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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Learn to Troubleshoot and Configure Syslogs for NSX

SEM_Banner_LearningZone_440x230_V1We recently added eight new NSX videos to the VMware Learning Zone:

  1. The final chapter in our popular seven-part VMware NSX Architecture and Troubleshooting series
  2. All seven parts of a new series called VMware NSX Logs:
  • Part #1: Overview of NSX Architecture and Logs
  • Part #2: NSX-Specific Syslog Areas
  • Part #3: Demo: NSX Manager
  • Part #4: NSX Controller Syslog
  • Part #5: Distributed Firewall Syslog
  • Part #6: NSX Edge Syslog
  • Part #7: Summary

Taught by top VMware experts, VMware Learning Zone can improve your abilities and your organization’s overall VMware proficiency, adoption rate, and ROI. These videos are available right now to anyone with an active VMware Learning Zone Standard or Premium subscription.

Be the first to know when new videos are released by following #NewInTheZone on Twitter.

Reserve Your Seat Now for Education Breakout Sessions at VMworld EMEA

211894-vmworld-social-media-FB-1200x630VMworld 2016 Europe kicks off in less than one month! If you are registered to attend, the VMworld 2016 Europe Schedule Builder is your pass for getting a seat at the hottest sessions, labs, demos and discussions. It’s very easy to get started:

  1. Go to Content Catalog and browse for sessions of interest
  2. When you spot a session you’d like to pre-register for, click +
  3. If you’re not already logged in, you’ll be prompted for your VMworld account credentials

You can see all your reserved sessions by clicking the calendar icon in Content Catalog. You can also click the star to save a session as a favorite and come back later.

For those in town on Monday, October 17, we invite you to attend our Quick Talk on the Enterprise Learning Subscription – one of our newest training offerings:

Learning in the Cloud: VMware Education’s New Enterprise Learning Subscription (SDDC8945-QT)
Presenters: Education Services Team
Monday, October 17 at 15:00 – 15:30

We are bringing some of our most popular sessions to VMworld 2016 Europe. Based on the response in the US, these sessions will fill quickly. Claim your spot now!

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 1: CPU & RAM – INF8780
Presenter: Brett Guarino
Wednesday, October 19 at 15:30 – 16:30

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 2: Disk & Network (INF8701)
Presenter: Brett Guarino
Tuesday, October 18 at 15:30 – 16:30

These two sessions made the daily Top 10 List at VMworld 2016 US:

Troubleshooting 101 for Horizon (EUC8243)
Presenter: Linus Bourque
Tuesday, October 18 at 17:00-18:00

Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks for the Real World (INF8755)
Presenter: Javier Menendez
Wednesday, October 19 at 12:30 – 13:30

Seven Steps for Getting Started with Desktop Transformation

Physical desktop architectures can be an obstacle to end-user mobility, but cost concerns and fears about complexity stop many organizations from embracing desktop and application virtualization.

This brief from the VMware Horizon team offers seven steps you can follow to ease some of these concerns, plus quick customer stories from companies like NetApp, Metro Health Hospital, and Hartlepool College.


Download the complete brief or visit the VMware End User Computing blog for more on this topic.

Share your IT Experience — Start with the IT Skills and Salary Survey

What’s in store for the future of IT? These days, we’re told everything changes quickly. But doesn’t it feel like everything changes just a little more quickly for those of us at the front lines of IT?



As you expand your knowledge base with VMware Training, VCP certifications, and other skills-building activities, it’s a great idea to think about other ways to future-proof your career. You can start by understanding where you are as an IT professional now: your skills, your knowledge, your value.


Take the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Survey! Your response, along with those of 10,000 other IT professionals, will inform the 10th Annual IT Skills and Salary Report, to be published in Spring 2017. There, you’ll learn about industry salary trends and the most sought-after skills in the business.


Complete the short survey now —  it only takes 10–15 minutes to fill out. Please complete before October 21.

VMworld 2016 US Highlights

Just like that, VMworld 2016 US is in the books! With over 23,000 attendees from 83 countries and 400+ sessions, it’s safe to say it was another great year. Check out some of VMware Education Service’s favorite moments and highlights below:



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Our jam-packed Breakout Sessions presented by top VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs) including Linus Bourque, Javier Menendez, and Brett Guarino, were a hit! The sessions covered a number of different topics from troubleshooting Horizon to vSphere tips & tricks. 

Several of the more popular sessions will be repeated at VMworld 2016 Europe. You can check them out in the Content Catalog here and register here.




Education Services Lounge


It was great to meet everyone that came by our Education and Certification Lounge in the VM Village! The lounge hosted several theatre sessions each day, which focused on troubleshooting, automation and certification information. Catch the replays of our live stream videos on our VMware Education Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. We also gave away awesome prizes for VMware Certified attendees!  

We’ll be in the VM Village again at VMworld 2016 Europe, so make sure you stop by and see what we’ve got going on.   




VCDX Workshop & Town Hallimg_1057

The two VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) events are always a big hit at VMworld. The day started off with a VCDX Workshop designed to help candidates prepare for the VCDX application and defense process. There will be another Workshop held at VMworld 2016 Europe, but space is limited so register soon if you’re interested.


In the afternoon, the focus changed to a Town Hall for current VCDXs to share opinions on the future of the program, ask VCDX Alpha Pat Gelsinger questions on VMware’s direction, and get insights on coming technology from a panel from the Office of the CTO.  



If you missed anything at VMworld 2016 US, you can catch up at VMworld 2016 Europe in Barcelona, Spain from October 17th – October 20th! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get training, education and industry insights from top experts in the IT field. We can’t wait to see you in Barcelona!

Become a VMware Identity Manager Expert in this 9/29 Webcast!

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If you’re using Workspace ONE and you’ve got questions about the VMware Identity Manager, we’ve got the webinar for you! Join Máté Barany, Technical Instructor for VMware’s AirWatch Education Services, on September 29 at 8am PDT (11am EDT) for a full introduction to configuration and application management using VMware Identity Manager.

During the webinar, we’ll cover:

  • An overview of the VMware Identity Manager product
  • Deployment options
  • Configuration settings within Identity Manager and AirWatch portals
  • Application management

Register today and join us on the 29th for this exciting webinar! We look forward to seeing you there.


New Courses Covering vRealize, NSX, and more

NEW CoursesVMware Education Services releases new courses and delivery methods throughout the year. Last month we released four new training options covering VMware NSX, vCloud Director, Virtual SAN, and vRealize Operations Manager. For more information about these or any of our other courses, or assistance developing a learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialist for your area.

VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.2] – On Demand
In this course, 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. You will gain practical experience with Virtual SAN concepts through the completion of hands-on lab exercises.

VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals [V8.x]
This free eLearning course overviews cloud computing and explains the solutions offered by VMware. Next, you will look at the architecture, components, and installation and configuration of vCloud Director. Finally, you will gain an understanding of the administrative and end-user tasks and network administration in vCloud Director.

VMware vRealize Operations Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] – On Demand
This five-day course, designed for experienced VMware vSphere® users, teaches you how to use VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ as a forensic and predictive tool. Based on VMware ESXi™ 6, VMware vCenter Server® 6, and vRealize Operations Manager 6.2, this course includes instruction on advanced capabilities, including customization and management.

VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.2]
This comprehensive, fast-paced training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX®. This course addresses NSX as a part of the software-defined data center, implementation use cases and features of NSX, and functionality operating at layer 2 through layer 7 of the OSI model.

New VCA6-NV Exam Available

VCATwo weeks ago I got to tell you about three new exams we released, and today I get to tell you about another one!

Based on VMware NSX v6.2, the VMware Certified Associate 6 – Network Virtualization (VCA6-NV) exam (#1V0-642) will validate your ability to identify the technical requirements for managing a VMware NSX 6.2 environment and aligning them with the products and solutions that meet those requirements. This online exam is now available for registration at PearsonVue.

With this release, we will be retiring the older VCA6-NV exam (#1V0-604) on October 15, 2016.

VCAP5 Exam Retirements

I’ve previously written about our VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams based on vSphere 5. Based on your feedback we modified our original retirement plan for these exams, to keep them live until after the release of the GA version of the VCAP6 exams.

I’m happy to say that those exams have been released, so we are going to move forward with retiring these older exams:

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)
    Exam #VDCA550
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
    Exam #VDCD550
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert — Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV)
    Exam #VCXN610

We will stop taking new registrations for these exams after October 31, 2016. If you are making a new exam appointment, you must schedule it before November 30, 2016.

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

Network Virtualization: New Skills for a New Era

Networking has continually evolved to reflect new technology capabilities and changing demands – it’s always moving toward the future. And virtualized networks is the next step. To get the most out of network virtualization project, you’ll need to learn more about it and stay up to date on the most current and important technologies.

This infographic explains why there’s never been a better time to discover network virtualization and move ahead of the rest.