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New exam from VMware, exam code VCP-550 January 23, 2014

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As all you VMware professionals will be aware, VMware now have their vSphere 5.5 product, and as a VMware Certified Instructor and VMware User vSphere, 5.5 is a product I’m using and also training.

VMware now have two ways to become a VMware Certified Professional in Datacenter Virtualisation.

The following is taken from VMware’s certification site

On January 22, we released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Certification.

This new exam (exam code VCP550) is based on vSphere v5.5, where the existing exam (exam code VCP510) is based on vSphere 5.0/5.1.

Passing either of these exams will earn VCP5-DCV certification if you have also taken an approved qualifying course.

For more information, visit VMware’s Certification site at the following URL


Good luck to all pursuing VMware Certifications.

VCP-DCV exam prep course (yes it’s free) January 23, 2014

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Going along my current theme of free courses that are quite interesting from VMware, I was teaching a VMware course last week and the one I always recommend to my delegates is the following.

VMware VCP-DCV 5.1 Exam Preparation Workshop

As its name suggests, this course will help prepare a VCP-DCV candidate for the VCP-DCV 5.1 Exam. This course covers preparing for the exam, identifying exam study areas, and reviews important subjects that are covered on the exam.  This course also includes a number of sample questions to prepare the student for the exam.

The course is available at the following URL


But as always I highly recommend checking the exam blueprint at VMware’s Certification site, this is located at the following URL


Good luck to all wanting to pursue VMware Certifications

Date for VMUG meeting in the North East of England January 21, 2014

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The latest event in the North East VMware Users Group has been released.

The latest event will take place at.

Time 11.00AM – 5.00PM on Thursday 13th March 2014

Location is


Simpson Room

Melbourne Street

Newcastle upon Tyne


For more info and also to sign up and register, visit the North East VMUG workspace

I unfortunately won’t be able to attend as I’m teaching a VMware 5.5 Install, Manage and Configure at QA Newcastle (still some space available, visit www.qa.com for more info)

But my mate Michael Armstrong is doing a presentation on ‘Home Labs’ , so definitely worth attending.

VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage Course January 16, 2014

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On the VMware 5.5 courses we talk about the new VMware Virtual SAN technology, generally this topic proves to be quite popular and I get asked where delegates can get more information.

A really good resource is VMware’s Hands on Labs site. This site allows you to play with VMware technologies via some pretty decent Labs.

http://labs.hol.vmware.com and select the vSAN lab.

Also check out VMware’s Storage Blog.


Finally and most relevant to me as a VMware Certified Instructor, VMware have released a 2 day VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage course.

The course covers the following.

Course Objectives


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

Define the key components of a software-defined data center


  • Identify benefits of software-defined storage solutions
  • Compare and contrast disk types and storage technologies
  • Explain file, block, and object-oriented storage
  • Identify Virtual SAN requirements, use cases, and architecture components
  • Plan and design a Virtual SAN deployment
  • Configure Virtual SAN clusters
  • Identify benefits of storage policy-based management
  • Scale a Virtual SAN deployment based on storage needs
  • Monitor Virtual SAN
  • Troubleshoot Virtual SAN
  • Identify the integration of Virtual SAN with the VMware product portfolio


For more information check out the following web site


VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage

Vsphere Data Protection Free course from VMware January 16, 2014

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This week I’m teaching a VMware fast Track in London, and one of the technologies covered is the VMware Data Protection Appliance.

This has now moved to Version 5.5 and VMware have released a new free course relating to the product.

The course is entitled.

vSphere Data Protection Advanced Fundamentals [V5.5]

This course covers.

The course consists of the following self-paced modules:

vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.5 Overview: This module provides information about the vSphere Data Protection Advanced backup and recovery solution for virtual machines. It also includes demonstrations of vSphere Data Protection Advanced features.

vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.5 Configuration and Administration: This module explains deployment considerations, installation, and configuration best practices for vSphere Data Protection Advanced. It also includes deployment and configuration demonstrations.

The course is available from VMware’s Education site and is available at the following URL.




VMware Network Virtualisation Fundamentals January 3, 2014

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2014 everyone

As a VMware instructor, one of the things I talk about is the Software-Defined Datacentre. The Software-Defined Datacentre deploys virtual data centres with isolated computing, storage, networking, and security resources faster than a traditional hardware-based data centre.

A big component of the Software-Defined Datacentre is the networking component, and this is the focus of this post.

VMware have released a public audience course at no cost.

The course is entitled VMware Network Virtualisation Fundamentals and is available via VMware’s education web site.


After this course, you should be able to:
Establish the requirements for network virtualization
Compare and contrast virtual and physical networking solutions
Describe advanced VMware network virtualization solutions