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How Cloud Management Skills Can Enhance Your Career: Free eBook

2017-03-07_1555Multi-cloud strategies represent the future of IT infrastructure. And the future of cloud management belongs to those who embrace unified management for heterogeneous, multi-cloud environments.

IT certifications on cloud systems management platforms provide a twofold opportunity: While you’re carving out a key role in your company’s future, you can set the stage for career advancement. Our free eBook reviews the importance of cloud management skills and the value certification can bring to your career plan.

Download your copy today to learn more and hear from others who have already seen the benefits of getting VMware cloud certified.

New Courses on vSphere 6.5, Cloud, NSX & More

NEW CoursesLast month the Education Services team opened registration for several new instructor-led training courses covering a broad range of topics. For more information on these courses use the links below or contact your local Learning Specialist.


VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5] explores the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server® 6.5 and VMware ESXi™ 6.5. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6.5. Note: This course is based on beta software.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] features intensive hands-on training on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. Note: This course is based on beta software.

VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6.5] teaches you advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will configure and optimize the vSphere features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and you will discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. Note: This course is based on beta software.

The intensive, extended-hours VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage plus Virtual SAN Fast Track [V6] combines the content of our best-selling VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with 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.


VMware Cloud Automation: Design and Deploy [V7.1] focuses on designing and deploying an enterprise cloud by using a distributed architecture deployment of VMware vRealize® Automation™. The lecture and labs concentrate on designing an enterprise cloud architecture and the effective implementation of a vRealize Automation distributed deployment according to VMware recommended best practices.

Designed for service providers, VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V8.10] focuses on self-service provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers, and catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX® networks as well as the integrated use of VMware Virtual SAN™. This course also covers interfacing vCloud Director with other systems through the use of various APIs.

VMware Cloud Orchestration and Extensibility [V7] explores the use of VMware vRealize™ Orchestrator™ 7.1 and VMware vRealize Automation 7.1 for the automation of VMware cloud infrastructure and IT processes. This course focuses on extensibility and advanced administration through the use of vRealize Orchestrator workflows in vRealize Automation.

Horizon 7

VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage plus App Volumes Fast Track [V7] gives you the skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform. You will also learn how to use App Volumes to deliver applications and data to desktops and users in seconds and at scale, managing application lifecycles from installation to update and replacement.

VMware NSX

VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage plus Troubleshooting & Operations Fast Track [V6.2] focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX®. In addition, you will be presented with various types of technical problems which you will learn how to identify and solve through a systematic process. You will learn how to use logical switching, gateway services, firewall configurations, and security services to secure and optimize your environment.

Strategizing Your Cloud Delivery, Organizing an IT as Service Provider and Other Top Professional Services Posts

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Our friends from around the VMware blogosphere publish everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about how you work. Check out the latest posts and try something new!

Copying App Volumes AppStacks Between Environments That Use vSAN Storage
Learn how to copy App Volumes AppStacks (VMDK files) if using Secure Copy (SCP) from one environment to another when using VSAN storage in this step-by-step blog post.

EUC Professional Services Engineering (PSE) and VMworld
Heading to VMworld in San Francisco at the end of the month? Check out End User Computing (EUC) Professional Services Engineering consultants’ highlights of the event!

VMware User Environment Manager and Application Profile Settings
Walk through the process of capturing Google Chrome settings and incorporating that configuration into VMware UEM (formerly Immidio) in this blog post.

We’re going to the Cloud. Do I Still Need ITSM?
Traditional IT shops embraced ITSM to help respond to dynamic business requirements, but is this still needed as more companies turn to the cloud? Check out the 5 reasons why ITSM is necessary for the cloud in this blog entry.

From CIO to CEO: 5 Steps to Organize an IT as a Service Provider
Learn how to organize governance and personnel within an IT as a Service (ITaaS) Provider following these 5 practical steps.

Strategizing and Modernizing your Cloud Delivery Practice
Find out how to achieve the full business value of the cloud by establishing a specialized and robust Cloud Business Management (CBM) practice in Part 1 of this blog series.

VMware’s Internal Cloud – A Use Case for Operating a Cloud at Scale
VMware’s Internal Cloud hosts 80,000 virtual machines (VM) with about 40,000 running at any given time. Read this blog post to learn about the evolution & operation of VMware’s cloud straight from the management team.

New Self Paced Courses on vSphere 6, VIO, and User Environment Manager

Three new self-paced courses were released last month:NEW Courses

VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6] On Demand – This On Demand course explores the newest features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server™ 6 and VMware ESXi™ 6. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lecture material teach the skills you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6.

VMware Integrated OpenStack Fundamentals – VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is a VMware supported OpenStack distribution that makes it easier for IT to run a production-grade OpenStack-based deployment on top of their existing VMware infrastructure. VIO enables IT admins to quickly and easily deploy and operate a production grade OpenStack cloud while giving developers the standard OpenStack APIs on a reliable platform. This eLearning course overviews the features, architecture, operations, troubleshooting, and management of VIO. This course introduces you to the OpenStack project and to the high level features of VIO. It also provides an insight into the architecture, deployment, and consumption of VIO, and demonstrates, at a high-level, how to operate, troubleshoot, and manage VIO.

VMware User Environment Manager: Fundamentals – This free eLearning course describes the key benefits of VMware User Environment Manager and how it can benefit your organization. You will get an overview of the installation and configuration process, as well as insight into the key elements of the user interface.

Get Tips for Talking Cloud Strategy at Your Organization—Plus More Top Posts from VMware Professional Services

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Our friends from around the VMware blogosphere publish everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about how you work. Check out the latest posts and try something new!

How to Deploy User Environment Manager in 60 Minutes or Less

Ready to implement VMware’s new User Environment Manager? This deployment guide will get you up-and-running quickly, as there’s no extra infrastructure needed for configuration.

Perform Proactive Load Testing to Build a Successful Environment

You’ve read the white papers and studied the reference architecture: now it’s time to load test your infrastructure. This how-to guide will walk you through the process of a successful load test.

Using Super Metrics to Populate Widgets in VMware vRealize Operations Manager

Want to get more metrics out of your VMware vRealize Operations Manager dashboard? Get step-by-step instructions on how to populate a widget with your required super metrics.

Link VMware Horizon Deployments Together with Cloud Pod Architecture

Looking for an easier way to link Horizon deployments? Learn how to configure and manage Cloud Pod Architecture right from the web interface with Horizon 6.1.

Optimizing IT Services for DevOps, Agility, and Cloud Capabilities

Customers are pressuring IT to deploy services and systems faster than ever. Find out how to take advantage of DevOps, Agile, and cloud to stay up-to-date and become a more nimble organization. 

7 Tips on Leveraging a Change Agent Program to Boost Cloud Adoption

Looking to improve adoption of your cloud initiative? We’ve got 7 tips on how to do so—by creating a change agent program that builds internal awareness, shares expertise, and builds community.

Turning IT Operations Management Dreams Into Reality

Ready to simplify your IT operations management? Check out this infographic to discover how VMware vRealize Operations Insight delivers intelligent IT ops management for businesses of all sizes. 

VMware vRealize Code Stream: Is DevOps Tools or Transformation?

DevOps provides the tools to assist in automating deployment and release processes. But for DevOps to truly be successful, it requires operations transformation. Find out why.

When to Engage Your Organization in Their Cloud Journey

When it comes to the cloud, timing is everything. Find a balance between building momentum and keeping your distance—and get more tips on gearing up for the cloud journey at your organization.

Top Posts from Professional Services

In Case You Missed It!

Our friends from around the VMware blogosphere publish everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about how you work. Check out the latest posts and try something new!

4 Steps to Better Market Your Cloud Services

Having trouble with creating a cloud services marketing strategy that is competitive and fosters your cloud investments? Here are four steps you can take to ensure an innovative strategy for success.

Use Horizon View to Access Virtual Desktops Remotely—without a VPN

Learn how to use Horizon View to access virtual desktops remotely without a VPN – all while keeping your data protected and secure. Get step-by-step instructions on how to achieve this using pool tagging and two-factor authentication.

How to Take Charge of Incident Ticket Ping Pong 

Feel like your incident tickets are getting trapped in a never-ending game of ping pong? Get tips on how to prevent incident tickets from being passed back and forth.

VMware App Volumes with F5’s Local Traffic Manager

Experts from VMware and F5 Networks provide ways to build resiliency and scalability within the App Volumes architecture using F5’s Local Traffic Manager.

Upgrading VMware Horizon View with Zero Downtime

Learn how to upgrade a cluster of connection servers with zero downtime. This blog post includes steps on how to upgrade View 5.3 servers to View 6.0.1.

4 Ways to Maximize the Value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager

Are your customers having trouble understanding the value of VMware vRealize Operations Manager? Make sure you’re focused on more than just the technology — people and process factors play a huge role in a successful transformation.

Building Service-based Cost Models to Accelerate Your IT Transformation

Find yourself constantly having to defend the cost of IT services? Get tips on how to build service-based cost models so you can start delivering your IT services like a business.

Understanding View Disposable Disks

Get additional clarity around disposable disks: learn what is redirected to the disposable disk, where they are hosted, and when they are deleted and refreshed.

Cloud Professionals Stay in Demand

It comes as no surprise that most experts are predicting continued growth in cloud computing. Adoption has beenClouds rapid and widespread—PC World recently reported that 90% of businesses use cloud services to some degree—and it’s not slowing down. Which is why we’re so excited about the opportunities for IT professionals who have top-quality cloud training.

Help wanted for cloud-trained professionals

There’s great demand for professionals with current training and certifications to support cloud infrastructures and develop new applications. In their “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015”, Gartner listed cloud computing stating that “both internal applications and external applications will be built on this new style” and IDC predicts that “cloud services will remain a hotbed of activity in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud ecosystem.”

Where does this leave you? IT professionals need sharp skills and ongoing training to thrive in this cloud-focused world. A survey of U.S. federal managers showed that only 10% of agencies have been able to migrate significant portions of IT to the cloud because of a lack of skilled staff. Many are hiring new employees to take on key cloud roles and investing in training to develop important skills.

Stay current on cloud technologies

We’re pleased to offer a wealth of training options in 2015—from on-demand to onsite—to help you stay current on cloud technologies. Take a look at our cloud certification offerings as a way to validate your existing skills.  Or maybe an on demand course on VMware vCloud Automation Center is more your speed. Check out our vast education and training offerings to help you stay ahead of the curve. It may just be the smartest move you make in 2015.

Two New Certifications Released on Cloud and Network Virtualization

Just in time to wrap up the year, we are releasing two new certifications.

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Cloud (VCP6-Cloud)VCP-Cloud
VCP-Cloud certification validates that you have the skills and experience needed to effectively install, configure, and administer a cloud environment using VMware vCloud® Automation Center and its related components. VCP6-Cloud status shows that you not only have a solid foundation in managing successful vSphere environments, but that you also understand cloud infrastructure concepts including public/private/hybrid clouds, multi-tenancy, and cloud security.



VMware Certified Associate – Network Virtualization (VCA-NV)VCA-NV logo
VCA-NV certification gives you greater credibility when discussing network virtualization, how network virtualization can enhance the cost and operational benefits of virtualization across your network, and how deploying the VMware network virtualization solution can assist.