New VMUG Advantage Benefit: Free VMworld Online Content Access!

The VMUG Advantage subscription is an awesome benefit for members of the VMware User Group, and just got more awesomer with the addition of a new benefit - full access to all of the VMworld content, including breakout session recordings and slide decks, labs, and general sessions.  Normally a VMworld.com subscription for online access to content is $699.  The VMUG Advantage subscription is only $200 (or less if you got the 15% discount codes from yesterday's Potomac Regional VMUG in Washington DC), and VMworld content is free with the VMUG Advantage subscription. The VMworld session benefit … [Read more...]

New VMware Certifications Announced at VMworld 2012

With the release of VMware's new Cloud Suite, and increased focus on true cloud building, VMware's Education division has announced changes to their VMware Certification program, including new certification tracks and exams.  We learned in today's VMworld General Session that the total number of VMware Certified Professionals (VCP) is now over 125,000.  The announced changes will help to differentiate skill levels and specialties for VMware professionals.  The new certification structure should help to test individuals in line with their job role (Architect, Engineer Administrator, Developer, … [Read more...]

Official VCP5 Certification Guide & Building a Virtual Datacenter Books Now Available

VMware Press this week released two new books.  The first is The Official VCP5 Certification Guide by Bill Ferguson.  The book is designed to help professionals prepare for the VMware VCP510 exam, covering all of the topics on the VMware VCP510 exam blueprint, including: Understanding how virtualization can best be integrated into today's real-world IT environments Recognizing what to change, and what to leave alone Planning, installing, configuring, and upgrading vCenter Server and VMware ESXi Planning and configuring vSphere networking and storage Deploying and Administering … [Read more...]

vSphere 5 Books & Training Resources

I've been asked several times recently to recommend training resources for VMware, so I thought I might write my responses up in a blog post to help out folks in the community who are looking for the best resources to gain VMware knowledge, prepare for their VCP and other certifications, and continue on their journey to becoming a virtualization rockstar. I've picked up a bunch of certifications over the past 10 years.  For me, certification is not the means to an end, but the end of some long, intensive studying and lab work, then doing some deep dive studying and doing.  By the time I get … [Read more...]