Wednesday, 6 February 2019

VMware Certification is changing

As a VCI, I have to ensure that I stay up to date with the current VMware technologies, and there's a lot of them.

In the past, when I've delivered a course I've told my delegates that they have to renew their certifications every two years.

That has now changed, the following is taken from Karl Childs Blog article, linked if you wish to read more.

"The recertification policy of a two-year upgrade was in place to help you maintain that relevancy through upgraded certifications and up-to-date skills. Recertification is important enough to create policies around, but we’ve heard your feedback and we are making a change. We want the VMware certification program to match the needs of each candidate and allow the flexibility to do what best supports individual and organizational needs.
So, effective immediately, the mandatory recertification requirement will be removed from all current certifications. We want you to upgrade and recertify when it’s important or viable for you."
However, for myself as a VCI, I still have to re certify every two years, but that's the job.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Yet another free e-book from VMware - Operationalizing VMware vSAN

Yesterday, I passed my vSAN specialist exam, I read a lot of books etc

Thanks to VMware press for making the Operationalizing VMware vSAN book available as a free PDF download.

Also thanks to Paul Wiggett and Kevin Lees for writing the book

As a key component of VMware’s approach for helping customers evolve to hyper-converged infrastructure, VMware vSAN™ provides an agile, secure, and high performance solution ready for future hardware, cloud, and application changes. But, to fully leverage vSAN’s capabilities in a sustained manner, VMware highly recommends making adjustments allowing you to optimise the way you operate a software-defined infrastructure. This book intends to provide you with guidance and best practices for achieving that optimisation when operating a vSAN- based storage infrastructure. It not only addresses tactical optimisations such as monitoring and troubleshooting
but also those of a more strategic nature such as the people and team considerations as well as supporting ITSM process considerations. By adopting vSAN technology as well as adapting your operational model, you will fully realise the benefits provided by, and leverage your investment in, software-defined storage.

Prepping for my new courses - A site I use massively - VMware docs

I haven't posted for a while, the reason is, I've got a new job role at my company, and I've had a couple of exams to sit.

Moving on, I've still got yet more exams to sit, and I thought, I just create a quick post on a site I find extremely useful, and a site I do mention to my delegates.

The VMware docs website contains all of the references that we, as VCIs mention at the beginning of the courses.

This week, I'm using the NSX docs massively.

So, if you're ever thinking, "Where shall I get some additional information about the stuff Bryan has been talking about this week?"

Visit VMware Docs

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

VMware vSphere 6.7 Clustering Deep Dive - Download now

This is a book I always recommend that my delegates read when they attend my VMware courses.

VMware vSphere 6.7 Clustering Deep Dive 

Don’t miss the latest release from renowned virtualisation authors Frank Denneman, Duncan Epping, and Niels Hagoort. A must-read for every administrator, architect, consultant, and aspiring VCDX, Clustering Deep Dive takes you into the trenches of how to create a winning cloud infrastructure with vSphere Technologies, including how to implement:

• HA admission control policies

• DRS resource pools

• Datastore Clusters

• Network resource pools

• Resource allocation settings

All I can therefore say, is thanks to Rubrik, VMUG, Duncan, Frank, and Niels for making this available for download.

Visit Rubrik for more details and to download

NSX Free books from VMware

I like free ebooks, mainly because they're free, but they are also something I can refer my delegates to.

With this in mind, I'm happy to say that VMware have made available four new books available in their NSX 1 day guides.

For more information and to download visit the :

VMware NSX Day 1 Guide Library


Friday, 9 November 2018

VMware Cloud on AWS – Software Defined Data Center 2019 badge

I've been at VMworld this week in Barcelona, one of the major solutions provided by VMware is their hybrid cloud vision.

As a VCI I've been looking at the VMC on AWS 3 day course and with that in mind I'm pleased that VMware have also produced the

VMware Cloud on AWS – Software Defined Data Center 2019 badge

In order to achieve the badge, all you have to do is pass the 5V0-31.19 VMware Cloud on AWS Management Exam 2018

The exam is 30 questions, non-proctored, and web-delivered.

To help prepare for the exam, perhaps you could even attend the VMware Cloud on AWS: Deploy and Manage course.

I've already added this as a must do certification for myself.

Good luck and hope all goes to plan for anyone pursuing this certification.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

VMworld 2018 Barcelona General Session 1 Replay

This is a short blog post.

I've been fortunate this week to be at VMworld 2018.

The replay of an interesting session is now available.

VMworld General session 1 replay

Enjoy, it lasts for 1 hour and 43 minutes