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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

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.

Going to VMworld? Reserve Your Seat for Education Breakout Sessions.

8/22 Update: Repeat Sessions Added for our Hottest Topics

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 1: CPU & RAM – INF8780
Repeat Session: Tuesday, August 30th at 4:00pm – 5:00pm

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 2: Disk & Network – INF8701
Repeat Session: Tuesday, August 30th at 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Troubleshooting 101 for Horizon – EUC8243
Repeat Session: Thursday, September 1st at 10:30am – 11:30am

Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks for the Real World – INF8755
Repeat Session: Thursday, September 1st at 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Advanced NSX Troubleshooting: Tips & Tricks for Experienced Users – NET8680
Repeat Session: Tuesday, August 30th at 12:30pm – 1:30pm

We are just one month from kicking off VMworld 2016 US! If you are registered to attend, the VMworld 2016 US 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.

Be sure to check out these sessions delivered by the VMware training and certification team.

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 1: CPU & RAM – INF8780
Presenters: Jon Loux and Carl Paterik
Monday, August 29th at 11:00am – 12:00pm

vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis Part 2: Disk & Network – INF8701
Presenters: Jon Loux and Brett Guarino
Monday, August 29th at 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Troubleshooting 101 for Horizon – EUC8243
Presenters: Linus Bourque and Joe Cooper
Tuesday, August 30th at 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks for the Real World – INF8755
Presenter: Javier Menendez
Wednesday, August 31st at 8:30am – 9:30am

 Advanced NSX Troubleshooting: Tips & Tricks for Experienced Users – NET8680
Presenters: Tim Burkard & Stephen DeBarros
Wednesday, August 31st at 8:30am – 9:30am

Day 2 Automated Operations with vRealize Automation 7 and the Event Broker Services, A Deep Dive – MGT9184
Presenters: Carl Paterik and Brett Guarino
Wednesday, August 31st at 11:30am – 12:30pm

Troubleshooting VSAN 6.2: Tips & Tricks for the Real World – STO8750
Presenter: Javier Menendez
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Taking Back the Desktop – EUC8853
Presenter: Linus Bourque
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:00pm – 3:00pm PST

 Architecting VSAN for Horizon – the VCDX Way! – EUC8648
Presenters: Ray Heffer and Simon Long
Tuesday, August 30th at 2:30pm – 3:30pm PST

An Architects Guide to Designing Risk: The VDCX Methodology – INF9048
Presenters: Daemon Behr
Wednesday, August 31st at 1:00pm – 2:00pm PST

On the Front Line: A VCDX Perspective Working in VMware Global Support Services – SDDC7502
Presenters: Panel Discussion
Wednesday, August 31st at 2:30pm – 3:30pm PST

Learning in the Cloud: VMware Education’s New Enterprise Learning Subscription – SDDC8945-QT
Presenters: Steve Haft & Damian Wraa
Sunday, August 28th at 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Twitter Responds: How has Certification Benefited your Career? Part 2 of 2

A few weeks ago, we shared part 1 of our 2-part blog series highlighting VMware Certified community insights and motivations. Please enjoy more valuable advice from your VMware IT community:

Question: What’s your best piece of advice for becoming #VMware certified?

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  • Advice for Certifications: Know the blueprint. I can’t stress that enough. It tells you what’s on the test.” –@ALDTD
  • “Stick to official exam prep guide for topics to prepare and practice, practice & practice” – @harezzebra
  • “Best piece of advice: Sign up for VMware Learning Zone – Certificate Test Prep. Also setup home labs, this is what got me over the hurdle.” –@duukie
  • “My best advice is to have a home lab, know the blueprint!!, and ask questions if you are unsure of something since the VMware community is amazing (and know the blueprint haha)” – @bbazan

Thank you to everyone for sharing your valued responses, if you’ve already received your t-shirt be sure to send us a pic of you reppin’ your new #vmwcertified tee! If you were not able to participate, please share your motivations and/or advice in our comment section below or send us a tweet!

Twitter Responds: What’s your motivation for becoming #VMware certified? Part 1 of 2

We recently asked the IT community on Twitter to Direct Message us their motivation for becoming VMware certified for a chance to win a free #vmwcertified t-shirt. As expected the t-shirts were a big hit, and the responses we received were too valuable not to share! Check out Part 1 of our 2-part blog series highlighting VMware Certified community insights:

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  • “I am motivated because VMware is the best technology around. It is constantly evolving and growing.” – @wilawssum
  • “What motivates me is understanding the capabilities of the platform. No better way than certification! Explore all corners.” – @brianwelch
  • “The prestige of the VCAP and VCDX program motivates me to keep learning!” – @tbgree00
  • “Back when I got into IT in 2010, I heard about this crazy thing called virtualization. As I learned more about it, I came to believe in its ability to multiply productivity and really help businesses become more efficient as a whole. In an effort to stay relevant in the industry, I got certified in 2013 (and then again in 2015) and haven’t looked back – I still work with virtualization every single day (just completed our upgrade to 6.0!).” – @DonnyLang1
  • “Both my VCPs and VCAP allowed me to take on more responsibility in my previous role. Along with that came about a 30% salary increase over the course of 3 years. I then moved on to a VAR where I get to focus on VMware solutions as a consultant which I am still doing today and loving it.” – @mlaakness
  • My VCP-DCV has placed a spotlight on my resume and has guaranteed me the best possible job opportunities that would not be available to me without it. Since receiving my first VCP certification (VCP3) and continually upgrading to my current VCP5-DCV, my base salary has increased by about 125%! I am working on my VCP6-DCV and plan to obtain my VCIX6-DCV and would expect the jobs and salary increases to continue to come my way. Thank you VMware! – @batchelorbill

Thank you to the participants of our Twitter t-shirt giveaway! We welcome you to share your advice and/or motivations with us in our comments section below or be on the lookout for more opportunities to win a t-shirt on our twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

Congratulations to all the new VCDXs!

VMWQ216-1_Edu_Social_Blog_600x300_6-23-16_JS_001The VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification is the highest level of certification that we offer at VMware. VCDX architects demonstrate that they have enterprise-class skills in both VMware Solution design and implementation. Please join us in congratulating the 2016 VCDX certification recipients thus far:

First VCDX Certification
Ryan Veino, 218
Christophe Charrier, 219
Thomas Vigneron, 220
Marius Holmsen, 221
Matthew Bunce, 222
Marco Van Baggum, 223

Second VCDX Certification
Christopher Slater, 102
Joe Silvagi, 175
Eric Shanks, 195
Scott Norris, 201

Third VCDX Certification
Matt Vandenbeld, 107   

A special shout out to Matt Vandenbeld for being the first person to ever obtain three VCDX certifications. Be on the look-out for our upcoming blog post that will feature Matt and his journey to becoming VCDX certified, not once, not twice, but three times! If you’re interested in starting your VMware certification journey, check out our Certification Paths.

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?


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.

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.

4 Exam Retirements in June, New Courses Released and Exam Registration Simplified


4 Exam Retirements in June
This June we will be retiring some of our older version 5 certification exams. Check out the 4 upcoming exam retirements details in this blog post.

4 New Courses Released: NSX, Virtual SAN, vRealize Operations Manager, & App Volumes
VMware Education Services released 4 new courses last month. Learn more about each course and see if they would be a good fit for expanding your IT knowledge in this blog post.

Simplified Exam Registration Process
VMware has teamed up with Pearson VUE to make the exam registration process even easier. Just click “Register Now” to be directed to your personal Pearson VUE VMware account to complete registration. 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:

  • @SzumigalskiS : Just received email with my score for VCAP5-DCA. PASS. Thank you @VMwareEducation
  • @wowitsdave : Passed! Waiting for it all to register, but I’m a newly-minted VMware Certified Professional! #vcp #vmware
  • @Virtual_Trotski : Took and passed the vcp6-dtm. Tough exam… a lot cover. Desktops have come a long way #VMware #vcap #horizon
  • @tbgree00 : I passed my @VMwareEducation #VCAP DCD yesterday. Two VCAPs in a month. All my work has paid off!

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.