vSphere 6 Install, Configure and Manage web resources page

In preparation for teaching an early access vSphere: Install, Configure and Manage [v6] course this week, I have collected all the web resource links from the student manual onto a single page. Every web link is included, though none are repeated as they are in some sections of the course materials.

The web resources are here.

New VCP5-DCV Delta Exam

Yesterday, I got a message from VMware Education that they are offering an online VCP5-DCV recertification exam for a limited time. For any of you who have a VCP5 that is set to expire in the spring (that is most of you!), this is a terrific way to get recertified!

Here is the information from the VMware education site: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=51919&ui=www_cert

VCP5-DCV-Delta Exam

Download the exam blueprint here. After a quick review of the exam blueprint, it appears that the objectives are approximately the same, however the VCP550D exam has 65 questions with 75 minutes to complete, while the VCP550 exam has 135 questions and a time limit of 120 minutes.

Here is a link to the Pearson Vue VCP550D exam page: https://www2.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/registration/ExamSeriesDetailPage/VMWAREINC/200140.

Pearson-VCP550D

VMware Education’s Recertification Policy has other avenues for recertification for those of you who are interested in advancing to the Advanced Professional level (VCAP) or may be interested in broadening your certification with additional Professional level (VCP) certifications in Cloud, End User Computing or Network Virtualization.

Note that the offer is only good through November 30, 2014.

vSphere: What’s New [V4.x to V5.5] supplemental weblinks

Various weblinks from the vSphere: What’s New [V4.x toV5.5] course-

http://packetlife.net/blog/2008/oct/18/cheat-sheets-tcpdump-and-wireshark/
http://packetlife.net/media/library/12/tcpdump.pdf

Enabling vSphere Distributed Switch health check in the vSphere Web Client
Enhanced LACP Support on a vSphere 5.5 Distributed Switch

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NetFlow

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2011/08/vsphere-5-new-networking-features-netflow.html

http://v-reality.info/2012/02/setting-up-netflow-on-vsphere-distributed-switch/

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2032878

https://communities.intel.com/community/wired/blog/2010/09/07/sr-iov-explained

http://blog.scottlowe.org/2009/12/02/what-is-sr-iov/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l6T7bHNKeo – Flash Read Cache

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/VMware-vSphere-Flash-Read-Cache-FAQ.pdf

vSphere tags – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQnSzP7kj7E

VDP Direct to Host restore – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF7TnFncsgk

New VMware VCP Recertification Policy

Today, VMware Certification announced a change to the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) program with the institution of a recertification policy. The recertification policy is posted here:

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=46667&ui=www_cert

In the policy post, it states that any VCP certification earned before March 10, 2013 needs to be recertified by March 10, 2015. Here are the three options for recertification:

  1. Take the current exam for your existing VCP certification solution track. For example, if you are a VCP3, you could take the current VCP5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam.
  2. Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. For example, if you are a VCP-Cloud, you could recertify by earning VCP5-Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification.
  3. Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification. For example, if you are a VCP5-DCV you could earn VCAP5-DCA certification.

As is described in the recertification policy, VMware has added a note to our Mylearn transcripts:

VMware_Certification_transcript_note

In my case, I earned my VCP5-DCV in September of 2011, so I need to recertify within the next year. My transcript shows the expiration date:

VMware_Certification-recert-date

Here are use cases for recertification that were provided by VMware education:

Overview_Slides_-_Recertification_pptx

I also have a VCP5-DT and a VCAP4-DCD that were earned in 2011. For me, I am looking at this as motivation to get my VCAP-DCD updated and make good on a goal of getting a VCAP-DCA before March 2015.

I support this kind of recertification requirement and appreciate the value of keeping in touch with the current technology.

 

VCP on vSphere 4

VMware has announced the requirements and scheduled availability of the VCP on vSphere 4 certification.

From VMware’s Certification site:
There are four possible paths to acheive VCP on vSphere™ 4

  1. If you are NEW to VMware
    • Attend the VMware vSphere™ 4: Install, Configure, Manage course (first courses available in late June 2009) OR attend the VMware vSphere 4: Fast Track (available in Q3)
    • Take and pass the VCP on vSphere™ 4 exam
  2. If you are currently a VCP on VMware Infrastructure 3
    • Take and pass the VCP on vSphere™ 4 exam. This option will only be available until December 31, 2009. Beginning in 2010, VCPs on VI3 must attend the VMware vSphere 4: What’s New class in order to upgrade.
  3. If you are currently a VCP on ESX 2.x
    • Take and pass the VCP on VMware Infrastructure 3 exam
    • Take and pass the VCP on vSphere™ 4 Exam. This option will only be available until December 31, 2009. Beginning in 2010, VCPs on VI3 must attend the VMware vSphere™ 4: What’s New class in order to upgrade.
  4. If you are not a VCP on VI3, but have attended one of the prerequisite classes (Install & Configure; Deploy Secure & Analyze; or Fast Track).
    • Take and pass the VCP on VMware Infrastructure 3 exam OR attend the VMware vSphere™ 4: What’s New course.
    • Take and pass the VCP on vSphere™ 4 Exam.

Paths to VCP on vSphere 4