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VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V5.5] March 19, 2014

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The curriculum of new VMware vSphere 5.5 courses available from VMware is increasing at a rapid rate.

VMware had just released the new VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V5.5] is a two-day technical classroom training course designed to help operators and administrators create and manage virtual machines.For more information visit the VMware Education site at the following link.

VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V5.5]

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VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5] March 19, 2014

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The curriculum of new VMware vSphere 5.5 courses available from VMware is increasing at a rapid rate.

VMware had just released the new VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5], is a 5-day hands-on training workshop providing you advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve competence in troubleshooting the VMware vSphere® environment.

For more information visit the VMware Education site at the following link.

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.5]

On Demand Classroom for VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] March 18, 2014

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VMware have again expanded their list of On-Demand training with the introduction of the Install, Configure and Manage 5.5 course.

These on-demand courses are useful for the busy VMware professional who doesn’t have time to take a week out of work in order to sit on the excellent instructor lead classes in Newcastle upon Tyne (oh, did I mention I was a VMware Instructor?)

And here are the details.

Robust self-paced training is now available for VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]. The avatar instructor leads you through course materials where you practice the 24 course-related labs over a 90-day period. It is an excellent way to learn from anywhere and at your own pace. Sign up for On Demand Classroom for VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] today or see all the courses available in the On Demand Classroom format.

For information regarding the course, visit VMware Education at the following website.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5].

 

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [5.5] training now released March 15, 2014

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As you may or may not be aware, VMware now have their VMware vSphere 5.5 product on General release.

VMware have just released an updated version of their Fast Track course entitled.

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.5]

This intensive, extended-hours training course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 5.5. This course combines the content of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with advanced tasks and skills for configuring a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. The course is based on VMware® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam.

For more information on the course visit the following website.

VMware education, VMware vSphere: Fast Track [v5.5]

 

Free elearning vCloud Automation Center Application Services: Fundamentals [V6] March 15, 2014

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Just as I’d had a look at VMware Cloud Automation Center 5.2 , VMware went and released version 6, how inconsiderate.

But luckily they must have picked up on my thoughts and have kindly released a free elearning course entitled.

vCloud Automation Center Application Services: Fundamentals [V6]

This 2 hour self-paced eLearning course provides you with a fundamental understanding of how to use vCloud Application Director with VMware vCloud Automation Center to configure and deploy complex applications that are portable across private and public clouds.

For more information and to sign up visit the following link.

VMware Education, vCloud Automation Center Application Services: Fundamentals [v6]

 

VMware announce re-certification policy March 11, 2014

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Yesterday March 10th 2014 VMware announced a re-certification policy. The policy now requires as VMware professionals, we must re-certify ever 2 years.

Here’s the summary.

Earning a VCP certification is a great achievement. But staying up to date in the expertise gained and proven by your certification is equally vital. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value. To ensure that all VCP holders maintain their proficiency, VMware is instituting a recertification policy.

Recertification is widely recognized in the IT industry and beyond as an important element of continuing professional growth. It enhances your credibility and demonstrates a commitment to your career, your employer, and your customers.

The new policy gives you three options to recertify:

  1. Take the current exam for your existing VCP certification solution track. For example, if you are a VCP3, you could take the current VCP5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam.
  2. Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. For example, if you are a VCP-Cloud, you could recertify by earning VCP5-Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification.
  3. Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification. For example, if you are a VCP5-DCV you could earn VCAP5-DCA certification.

Regardless of the option you choose, recertifying will enhance your ability to provide the highest quality results, and improve your chances for earning increased compensation and career advancement.

FAQs

 

What is VMware announcing?
VMware is implementing a recertification policy for VCP certification. To recertify, VMware Certified Professional (VCP) holders must pass any VCP or higher-level exam within two years of earning their most recent VCP certification.

 

Why is VMware announcing this policy change?
Currently, VCP certification holders are not required to recertify their skills, which is uncommon in the IT industry, Maintaining currency in the expertise gained and proven by VMware certifications is just as important as earning the certification initially. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value. The technical and business communities expect that VMware certified professionals are current on the latest technologies and capable of implementing VMware products with the highest level of skill. To ensure that all certification holders meet these expectations, VMware is instituting a recertification policy.

 

When does the policy go into effect?
The policy is effective as of March 10, 2014.

For the complete policy visit VMware Certification Site

 

 

VMware Launches VMware Horizon(TM) DaaS(R) March 10, 2014

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VMware today launched VMware™ Horizon DaaS®, a new cloud-based desktop service that delivers cost-effective enterprise-class virtual desktops running on VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™.

The service offers the industry’s first hybrid desktop as a service (DaaS) solution that gives customers the ability to blend public cloud desktops and on-premise VMware Horizon View™ private cloud desktops for a seamless end-user experience. Following a few simple steps, IT can provision, deploy and manage high quality, full Windows desktops to end-users that can be accessed from laptops, desktops, zero/thin clients, Chromebooks, tablets (Apple iOS, Google Android) and mobile devices.

For more information visit VMware

 

Upgrading VM to hardare version 10 with vSphere webclient March 10, 2014

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Today we’ve been looking at the web client in VMware vSphere 5.5.

One of the labs today was creating a VM in the traditional VMware vSphere client, the issue with this way of creating a VM, is that the vSphere client will only allow us to create the VM up to hardware version 8, but vSphere 5.5 supports up to Hardware version 10.

We now have a VM that is hardware version 8, in order to upgrade to hardware version 10, we use the vSphere 5.5 web client.

The process is as follows.

  1. Power down the VM to be upgraded.
  2. Right click the VM and click Edit Settings
  3. Click the arrow next to Upgrade to expand the upgrade properties.
  4. Select Schedule VM Compatibility Upgrade
  5. Ensure that compatible reads ESXi 5.5 and later
  6. Click OK
  7. Power on VM.

Also note that the above can be scheduled to upgrade during VM Power cycle if you don’t want to power down the VM at this point.

I’ve also produced a little demo video on my Youtube channel

Setting DNS and Routing IP settings in the vSphere 5.5 webclient March 9, 2014

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I’ve just connected my two ESXi hosts to my VMware vCenter Server, I then accessed the webclient and setup my DNS and Routing settings.

I expected the setting to be accessed as follows.

Hosts and Clusters > Highlight Host > select Settings

This however is not the case.

Instead

Hosts and Clusters > Highlight Host > Select Networking > Highlight TCP/IP Configuration > Edit

I suppose ‘yes’ that’s where it should be.

I’ve produced a little video, available on my Youtube channel

 

 

vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 root account locked out after password expiration March 9, 2014

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I’m teaching a vSphere 5.5 Install, Configure and Manage course next week and as part of my prep I just like to make sure that all is ready to go for Monday morning.

One of the snags I came up against was the inability to login to the vCenter appliance, I checked my passwords, but still no successful login.

‘Hang on.’ I thought. ‘SSO has a 90 limit for passwords.’ That was indeed the case.

I found this really handy KB document and following the steps have fixed the issue.

vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 root account locked out after password expiration (2069041)