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A week in virtualization

Weekly virtualization news, as featured on the Community Roundtable podcast.

The new certification called the VMware Certified Associate 4 – Desktop is now officially available. The VCA4-DT is the first step toward gaining expertise in desktop virtualization and is designed for Desktop System Administrators who want to demonstrate their ability to manage, monitor and troubleshoot desktop deployments and VMware View components. To find out more about this new certification, go to mylearn.vmware.com/portals/certification

A new benefit for Vmware User Group members launched last week. The new program, named VMUG Advantage, allows all VMUG members around the world to save with special offers on VMware training, VMworld registration, and product licenses for VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion. To learn more and to purchase the VMUG Advantage membership, visit myvmug.org and click on “VMUG Advantage”

VMware Education Services team has just made available a new, free e-learning course dedicated to ESXi, called “Transition to ESXi Essentials”. The course is a self-paced three-hour online training, which will teach you things you need to know to make fundamental design decisions when adding VMware ESXi to a vSphere environment.

After completing the “Transition to ESXi Essentials” course and the short survey at the end, you can also get a free e-book “VMware ESXi: Planning, Implementation, and Security” authored by Dave Mishchenko and edited by VMware technical experts. Dave’s book will be a great help to anyone who wants to learn everything there is to know about ESXi. The e-book will only be available freely for a limited time, so I suggest you hurry up if you want it. Visit blogs.vmware.com/esxi for details.

We are still accepting vExpert applications for 2011. In order to be selected as a vExpert, the applicant should have gone above and beyond their day job in contributing to the virtualization and VMware user community. For more details, and to apply, visit VMTN blog at blogs.vmware.com/vmtn

In the upcoming days and weeks, we have a lot going on in the world of virtualization events.

VMware Forum events are taking place in early May in Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels, Rome, as well as in Washington DC, New York, Anaheim, and Mexico City. The web page with details is linked directly from vmware.com – simply click on the box that says “VMware Forum 2011” on the lower left.

Also, tomorrow, we have webinars coming up on Data Access for Modern Applications as well as on Managing Your Federal Agency's Virtual Infrastructure with VMware vCenter Operations. To find out more and register, head over to webcasts.vmware.com

There is a regional VMUG conference happening today in San Diego, California, and another full-day user conference is scheduled for April 28 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. These regional VMUGs are really full virtualization conferences, with up to 1000 people often attending.

Additionally, the following VMUGs are meeting over the next seven days: Johnston, Brandon, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Evansville, Grand Rapids, Melbourne, and Helsinki. Details and registration links for all these VMUG meetings are at vmware.com/events