Wednesday, 25 May 2011

VCP4-DT Exam Blueprint Published

VMware have now published the all-important exam blueprint for the new VMware Certified Professional 4 - Desktop certification, you'll find the blueprint document here on the VMware community forum:

Here are the section headings in the blueprint:
Install View components
Configure the View environment
Create and configure pools
Implementation Troubleshooting
Component features and functions

This certification has two pre-requisite certifications:

It is recommended to attend either the View: Install Configure Manage or View: Desktop Fast Track training courses in preparation for the exam, but neither course is mandatory.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Global Knowledge launches UK Blog

Whilst this blog is owned by me, created by me, and administered by me, it would be pretty difficult not to know that I work for Global Knowledge UK. The company has now launched it's own "corporate" blog - there are contributions being made from all corners of the business, so you should expect to see contributions from me at some point too!

Here's a copy of the announcement:

Global Knowledge are proud to announce the launch of our UK blog -

Your source for IT Professional Management Learning

The blog will feature latest industry developments, articles from leading industry experts, 'How To' technical guides, interviews plus much more.

The blog will focus on technical and best practice news covering Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, ITIL and Service Management, and a number of articles on general Learning and Technology news.

The blog has an open comment forum if you wish to contribute towards an article. We would also like to hear from you, if you have any questions or would like a blog post on an industry hot topic or subject area.

Free ESXi Training

Most people who work with VMware vSphere products and technologies are aware of the ESX and ESXi bare-metal hypervisor options available - after all it was the 3.5 release of the software that first gave customers the choice of deploying either or both. Later this year sees the release of vSphere 5, and from that time forward we will be living in an ESX-less world - I wrote a post about this back in February 2010: ESX v ESXi

In the middle of 2010, VMware Education released a 2-day instructor-led training course complete with hands-on labs to aid customers who had vSphere deployments centred around ESX to help them start to make the move towards ESXi: vSphere: Transition to ESXi

VMware Education are now taking the ESX-less message further out to their customer base with the release of a free 4-hour self-paced elearning - essentially it's a cut-down version of the full instructor-led course above. The course has no hands-on labs, and as you would expect from elearning versus instructor-led training there's no instructor to ask questions of: vSphere: Transition to ESXi Essentials

Thursday, 12 May 2011

VMUG Advantage

I've been a member of the London VMware User Group (VMUG) for the last year, and VMware have now centralised all VMUG registrations for all groups worldwide under a single website:

Something that I noticed on the site recently is VMUG Advantage, an opportunity to purchase a subscription that entitles you to some BIG discounts:

$100 off a VMWorld pass
20% off VMware instructor-led training
20% off VMware certification exams
$750 worth of VMware e-learning
30% discount off a VMware Fusion or Workstation license

Buy a subscription by May 31st for only $170 from the MyVMUG site here: