Friday, 26 February 2021

VMware vSphere: Advanced Administration Workshop [V7] now available


VMware vSphere: Advanced Administration Workshop [V7]

Are you interested in pursuing your Deploy VMware Certified Advanced Professional in Datacentre Virtualisation? Or do you want to learn advanced vSphere 7 administration?

I’ve done three now, my version 4, 5, and 6, and now there’s “version 7” VCAP-DCV Deploy 2021.


These are some of my favourite exams, and the reason for this; the exam is a practical exam, it demonstrates that you know the product, and that you don’t just have a great memory, although that does help.

In the past the preparation for this exam was just a case of playing hugely with the product, learning parts of the technology that weren’t generally taught via the VMware certified courses.

VMware have just released a new course called.

VMware vSphere: Advanced Administration Workshop [V7]

This five-day, 6 module, 33 lab course provides hands-on training to equip students with a range of skills: from performing routine VMware vSphere 7 administrative tasks to complex vSphere operations and configurations.

1.       Course Introduction

2.       Creating and Configuring Management Clusters

3.       Creating and Configuring Productions Clusters

4.       Troubleshooting vSphere and Backing Up Configurations

5.       Lifecycle Management

6.       vSphere Security

Through lab-based activities, students are immersed in real-life situations faced by VMBeans, a fictitious company.  These situations expose students to real-life scenarios faced by companies that are building and scaling their virtual infrastructure.

This course uses scenario-based lab exercises and does not provide guided step-by-step instructions. To complete the scenario-based lab exercises, you are required to analyse the task, research, and deduce the required solution. References and suggested documentation are provided.

Approximately 90% of the class is application-focused and taught through labs.  The course aligns fully with the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Centre Virtualization Deploy exam objectives.

The course is for systems administrators and also system engineers.

VMware have recommended the following prerequisites, but it’s really all about experience.

·         Completion of VMware vSphere: Optimise and Scale [V7] course

·         VMware Certified Professional – Data Centre Virtualization (VCP-DCV) certification

·         System administration experience on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems

As the labs aren’t guided, this course is highly recommended for anyone who’s interested in earning their VCAP-DCV 2021


Monday, 4 January 2021

VMware 2021 Datacentre Virtualisation certifications available

Data Center Virtualization

VMware Data Center Virtualization certifications are designed to gauge your level of skill designing, installing, and managing VMware vSphere environments in a real world environment.

VMware have now made available the 2021 certifications, and the VCAPs now also cover VMware vSphere 7.0

VMware Certified Technical Associate - Data Center Virtualisation 2021

The VCTA-DCV certification holder has a basic understanding of virtualization and vSphere concepts. The certification holder also demonstrates knowledge of data center technology and basic troubleshooting concepts. A VCTA-DCV holder also has a working knowledge of managing cloud resources and basic networking concepts.

VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization 2021

The VCP-DCV 2021 certification validates candidate skills to implement, manage, and troubleshoot a vSphere infrastructure, using best practices to provide a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility that can accelerate the transformation to cloud computing.

VMware Certified Advanced Professional — Data Center Virtualization Deploy 2021

The industry-recognized VCAP-DCV Deploy 2021 certification validates that you know how to deploy and optimize VMware vSphere infrastructures. It proves that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to leverage best practices that provide a scalable and reliable virtualization platform for your organization.

VMware Certified Advanced Professional — Data Center Virtualization Design 2021

Earning the VCAP-DCV Design 2021 certification validates that you have advanced knowledge of end-user computing environments and components, and are able to recommend and design VMware solutions to meet specific goals and requirements. This industry-recognized certification improves your credibility among your peers and proves that you have a deep understanding of data center virtualization design principles and methodologies.

VMware Certified Design Expert – Data Center Virtualization 2021

VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of VMware certification. This elite group of VCDX professionals is comprised of design architects highly-skilled in VMware enterprise deployments. Prove you can deliver true business value by validating your expertise in vSphere6.x and enabling the best performance, availability, and efficiency from your infrastructure and applications.

Which ever level you are at, good luck to all pursuing VMware Certifications this year

Friday, 13 November 2020

The Multi Cloud and how VMware can help


Whenever I teach my various on-premises courses and even when I teach my Cloud based courses, I always get reminded by my Cloud trainer colleagues that in the future “everyone will be running all of their services in the cloud”.

I then ask my delegates and attendees the questions:

“In the future will you run all of your IT services purely from a public cloud?” Usually the answer is “No, we won’t”

“Are any of you running services in just one cloud solution?” These answers vary from “No, Yes, and we actually use multiple clouds”.

As we move forward and more of our services move towards modernisation, questions are being asked, obstacles are appearing, and as different departments perhaps decide to take their services into their own hands, we find that silos are created, and eventually it will come back into the IT departments hands.

The challenge becomes managing these multi-cloud environments in a cohesive and transparent (for the user) way.

Some of the questions that I get asked:

What is the difference between a hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud scenario?

I always think of hybrid cloud as a mix between a private on-premises cloud and a public cloud solution, I have to focus on a management method that allows consistency of management across a common infrastructure layer. Such as having VMware on-premises and then running VMware via VMC on AWS for my public cloud offering.

Mult-Cloud for me is a bit more complex, I may have VMware on-premises, AWS running my website, and web interfacing services, and then running perhaps Azure with Office 365 for productivity, and Intune for my device management, they all have their own management tools, and potentially 100s of separate accounts that I need to now coordinate and manage consistently.

The challenges for organisations starting or continuing their journey to the multi-cloud

·         Multiple systems that require management

·         Unpredictable costs, due to pay as you go models.

·         Not knowing 100% which clouds are in use, as developers and departments create their own workloads, leading to inconsistency and perhaps duplication of solutions.

·         Protection of workloads from a high availability, scalability, and business continuity view.

·         Backing up workloads.

·         Governance.

·         Automation.

·         Prioritisation.

·         Service Level agreements

·         Delivering applications, on any cloud, on any device, and making this transparent to the end user

 Why use a multi-cloud strategy for your Organisation

·        Unique Services: Organizations have the freedom to choose from different cloud providers to best fit specific application and computation requirements to their own unique business needs.

·        Scalable: An organisation can quickly scale up to use more resources during peak periods and then scale down when demand lessens, or fewer virtual data centres, depending on demand.

·        Speed: Global organizations can get services faster in multiple regions by choosing local public cloud vendors at all of their office locations. The closer the data centre, the lower the latency. Using a local public cloud computing provider also decreases response time for higher priority tasks.

·        Compliance with governmental regulation: Some organizations may need to use multiple cloud storage providers to adhere to government regulations and data sovereignty laws that require certain types of data to reside within the company’s country.

·        Saving time, money and physical space: Most organizations that employ multi-cloud capabilities use the public cloud for IaaS, avoiding the need to build and maintain their own datacentre. The advantage of using public cloud for IaaS is that users can build a virtual data centre in the cloud without needing a physical piece of hardware. This saves money and physical space, because the company does not have to invest in or store their own hardware. It also saves time, because the public cloud service provider manages, maintains and updates the data centre.

·         Future-proof and flexible: Opting for multiple cloud services provides benefits beyond spreading the risk of failure across several vendors. By adopting a multi-cloud strategy, businesses can get everything they want, or might want tomorrow, without being limited to the services that one vendor provides.

There has to be a way to better manage all of these clouds, whether they be on-premises, hybrid, or public clouds

As I work with VMware products and have done for 20 years, my focus will be on how VMware can help me manage the diversity in solutions and clouds that I may have in use now and in the future.

Can VMware help manage operations when I have applications and services on AWS, Azure, Google, IBM, Oracle, and so on?

The simple answer is YES. VMware multi-cloud solutions are designed to help manage workloads that run on the native infrastructure of public clouds. Not only that VMware can help me to manage a multi-cloud and hybrid scenarios that include, consistent infrastructure based on VMware technologies that run alongside workloads that run natively in the cloud.

VMware solutions for the multi-cloud

VMware’s building block for cloud solutions is VMware Cloud Foundation, this product suite contains a number of solutions. It consists of:

·         VMware vSphere

·         VMware NSX-T

·         VMware vSAN

·         VMware vRealize suite

VMware also have solutions to help analyse and manage your cloud solutions such as CloudHealth by VMware, that allows companies to Analyse and manage cloud cost, usage, security and governance in one place with a cloud management platform.

Also, VMware have Cloud Health Secure State that allows companies to Gain real-time visibility across clouds. Build a unified security monitoring approach for AWS, Azure, and Google Clouds to understand how a minor configuration change can elevate risk across all connected objects. Monitor ephemeral cloud resources and detect security events within minutes without excessive API calls to cloud. Visualize cloud resource relationships and associated misconfigurations, threats, metadata, and change activity. Explore inventory with typeahead search and investigate risks with powerful visualization capabilities for navigating cloud topology. Audit configuration changes and track progress developers are making in resolving security violations.

VMware Cloud Partners and solutions

VMware’s original partnership started with AWS and as such, my first foray into hybrid cloud was VMware Cloud on AWS

But VMware has expanded and also provide:

·         Azure VMware Solution

·         Google Cloud VMware Engine

·         IBM Cloud VMware Solutions

·         Oracle Cloud VMware Solution

As we move forward, I am sure that most companies will embrace some form of multi-cloud solution, and this area will grow rapidly, what’s important is that all companies research and then select the service that works best for them.


Thursday, 12 November 2020

The many certifications available from VMware


When I started working with VMware nearly 20 years ago there was only one certification and that was the VMware Certified Professional, moving forward and over 25 VMware certifications to my name, the range of certification have increased massively.


VMware Certified Technical Associate - VCTA

For Operators

This entry-level technical certification is for anyone new to the industry or advancing their careers who perform operational tasks typically delegated by administrators of virtualized environments.

VMware Certified Professional - VCP

For Administrators and Engineers

This level is designed for IT professionals who install, configure, manage, and optimize VMware solutions.

VMware Certified Advanced Professional - VCAP

For Administrators, Architects and Engineers

The advanced level certifications are for those who design and build VMware Solutions (VCAP Design), manage and optimize (VCAP Deployment) VMware solutions.

VMware Certified Design Expert – VCDX

For Architects

The highest level of VMware certification, VCDX recognizes IT professionals who design, build, and manage VMware solutions and systems.

The Areas of Specialisation

Data Centre Virtualisation route

VMware Data Centre Virtualisation certifications are designed to gauge your level of skill designing, installing, and managing VMware vSphere environments in a real-world environment.

Cloud Management and Automation Route

VMware Cloud Management and Automation certifications are designed to gauge your level of skill installing, configuring, and optimizing VMware vRealize for your cloud solution.

Digital Workspace route consists of the following:

Digital Workspace

VMware Digital Workspace certification is designed to gauge your skill configuring, deploying, managing, maintaining, optimizing, and troubleshooting VMware Workspace ONE and related solutions.

Desktop and Mobility

VMware Desktop and Mobility certifications are designed to gauge your level of skill designing, installing, and managing a VMware Horizon with View environment deployed on a VMware.

Network Virtualisation route

VMware Network Virtualization certifications are designed to gauge your level of skill designing, implementing, and managing a VMware NSX environment.

Security route

This certification validates a candidate's understanding of VMware's security solutions and the candidate's ability to provide entry level support for the security features of VMware products, including NSX-T Data Centre, Workspace ONE and VMware Carbon Black Cloud.

Application Modernisation route

VMware Application Modernisation certifications are designed to gauge your level of skill validated by passing specialists exams. Whether it’s developer knowledge of specialized frameworks, or administrator knowledge of emerging technologies like Kubernetes and containers, VMware can help you build an effective team with proven skills.


For more information visit VMware Certification tracks diagram



Wednesday, 11 November 2020

VMware Certified Technical Associate an ideal place to start your VMware certification journey


Whilst teaching this week I was asked about starting level certifications in VMware and we introduced the well-known VMware Certified Professional.

However, VMware have also introduced the VMware Certified Technical Associate certification.

The VCTA is for anyone new to the industry or to VMware solutions, whether as a newly graduating student, someone changing careers, or someone already working in the industry and looking for opportunities to advance.

The VCTA is designed for those performing an operator job role.

This is an ideal starting point.

The VCTA is not a prerequisite for the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification, which is a higher-level certification; experienced candidates can start directly at the VCP level.

However, for anyone wanting to get that first step into the technical credentials and prove their operational skills across VMware solutions, the VCTA is a perfect starting point.

Training is available online through VMware Customer Connect Learning. You can take the VCTA exam at either a Pearson VUE test centre or at a home, office, or work location using the Pearson OnVue remote proctored solution. When registering for the exam, you will have the option of selecting your preference.

A good place to start would be the VMware Certified Technical Associate – Data Centre Virtualisation 2020

The VCTA-DCV certification holder has a basic understanding of virtualization and vSphere concepts. The certification holder also demonstrates knowledge of data centre technology and basic troubleshooting concepts. A VCTA-DCV holder also has a working knowledge of managing cloud resources and basic networking concepts.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

What I learned from VMworld 2020


VMworld 2020 focused on the changing world, we have had a lot of challenges to deal with this year.

We have had to deal with Covid-19, with inequality, and with moving toward a new type of infrastructure for work, perhaps the days of travelling hundreds of miles for work whether via trains, planes, or automobiles is now not as important. Perhaps we should invest in digital technologies to improve how we work.

This year has had the effect of accelerating companies into the digital age, perhaps this will in turn make us closer and a truly global community.

The tagline was Possible Together.

VMworld 2020 focused on Digital innovation.

The strategy is empowering Any App, on any cloud, on any device.

VMware has a strategy moving forward. They will deliver the digital foundation moving forward.

This consists of five critical building blocks

1.       App Modernisation

2.       Multi Cloud

3.       Digital Workspace

4.       Virtual Cloud Networking

5.       Intrinsic Security

App Modernisation is all about how we move applications from monolithic apps to the containerised applications, Docker has become the go to container engine, as we move to the multi-cloud world we have to ensure that we have a consistent method of management, and this leads us to Kubernetes and on to Tanzu, Allows you to run your app across any cloud.

VMware vSphere now has the ability to run native Kubernetes workloads/containers, and now with vSphere 7 U1 it’s even easier.

Moving forward, VMware are working closely with NVIDIA to create an available Artificial Intelligent solution that will be available for all, this is code named Project Monterey

Multi-Cloud, is the strategic platform for moving the company forward, companies take the best of all the clouds, and by using VMware technologies they have a centralised view of these workloads, and it was also announced that VMware have more 15 million workloads on VMware Cloud.

VMware cloud now runs on all the major public clouds.

VMware also have their Telco cloud and predict that this may mean in the future that 5G may make WiFi obsolete.

Digital Workspace this has now taken hold as millions of people started working from home, Workspace ONE, SD-WAN and Carbon Black working together allows home users to work securely from any location, run any application and work on any device

Virtual Cloud Networking is the software defined networking that’s running the VMware Cloud, VMware’s NSX technology is now in use with over 17,000 customers worldwide, NSX is a complete networking solution delivered in software.

Intrinsic Security VMware are building security into the datacentre, this allows for Security across Any App, Any Cloud, on Any device, VMware provide Carbon Black as the product to allow this functionality.

All of the above products above will accelerate us to the future of digital working.

VMware are now focusing on the vertical industry solutions and are focusing their efforts on Health Care, Education, Public Sector, Retail and Financial Services.

I’ll be watching with interest to see how VMware innovates in the future.


Wednesday, 12 August 2020

VMware TV now broadcasting on all good web browsers

 As you are probably aware I am a VMware Certified Instructor and talk for a living, but I also have to learn for a living, so I was really pleased to receive an email from VMware informing me of VMware TV

What is VMware TV?

VMware TV is the next generation of webcasting from VMware that gives you access to the latest technical content in one on-demand hub. Enjoy multiple solution channels, webcasts in three languages (English/Spanish/Portuguese), and an extensive library of content including: 

  •     Technical deep dives (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) 
  •     Virtual Hands-on Labs 
  •     Product demos 
  •     IT leadership webcasts 
  •     Q&A sessions 
  •     And more 

To register for VMware TV

Visit the VMware TV site and register for an account, and then sit back and enjoy content including.
  • vSAN Best Practices 2020 
  • Go Hands-On with NSX-T and Test Your Skills in the Odyssey Challenge 
  • IT Leadership Series: How to Achieve Consistent Security policies across your hybrid environment with NSX 
Best of all, is it's FREE and once registered, just visit