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Monthly Archives: May 2016

New vRealize Log Insight Videos in the Learning Zone

SEM_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, including all our new releases. This month, Steve Flanders continued his series on VMware vRealize Log Insight with several new videos:

    • Using Dashboards – teaches you how to use dashboards and widgets, including a look at the types of dashboards and what’s available in common content packs.
    • Finding and Using Content Packs – teaches you what content packs are, how to use them, and where to find them.
    • Building Content Packs – demonstrates how to build content packs.
    • Creating Alerts – shows you how to create alerts, including the various parameters you can configure such as type, naming, descriptions, email forwarding, threshold setting, etc.
    • Configuring vRealize Operations Manager Integration – shows you how to configure vRealize Operations Manager integration with vRealize Log Insight.
    • Configuring VMware vSphere Integration – demonstrates how to configure vSphere integration with vRealize Log Insight.
    • Using Event Types – walks you through event types: what they are, why they’re important to understand, and a live demonstration of how they are ingested, analyzed, and viewed.
    • Configuring Event Forwarding – demonstrates how to configure event forwarding, including the various reasons and scenarios in which you would forward events.
    • Benefits of vRealize Operations Manager Integration – reviews three key benefits you gain by integrating Log Insight with vRealize Operations Manager.
    • Configuring Log Insight Agent Parsers – shares how to extract useful information from your logs client-side and send them to Log Insight in a parsed form.
    • Troubleshooting an Issue in Log Insight – discusses approaches and techniques helpful to troubleshooting issues that might be encountered.

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

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We asked, VMware Certified Instructors Answered


We recently interviewed a few VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) to get their best advice for students and to learn more about their experience teaching classes for VMware Education Services. We pulled the best (and surprisingly honest) responses below. Hope you enjoy!

What one thing do you wish every student came to class knowing?
“That the fundamental, original reason for virtualization that made it so compelling is higher utilization of the hardware, which translates to saving money. Everything else is gravy.”  – Rick Stauder

What question do you answer in every single class?
“VMware vSphere is not an expensive platform for the purchase and maintenance costs. The stability and performance of your business is much more expensive to you.” – Maxim Fomin

What’s your funniest training story?
“Not real funny, but memorable: I was in the middle of lecturing on Network Health Check when a student in the back row pulls out his cell phone and makes a call. I wasn’t sure how to handle that so I just stopped lecturing and looked at him. The rest of the class turned and looked at him too. He seemed oblivious to us. Finally, he hung up, looked up to see us all staring and he said ‘I’m sorry. But you just solved my problem. We couldn’t figure out a network problem.  While you were talking it came to me to check the MTU. Yup, that was the problem. Thank you!’” – Rick Enright

What do you do when you need to learn something new?
“One of the advantages of VMware is that it offers many resources where instructors can view information about new issues we want to learn and even share with students, many of which are found in the VCI portal. The publicly accessible VMware portal is very comprehensive. I also make use of VMware communities where you can share experiences with other professionals worldwide and in some cases attend courses taught by other instructors to acquire the knowledge that, at the moment, I am looking for.” – Nelson Carrilo

What’s the best thing about teaching VMware?
“Bringing all my experiences of 35 years in IT to the table: system administration, networking, storage management and, when it comes to prioritizing resources, political diplomacy. You need it all to teach VMware. Specialization is for bees in the colony. Let the new hires be “IT generalists;” but to work with VMware, you need real depth in many areas. You can’t say “I don’t do Linux,” or “I let the network guys worry about VLANs,” or “the Storage Admins just give me LUNs.” You need it all…” – Rick Stauder

How can students get the most out of their time in a class?
“The best way for students to get more out of their time in class is to be actively engaged. Ask questions, share your experiences with the group, and get involved. As an instructor I love the dialogue and participation. It makes the class better. This is especially important if the class is online.” – Rick Crisci

What’s the first question you’re asked in class?
“Access to wifi please? :)” – Karl Novak


What would you like to ask a VMware Certified Instructor?


Why Get Certified in Network Virtualization?

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 3.28.37 PMNetworking – the profession and the technology – has evolved quickly. And demand for virtualization is expected to grow so networks are as agile as compute. It is now a necessity to limit hardware-centric infrastructure and increase agility, flexibility and heightened security with network virtualization.

If you work on the network in any capacity, earning VMware certifications will re-enforce your credibility, as well as provide leverage for job and salary negotiations. Let’s break it down – a virtualization certification can benefit you by:

  • Building on existing knowledge
  • Developing highly sought-after skills
  • Positioning yourself as networking expert
  • Increasing your value to the business

In this eBook, you’ll learn more about the benefits of virtualization, hear from top networking professionals about the importance of certification, and find out how you can take your career to the next level.

Where in the World are VCAPs, The Changing IT Landscape, and 2 New Training Courses


Where in the World are VCAPs? [Infographic]
Where in the World are VMware Certified Advanced Professionals? Answer: everywhere! Check out this blog post for our detailed infographic highlighting the geographical location of VCAPs.

The IT Landscape is Changing: Are you Ready
This blog post discusses ways organizations and IT professionals can prepare and fully embrace the changing IT landscape.

Two vRealize Courses Now Open for Registration
Last month we announced two new instructor-led training courses covering components of the VMware vRealize product suite. 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:

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.

VCAP5 Exam Retirements Suspended – Registration Remains Open

VCAPSince we announced the retirement of the remaining VCAP5 exams in late March, we have heard from quite a number of you who have requested additional time to prepare for and take those exams. Additionally, we are still working on the development and refinement of the VCAP6 exams (which will replace VCAP5), so these new exams have not yet been released in production.

In light of your requests and still-pending VCAP6 exam releases, we are suspending the retirement of the following exams:

VCAP5 Design Exams:

VCAP Lab Exams:

Registration for these exams will remain open. We will not plan to retire them until approximately 30 days after the VCAP6 exams become available. Once the VCAP6 exams go live in production, we will make a detailed retirement announcement for these VCAP5 exams. In the meantime, we hope that those of you who would like to up-level your certification from VCP to VCAP5 will take advantage of this opportunity.

For training or exam information, detailed certification requirements or additional program information, please visit the VMware Education homepage. If you have more specific questions or concerns please contact the Certification Support team.

Thank you!
Paul Sorensen

New Courses covering NSX, Horizon 7 and more

NEW CoursesVMware Education Services continually releases new courses designed to grow your skills so you can exploit the opportunities provided by VMware technologies. New this month:

VMware NSX: Troubleshooting and Operations [V6.2]

This course teaches you to troubleshoot and operate a VMware NSX® deployment by isolating problems and identifying resolutions through a systematic process.

VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage for NSX Standard Edition [V6.2] – On Demand

This On Demand Course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX™ Standard Edition, including logical switching and logical routing.

Horizon 7: Troubleshooting and Performance Optimization v7

This lab-intensive course teaches you to troubleshoot, identify, analyze, and solve a broad range of issues associated with the View component of VMware Horizon® 7.

Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage v6.1 On Demand

This On Demand course teaches experienced VMware vSphere admins how to install, configure, and manage VMware Site Recovery Manager™ 6.1, as well as how to write and test disaster recovery plans.

vRealize Log Insight: Fundamentals [V3.0]

This free eLearning course describes how to install, configure, and use VMware vRealize™ Log Insight™ V3 to collect and analyze logs, and how it can be integrated with other solutions to monitor, troubleshoot, and secure a data center.


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

Save on Training & Certification at VMworld US 2016

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  • Save 25% off our best-selling classes offered the week before VMworld.
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  • Save 50% off VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exams.

The training and certification programs we offer during VMworld US 2016 are designed to help you realize the full value from your VMware investments by building the skills and experience to design, deploy, operate your VMware platform and evolve your organization.

Add any of these offers to your VMworld US 2016 registration and make the most of your experience.

Get Special “Rough Cut” Access to New Official Cert Guides

Want a preview of the official VMware certification exams study guides before they hit the presses? “Rough Cuts” from VMware Press are now available through Safari. Rough Cuts are manuscripts that have been developed, but not yet published. They allow you to get access to the newest information on various topics and let you interact with the author to influence the final publication.

VMware Press recently released Rough Cuts for the following Official Cert Guides:

vSphere 6 Foundations Exam Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-620)
vSphere 6 Foundations Exam Official Cert Guide is the only VMware approved guide for the new vSphere 6 certification exam. The guide is written by one of VMware’s leading instructors, Bill Ferguson. It is filled with different visuals, tables, figures, screenshots, and practice exam questions to arm you with all the information you need to know to prep for the 2V0-620 exam.

VCP6-NV Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-641)
The VCP6-NV guide dives into all aspects of installing, configuring, and administering NSX virtual networking in any environment and with any architecture. NSX expert, Elver Sena Sosa provides tips, best practices, templates, and different tools that will be valuable to all experienced VMware professionals involved in NSX network virtualization, whether they’re currently preparing for the exam or not. You can find this guide here.

VCP6-DCV Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-621), 3rd Edition
The VCP6-DCV Guide covers all of the main topics that will be on the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) #2V0-621 exam. The guide is a collaborative effort from VMware experts John A. Davis, Steve Baca and Owen Thomas. They share tips, information on the exam subjects, and help you to determine which aspects of the exam you need to study further. Start studying now. 

Get access to any of Rough Cut guides by logging onto Safari. If you do not have an account, claim a free 10 day Safari trial here.

Attend VMware Expert Forum for just €999 – Offer ends soon!

Don’t miss the introductory €999 registration rate to VMware’s Expert Forum.

The Expert Forum goes beyond the standard content of classroom training, giving you a unique opportunity to engage with experts for a practical deep dives and networking with like-minded peers.

The experts engaged in the workshops are industry recognised in their field, and have extensive hands-on experience from supporting customers around the world. Each session will be run in a collaborative environment to promote and encourage active participation and involvement, so you get the most value from your time participating.

Core sessions will cover vSphere infrastructure and storage, NSX, End-User computing/mobility, plus

  • Workload Protection vSphere Availability Choices
  • vROPS 6.x The Undiscovered Country
  • vRealize Automation Advanced Extensibility Workshop
  • Leveraging the Power of NSX
  • The Journey of Virtual San
  • and more.

Register by May 13 to get the discounted rate.