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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Log Insight and Admission Control Videos added to the Learning Zone

SEM_Banner_LearningZone_300x250_V1SEM_Banner_LearningZone_440x230_V1VMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts. This subscription includes all the latest videos we release each month, like these two new series covering vRealize Log Insight and vSphere Admission Control.

VMware vRealize Log Insight by Steve Flanders

  • Creating a Log Insight Cluster
  • Constructing and Saving Queries
  • Configuring Log Insight Agents Server-Side
  • Performing a One-Time Configuration
  • Configuring Archiving
  • Configuring Active Directory
  • Planning a Deployment

VMware vSphere Admission Control by Matt Vandenbeld 

  • Overview
  • Understanding “Define Failover Capacity by Static Number of Hosts”
  • Understanding “Use Dedicated Failover Hosts”
  • Understanding Percentage-Based Admission Control
  • Understanding Slot Sizes

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

Want to be the first to know when new videos are released? Follow our #NewintheZone hashtag on Twitter.

The Network Virtualization Certification: A Career-Building Essential! [Infographic]

There’s no question about it: Network Virtualization is the future. As virtualization moves in to replace the hardware-centric networks of yesterday and today, the most sought after IT practitioners will be those who know Network Virtualization inside and out. Staying competitive in IT means growing your knowledge, building marketable skills, and developing virtual savvy

Get ahead of the curve. Check out our infographic to find out how you can expand your networking career through VMware Network Virtualization Certification.

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Less than a month away VMware Expert Forum 2016


VMware Expert Forum is heading to the UK on May 23-25th, 2016. Taking place at VMware EMEA Headquarters in Staines, London, this is an opportunity to experience VMware’s vision firsthand and discuss the evolving IT market with like-minded peers and experts. Unlike any other classroom training or workshop you’ve attended – this is a technical event delivered by technical experts for technical people!

VMware’s experts running the sessions are well known and look to share extensive experience working with clientele worldwide. The sessions are based on the infrastructure of vSphere and different storage products plus workshops on NSX and end-user/ mobility technologies (including VMware’s Airwatch). Engage with professionals in a non-sales environment and interactive workshop sessions. Check out the agenda and speakers in our brochure here.

The Expert Forum facilitates a collaborative environment and the focus is to establish a setting where people who are skilled and knowledgeable on VMware technology can learn from each other. Register today and share insights, best practice and implementation at VMware’s Expert Forum.





4 Exam Retirements in June, New Courses Released and Exam Registration Simplified


4 Exam Retirements in June
This June we will be retiring some of our older version 5 certification exams. Check out the 4 upcoming exam retirements details in this blog post.

4 New Courses Released: NSX, Virtual SAN, vRealize Operations Manager, & App Volumes
VMware Education Services released 4 new courses last month. Learn more about each course and see if they would be a good fit for expanding your IT knowledge in this blog post.

Simplified Exam Registration Process
VMware has teamed up with Pearson VUE to make the exam registration process even easier. Just click “Register Now” to be directed to your personal Pearson VUE VMware account to complete registration. Get the details in this blog post.

VMware Certification Spotlight

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

  • @SzumigalskiS : Just received email with my score for VCAP5-DCA. PASS. Thank you @VMwareEducation
  • @wowitsdave : Passed! Waiting for it all to register, but I’m a newly-minted VMware Certified Professional! #vcp #vmware
  • @Virtual_Trotski : Took and passed the vcp6-dtm. Tough exam… a lot cover. Desktops have come a long way #VMware #vcap #horizon
  • @tbgree00 : I passed my @VMwareEducation #VCAP DCD yesterday. Two VCAPs in a month. All my work has 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.

Two vRealize Courses Now Open for Registration

NEW CoursesTwo new instructor-led training courses covering components of the VMware vRealize product suite are now open for registration.

Beta versions 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.

VMware vRealize Business: Costing and Implementation

VMware vRealize® Business™ (formerly VMware IT Business Management Suite™) provides transparency and control over the costs and quality of IT services, enabling CIOs and CFOs to align IT with the business and accelerate IT transformation. This four-day training course discusses IT costing as well as configuring and managing vRealize Business. This course will give you an understanding of the concepts and functionality of IT finance management with vRealize Business.

Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and PowerCLI

This five-day course equips experienced VMware vSphere® administrators with the knowledge to use the automation tools that all vSphere customers have access to. Using real-world use cases and examples, students learn how to automate day-to-day administration tasks with VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ and VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™. In this class, you use these tools to automate tasks in a lab environment.


Save 15% on Select VMware Training Courses


Grow your skills and seize the opportunities made possible by VMware technology. For a limited time, you can save 15% on select VMware training courses and certification exam vouchers purchased on the VMware online store.

This offer ends May 15th, 23:59pm Pacific time and cannot be combined with other promotions. Once your purchase is complete on the VMware Store, you’ll receive a token to enroll via MyLearn.

Click here to find out which courses are valid for this promotion.

Where in the World are VCAPs? [Infographic]

Our Where in the World are VCPs Infographic at the end of 2015 saw lots of interest. So, we asked Where in the World are the VMware Certified Advanced Professionals? To not much surprise, they are everywhere!

Which country do you represent?


The IT Landscape Is Changing: Are You Ready

The landscape of IT is shifting. As cloud computing, mobile, and other technologies that enable “anytime, anywhere” business continue to claim a more central role in organizations of all types, the need for IT to transform from a strictly “keep the lights on” service organization to an integrated, strategic business unit increases.

This is a major change, and with any major change there are bound to be growing pains. In the remainder of this blog post, we’ll discuss ways organizations and IT professionals can prepare and fully embrace this change.

Adopt New Technologies

In an interview, Chris Wolf, CTO, Americas at VMware, notes that when he asks Security Administrators about their work, they report that more than 80 percent of their time is spent managing service tickets.

Enabling IT to operate strategically means adopting technologies that automate the service tasks currently occupying the bulk of IT’s waking hours. Embracing Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs) and Network Virtualization, which provides automation, micro-segmented security, and HA/DR, will free up time for IT to focus on contributing to other parts of the business.

“SDDC automates the mundane parts of the job,” says Wolf, “so IT teams can spread their time researching threats or building automated counter-measures – all the other fun things that you see on TV.”

Know Your Role 

As IT organizations as a whole change, individual roles within IT departments will undergo transformations as well. Understanding how both the demands of business and the automation enabled by adoption of new technologies will affect the roles of IT individuals is critical in allowing for a smooth transition.

Software-Defined Shifts: The Evolution of IT Career Paths provides an in-depth glance at how individual IT roles will shift in coming days. Below are highlights from a few of the roles:

    • Today’s Role: Configuring, monitoring, troubleshooting networks
    • Tomorrow’s Role: Validating designs, automating network operations, agility champion
  • IT Architect:
    • Today’s Role: Design end-to-end solutions, align solutions to business needs
    • Tomorrow’s Role: Design multi-cloud solutions, champion innovation, enable agility and security, reduce risk
  • Virtualization Admin:
    • Today’s Role: Ensure integration availability, ensure performance of all virtual resources
    • Tomorrow’s Role: Integrate trusted modules with key services and tools

 Get Smart, Get Certified, Close the Skills Gap

One of the greatest stumbling blocks to embracing the new role of IT is a skills gap among IT professionals. In its recent survey report, Ascending cloud: The adoption of cloud computing in five industries, The Economist Intelligence Unit noted that 31% of respondents indicated that the greatest challenge to implementing cloud infrastructure was a lack of qualified personnel.

Addressing this need for educated practitioners from another angle, ComputerWorld recently emphasized the importance for IT professionals of attaining certifications. Its survey on the topic reveals that 42% of IT professionals indicate that certifications have been helpful for landing jobs and promotions and that certification in specific technologies is the biggest contributor to career advancement.

VMware offers a variety of training and certification courses for IT professionals ready to level up their skill sets. Start your journey with our Learning Paths, designed to help you find the course you need based on the product, your role, and your level of experience.