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Monthly Archives: January 2017

VCP7-DTM Exam Available for Registration

VCP7-DTMDue to the ongoing efforts of our extended certification team while many people were enjoying year-end vacations, today we released the VMware Certified Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP7-DTM) certification exam.

Earning your VCP7-DTM validates your skills and abilities installing, configuring and administering a VMware Horizon View® environment. The exam (#2V0-751) is now available for registration at Pearson Vue.

If you took the beta version of this exam last fall, you should have your results by the end of the month.

As always, huge thanks to everyone who helped develop and refine this exam.

2nd Exam Option Available for VCP6-NV Certification

VCP-NVI am pleased to release the latest exam for VCP6-NV based on VMware NSX v6.2. This new exam (#2V0-642) gives you a second option for earning your VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization certification.

Thank you to all of the exam developers, item writers, and beta exam tester who helped create this exam. If you took the beta exam, your results should be reflected in your transcript by the end of the month.

With the release of this new exam, we are also announcing the retirement of the older VCP6-NV exam (#2V0-641) on April 30, 2017. If you have been preparing for that version of the exam please make sure you schedule your test date prior to then.

Over 20 Videos Have Arrived in the VMware Learning Zone!

The VMware Learning Zone has rung in the new year with tons of new video trainings taught by our top VMware experts. These include but aren’t limited to the vAdmin Primer Series as well as vSphere Troubleshooting Concepts. They are all available for Premium and Standard subscribers to the VMware Learning Zone.

VMware vSAN 6.2 – A vAdmin Primer Series

  • Introduction (released in December)
  • Overview and Use Case (released in December)
  • VSAN Primer for the Infrastructure Person (released in December)
  • Applying Business Policy at the VM Level
  • VSAN Troubleshooting Thoughts (Part 1 of 2)
  • Demo: Monitoring Health in VSAN
  • VSAN – Design Thoughts
  • VSAN Troubleshooting Thoughts (Part 2 of 2)

Real Life vSphere Troubleshooting Concepts and vROPS Processes

  • Introduction
  • What is Troubleshooting?
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshooting Log Areas
  • Mindmap Checklists
  • Manual Troubleshooting Ideas
  • vROPS Overview
  • vROPS Terminology
  • Using vROPS in the Real World

VMWorld 2016 – EMEA

  • 10 Tips for Troubleshooting Horizon
  • An Introduction to AirWatch and VMware Identity Manager
  • Preparing for you VCDX Defense: Things You Need to Know
  • VMware Certification: Overview and Update
  • VMware Enterprise and Learning Subscription: A Complete Cloud-based Training Solution
  • vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource

Make sure to keep track of when new videos are released by following #NewintheZone on Twitter

Save on Training in ASEAN and Australia/New Zealand

SAVENow through 5 May you have two ways to save on training courses:

Australia & New Zealand
Save 15% on VMware Design and Deploy Courses

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Save 10% on our Advanced vSphere Classes

Getting Your Team Ready for Network Virtualization

nvwpNetwork virtualization with VMware NSX can bring enormous benefits to your organization:  stronger security, a bridge to the hybrid cloud, support for your future vision for SDDC. One way to smooth the adoption process is by considering how people, processes and technologies will interact with the solution during your planning stages.

Excerpted from a recent white paper, here are three considerations of how to get people invested in your network virtualization journey:

  • Create a blended cloud team: The move to network virtualization is the perfect opportunity to create a more blended cloud team of cross–domain, cross-disciplinary skills. The team can work together to come up with common goals and operating principles that will make planning around network virtualization and hybrid cloud smoother.
  • Share the vision of network virtualization as an important milestone in the evolution of the software-defined data center: Everyone has a stake in successfully transitioning to an SDDC. Network virtualization is a critical component of the SDDC model. Each domain will be interested in participating in these SDDC-related discussions, and your planning will be more on target with their involvement.
  • Communicate the professional challenges and opportunities: Developing expertise in network virtualization will certainly require training for already busy network engineers, administrators and technicians. But they will be acquiring new software skills that keep them at the leading edge of network virtualization, security and SDDC. This will be an important message to communicate throughout the planning process.

Read on to discover the role processes and technology play in successfully implementing VMware NSX in this free white paper.

 

Certification Insights: VCP Recertification

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One of the most commonly asked questions we get is “Is there a grace period if my VCP expires?” And the answer is NO. There are no grace periods, VMware does not provide exceptions or extensions to our Recertification policy.

Once your VCP recertification date passes, and if you did not renew it, you are no longer considered VCP certified. In order to gain VCP status again, you will have to meet all the requirements for earning a new VCP certification.

One other thing to keep in mind is the 7-day waiting period if you fail an exam (excluding online exams which have no waiting period between retakes). If you wait until the last minute to recertify but then fail the exam, it could result in losing your VCP status. We always recommend taking care of your recertification at least a month ahead of time to avoid any potential problems or last minute emergencies.

Not sure when your recertification date is? You can look it up in your VMware Certification Manager profile.

Free Workspace ONE Troubleshooting and Best Practices Webcast Next Week

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Interested in the architectural components of VMware Workspace ONE? Join our free Webcast on January 26th, 2017 as VMware’s Technical Instructor, Máté Barany, highlights the foundational components of the solution and offers multiple deployment scenarios.  Máté Barany will also share best practices and insight into how to troubleshoot a few integration issues.


Register here today to learn more about the capabilities of Workspace ONE.

New Workspace ONE, Identity Manager, and Cloud Foundations Courses

NEW CoursesEach month the VMware Education Services teams expand the list of courses available to help you maximize your productivity and get the most out of your solutions. You can learn about new courses as soon as they’re released on our News page, or you can sign up to receive an email notification.

  • VMware Workspace ONE: Deploy and Manage – This hands-on course focuses on the skills you need to configure and deploy VMware Workspace ONE and integrate it into your enterprise environment. You’ll learn how to manage digital workspaces across all devices, providing employees access to the applications and content they need.
  • VMware Identity Manager: Deploy and Manage with AirWatch – This hands-on course focuses on the skills you need to incorporate VMware Identity Manager with your existing VMware AirWatch implementation. In addition to configuring VMware Identity Manager to sync with Active Directory and VMware AirWatch, you’ll also gain the skills to manage the VMware Identity Manager console and deploy applications on a conditional basis.
  • VMware Cloud Foundation Fundamentals – This free eLearning course reviews how to manage a software-defined data center (SDDC) using the VMware Cloud Foundation unified SDDC platform. You’ll see how Cloud Foundation helps you manage the physical and virtual infrastructure, configure and deploy service offerings, manage users, as well as upgrade and monitor the environment.

For more information about these or any of our other courses, or for help designing a customized learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialist for your area.

The Benefits of VMware Certification: An Interview with Ross Wynne

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to speak with Ross Wynne, a Technical Architect Consultant who works at one of VMware’s Premier Partners, Triangle Computer Services in Ireland.dsc_5861-3

 

Over the years, Ross has built skills and continued professional training through a variety of VMware educational and certification programs. Today, Ross offers consulting services to UK & Ireland-based VMware clients working across multiple products and services, including VMware vSphere®, VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™, VMware vCloud®, and VMware NSX®.

 

In the following interview, Ross offers his experience and insights into the value of getting – and remaining – certified with VMware.

 

Why is it important for people to continue building skills and training, particularly with VMware?

One thing is that the market and technology is constantly changing. That means that as a professional, it’s necessary to stay up-to-date, informed, knowledgeable about what’s new and what’s changing. A major benefit of doing a course with VMware is that you not only get outstanding, in-depth training in a particular product, but you also get the opportunity to test for a certification proving your knowledge.

 

What’s the value of getting certifications?

I can probably answer this best through my own experience. To date, I’ve passed about 20 different certifications with VMware. I did my first one — a VCP3 [VMware Certified Professional 3] — in May of 2009. Up to that point, I had a couple of years of job experience, but I didn’t have a way to validate my knowledge. From a career perspective, getting this certification was completely life-changing. Within a month of receiving my certification, I had a very attractive offer for a new job. This was due to the recruiter being able to simply search for VCP holders in Ireland and know that I met a particular set standard for the role that they were looking for. Beyond this, though, I had much more confidence in my knowledge when contributing to solutions within a team.

The reality is, you can say that you’re an expert in your field, but simply saying you’re an expert in something doesn’t amount to much on a CV or in an interview. What a certification does is it validates your experience to prospective employers. By definition, it creates a minimum standard by which an employer can assess your skills.

 

What’s your experience been like taking courses with VMware?

For me, I’ve had really enjoyable experiences taking VMware courses. There are a few different types of courses for beginning, middle, and advanced knowledge. One of the best things about the courses is that you can start off with the free online Foundation courses which you can take from the comfort of your own home or office when time allows. But when you are a bit more serious about your learning, there are whole host of excellent classroom courses. These classes have the added benefit of direct access to experts — course teachers who really know their stuff. You get the opportunity to have all of your questions answered, and then bring back what you learn to your company or employer. Additionally, VMware courses are a great networking opportunity. With the classroom courses, you get to spend time doing deep dives and sharing knowledge with peers who are as passionate as you are.

 

How important is it to renew your certification?

Keeping your certifications up-to-date is important because it proves that you still know what you’re talking about and are current in the market. New and updated technology stacks come along every few years, and while there are similarities between versions, there are always new features that can improve your day-to-day working life. Keeping your certification up to date proves that you know how to upgrade, fix, deploy, and manage whatever changes have come along. There was a point when I let one of my certifications expire. I was applying to a job, and it’s likely that I was well-qualified, but because my certification wasn’t up-to-date, there was no way I could prove that I had the knowledge compared to other candidates.

VMware has made it really easy for people to renew certifications. If your certification is expiring, instead of taking another course for the latest upgrades, you can just go and sit a VCP exam in the same track or a different track. Better yet, you can challenge yourself with a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exam. The VCAP exams are tough, but immensely satisfying when you pass!

 

Of the courses you’ve taken, which one stands out to you as a favorite?

I would definitely have to say that my favorite learning experience was the brilliantly titled NSX Ninja Course (aka, NSX Design & Deploy). During that course, we focused exclusively on network design. For me, it was exciting to meet so many likeminded people, get feedback on my thinking, and get to see how other people approached the same challenges. It was great to interact with people who were at a similar level and to geek out together on tech that we all get so excited about.

 

Click HERE for more information on the recertification process. To hear more from Ross, follow him on Twitter: @RossWynne.

Modernizing your Virtualization Platform – Free Trend Brief

keyAs the mobile-cloud era unfolds, IT organizations must keep pace with accelerating business expectations. But with more and more users to serve, endpoints to manage, and data to protect, in some cases those expectations are outpacing IT’s ability to stay in step. So, how do you close the gap when basic virtualization platforms can’t support the business or the workloads?

This free trend brief explores how the intelligent management can not only address today’s needs, but also help you deal with modern applications and cloud-driven challenges. By detailing key criteria for a successful IT transformation, ingredients for a modern virtualization platform, and factors to help you choose a platform that meets your current and future IT needs, this brief provides a thorough starting point for your explorations.

Download your copy today.