New Workspace ONE, Identity Manager, and Cloud Foundations Courses

NEW CoursesEach month the VMware Education Services teams expand the list of courses available to help you maximize your productivity and get the most out of your solutions. You can learn about new courses as soon as they’re released on our News page, or you can sign up to receive an email notification.

  • VMware Workspace ONE: Deploy and Manage – This hands-on course focuses on the skills you need to configure and deploy VMware Workspace ONE and integrate it into your enterprise environment. You’ll learn how to manage digital workspaces across all devices, providing employees access to the applications and content they need.
  • VMware Identity Manager: Deploy and Manage with AirWatch – This hands-on course focuses on the skills you need to incorporate VMware Identity Manager with your existing VMware AirWatch implementation. In addition to configuring VMware Identity Manager to sync with Active Directory and VMware AirWatch, you’ll also gain the skills to manage the VMware Identity Manager console and deploy applications on a conditional basis.
  • VMware Cloud Foundation Fundamentals – This free eLearning course reviews how to manage a software-defined data center (SDDC) using the VMware Cloud Foundation unified SDDC platform. You’ll see how Cloud Foundation helps you manage the physical and virtual infrastructure, configure and deploy service offerings, manage users, as well as upgrade and monitor the environment.

For more information about these or any of our other courses, or for help designing a customized learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialist for your area.

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Deploying a Turbonomic Instance on DigitalOcean using Terraform

This is one of those posts that has to start with a whole bunch of disclaimers because this is a fun project that I worked on this week, but is NOT an officially supported deployment for Turbonomic. This is done as much as an example of how to run a Terraform deployment using a cloud-init script as it is anything you would use in reality. I do use a DigitalOcean droplet to run for my public cloud resources that are controlled by Turbonomic.

I recently wrote at the ON:Technology blog about how to deploy a simple DigitalOcean droplet using Terraform which gave the initial setup steps for both your DigitalOcean API configuration and the Terraform product. You will need to run droplets which will incur a cost, so I’m assuming that there is an understanding of pricing and allocation within your DigitalOcean environment.

Before you Get Started

You’ll need a few things to get started which include:

That is all that you need to get rolling. Next up, we will show how to pull down the Terraform configuration files to do the deployment.

Creating a DigitalOcean Droplet and Deploying a Turbonomic Lab Instance

The content that we are going to be using is a Terraform configuration file and a script which will be passed to DigitalOcean as userdata, which becomes a part of the cloud-init process. This is a post-deploy script that is run when an instance is launched and runs before the console is available to log into.

Here are the specific files we are using:

To bring them down to your local machine to launch with Terraform, use the git clone command:

Change directory into the Turbonomic/TurboDigitalOcean folder:

We can see the file contains our Terraform build information:

Assuming you’ve got all of the bits working under the covers, you can simply launch with terraform apply and you’ll see this appear in your window:

There is a big section at the bottom where the script contents are pushed as a user_data field. You’ll see the updates within the console window as it launches:

Once completed, you can go to the IP address which appears at the end of the console output. This is provided by the Terraform output variable portion of the script:

output "address_turbonomic" {
value = "${digitalocean_droplet.turbonomic.ipv4_address}"

That will give you the front end of the Turbonomic UI to prove that we’ve launched our instance correctly:

Terraform also lets us take a look at what we’ve done using the terraform show command which gives a full output of our environment:

You see the IP address, image, disk size, region, status, and much more in there. All of these fields can be managed using Terraform as you’ll discover in future examples.

Cleaning up – aka Destroy the Droplet

Since we probably don’t want to leave this running for the long term as it’s costing 80$ a month if you do, let’s take the environment down using the terraform destroy command which will look at our current Terraform state and remove any active resources:

If you did happen to take a look at your DigitalOcean web console, you would have seen the instance show up and be removed as a part of the process. Terraform simply uses the API but everything we do will be illustrated in the web UI as well if you were to look there.

Why I used this as an example

You can do any similar type of script launch into cloud-init on DigitalOcean. The reason this was a little different than the article I pointed to in the ON:Technology blog is that we used a CentOS image, and a cloud-init script as little add-ons. We can interchange other image types and other scripts using the similar format. That is going to be our next steps as we dive further into some Terraform examples.

The Turbonomic build script will also be something that gets some focus in other posts, but you will need a production or NFR license to launch the full UI, so that will be handled in separate posts because of that.

The Benefits of VMware Certification: An Interview with Ross Wynne

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to speak with Ross Wynne, a Technical Architect Consultant who works at one of VMware’s Premier Partners, Triangle Computer Services in Ireland.dsc_5861-3


Over the years, Ross has built skills and continued professional training through a variety of VMware educational and certification programs. Today, Ross offers consulting services to UK & Ireland-based VMware clients working across multiple products and services, including VMware vSphere®, VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™, VMware vCloud®, and VMware NSX®.


In the following interview, Ross offers his experience and insights into the value of getting – and remaining – certified with VMware.


Why is it important for people to continue building skills and training, particularly with VMware?

One thing is that the market and technology is constantly changing. That means that as a professional, it’s necessary to stay up-to-date, informed, knowledgeable about what’s new and what’s changing. A major benefit of doing a course with VMware is that you not only get outstanding, in-depth training in a particular product, but you also get the opportunity to test for a certification proving your knowledge.


What’s the value of getting certifications?

I can probably answer this best through my own experience. To date, I’ve passed about 20 different certifications with VMware. I did my first one — a VCP3 [VMware Certified Professional 3] — in May of 2009. Up to that point, I had a couple of years of job experience, but I didn’t have a way to validate my knowledge. From a career perspective, getting this certification was completely life-changing. Within a month of receiving my certification, I had a very attractive offer for a new job. This was due to the recruiter being able to simply search for VCP holders in Ireland and know that I met a particular set standard for the role that they were looking for. Beyond this, though, I had much more confidence in my knowledge when contributing to solutions within a team.

The reality is, you can say that you’re an expert in your field, but simply saying you’re an expert in something doesn’t amount to much on a CV or in an interview. What a certification does is it validates your experience to prospective employers. By definition, it creates a minimum standard by which an employer can assess your skills.


What’s your experience been like taking courses with VMware?

For me, I’ve had really enjoyable experiences taking VMware courses. There are a few different types of courses for beginning, middle, and advanced knowledge. One of the best things about the courses is that you can start off with the free online Foundation courses which you can take from the comfort of your own home or office when time allows. But when you are a bit more serious about your learning, there are whole host of excellent classroom courses. These classes have the added benefit of direct access to experts — course teachers who really know their stuff. You get the opportunity to have all of your questions answered, and then bring back what you learn to your company or employer. Additionally, VMware courses are a great networking opportunity. With the classroom courses, you get to spend time doing deep dives and sharing knowledge with peers who are as passionate as you are.


How important is it to renew your certification?

Keeping your certifications up-to-date is important because it proves that you still know what you’re talking about and are current in the market. New and updated technology stacks come along every few years, and while there are similarities between versions, there are always new features that can improve your day-to-day working life. Keeping your certification up to date proves that you know how to upgrade, fix, deploy, and manage whatever changes have come along. There was a point when I let one of my certifications expire. I was applying to a job, and it’s likely that I was well-qualified, but because my certification wasn’t up-to-date, there was no way I could prove that I had the knowledge compared to other candidates.

VMware has made it really easy for people to renew certifications. If your certification is expiring, instead of taking another course for the latest upgrades, you can just go and sit a VCP exam in the same track or a different track. Better yet, you can challenge yourself with a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exam. The VCAP exams are tough, but immensely satisfying when you pass!


Of the courses you’ve taken, which one stands out to you as a favorite?

I would definitely have to say that my favorite learning experience was the brilliantly titled NSX Ninja Course (aka, NSX Design & Deploy). During that course, we focused exclusively on network design. For me, it was exciting to meet so many likeminded people, get feedback on my thinking, and get to see how other people approached the same challenges. It was great to interact with people who were at a similar level and to geek out together on tech that we all get so excited about.


Click HERE for more information on the recertification process. To hear more from Ross, follow him on Twitter: @RossWynne.

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Modernizing your Virtualization Platform – Free Trend Brief

keyAs the mobile-cloud era unfolds, IT organizations must keep pace with accelerating business expectations. But with more and more users to serve, endpoints to manage, and data to protect, in some cases those expectations are outpacing IT’s ability to stay in step. So, how do you close the gap when basic virtualization platforms can’t support the business or the workloads?

This free trend brief explores how the intelligent management can not only address today’s needs, but also help you deal with modern applications and cloud-driven challenges. By detailing key criteria for a successful IT transformation, ingredients for a modern virtualization platform, and factors to help you choose a platform that meets your current and future IT needs, this brief provides a thorough starting point for your explorations.

Download your copy today.

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VCP6-DCV Beta Exam on vSphere 6.5 Open for Registration

VCP-DCVLast month I announced the availability of the vSphere 6.5 Foundations Beta exam, and now I’m happy to announce that we are working on a vSphere 6.5 based exam to meet the second exam requirement for VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV).

The VCP6-DCV (v6.5) Beta Exam (exam code 2V0-622) is now open for registration. As with the Foundations exam, we expect this beta exam to be very popular, and only available for a short amount of time. If you are interested in participating, I recommend you register as soon as possible.

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Videos on Storage and Compute SLAs and more now in the Learning Zone

221x125_learningzoneThe VMware Learning Zone video library added several new videos last month, including a new series on meeting the compute SLA. These videos are now fully available to all Premium and Standard subscribers to the VMware Learning Zone.

Meeting the vStorage SLA Series by Paul McSharry

  • Walkthrough: vStorage CLI and Demonstration: explains vStorage CLI and demonstrates the process to configure VAAI.
  • vStorage Troubleshooting Overview: shares tips and tricks on vStorage troubleshooting.

Meeting the Compute SLA Series by Paul McSharry

  • Workload Introduction: demonstrates SLA adherence at the compute level and its architecture.
  • Compute Layer Initial Principles: explains the first principle of a compute layer along with the different data center levels and the importance of each level.
  • Resource Pools: explains why a resource pool is used.

VMworld 2016 Recordings

  • An Overview for vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting: Jon Loux provides an overview on vSphere core 4 troubleshooting and the performance troubleshooting tool ESXi.
  • Transforming Day 2 Operations with vRealize Automation 7.0 Event Broker: Carl Paterik covers vRealize Automation 7.0 Event Broker concepts and explains the vRealize Automation extensibility history.
  • 10 Tips for Troubleshooting Horizon: Joe Cooper shares tips and tricks for Troubleshooting Horizon.
  • Troubleshooting Tips for Virtual SAN 6.2: Javier Menendez demonstrates troubleshooting Virtual SAN 6.2.
  • VMware NSX: Life After Deployment: Deploying NSX is the first step toward achieving the benefits it can offer. What comes next? This video covers role-based access control, organizational changes that will happen, and discuss operational and troubleshooting topics.

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On the Value and Importance of Personal Brand

Over the last few days I’ve seen some chatting on Twitter about personal brand. I was very surprised by how many folks had a rather negative view of what it means to create and be proud of a personal brand. Perhaps my connotation is different than others, but let’s stop for a moment and think about what a personal brand is.

Brand, by definition, talks about “a type of product” among many possible definitions. This could be the reason that people don’t like the phrase “personal brand” being used as it may imply that you have created some product that is for consumption.

This is where I think we have to be especially aware of what it is that we do as we put ourselves out there online in any of a plethora of ways that we have available to us. Whether it’s Twitter, Instagram, your blog, your forum posts, or any contribution you do even in person in the office, it is uniquely you. That, in my mind, is your stamp on your presence. That is your personal brand.

The oddity around the push back on the honesty and openness of a personal brand is that opponents to the concept probably have some disclaimer saying “opinions are mine” or “tweets are my opinion and do not represent my employer”. They are right, because it is their personal brand.

You’re Selling Yourself, so Be Proud

If we think of the phrase “selling yourself short”, you have to also agree that the other side is true. Every single day we are selling ourselves, in the best of ways. Whether it’s to sell an idea you have to a colleague, or to your family. Even something as simple as choosing dinner is really a bit of a sale and an influence that is being done to pitch some ideas.

I don’t see this as a negative. In my mind, I’m proud of everything that I create. Even the things that don’t always stick, I have a deep pride in the process of ideation to creation. What happens over time is that we start to be able to identify certain things such as writing voice, phrasing, vocal recognition, style, and other “isms” that can become immediately recognizable by others around you as coming from you. That’s the reason that we start to read something from someone we know personally and you hear it in their voice, even just from the written words.

I’m proud to say that I have a personal brand. It’s what I put out every day. I didn’t create it for public consumption. It’s me. I just happen to have made DiscoPosse the moniker that many people associate to it. As noted in the Wikipedia page “The experiential aspect consists of the sum of all points of contact with the brand”. If you created an experience map of yourself, you’ll find that it as the annotation of a development of your personal brand.

If nothing, we should sell ourselves TO ourselves every day.  Stop and think about that sometimes, because it’s important.  Think about what you are doing to elevate yourself in some way every day.  This can also stretch to how you impact others in your community.

Your brand is strong. It’s your personality, not a product. Wear it proudly.

Automation using the Nakivo API

The Software Defined Data Center – It’s everywhere.  You can’t go to any big trade show in the IT industry without hearing the phrase “Software Defined X” being tossed around at all of the booths.  Over the last decade or so we have seen software take center stage in our data centers – being the

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Lessons learned from #vDM30in30

Phew!  I’m not sorry to say that #vDM30in30 is over with!  Not to say it wasn’t a lot of fun, but honestly, it’s a lot of work – especially when juggling family, travel, the day job and all!  One might think that simply blasting out 30 pieces of content in 30 days would be relatively

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The Atlas File System – The foundation of the Rubrik Platform

One of the core selling points of the Rubrik platform is the notion of something called “unlimited scale” – the ability to start small and scale as large as you need, all the while maintaining their masterless deployment!  Up until a few weeks ago I was unaware of how they actually achieved this, but after

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