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Two new courses from VMware February 26, 2014

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Two New VMware Courses


VMware releases two new instructor led courses:

VMware Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp [V5.0] focuses on virtualizing Windows applications with VMware® ThinApp®, modifying the Package.ini parameters to handle special circumstances, and choosing the best deployment and updating processes for your environment.  It prepares you for the the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification.

For more information on the VMware ThinApp course, click the following link.

Application Virtualisation with VMware Thinapp [v5.0]

VMware vCloud Director: Organization Administration [V5.5] focuses on the organization administrator’s role in VMware® vCloud Director® in managing cloud resources, providing hands-on training for operators charged with administering their corporate resources in a public cloud or a private cloud.

For more information on the VMware vCloud Director: Organization Administration course, click the following link.

VMware vCloud Director: Organization Administration [V5.5]

VMware open UK vCHS datacentre February 25, 2014

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Over the next few weeks I’m going to be concentrating on getting fully up to speed with VMware vCloud Director v5.5. Why? Well I teach the vCloud Director courses and also I do find the whole cloud thing quite interesting.

Today however I was browsing the VMware website and came across their latest news release regarding their vCHS (vCloud Hybrid Services).

So briefly, what is vCHS? The following statement was shamelessly taken from the VMware web site.

“VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is a true hybrid cloud that enables customers to enjoy the cost economics and agility public cloud, while maintaining the same control, security, and corporate compliance they already have in their existing data center.

A quick breakdown of what this offers customers:

  • Fully-redundant VM service – Unlike other clouds, VMware provides a service level agreement for VM availability, backed by fully-redundant server infrastructure using VMware vSphere vMotion.
  • Enterprise-class storage – VMware uses flash-accelerated disk storage, 10G networking and congestion control to meet the performance demands of enterprise applications.
  • Full network virtualization – VMware customers can deploy a rich set of load balancers, firewalls and VPNs using virtual networks, switches and routers to replicate their physical networking configuration, at no extra cost!”

What’s the news?

Today VMware announced their new UK datacentre in Slough , this now gives European customers a EMEA base in which to host their data and gives all of the benefits listed above.

For more information visit VMware vCloud site

For the press release visit the following VMware Cloud Blog

The only thing that could have made this news better would have been “VMware open Datacentre in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK”





VCP5-IaaS revision has now started. September 3, 2012

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Yet another certification to pass, so I’ve started revising for my VCP5-IaaS certification

Cloud computing promotes availability and has five essential characteristics:

The first characteristic is on-demand self-service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically, without requiring human interaction with each service’s provider.

The second characteristic is broad network access. Capabilities are available over the network and accessed through standard mechanisms that promote use by heterogeneous thin or thick client platforms. Some examples of such client platforms include mobile phones, laptops, and personal digital assistant or PDA.

The third characteristic is resource pooling. The provider’s computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers using a multi-tenant model which is basically defined as sharing of computing resources with multiple clients by means of virtual safeguards, with different physical and virtual resources dynamically assigned and reassigned according to consumer demand. There is a sense of location independence in that the customer generally has no control or knowledge over the exact location of the provided resources but may be able to specify location at a higher level of abstraction, for example, country, state, or datacenter. Examples of resources include storage, processing, memory, network bandwidth, and virtual machines.

The fourth characteristic is rapid elasticity. Capabilities can be rapidly and elastically provisioned, in some cases automatically, to quickly scale out. Capabilities can also be rapidly released to quickly scale in. To the consumer, the capabilities available for provisioning often appear to be unlimited and can be purchased in any quantity at any time.

The last characteristic is measured service. Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use by leveraging a metering capability at some level of abstraction appropriate to the type of service, for example, storage, processing, bandwidth, and active user accounts. Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported, providing transparency for both the provider and the consumer of the utilized service.


VCP5-IaaS exam is now here August 16, 2012

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The VCP5-IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is here.

The exam focuses on VMwares vCloud Director software.

The VMware Certified Professional 5 – Infrastructure as a Service (VCP5-IaaS) validates your ability to install, configure and administer a Cloud environment using vCloud Director and related components. Achieving this certification demonstrates your understanding of basic cloud concepts including public/private/hybrid clouds, multi-tenancy and cloud security, as well as your skills in using vCloud Director to create and manage vApps, service catalogs, and organization/provider VDCs, as well as administering cloud enabled networking and storage.

Achieving a VCP5-IaaS certification validates your ability to:

  • Install and Configure vCloud Director
  • Administer Users, Roles, and Privileges in a vCloud
  • Configure and Administer vCenter Chargeback, vCloud Networking, and vCloud Organizations
  • Allocate and Manage vCloud Resources
  • Create and Administer vCloud Catalogs
  • Monitor a vCloud Implementation

For more info follow the link

Also for details on the course that will help you prepare go to VMware


Datacenters built entirely in sofware July 26, 2012

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I mentioned in an earlier Blog that I was looking at VMware vCloud Director.

One of the things we create within vCloud is Resource groups and resource groups consist of one or more DRS/vSphere HA clusters that provide CPU, Memory and Storage resources to the cloud.

We then can manage multiple DRS/vSphere HA clusters within a resource group. We then take that resource and hand it to vApps.

Cool, great and fine, but what about networking. I really want to provide that as well.

So imagine my surprise when I found out last night (25th July 2012) that VMware have just bought another company Nicira, what do Nicira do? Oh yes they virtualise networking.

In a nutshell, we stick in a layer between the host and the network, this then transforms your physical network into a pool of network capacity that enables creation of multiple isolated virtual networks to connect workloads in your cloud.

Hey presto we have now virtualised and pooled my missing resource.

Dr Stephen Herrod now has his software defined datacentre (I knew he was a clever bloke, watch his youtube vids, from the office of the CTO)

vCloud Fundamentals, a free course from VMware July 16, 2012

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I’ve now started looking quite seriously at VMware vCloud Director, and one thing I can say is that this is a massive product, the four days of the vCloud Deploy and Manage course are heavy going, fortunately VMware offer a fundamentals course that can help as some preparation to sitting on the full Instructor led course.

The VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals v1.5 course covers:

Objectives:    After this course, students will possess the knowledge to:

•  Briefly explain cloud computing
•  Analyse vCloud Director architecture
•  Identify the vCloud Director components and their functions
•  Examine how to charge for resources
•  Determine the licensing needs
•  Recognize the prerequisites for vCloud Director installation
•  Illustrate vCloud Director software installation
•  Demonstrate configuration of vCloud Director software
•  Differentiate the vCloud Director terminologies
•  Configure and manage vSphere resources
•  Configure and manage cloud resources
•  Create and provision organizations
•  Create and manage catalogues
•  Utilize roles and rights to control access
•  Recognize the different administration roles within vCloud Director
•  Recognize types of networks in vCloud Director
•  Create and manage the networks
•  Identify different types of network pools
•  Recognize user tasks and privileges
•  Identify how to work with vCloud Director as a user

After that course sign yourself up for the full VMware vCloud Manage and Deploy Course

Qualification based on VMware vCloud on the horizon June 12, 2012

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A new certification is coming from VMware based on their vCloud software; the new certification will called the VCP5-IaaS and will require successful completion of the VCP 5 certification.

The course that will help prepare for this exam (not a compulsory course) will be the

VMware vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud [V1.5]

The course focuses on the private and public vCloud solutions but also includes information on how this approach supports a hybrid solution. The course covers the following objectives:

Deploy vCloud Director

Manage vCloud Director to satisfy private, public, and hybrid cloud business needs

Configure VMware vSphere® storage to enable multiple tiers in provider virtual datacentres

Create and manage vCloud Director Organizations and vApps to satisfy business needs

Create and manage vCloud Director catalogues

Configure networking for organizations and vApps

Connect organizations with VPN tunnels and static routes

Interface vCloud Director to OpenLDAP and Microsoft Active Directory servers

Configure network security between vCloud Director vApps and organizations with VMware vShield Edge™ firewalls

Use VMware vCenter Chargeback™ to meter vCloud Director resources

Understand the interactions between VMware vSphere Distributed Resources Scheduler clusters and vCloud Director

The exam will be available later this year (possibly September 2012, but just a guess, not official)