Modifying Scripts
Jeremy Wheeler, experienced senior consultant and architect for VMware’s Professional Services Organization, shares his lists of batch files—end-user system batch files and provisioning system batch files—to avoid recreating AppStacks.