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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Newest Additions to the Learning Zone Video Library

221x125_learningzoneVMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts. Including all the latest  videos we release each month, like these:

    • In vRealize Operations: An Introduction and Overview, Ellis Paul guides you through an overview of vRealize Operations, including new functionality and upgraded UI features.
    • Mike Laverick goes Under the Hood of EVO:RAIL: Prerequisites, How EVO:RAIL Works in the first of this new series which includes guidance on helpful resources available to you, pre-requisites required by EVO:RAIL, and a thorough walk-through of how EVO:RAIL works..
    • Mike Laverick shares a technical deep-dive on EVO: RAIL in Under the Hood of EVO:RAIL: vSphere Environment, What’s Next For EVO:RAIL, including configuring EVO:RAIL, what changes to look for in vSphere once the EVO:RAIL configuration has been completed, and a sneak peek preview of features coming soon in EVO:RAIL.
  • Joerg Lew demonstrates advanced techniques you can use to customize input presentation and increase your workflow usability in vRealize Orchestrator Advance Techniques (Part 4 – Input Presentation).
  • Finishing up his series on advanced vRealize Orchestrator techniques with vRealize Orchestrator Advance Techniques (Part 5 – Dynamic Data Structures), Joerg Lew helps you understand advanced javascript techniques available in vRealize Orchestrator to create dynamic data structures, including: properties type, composite types, and the use of JSON.
  • In Integrating vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator (Part 1), Alistair Sutherland demonstrates how to integrate vRealize Orchestrator with vRealize Automation and key tasks that must be accomplished correctly – with a specific focus on Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS) workflows built into vRealize Automation.
  • Integrating vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator (Part 2) by Alistair Sutherland shows you how to integrate vRealize Orchestrator with vRealize Automation focusing on using vRealize Orchestrator to achieve Anything As A Service (XaaS).
  • Ellis Paul focuses on concepts and configuration of custom views for most effective use in dashboards in his new video vRealize Operations: Using Views with Custom Dashboards.

These videos are available NOW to anyone with an active VMware Learning Zone Standard or Premium subscription.

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New vRealize and NSX Training Courses

NEW CoursesLast month VMware Education Services released three new courses covering VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™, VMware vRealize® Automation, and VMware NSX®.

  • VMware vRealize Operations Manager for Operators [V6.0] – Teaches you how to use vRealize Operations Manager as a forensic and predictive tool in the day-to-day operation of a VMware vSphere® environment.
  • VMware vRealize Automation: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.0] – Learn about configuring and using the vRealize Automation platform, including self-service provisioning and creating catalog services including predefined virtual machines, software components, and on-demand VMware NSX networks. You will also cover interfacing vRealize Automation with other systems, using VMware vRealize Orchestrator™ to leverage workflows, and creating approval cycles and managing machine lifecycles to conserve resources.
  • VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] Lab Connect – This cloud-based lab environment gives you access to all 22 exercise labs from the VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] course to practice and hone your skills on your own time.

For more information about these courses, or assistance developing a learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialist for your area.

vRealize Automation 7.0, 3 Capabilities Needed for DevOps, and IT Innovation and Evolution



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 take a tour of vRealize Automation 7.0 from our technical architects and become acquainted with the new features.

3 Capabilities Needed for DevOps that You Should Already Have in Your Cloud Organization
There are many facets and interpretations to DevOps depending on the point of view that they are approached from (i.e. people, process or technology). This blog will highlight that many of the skills needed for DevOps are already inherent to a fully-functioning cloud organization and just in need of evolution.

IT Innovation has a Major Impact on Attracting – an Retaining – Talented Staff
Top quality IT will draw in top quality talent. This blog showcases why it’s important to stay on the cutting edge when choosing the technology that you deploy in order to attract, and keep, talented and productive staff.

How to Overcome the Resistance to Change
The evolution of technology will only create positive impact if staff members adapt and advance simultaneously. This blog explores the challenge and necessity of changing a culture to match, if not surpass, advancements occurring in IT.

Q&A from Our Recent NSX Webinar

A few weeks ago we offered a free webinar called Yes, You Really Need VMware NSX based on the very popular session VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) John Kreuger delivered at VMworld US 2015.

As always when we present on VMware NSX, there were lots of good questions from the audience and we wanted to share a few with you while you check out the recording.

Do you support Multicast any time soon to handle unknown unicast?
Currently, our control plan supports 3 mechanisms for broadcast, unknown unicast, and multicast traffic generated by guest VMs. The VTEPs can Unicast copies of those frames to all other VTEPs in the Transport Zone, VTEPs can Multicast the frame to a multicast group for the VNI, or they can leverage a Hybrid Mode, which sends a copy of the frame to a multicast address for VTEPs on the local subnet while sending an additional copy via unicast to a VTEP proxy on each remote VTEP subnet.

What routing protocols are supported in distributed logical router?
The DLR supports OSPF and BGP.

How does NSX work with Horizon environment?
Please see this solution brief for more information.

Does the main ESG for N/S traffic need jumbo frames enabled for uplink/internal interfaces?
No. The ESG is a simply a virtual machine attached to multiple networks. Jumbo Frames are not required for any virtual machine connectivity. The Jumbo Frames requirement is only for the VTEPs that carry the VXLAN traffic between ESXi hosts.

Within NSX/VM hypervisor virtualization, can we work directly with subnets and not even identify any xVLAN or VLAN as part of the VM image?
Just like we’ve done for years, the workings of the hypervisor are transparent to the virtual machine. The virtual machine has never concerned itself with VLAN membership, and the same holds true for VXLAN.

Do you have more information about remote site VPN?
Please look here for more information.

Were any tests made regarding performance/delay/BW when using “non NSX” vs NSX (vxvlan)?
We find that VXLAN provided a minimal impact on bandwidth and latency, allowing for line-rate transmission. We generally see a 2-5% ESXi host CPU overhead associated with the encapsulation/deencapsulation process.


VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Availability Extension, 2016 VCDX Workshops and 4 New eLearning Courses



VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Availability Extended
We decided to extend the availability date for the VCP5-DCV exam until March 31, 2016 due to continued popularity! In this blog post, you can discover more about the exam’s key advantages to decide if it’s the right fit for you.

2016 VCDX Workshop Locations and Registrations
Read this blog post to find out how we updated and evolved the processes for the 2016 VCDX Workshops to make them more streamlined.

4 New eLearning Courses Available
We offer a wide variety of self-paced training options to help you enhance your skills wherever you want, whenever you want. Check out this blog post for information on the newest course options.


VMware Certification Spotlight

Please give a huge round of applause to the following people who earned a VMware Certification last month:

  • @MayorMikeGolden: I passed! #vcp very excited about that!
  • @MarcHuppert: Just finished another @VMwareEducation Training with a perfect score #VCI
  • @nick_andreev_au: Got the confirmation: “You have passed the #VCAP DCA exam.” Four weeks of preparation have paid off.

We know there are more people who recently earned a VMware certification. If you would like to be spotlighted in the future, be sure to tweet out which certification you earned and add the hashtag #vmwcertified. You can also check out #vmwcertified on Twitter for the latest list.

New VCAP6 Beta Exams Now Available

Editors note (2/5/16): Please note that we have reached our capacity for the VCAP6-DCV Design beta exam and registration has closed. There is still room in the VCAP6-CMA Design exam.

AVCAPs we announced in December, we have been hard at work on the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 (VCAP6) beta exams. And now the wait is over! The following exams are now open for public registration, with first exam appointments beginning on February 15.

Available beta exams:

Only candidates with either a VCP6 level certification or a VCP5 level certification + a VCAP5 level certification are eligible to take these beta exams.

The VCAP Deployment beta exams are available via invitation only.

VMware uses beta exams to “field test” new exam questions with a live audience. These exams are offered at a deeply discounted price, participation is limited, and they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to popular demand, we recommend that you register soon. For more information and timing, please visit our beta exam information page.

Training Unlocks the Power of Your Business Mobility Solution

Today’s increasingly mobile workforce needs easy and secure access to business applications and data. An IT task made more difficult as workers insist on using their own devices, meaning personal and corporate data must coexist on the same device. Plus, users need a consistent experience across all of their devices, or productivity suffers.

Proven Business Mobility Solutions

VMware provides a comprehensive solution suite for business mobility, from VMware Horizon desktop and application virtualization solutions to the comprehensive VMware AirWatch mobile device and content management platform.

VMware Horizon 6 delivers virtual desktops and applications through a single platform, which gives users a rich experience when accessing their applications and data. Horizon’s ability to consolidate end-user resources also lets IT simplify management, reduce costs, and improve data security.

The VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management platform supports multiple use cases with unified management of endpoints, end-to-end security from devices to the data center, and seamless integration across enterprise systems. Its tight control over devices lets IT provide consistent BYOD capabilities while securing sensitive data and applications, and maximizing user productivity and collaboration.

Education Ensures Your Mobility Success

Training from VMware experts gives you the skills to properly implement, manage, and optimize our powerful business mobility solutions. Most of these courses are available in a classroom or virtual/self-paced setting. We also offer related certifications and accreditations, so you can validate your skills and differentiate yourself from colleagues and other IT professionals.

Course Certification/Accreditation
Horizon (with View): Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility (VCP6-DTM)
Horizon: Design and Deploy [V6] VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Design (VCAP6-DTM Design) + VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Deployment (VCAP6-DTM Deploy)
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Configure and Manage AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Associate Accreditation
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Configure and Deploy Integrated Solutions AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Professional Accreditation
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Install and Deploy On Premise Solutions AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Expert Accreditation
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: Bootcamp
Combines Configure and Manage + Configure and Deploy Integrated Solutions into a single course
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Associate Accreditation + AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Professional Accreditation
AirWatch Enterprise Mobility: K12 Education AirWatch Enterprise Mobility K12 Education Accreditation