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New vSphere, Horizon Cloud, and Exam Prep Courses Now Available

This month the VMware Education Services team released several new VMware vSphere® 6.5 courses, a free elearning course on VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™, plus a new video series to help you prepare for the VCP6-NV exam based on NSX v6.2.

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V6.5]

This three-day training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design a VMware vSphere 6.5 virtual infrastructure. You’ll follow a proven approach to design a virtualization solution that is available, scalable, manageable, recoverable, and secure, and that uses VMware best practices. This course also discusses the benefits and risks of available design alternatives and provides information to support making sound design decisions.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage and Optimize and Scale Fast Track [V6.5]

This extended-hours course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure, and optimize vSphere 6.5. You will also explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect.

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop

This five-day, hands-on workshop teaches you the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to troubleshoot the VMware vSphere® 6.x environment. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the command-line interface, VMware vSphere® Web Client, VMware vRealize® Log lnsight™, and other tools to analyze and solve problems.

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6.5]

This intensive, extended hours course focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere® 6.5, including VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. Featuring plenty of hands-on training, this course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

VMware Horizon Cloud Fundamentals

This free eLearning course provides information on how VMware Horizon Cloud Service helps IT meet the expectations of today’s mobile workforce. This course explains the architecture, features, benefits, and functionality of the two service offerings of Horizon Cloud and demonstrates how to install an agent and create a desktop image.

VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV) Exam v6.2 (2V0-642)

This comprehensive, 110-video training course focuses on preparing you to take the VCP6-NV exam #2V0-642. It includes tips for preparing, an in-depth review of each objective, and sample questions. These videos provide a time-saving and methodical study plan designed to let you review exam topics and identify and close knowledge gaps – building both your knowledge and your confidence before taking your VMware Certification exam.

vSphere 6.5: Find Out What’s New On November 22 In Our Free Training Webcast

startup business, software developer working on computerLast month, we unveiled the latest version of our leading virtualization platform: vSphere 6.5. With increased simplicity and updates to security and our universal app platform, vSphere 6.5 is designed to help you address challenges of supporting existing and new apps and services, increasingly complex environments, and growing IT security threats. (Check out this vSphere blog post for a high-level overview of what’s new with vSphere 6.5.) Now it’s time for us to answer your questions!

Join Senior Education Product Manager, Andrew Ellwood, on Tuesday, November 22, at 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST (12:00pm GMT) for a free training webcast on vSphere 6.5. During the webcast, we’ll offer key insights into vSphere’s updated features and how they can help your organization realize the full benefits of a virtualized infrastructure. Additionally, we’ll touch on our new, instructor-led vSphere 6.5 course from VMware Education Services: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5].

Register now for this exciting webcast and we look forward to seeing you there!

Get Ready for vSphere 6.5: Training Courses Now Open for Registration

vmware___c8w6485___r2VMware vSphere 6.5 is the next gen infrastructure for next gen apps. With vSphere 6.5 you can now run, manage, connect, and secure your applications in a common operating environment, across clouds and devices. vSphere 6.5 introduces several features that elevate your experience to an entirely new level. Make sure you and your team are ready to take advantage of them with these vSphere 6.5 training courses from VMware Education Services.

  • vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5] – Learn the key differences between vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.5 and how they can benefit your organization.
  • vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] – Our best-selling course! This class gives you an understanding of all VMware core Data Center technologies so that you can enable Cloud, Network Virtualization, Desktop & Mobility.
  • vSphere: Optimize & Scale [V6.5] – This class expands on the content taught in vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage, but focuses on the vSphere technologies used by the team that maintains the platform of the SDDC.

Learn more about these courses, or contact the Education Specialist for your area to develop a learning plan for yourself or your team.

New vSphere v6 Courses Available

NEW CoursesWe’ve released two new courses on vSphere v6 and a new EVO:RAIL course in the past few weeks. Check them out!

  • VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6] – This intensive, extended-hours and hands-on lab training course focuses on installing, configuring, managing and troubleshooting VMware vSphere 6, including VMware ESXi 6 and VMware vCenter Server 6. This course combines the content of our best-selling VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with troubleshooting skills needed for maintaining highly available and scalable vSphere environments. Students will gain practical experience with these concepts through the completion of hands-on labs.
  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] On Demand – This course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 6, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size and forms the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center. Take a Sneak Peek before you buy.
  • EVO:RAIL Fundamentals This free eLearning course provides an overview on EVO:RAIL and explains its features and benefits. The course also describes the deployment, configuration, and management of EVO:RAIL in a software-defined data center (SDDC).

Stay informed whenever we release new courses by signing up for updates.

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.

New VMware ViewPoint Webinar: Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6

Interested in learning about troubleshooting strategies and best practices for vSphere 6? Then you’ll want to join us for the next installment of the ViewPoint Webinar Series, Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6, on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET.

During this webinar, Jamie Rawson, VMware Senior Technical Instructor will discuss troubleshooting strategies and best practices utilizing VMware® ESXi™ 6.0, and VMware® vCenter Server™ 6.0. He will be using the VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) and graphical user interfaces to identify and resolve configuration and operational issues. You’ll also hear about specific strategies for:

  • Networking
  • Storage
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • VMware ESXi host
  • VMware vSphere HA Cluster
  • VMware vSphere vMotion

Webinar Details
Troubleshooting Strategies for vSphere 6
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET

Featured Speaker
Jamie Rawson
Senior Technical Instructor at VMware
Register today

The free ViewPoint Webinar Series connects you with VMware experts and is a great addition to your VMware training. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from VMware Certified Instructors and find out how VMware training can extend your expertise.

New Courses on vSphere 6, NSX, vRealize, and More

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New VMware vSphere 6 Training Courses

NEW CoursesVMware vSphere® is the world’s leading server virtualization platform, and is the foundation of the Software-Defined Data Center. The new vSphere 6 builds on the success of prior versions of vSphere and extends your ability to virtualize scale-up and scale-out applications, redefine availability, and simplify your virtual data center. Gain more value from your investment with vSphere 6 training courses from VMware Education Services:

  • vSphere What’s New [V5X to V6] 
    Explore new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server™ 6.0 and VMware ESXi™ 6.0 in this hands-on training course. Gain the skills required to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere 6 using real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lecture material. This class is ideal for customers who want to deploy vSphere 6 into their existing vSphere environment.
    Register now.
  • vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] 
    Our best-selling course, this intensive, hands-on training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere 6, and includes VMware ESXi 6.0 along with VMware vCenter Server 6.0. This course will give you a solid understanding of how to administer a vSphere infrastructure for organizations of any size.
    Register now
  • vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6] 
    This training course is designed for experienced VMware vSphere users and teaches advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will focus on configuring and optimizing the vSphere features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, while also discussing when and where they will have the greatest impact.
    Coming Soon – sign up to be notified when it’s released

Calling all Firefighters! Build your vMuscle with advanced training in VMware’s vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [5.5]


There’s a reason firefighters stay fit.

When a building is in flames and the red lights are flashing, firefighters rely on their strength, smarts and skills to pull through a crisis.  Before disaster hits they train, they test equipment, they learn from each other.

Our instructors and students are a lot like firefighters running virtual drills — they’re building vMuscle — especially after completing the advanced vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [5.5] from VMware.   Based on VMware ESXi 5.5 and VMware vCenter Server 5.5, this advanced five-day intensive builds the knowledge, skills and vMuscle you need to troubleshoot even the most complex VMware vSphere environment.

Just ask Bryan O’Connor, a Newcastle, UK-based VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) and vExpert.  Bryan has amassed his vMuscle through dozens of VMware training courses over the years.  “I teach all of the VMware tracks and have been involved with VMware training for nearly 7 years.  What I liked the most about this course is having to think for myself, but knowing [an expert] was available if things did go wrong.”

VMware Certified Instructor and vExpert, Bryan O’Connor, flexes his vMuscles!

Hone and tone with hands-on exercises

Running drills builds skills, but this VMware course requires a serious analytical mindset.  Expert trainers will work with you to hone, tone and tighten up your troubleshooting thought processes using our lean new vSphere Web Client.  You will challenge your mind using the command line interface and log files to analyze, diagnose and correct problems on the fly in the vSphere environment.

Jeff Petersen, Network Engineer from the US Railroad Retirement Board in Chicago, talks a lot like a veteran firefighter.  “I’ve been through a couple of upgrades.  I’ve rebuilt environments from the ground up and in our Disaster Recovery and test environments in our Data Center. I took the [vSphere] Optimize & Scale course and asked the instructor for an even more advanced class.  Now was the time for Troubleshooting.”

Recruits be aware!  Not everyone can be a firefighter and not everyone should take the Troubleshooting Workshop.  This is advanced training is for IT Pros only – you must qualify with one of the following pre-requisites and experience working with the command-line interface is highly recommended:

•  VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data  Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)

•  VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1]

•  VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.1]

•  Equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server

“There is a lot more to this upgrade than there has been since the last few,” continues Jeff who used the Troubleshooting course to plan for issues before they happened. “The certificates and single-sign on, I really learned what I needed.  There were some significant changes in using the Web Client than the fat client interface.  It helped to have instructors side-by-side troubleshooting with you.”

vSphere Web Client and Single Sign On (SSO) interface

Troubleshoot and train your way!  Online or In-person courses.

Some firefighters lift weights.  Others climb the pole or run to build strength.  The same is true for IT training.  Whether you prefer online or in-person courses, VMware offers both.  It is your choice and they’re equally effective.

Both Kevin and Jeff took their Troubleshooting Workshop in-person – one in Chicago, one in the UK, through VMware’s extensive network of authorized training centers.  “I much prefer an instructor-led class,” says Jeff.  “I feel like you get more in the immersive teaching environment with less distractions.”  Kevin agrees, “I would rather have face-to-face contact in a classroom environment…it helps me focus on what’s going on.”

Bryan on the other hand had a different reality, “I took the course online, the decision was made for me, I live in the UK and the only way I could have taken the course in-person would have been to visit the States. Let’s be honest, one of the advantages of virtualization is the ability to telecommute!”

VMUG = Our own community of expert Firefighters!

Even a fully qualified VMware Certified Professional (VCP) like Kevin Gosney can use a spotter during training and later when the sirens sound.  “I am pushing myself to have a full set of skills in VMware.”  Kevin is a Systems Engineer at Thermo Fisher Scientific in the UK.  He has strong multi-country management experience having supported environments in Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and others.  “I have registered with VMUG & VMware Forums.”  This is how Kevin stays connected to the experts in our community.

Kevin Gosney of Thermo Fisher Scientific UK

Bryan also keeps his skills fresh through the VMware VCI community.  “I’ve been a vExpert for the past three years, I subscribe to the vExpert forum, and I’m also a member of the North East of England VMUGs.”

No matter where or how they train, everyone likes a little recognition – a chance to show off their vMuscles.  “There’s a course completion certificate that you get with all these classes.   Mine is framed and posted on the wall.  But I didn’t update my LinkedIn profile yet…that will come when I actually perform the upgrade.  You can’t go bragging about something you haven’t done!” offered Jeff.

Bryan took a more public route; he shared his experiences on his own blog vbry21.wordpress.com — via Twitter @bryanoconnor21 — and no doubt with his fellow VMUG members.

So how did Bryan O’Connor celebrate after completing the vSphere Troubleshooting [5.5] Workshop?

“I went to the gym.” said Bryan.

Of course you did Bryan…keep flexing those vMuscles!

For more on VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5] and to check the various class formats, visit the course page.

Question of the Week: vSphere 5.0

This week’s question comes from the vSphere 5.0 video series.


a. 5
b. 50
c. 1000
d. 10000

Click through to the comments for the answer and watch Installing VMware vCenter Server for more information.

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