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Another way to the VCAP-DCD August 8, 2014

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New VCAP5-DCD Certification Exam on vSphere 5.5 Now Available

VMware have released a new exam to qualify candidates for the

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD) Certification.

This new exam (exam code VDCD550) is based on vSphere v5.5, where the existing exam (exam code VDCD510) is based on vSphere 5.0/5.1.

Passing either of these exams will earn VCAP5-DCD certification if you have also met the pre-requisites.

 

VMware web Client reports Empty Inventory May 6, 2014

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Today I’ve been playing with a course build for the VMware Troubleshooting 5.5 workshop

I got to the 3rd lab, this lab involves me using the Web Client to connect to my vCenter and then make some changes to my environment and then use the log files to verify the changes.

The client reported Empty Inventory

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Then I checked the services and found that the VMware vCenter Inventory Service was started, so I gave the VMware vCenter Inventory Service a restart and all was good with the world.

It’d be boring if everything worked first time.

 

 

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]

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].

 

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

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.

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/storage

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.

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrreg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=one&id_subject=52839

Enjoy

 

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.

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrreg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=one&id_subject=52533

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

Host hardware maximums VMware ESXi 5.5 October 20, 2013

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VMware vSphere 5.5 is now firmly with us and is an integral part of VMware’s Software Defined datacentre (SDDC)

With vSphere 5.5 we get some new maximums for the vSphere ESXi hosts.

Host CPU maximums

  • Logical CPUs per host 320
  • NUMA Nodes per host 16

Virtual machine maximums

  • Virtual machines per host 512
  • Virtual CPUs per host 4096
  • Virtual CPUs per core 32

Fault Tolerance maximums

  • Virtual disks 16
  • Virtual CPUs per virtual machine 1
  • RAM per FT VM 64GB
  • Virtual machines per host 4

Memory maximums

  • RAM per host 4TB
  • Number of swap files 1 per virtual machine

For a more detailed list, visit VMware’s Configuration Maximum guide