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Try Out our On Demand Courses for Free

sneak_peek_genericSo, you’ve seen the testimonials but still haven’t tried our On Demand training yet? Well, here’s your chance to try it out for FREE. 

The On Demand Sneak Peeks give you access to the course introduction and selections from the course content, as well as videos showing some of the lab exercises that are part of the course.

On Demand courses fully meet certification requirements and are an excellent way to learn at your own pace. Take a sneak peek today or see all the courses available in the On Demand format.

New VMware vRealize Courses and VMware NSX Beta Class

NEW CoursesVMware Education Services has released several new courses to help you get the most out of your VMware solutions.

Classroom and Live Online 

Free eLearning

Beta Classes 

Get a Sneak Peek at On Demand Training

Have you considered On Demand Courses but aren’t sure if they’re right for you? Now there’s an easy way to see what it’s all about. Our Sneak Peeks, available for many of our courses, let you try a course for free before you register. You’ll get access to full course modules and overview the hands-on labs to see if the course meets your needs. And best of all? You only need about 90 minutes.

We have free Sneak Peeks available for our most popular courses including:

Take a look at our On Demand Courses and try out a Sneak Peek. If you like it, let us know. We’re always trying to make training easier and more convenient.

What’s New with Horizon (with View)? Our Latest Webinar Will Expand Your Horizon.

Horizon (with View) [V 6.0] has some fantastic new features, and our FREE webinar will tell you about some of them. Led by Senior Technical Trainers Bryan Lenderman and Linus Bourque, you will hear:

  • Highlights of the new Horizon features
  • The new features of View 6, specifically
  • An overview of RDSH Desktop and Application Pools
  • An overview of Cloud Pod Architecture

For those who can’t wait to get started or those wanting more background on the product, we also have a download available for a free 60-day evaluation of VMware Horizon (with View). We recommend you take it for a spin and get acquainted with the software before the webinar. Bring your questions to the webinar on October 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM PDT.

Register for the FREE webinar today! 

Your speakers are very knowledgeable on Horizon (with View).

Bryan Lenderman, a VMware Certified Instructor at VMware


Bryan Lenderman, a Senior Technical Trainer for VMware, co-leads this webinar and has been with VMware for the last 7 years. Bryan has a total of 11 years of Technical Training experience plus 7 years as an IT Field Consultant. Bryan’s certifications include: VCAP5-DCA, VCP5-DT, and VCI level 2, and MCSE.



Linus Bourque, a VMware Certified Instructor at VMware


Linus Bourque is a Senior Technical Instructor for the VMware Education Americas Tech Lead Team and will co-lead the webinar. Linus has more than 12 years of technical training experience and has been with VMware for over 8 years. His certifications include CISSP, VCI, VCAP-DCA, VCAP-DTD and VCP-DT.



Free Chapter of New VMware Book – Administrator’s Guide to VMware Virtual SAN: Introduction to VSAN

New excerpt from VMware: Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN): Administrator’s Guide to VMware Virtual SAN. This book will introduce you to the software-defined data center through an in-depth look at the storage elements involved. The first chapter is free, and the book itself is available for purchase as both an ebook and a hard copy. For an administrator looking to get started on a software-defined future, this book is downright essential.

EssentialVirtualSanShowCoverSoftware-Defined Datacenter

VMworld, the VMware annual conferencing event, introduced VMware’s vision for the software-defined datacenter (SDDC) in 2012. The SDDC is VMware’s architecture for the public and private clouds where all pillars of the datacenter—compute, storage, and networking (and the associated services)—are virtualized. Virtualizing datacenter components enables the IT team to be more flexible. If you lower the operational complexity and cost while increasing availability and agility, you will ultimately lower the time to market for new services.

To achieve all of that, virtualization of components by itself is not sufficient. The platform used must be capable of being installed and configured in a fully automated fashion. More importantly, the platform should enable you to manage and monitor your infrastructure in a smart and less operationally intense manner. That is what the SDDC is all about! Raghu Raghuram (VMware senior vice president) captured it in a single sentence: The essence of the software-defined datacenter is “abstract, pool, and automate.”

Abstraction, pooling, and automation are all achieved by introducing an additional layer on top of the physical resources. This layer is usually referred to as a virtualization layer. Everyone reading this book is probably familiar with the leading product for compute virtualization, VMware vSphere. Fewer people are probably familiar with network virtualization, sometimes referred to as software-defined network (SDN) solutions. VMware offers a solution named NSX that is based on the solution built by the acquired company Nicira. NSX does for networking what vSphere does for compute. These layers do not just virtualize the physical resources but also allow you to pool them and provide you with an application programming interface (API) that enables you to automate all operational aspects.

Grab the rest of the first chapter is here.

2 New Free Elearning Courses – vSphere Data Protection Advanced and IT Business Management

We’ve added two more elearning courses to the extensive library of free VMware training classes.tumblr_mnh2m1hnS81st5lhmo1_1280

vSphere Data Protection Advanced [V5.8] Fundamentals – provides information about the vSphere Data Protection Advanced backup and recovery solution for virtual machines and describes the technologies it uses.

IT Business Management [V1.1] Fundamentals – analyzes the VMware ITBM Standard Edition solution, describes the installation and configuration of ITBM Standard Edition, and describes how ITBM Standard Edition can be used to visualize and manage cloud costs.


Free eLearning: VMware vCenter Configuration Manager Fundamentals [V5.7]


The enterprise IT environment is dynamic and is always subject to planned and unplanned changes. IT needs a solution that can maintain configuration compliance against internal standards, security best practices, vendor hardening guidelines, and regulatory mandates. VMware vCenter Configuration Manager delivers capabilities fundamental to ensuring that virtualized and cloud computing environments are properly configured to meet operational, security, and compliance requirements.

The newest addition to our extensive library of free eLearning, VMware vCenter Configuration Manager Fundamentals [V5.7], gives you an overview of vCenter Configuration Manager and describes how it can be used for configuration and compliance management.

Learn more and register today.

Free Book Excerpt: VMware Horizon Suite – Building End User Services

Hot off the presses from VMware Press is a new free book excerpt from VMware Horizon Suite – Building End User ServicesVMware Press VMware Horizon Suite Book Cover

The Evolution of the End User

VMware’s product line has rapidly evolved to become a more complete end-user suite. VMware acquired Wanova and its flagship product Mirage. The founders of Wanova had extensive experience in wide-area networking (WAN) and had already developed and sold a WAN services company, Actona, which was acquired by Cisco. The experience in WAN optimization was the basis of the company name Wanova.

Mirage was designed to centralize a nd optimize desktops by providing layered image management over both local-area network (LAN) and WAN links. Endpoints are synced to a centralized virtual desktop (CVD) in the datacenter. The CVD is built using OS and application layers, in addition to a driver library that can be managed and changed. Any changes are synchronized back to the endpoint, enabling centralized management without sacrificing the decentralized execution of a traditional desktop environment.

VMware View, VMware’s vSphere-based virtual desktop solution, provides online and offline access to desktops in the datacenter. Users can connect to virtual desktops running in the datacenter from various types of View clients. If the virtual desktop needs to be run in a disconnected/offline mode, users running Windows clients can check out the virtual machine (VM) so that it runs as a local mode desktop; changes to the desktop are synchronized

to the datacenter when they reconnect. Unlike local mode desktops, Mirage does not make use of a hypervisor as it runs as an agent on a traditional XP or Windows 7 operating system. VMware announced that View would be part of the Horizon Suite, which thus consists of VMware View, VMware Mirage, and VMware Workspace.

Grab your copy of the excerpt here.

FREE ThinApp Instructional Videos

ThinApp, a key component of VMware Horizon Suite, is an agentless application virtualization solution that isolates applications from their underlying operating systems to eliminate application conflict and streamline application delivery and management.

We’re introducing 9 free instructional ThinApp videos that take you from the basics behind what ThinApp is to various technical deep dives on how to install ThinApp and add applications.

Your guide on this tour is Senior Technical Trainer and VMware Certified Instructor, Linus Bourque.

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Linus guides you through a discussion on each of the ThinApp concepts in this series, followed by a demonstration for each concept. The videos below are between 5-10 minutes long and you can pick and choose according to your experience and interests.

To take advantage of additional instructional videos on other topics, visit the VMware learning site and sign up to be notified when new videos become available.

Free Book Excerpt: Networking for VMware Administrators

book coverOur friends at VMware Press have provided us with another free book excerpt, this time from the new release, Networking for VMware Administrators by Steven Pantol and Christopher Wahl.

The vSphere Standard Switch

The goal of VMware’s Standard Switch is to allow network traffic to flow in any scenario. This could mean that the ESXi host is not connected to a vCenter server at all, which is typically referred to as a “standalone” or “vSphere Hypervisor” install of vSphere. In this case, there’s no higher level of management than the host itself, so the standard level switch needs to be able to function with nothing more than the host telling it what to do.

Before getting too far into how the Standard Switch works, we need to introduce a bit of terminology. When describing switch functions, we often use the terms “control plane” and “data plane.” Control plane traffic and functions can best be thought of as traffic to the
switch, and data plane traffic is traffic through the switch. Management, monitoring, and configuration traffic concerning the switch is control plane traffic. Frames passing from a virtual machine (VM) out to the rest of the world would be data plane traffic. In your typical physical, top-of-rack style switch, control and data planes live within the same piece of equipment. With virtual switches, these functions can be separated.

The control plane of a standard switch resides on the VMware host. That is, any manipulation of the vSwitch configuration, number of ports, and the way that traffic is moved around are all part of the host’s responsibilities. More specifically, it’s the job of the hypervisor kernel (called the VMkernel) to make sure that the vSwitch is configured and operational

As such, even when you cluster a bunch of VMware hosts together, each host is responsible for its own standard vSwitches. In the case of a vCenter failure, every host’s standard vSwitch would still be configurable by connecting the vSphere client directly to the host.

Every Standard vSwitch on a host is responsible for switching frames, which means that the data plane is a host’s responsibility. As data enters the host NICs, which form the uplinks for a standard vSwitch, the VMkernel makes sure that the frames get to the appropriate destination. Sometimes this means that the traffic gets ignored, especially in the case of external traffic that enters the vSwitch with an unknown destination MAC address.

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