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Monthly Archives: January 2016

New Horizon and vSphere Videos Added to the Learning Zone

0059VMware 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 two new ones added in the last month:

  • Horizon Flex Containerized Policy-Based Desktop: Template Creation In this video, Peter Schraml thoroughly demonstrates the why and how of creating templates within Horizon Flex.
  • vSphere 6 – NIOC Enhancements In this video, Andy Cary presents Network I/O Control (NIOC) enhancements made in vSphere 6, including an overview of what NIOC is, a close look at changes and updates made in NIOC Version 3, and other technical topics such as bandwidth allocation and admission control.

See How VMware Certification Helped Other IT Pros

Last fall, we asked VMworld 2015 attendees to share their experiences with VMware Certification: how it’s helped their career, how they prepared, and any advice they have for people thinking about getting certified. Five people agreed to share their stories with us, and you:

See their stories, along with 24 others, on our YouTube channel

Where in the World are VCPs, VCIX6 Certification Announcement and Extending the Cisco Certification Credit


 Where in the World are VCPs? [Infographic]
See where in the World VCPs are in this infographic. Bonus points for commenting which country you represent!

VCIX6 Certification Announcement: Part 3 of 3
In this three-part blog series (see parts one and two) we roll out all the information you need to get started with your advanced v6 certification. Check out part three for exam guides and training courses.

Extending the Cisco Certification Credit for Network Virtualization Certification
After listening to our community of certification-holders, we have decided to remove the January 31st, 2016 deadline for Cisco certification-holders and make it an ongoing streamlined route to VMware Network Virtualization certification. Find the details in this blog post.


4 New eLearning Courses Available

NEW CoursesIn addition to instructor-led courses delivered in a traditional classroom environment, VMware Education Services also offers self-paced training delivered online as well. Last month we released four new courses that you can attend whenever and wherever you like.

AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Configure and Manage On Demand provides insight into the current challenges of enterprise mobility and how AirWatch® can help you solve those challenges. You will gain a comprehensive view of all AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management™ solutions, key device platforms, and an overview of AirWatch architecture. This course provides the foundational skills necessary to manage the AirWatch platform.

AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Configure and Deploy Integrated Solutions On Demand provides you with the skills required to configure and provision AirWatch cloud deployments. You will cover the enablement of containerized applications, deployment and management of corporate email, and integration with enterprise resources. You will access hands-on labs and learn best practices for mobile deployment, with specific focus on how to deploy and manage AirWatch applications.

Identity Manager Fundamentals overviews VMware Identity Manager™ and explains how it helps with business mobility and application security. This free course also reviews the different solutions that can be integrated with Identity Manager and demonstrates how to deploy and administer it.

VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy & Manage v6 On Demand focuses on preparing you to deploy and manage a software-defined storage solution with VMware® Virtual SAN™ 6, an important component in the VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

If you would like more information about these courses, or assistance developing a learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialists for your area.


vRealize Automation 7.0, Virtual SAN Stretch Clusters, and The Cloud Business Manager Role


The 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!

VMware vRealize Automation 7.0 – Finally the most desirable features and capabilities in a VMware Private Cloud Automation Solution have arrived!
VMware’s Professional Services Engineering team extensively tests and researches the most effective and proven methodologies to implement vRealize Automation. Check out this blog post to learn why this team is excited about the new vRealize Automation 7.0.

Virtual SAN Stretch Clusters – Real World Design Practices (Part 1)
In this blog post, VMware Professional Services Technical Architect, Jonathan McDonald highlights important design decisions for Virtual SAN customer implementations.

The Cloud Business Manager Role
This blog post takes a deep dive into how the Cloud Business Manager role is driving a new business management discipline within IT to lead a comprehensive cloud business management practice.

vRealize Operations Python Adapter—A Hidden Treasure
This blog post delivers step by step instructions on how to enable the vRealize Operations Python Adapter to get more power out of VMware vRealize Operations.

Transforming IT into a Cloud Service Provider
Enjoy a quick animated whiteboard session describing the future IT operating model as IT departments transform into cloud service providers in this blog post.

Technology is not a Magic Wand for DevOps
Explore the core pillars of DevOps transformation and find out why jumping in with just technology is not a recipe for success in this detailed blog post.

Why and How to Overcome the CAPEX to OPEX Barrier
This blog post describes the CAPEX to OPEX barrier, why you would want overcome that barrier, and how to do it.


2016 VCDX Workshop Locations and Registrations

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year.

I wanted to provide a quick update on 2016 VCDX Workshops. In 2015, we established a new process that aligned workshops with key VMUG events. This worked out extremely well to combine efforts and combine events. We also learned a few things in developing the new process. Primarily around the registration system, and tracking of registrations and attendees. Based on that we’ve streamlined a lot.

First and foremost, as many know, all the Workshops are listed in the official VCDX Calendar of Events so you can easily find them. We’ve also incorporated the registration link so you can quickly get a seat.


Once we have the final location, we will make sure all the details are in the calendar as well as the registration link. You’ll find that we added a few more than we had last year, and we added more locations outside the US at the request of the community.

Second, we have decided to use EventBrite.com for all the Workshop registrations. Each Workshop has a limited number of seats so using this system allows people to reserve a seat as well as maintain a wait list. We ask that you only register if you can truly attend since we want to fill the rooms each time.

Third, we will be updating some of the previous content to account for some of the new policies and procedures. The bulk of the content will be the same as previous Workshops but we do need to make sure the new changes are known to aspiring candidates.

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning these are all the Workshops we will hold in 2016.  We determine and budget for them in Q4, so if there is not one that perfectly meets your needs this year, there might be next year. You can email us requests for 2017 locations and depending on how it maps with VMUG events they can be considered.

There you have it, all the news about the 2016 VCDX Workshops under an ever improving, scalable process. To me, the nice part about having these the day BEFORE the VMUG event is that you don’t have to miss anything at the VMUG, but most importantly you will be around for vBeers.  Just Saying…

New NSX KBs, What’s New in vSphere 5.5 Update 3b and Top 20 KB articles

Each month, we 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.

New NSX KBs you need to know
Check out this blog post for last month’s trending Knowledge Base articles covering issues related to NSX for vSphere.

What’s New in vSphere 5.5 Update 3b
Catch aspects that you should be aware of when you upgrade to vSphere 5.5 Update 3b in this blog post.

View desktop goes into Already Used state, or Agent Disabled state
Find out how to troubleshoot when versions 4.6 through 5.0.x View desktops go into the Already Used state, or possibly the Agent Disabled state with this blog post.

PCoIP connections suddenly failing?
Are you receiving an error when you install or upgrade your VMware Tools after having installed your View Agent? This blog post is for you!

Dealing with issues with View Event Database
This blog post highlights a recent KB article that addresses issues encountered when deploying View Event Database.

There’s more! Check out these Top 20’s post of Knowledge Base articles:


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VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Availability Extended

VCP-DCVAfter reviewing the continued popularity of the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization Delta exam for candidates to recertify their VCP5-DCV we have decided to extend the availability date until March 31, 2016.

The exam offers some key advantages:

  • It’s based on new material between the vSphere 5.0/5.1 and vSphere 5.5 exams so you save hours of prep time
  • It’s available online meaning you can take it from any location
  • And it’s less expensive saving you money

Learn more