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Monthly Archives: November 2015

New vSphere & Horizon Videos added to VMware Learning Zone

221x125_learningzoneVMware Learning Zone offers one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts, with two subscription options available: Standard or Premium subscription.

We are constantly releasing new videos to the library, with four new ones added in the last month:

  • Horizon Flex Containerized Policy-Based Desktop: Certificate and Mirage Configuration – In this video, Peter Schraml shows you how to create and use a Microsoft CA generated certificate, how to set up and configure Horizon Mirage as a policy engine, and how to create a FLEX image (template) for delivery to multiple devices with the FLEX Player.
  • vSphere Distributed Switch – Overview and Demo – In this video, Undeleeb Din introduces you to vSphere distributed switch (VDS): what it is, its benefits compared to a standard switch, and architecture. He then demonstrates how to create a distributed switch and how migrate a configuration from a standard switch via web client and using host profiles.
  • vSphere 6 Fault Tolerance: Part 1 – Introduction and Overview  In this video, Andy Cary introduces the enhancements in vSphere 6, with a particular focus on fault tolerance.
  • vSphere 6 Fault Tolerance: Part 2 – Demonstration – In this video, Andy Cary demonstrates fault tolerance in vSphere 6.

You can see the complete list of available titles here, as well as sample videos.

Any specific topics you’d like to see us cover? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pearson Security Breach – VMware not impacted

Hi Everyone,

You may have seen some information regarding a malware attack at Pearson VUE. Pearson notified us of the attack today and we have confirmed with the Pearson team that this incident did not impact the VMware Certification Program or VMware certification candidates in any way. The system that was attacked is not utilized by, or connected to the VMWare Certification Program.

If you have any questions please refer them Pearson VUE or visit the Pearson VUE website.

If we receive any additional information will notify you immediately via this blog.

Thank you!

Paul Sorensen

Watch Our Popular Sessions from VMworld Europe

We know that many of you weren’t able to join us in the Education and Certification Lounge at either VMworld US or VMworld Europe to see our awesome instructors present on some of the hottest topics in the industry. Luckily, we were able to film several of the sessions in Barcelona. Enjoy our recording of the live stream from Periscope.

  • vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource
  • Virtual SAN 6: A Radically Simple Solution
  • VMware vSphere 6: Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks
  • Introduction to AirWatch

DevOps and PaaS, Software Defined Networking for IT Leaders, and Increasing the Adoption of vRealize

Monthly-Round-Up_NovThe VMware blogosphere is a wealth of knowledge covering everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about work. Check out a few of the latest posts from the Professional Services bloggers below!

Increase the Speed of IT with DevOps and PaaS
How do you increase the speed of IT? Watch this quick video whiteboard session describing two key strategies for making IT more agile and improving time to market in this blog post.

Software Defined Networking for IT Leaders – 5 Steps to Getting Started
Learn how to get started with software defined networking through micro-segmentation without making any changes to the existing physical network in this blog post.

Increasing the Adoption of vRealize Operations Across Your IT Organization
There is often a large gap between the wide range of possibilities and functionalities that vROPs can offer to the SDDC/Cloud environment and the real way in which it´s being consumed.  Read all about it in this blog post.

Adopt Before You Adapt 
You must adopt before you can adapt. This leads to the question, when has a process been ‘adopted’? Enjoy this blog post to understand how to develop your ITaaS organizational capabilities to establish transformation path that minimizes effort and maximizes the value out of the people, processes and technology.

Building a Resilient Integration from your Cloud to your IT Service Management Platform
Take a look at this blog post to address the integration between the self-service provisioning workflow and the configuration management system (CMS).

VMware Certificate Authority, Part 3: My Favorite New Feature of vSphere 6.0 – The New!
Check out the third blog post in this series on VMware Certificate Authority to dive into the new interface for certificates.

Retired VCDX Panelists Can Soon Be Mentors

VCDX merchLast year around this time, we released the new VCDX Directory and also published guidelines for panelists and mentors. Since then, anyone who was a panelist was not able to also be a mentor to aspiring VCDX candidates. As the program evolves and we move into 2016, we’ve decided to go through and update the VCDX Directory with a “Retired Panelist” flag on the back end, which will re-enable the “mentor” checkbox in the self-service administration screen. We will still be able to keep track of people who were once panelists and the mentor guidelines still always apply to anyone that volunteers to be a mentor and help others.

There are many changes coming for 2016 (a few have already been announced) and this is one more. We feel it’s a great way to add more mentors to the pool, while we still grow the current panelists pool. When deciding who will be marked as a “Retired Panelist”, we will evaluate a few things such as when they last served as a panelist, how long they served as a panelist, etc. This should open up quite a few people to the mentor side of things.

We should be able to notify these people once the change is made on their account and hopefully we will see more people answer the call of VCDX Mentor. Please stay tuned as we comb through the data and do the updates in the weeks to come!

11 New Courses on vSphere v6, AirWatch, and more

NEW CoursesThe VMware Education team has been busy in the last month releasing 11 new courses covering vSphere 6, AirWatch, Site Recovery Manager, Horizon (with View), vRealize Automation, and Security for the SDDC. Click on the links below to learn more about these courses and to see the schedule for your area.

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vSphere V6

AirWatch Enterprise Mobility

Other Topics

EMEA Instructor Awards for Q3

Each quarter the EMEA Education Services team names one instructor the VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) of the Quarter. In addition to this quarterly prize, at VMworld Europe last month we also awarded three other VCIs a Certification of Achievement. These individuals were chosen by the EMEA Education leadership team for making an outstanding contribution to the region.

EMEA VCI of the Quarter Award for July to September – Tibor Gaal

KhalilTibor Gaal from Hungary works for Arrow and delivered several vSphere, and vRealize operations classes this quarter across EMEA. His evaluation scores for that period were a perfect five out of five on each of the three instructor categories across nine separate courses.  A feat which demonstrates remarkable excellence and consistency.

Tibor has been working with VMware technology for the past 10 years and has been a VCI since 2009. In addition to advanced certifications like VCAP, he also holds partner accreditations like VTSP. He is one of the instructors who is regularly first to teach new courses and this year was no exception being amongst the first to teach the updated vSphere V6 courses like Optimize and Scale. He is a member of the local VMUG community in Hungary where he regularly gives presentations.

Certification of Achievement – Piotr Branka

PiotrPiotr Branka from Poland wins this award for delivering the most classes since the start of the quarter, with 10 classes including vSphere, Site Recovery Manager, and Design classes.  Some of the comments from his students are:

“best instructor ever!”

“Great knowledge, many practical examples and additional explanations.”

Certification of Achievement – Khalil Hammoudi

Khalil Hammoudi from Algeria wins this award for being consistently amongst the first to deliver new VMware courses. This period he led the way on the new vRealize Automation courses and the vSphere Bootcamp for which he received perfect marks from his students. Being able to teach an 80 hour course like the Bootcamp in a week is no easy task. Our operations teams here at VMware speak very highly of Khalil and how well he supports his students. Some of the comments from his students include:

“Khalil is an Amazing Instructor”

“One of the best instructor’s I have met !!!!!!  So knowledgeable, and very enthusiastic”

Certification of Achievement – Jens Henkies

JensJens Henkies from Germany wins this award for the best evaluations.  This quarter he scored perfect five out of fives in all three evaluation categories on several occasions. Some of the comments from his students include

“Very very competent and pleasant instructor”

“Jen’s had an answer to every question.”

Congratulations to all these outstanding instructors.

VCAP Waivers for VCDX – Take Advantage Now Before it Ends!

VCDX merchEarlier this year, the VCAP5 certification exams for the Cloud and Desktop solution tracks were retired. Since these were used as prerequisites to the VCDX-DT and VCDX-Cloud certifications, we subsequently waived that requirement for anyone applying for and defending for those VCDX tracks.

Along with the announcement of the 2016 VCDX schedule, as well as the upcoming 2016 releases of the VCIX6 in Q1, and subsequent release of the VCDX6-DTM and VCDX6-CMA certifications, we are announcing the end of the waived prerequisites for those tracks. In 2016, all candidates for all tracks of VCDX will once again be required to hold the prerequisite VCIX/VCAP certifications.

For those planning on applying with the waiver in place, there is still time. You can apply by December 11 and still take advantage of the waiver. (See the 2016 schedule link above.)  Although there is currently only one VCDX-DT and VCDX-Cloud defense listed in July, based on the number of submissions received and panelist availability, we may add additional defenses.

As we upgrade the VCDX certification for v6, which includes removing the troubleshooting scenario requirement at the defense (see that announcement here), removing this waiver will allow us to maintain the validation of the critical administration and technical skills tested at the VCIX level.

VCDX Events at VMworld

I wish I could recognize everyone that supports and participates in our VCDX events, mentoring, workshops, and everything else. For this post, I’ll just highlight our VMworld events.

Once again, the VCDX had a strong presence. We delivered VCDX Workshops, a Town Hall, and participated in the vExpert party. And I got a chance to meet many of the VCDXs, as well as those preparing, at the San Francisco venue.


Conference Session Panelists


At each Workshop, held prior to the event, we had up to 75 registered. We encountered a unique problem at the San Francisco event, when a tractor trailer crash brought down power lines across the freeways that led to our venue. Many got stuck in the traffic, or sat for hours waiting for it to clear up. So the numbers were fewer, but those who attended learned from Nate Raper (in the US) and Aidan Dalgleish and Joe Silvagi (in Barcelona), as they delivered a very informative and fun session. Several current VCDXs were in attendance at both venues and shared their experience and wisdom to those pursuing the certification.


CTO Panel

Breakout Session

At each event, we also held a panel session during the conference. Aidan led a panel of VCDXs, including Matt Vandenbeld, Jason Nash, Simon Long, and Duncan Epping, who answered questions lobbied at them from both Aidan and attendees. The questions came fast and long enough, that we weren’t able to get to all of them. In the US, we had to be literally kicked out of the room so the next session could start!


Pat Gelsinger

Town Hall

The Town Hall, held at the US event, also provided some great opportunities for the VCDXs to network, learn, and offer advice to VMware leaders. We were privileged to once again have Pat Gelsinger speak to us. And he wore his VCDX shirt! Pat shared roadmap information and inspired us with the direction VMware was heading in, as well as answered questions from the attendees. It was a great segue to the next panel, with VMware’s key CTOs and leaders, Ray O’Farrell, Chris Wolf, Paul Strong and Guido Appenzeller. And not to be outdone, we got the chance to host an Education Leadership panel, with our VP of Education and PSO, Sundar Nagarathnam, as well as Nidhish Mittal, Paul Sorensen, and myself. Each panel provided a chance to hear about directions we’re going in (look for the upcoming new policy page on vcdx.vmware.com), as well as an opportunity to ask questions of key players in our company.

vExpert Gathering

And then we got to relax. With our latest connection with vExperts, where every VCDX is awarded the vExpert status, we all got to join the vExpert party and eat, network with each other, and just relax a bit. It was at this party where the new VMware Learning Zone benefit was announced, where every VCDX is receiving the premium subscription to our video learning library. If you’re a VCDX, and haven’t received your invite, let us know!

Overall, there were several opportunities for the VCDX program, to not only network with each other and learn, but also to create a better, stronger presence to those in attendance. We had over 120 attend the certification presentation in our booths, where they heard and learned about VCDX.

Thanks to everyone who participated, supported, or attended these events. Looking forward to next year!