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Monthly Archives: March 2016

New vSphere, NSX and vRealize Orchestrator Videos in the Learning Zone

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 vSphere 6 – Virtual Volumes (Part 1 – Presentation), Andy Cary takes you through many of the concepts around Virtual Volumes, which were newly introduced in vSphere 6. Topics include a review of the advantages of using virtual volumes, using the Hypervisor to transform storage, LUNs – VMDKs managed as data, virtual volumes – VMDKs managed as native objects, array requirements, simplification of storage administration, virtual volumes high level architecture, and many others.
  • vRealize Orchestrator Automation with vSphere Client takes you through the process of integrating vRealize Orchestrator with the vSphere 6 web client. Alistair Sutherland provides a detailed look at both the vSphere 6 web client and vRealize Orchestrator client, registering vRO and launching workflows from the web client, and using and extending context menus in the web client to launch workflows.
  • Andy Cary walks you through the specifics of setting up Network IO Control (NIOC) v3 in vSphere 6 in vSphere 6 – NIOC Enhancements: Demonstration.
  • In VMware NSX Traceflow Joe Silvagi demonstrates NSX Traceflow – added in VMware NSX 6.2 – which now allows you to trace end-to-end traffic paths through your virtual network for trout, shooting and network planning.
  • VMware NSX Central CLI by Joe Silvagi, shares some helpful information on NSX Central CLI – added in NSX 6.2 – allowing that you can run commands on multiple points in NSX from a single location. Joe discusses features, sample commands, and resources helpful to using the NSX Central CLI.

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Planning a DRP Solution, Network Functions Virtualization for Dummies, and Cloud Business Strategy


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!

Planning a DRP Solution for VMware Mirage Infrastructure
 In this post, Eric Monjoin describes how to design infrastructures that standup and act as reliable DRP solutions. Highlighting the different components of the VMware Mirage infrastructure, Monjoin notes those Mirage components that can be easily configured to act as reliable and redundant solutions.

“Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for Dummies” Blog Series – Part 2 Gary Hamilton continues his series on “Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for Dummies.” In this blog post, Hamilton outlines network functions that can be delivered as virtual network functions (VNFs) instead of hardware appliances, focusing on use cases for connecting remote offices using vCPE and virtualizing the mobile core network using vIMS.

Cloud Business Strategy Part 2 of the Cloud Business Management Series focuses on building a comprehensive Cloud Business Strategy. In this section you’ll read about common indicators of Cloud Business Management success and learn to ask questions that can help guide and roadmap your strategic path toward ideal Cloud Business Management.

Why I Think vRealize Automation 7.0 is a Game Changer vRealize Automation 7.0 is the latest iteration of VMware’s Cloud Management Platform for automating the delivery of infrastructure, applications and custom IT services. This blog highlights some of the game-changing updates in this version of vRealize Automation, including its simplified architecture, easy installation, and Converged Blueprint Designer.

Why Should CIOs Invest in Network Virtualization with NSX?  With NSX, VMware has the premier network virtualization software, but why should a CIO invest in network virtualization? In this blog, you’ll learn about the security, agility, and availability / disaster recovery benefits of network virtualization and find out what CIOs stand to gain by investing in a top-tier tool, like NSX.

The new culture of IT echoes the industry’s earliest days. A trip back in time reminds us that in its earliest days, IT was a team made up of software developers. The digital transformation imperative of modern business once again requires that IT step into a software development role. This blog addresses IT’s evolution and transition from an entity serving internal customers to one whose impact on the end-using consumer is critical.

DevOps: The Operations Side How should Development and Operations teams work together to operate efficiently and push toward common goals? This blog covers the Operations side of the DevOps equation, outlining key roles that include automation, infrastructure and application blueprints, patches and upgrades, and systems monitoring.

VCAP6-DTM Design Beta Exam Available

VCAPLast month we announced the availability of our VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Design (VCAP6-DCV Design) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation Design (VCAP6-CMA Design) beta exams.

While those exams have moved to the evaluation stage, the third exam – VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Design (VCAP6-DTM Design) – has opened for registration.

As with the earlier exams, only candidates with either a VCP6 level certification or a VCP5 level certification + a VCAP5 level certification are eligible to take this exam. The exam is only $100 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to popular demand, we recommend that you register soon.

For more information on the beta exam process and timing, please visit our beta exam information page.

4 Exam Retirements in June

Now that we have released most of the version 6 certifications on our roadmap, it is time to retire some of the older version 5 certifications. These exams are based upon older content and by retiring them it allows us – and you – to focus on the newest VMware technology.

After the retirement date (shown below) the following certification exams will be retired and no new registrations will be accepted.

June 2, 2016

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)
    Exam #VDCA550
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert — Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV)
    Exam #VCXN610

June 24, 2016

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
    Exam #VDCD550
  • VMware Certified Professional — Cloud (VCP-Cloud)
    Exam #VCPC550

If you already have an exam scheduled prior to the retirement date for these exams, you will be able to complete it. If your appointment falls after the retirement date, you may either reschedule for an earlier date or contact PearsonVue to receive a refund and take the newer version.

If you have specific questions or concerns please contact the Certification Support team.

4 New Courses Released: NSX, Virtual SAN, vRealize Operations Manager, & App Volumes

NEW CoursesIn the last month VMware Education Services released four new courses:

  • Designed for experienced VMware vSphere® users, VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] teaches you how to use VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ as a forensic and predictive tool, including advanced capabilities, customization and management. 
  • The new App Volumes Application and User Profile Management v2.x course builds your skills in application management using VMware App Volumes™ and VMware User Environment Manager™. You will learn how to use App Volumes to enable the delivery of applications and data to desktops and users in seconds and at scale. You will gain skills in managing application lifecycle from installation to update and replacement.
  • During Virtual SAN: Deploy & Manage [V6.2] you will focus on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN™ 6.2. You will learn how Virtual SAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC).
  • The On Demand version of our NSX: Install, Configure, Manage v6.2 course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX®. You will learn how to use logical switching in VMware NSX to virtualize your switching environment. The course also details logical routing to enable you to dynamically route between different virtual environments, as well as how to use gateway services, firewall configurations, and security services to help secure and optimize your VMware NSX environment.

Beta versions of some of these courses may also be available. Beta courses let you participate in finalizing the near-complete course while saving 50% off the course price.

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.

Simplified Exam Registration Process

Over the weekend, VMware and Pearson VUE have made system changes to simplify the certification exam registration process. You will now find that exam registration is a seamless experience when you log into your VMware myLearn account.

exam registration buttonJust select the “Register Now” button or link while navigating through the VMware Certification website and you will be directed into your Pearson VUE\VMware profile to complete your exam registration.

No more exam authorization required! No more multiple accounts or log-ins between Professional and Advanced registration necessary. Just ONE click after you have logged into you VMware myLearn account.

Don’t let exam authorization or the registration process stop you from pursuing your VMware Certification – get started today.