Wednesday, 25 November 2009

VMware Partner Accreditation

Is your employer a current VMware partner? If so, you may need to update the certifications within your organization to continue to hold your partner status, VMware have placed a deadline for Enterprise and Premier partners to update their certifications to vSphere 4 by February 15th 2010!

Whether it's your Sales people who need their VMware Sales Professional (VSP) accreditation, your Pre-Sales people who need their VMware Technical Sales Professional (VTSP) accreditation, or your architects/designers/implementers that need their VMware Certified Professional (VCP), Global Knowledge can help.

We offer all the mandatory training elements for the technical accreditations including VCP, as well as workshops on the VSP and VTSP.

For further information, follow this link.

Monday, 16 November 2009

VCP4 holders will get a Workstation 7 license

Jon Hall from the Certification team at VMware has confirmed today that holders of the VCP4 certification will get a new license for VMware Workstation 7. There is a process that has to be finished internally within VMware, then the licenses will be released.

VCP3 holders will still receive a license for VMware Workstation 6, as as always been the case with VCP3.

New vSphere courses - Troubleshooting and Manage Scalability

Two new vSphere courses have been announced, vSphere: Manage Scalability and vSphere: Troubleshooting.

The 1-day Manage Scalability course covers the specific features of vSphere related to scalability, such as Host Profiles, Distributed Power Management, and vCenter Linked Mode. This course is available now, and the same material can already be found in the vSphere Fast Track. Here's the course outline:

The 4-day Troubleshooting course looks very interesting, I've been helping VMware with the material for this course, and it's very lab-intensive. You arm yourself with all the necessary tools to troubleshoot ESX/ESXi and vCenter problems, and then use them to fix your system which keeps being broken for you! The course is in the final stages of development, and will be available in the next month or so. Here's the outline:

VMware are also developing courses on the new versions of Site Recovery Manager and View, keep checking back for news on those.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

VCP3 Exam Retirement

VMware have today confirmed that the VCP3 exam for VMware Infrastructure 3 will only be available to take until 31st December 2009. Originally, they had stated that they expected it to be available until early 2010, but I'm not at all surprised to see it go at the end of 2009.

The end of 2009 now sees a number of milestones for the VCP:
- Retirement of the VCP3 exam
- End of the free-retake promotion for the VCP4 exam
- End of the period where VCP3 holders can get their VCP4 without having to attend official vSphere training

If you want to be a VCP3, act now before it's too late!

Global Knowledge UK are still running some VI3 courses and exam preparation workshops, as well as all the available courses for vSphere 4. Take a look at their VMware training page and VMware certification page for the details.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Global Knowledge UK - You Tube Tuesday

Global Knowledge UK have now launched their own channel on YouTube, just this week they launched their YouTube Tuesday program - a new video will be released every Tuesday from now onwards, on a variety of subjects related to Cisco, Microsoft, as well as VMware.

Here's the link to the new channel: click here

The first clip to be released features me talking about the VCP4 certification. I've already recorded a few other VMware-related videos too, keep checking the channel on Tuesdays for those...