One of the best ways to get value faster from VMware products is to train your team.  The benefit is especially powerful with hands-on training: when people have had a chance to get their hands dirty with a new tool in an environment where it’s OK to make mistakes, they will be more confident and effective when they get back to the shop.  VMware is launching hands-on instructor led training on VMware vCenter Configuration Manager, and I wanted to tell you about a special opportunity.

VMware Customer Education wants to recruit your participation in the beta delivery of our VCM training course.  VMware Education's beta classes let you get training early and at a big discount.  If you anticipate having to work with VMware vCenter Configuration Manager hands-on in the not-too-distant future, you’re in the intended audience for the beta.  If you've already worked hands-on with VCM yourself, please share this announcement with a co-worker who hasn't.

The VCM course is 5 days of instructor-led hands-on training, with live labs and case studies.  The beta delivery is being held in Houston, Texas, USA, from August 8 through 12. Participants will learn about VCM 5.4 installation and use as a compliance and provisioning tool.  Here's the datasheet:

     http://mylearn.vmware.com/descriptions/EDU_DATASHEET_VCMFastTrack_V54_BETA1.pdf

The course is open to VMware customers and partners.  All categories of participants get an approx. 50% discount off the list price of the course when it ships.  The price per seat including this discount is US$1875 or 19 PSO Credits.  (No further discounts are applied on top of the beta discount.)

Here's the link to enroll:

     http://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?course=103103

If you take part in the beta class, feel free to post in the Security & Compliance forum about your experiences once it’s done (http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/server/security).