NSX System Admins: Free Webcast on December 15 Covers Advanced Troubleshooting for VMware NSX

Every system needs troubleshooting once in awhile. When it happens, you want to be ready.

You need to know how to effectively troubleshoot VMware NSX features. This critical skill  helps you heighten and improve security, maintain  control over your networking environment, and get the most out of network virtualization and the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). 

Join us on Thursday, December 15, for ‘Advanced Troubleshooting for VMware NSX.’ This free webcast, hosted by VMware Senior Technical Training Specialist Arantxa Duque, will provide NSX system administrators with an overview of the Command Line Interface (CLI). You’ll learn specific steps and commands for using CLI as a tool for troubleshooting and will get troubleshooting tips for critical areas of the NSX environment.

Register now to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!

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VCDX6-DCV Application & Blueprint Now Available

VCDX merchYou’ve been waiting…and it’s here!

VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of VMware certification, recognizing an elite group of design architects who have demonstrated exceptional skills in VMware enterprise deployments.

Earning your VMware Certified Design Expert 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCDX6-DCV) certification proves that you can deliver true business value by enabling the best performance, availability, and efficiency from your vSphere6.x based infrastructure and applications.

There are three documents available to help you on your path to VCDX certification:

View the current schedule of application deadlines and defense dates and start planning today.

Note: you may still submit for the VCDX5-DCV for an additional two cycles, through June 2017. More information and details will be posted on the Policies page.

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Earn Credit Towards Certification

Chances are that, at some point in your career, you have taken an exam for a certification to give yourself a competitive advantage. Whether attaining certification was a personal goal, a way to make yourself more marketable, or you simply like seeing all the fancy acronyms in your email signature that ends up looking like your cat walked across your keyboard, earning certifications is a way to illustrate the depth and breadth of your knowledge and expertise.

Attaining certification takes time and effort. Take a moment and think back to all the times that you have taken a certification exam. Were there times that you came away thinking that the exam required too many questions that only tested your ability to navigate a GUI? Or that you had to answer a question that tests some obscure option to a command that you’ll likely never use or need and can be found with a simple Google search? You may have also encountered questions where you thought, “That isn’t very clear. I could write that so much better.”

To continually improve our exams, VMware is forming an international community of subject matter experts (i.e. Certification SME) to help design, write and set standards for all VMware exams. The Certification SME is an expert in as many as four exam tracks:

  • Data Center Virtualization
  • Cloud Management and Automation
  • Desktop and Mobility
  • Network Virtualization

As a VMware Certification SME, you will contribute your skills and field experience to create technically viable and psychometrically sound exams that reflect current industry software and practices. VMware Certification SMEs will be called upon to perform one or more of the following tasks:

  • Attend an in-person or remote job task analysis workshop where you will collaborate with other industry experts to determine the topics that a test candidate must know to be minimally qualified.
  • Participate in a remote item writing workshop where you will write test questions and real-world scenarios for a specified exam track and, in collaboration with other industry experts, perform a technical review to produce questions that appeal to audiences world-wide.
  • Set the exam pass score. In this remote workshop, you will participate in a number of exercises that will determine the score required for a test candidate to pass the exam and be considered minimally qualified.
  • Perform a health check on an exam to ensure that the questions and technologies contained within the exam are still current and relevant.

These workshops are a great way to connect with like-minded experts, expand your network, and collaborate and learn from other professionals in your area of expertise. You become a critical part of the effort to create well-respected IT industry exams.

For your exam development contributions, your certification transcript will be credited for the exam that you helped to develop, helping you earn that certification (once you have met all the other certification requirements, if any.) You will also receive a VMware Certification Contributor digital badge that can be posted on your LinkedIn profile as a way to recognize your contributions.

Click here if you would like to become a VMware Certification SME.

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Time is running out to Save 15% off select VMware Training Courses

us_eduphase1_bann_myvmware_edu_socialm_q4_2016_440x200_usStand out from your peers with VMware training and certification programs.

From now until December 30, buy selected VMware training courses from the VMware online store and save 15%. Once your purchase is completed on the VMware store, you will receive a token to enroll via MyLearn.

Find out which courses are valid for this promotion

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Show off Your Certification with a Digital Badge

vmware-digiad-v2-305x130If you’re involved with the VMware IT Academy, you may already be familiar with our newest way to share the word about your VMware skills: VMware Digital Badges.

Today, VMware is announcing that digital badges are now available for all version 6 certification holders too! Plus, in the new year we’ll be releasing badges related to other activities: participating in the exam development process, competing in an IT Academy challenge, and more!

Common Questions about Badges

What is a digital badge?

Digital badges are graphics that link back to a secure site with verified, personalized information on when and how you earned your skills.

Where would I use a digital badge?

You can share digital badges anywhere online: social media profiles, your email signature, embedded in your résumé, or on your personal web site. The unique link authenticates your skills and knowledge for employers, colleagues and your peers.

How does it work?

This week, everyone with a version 6 certification will receive an email from Acclaim asking them to claim their version 6 certification badge. Once you click on the link in the email and claim your badge, you can start sharing it everywhere. It’s that easy.


Learn more about VMware Digital Badging, including a badge breakdown, the different badge types, and more answered questions.


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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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Talking HashiCorp with CEO Dave McJannet

This week at AWS re:Invent, I was lucky enough to be able to sit down with Dave McJannet, CEO (and fellow Canadian, eh!) of HashiCorp. As a huge fan of the HashiCorp products and story, this was especially enjoyable for me. I wanted to share some of the conversation and my thoughts with everyone here.

The HashiCorp Ecosystem

HashiCorp is the company that produces many of the products that we use today, whether you realize it or not. The array of products is astounding for a company of its size and age.  There are a variety of open source products:


There are also the enterprise suite of products:


The first homework assignment I’ll give you is to go and read this article on the HashiCorp blog: https://www.hashicorp.com/blog/hashicorp-devops-and-the-application-delivery-process.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

To give a simplified view of it, we see the three stages and a few key items that are a part of each phase.



  • How do you do your infrastructure provisioning?
  • Bare-metal? Virtualization layer? Public cloud? Container? Any or all of the above?
  • Image packaging and creation
  • Programmatic, composable methods


  • Secret management
  • Security in volatile and ephemeral environments
  • Programmatic, composable methods


  • Launch and discover instances, VMs, and containers
  • Programmatic, composable methods

You can see the common theme that I’ve highlighted. Programmatic, composable methods. The key feature across all of the different products in the HashiCorp suite is the ability to programmatically create and manage infrastructure. The next generation of applications will need this. Truthfully, today’s infrastructure needs it too, but we still have some traditional hand-craft infrastructure that has held on and continues to operate in many, many environments.

Solving the Workflow Challenge

Every piece in the HashiCorp puzzle shares a common goal: solve the workflow challenge.

Workflow challenges come in the ways that we do things including (but not limited to, of course):

  • Provisioning our underlying infrastructure
  • Deploy on multiple physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure platforms using common methods
  • Build applications to deploy on heterogeneous infrastructure
  • Continuous management from infrastructure to application layers

As I covered in a recent post around the Top 3 Skills that Every IT Person Needs, the key focus was on automation, orchestration, and getting closer to a developer’s view of infrastructure. I also highlighted how important security is at every single level.

This is where the HashiCorp story becomes so important. Again, the lifecycle approach that is being taken across the suite of products helps to illustrate how it all can fit together.


Interchangeable Lifecycle Products

The full stack has a view like this:


What you’ll find interesting around how the full stack looks across many of the current HashiCorp customers and community product users. There are many interchangeable products that fit in amongst the layers. There are products that fill out the overall suite, or you can also cleanly integrate with your own infrastructure solutions.

Heterogeneity is a fundamental part of the story. I was especially impressed with the candid chat with Dave and he noted that “our reality is around heterogeneity, which means we need to be able to provision, secure, and run on any infrastructure” which is echoed in all of the product documentation, the well-stated Tao of HashiCorp, and in conversation with folks using the HashiCorp products.

There’s a reason that great community advocates and technologists like Kelsey Hightower of Google will often feature HashiCorp products in his talks and demos. They fit into important places, and solve very specific and interesting challenges.

Next Steps

Hopefully that gives you an idea of the story that is important to how HashiCorp products come together in general. You’re not done yet, because your second piece of homework is the DevOps blog article: https://www.hashicorp.com/devops.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

If you walk away from all of this with anything, it should be that you need to look at what you’re doing today, and how you can look towards products like the HashiCorp suite of products to solve challenges within your overall application and infrastructure lifecycle management.

If you don’t think that you have challenges, you just haven’t looked close enough. If you don’t believe that HashiCorp is an important part of what you could be doing, you also haven’t looked close enough. Not because they are the only ones attacking these challenges, but because the companies you use today for banking, infrastructure hosting, cloud management, and more, are already using Consul, Terraform, Vault, Packer and other products.

I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in the future for the company and the products. Look for some technical HowTo blogs in the near future as I give you some insight to how I use the products already today.

TechForward Kubernetes Webinar 12/14

Want to get started with some Kubernetes goodness? This is your chance to get a little starter course on Kubernetes with a 1 hour webinar that I’m hosting through Turbonomic in the TechForward series. TechForward is a webinar and education series that is geared towards the next-generation technologies and some new areas of study that traditional systems administrators and architects may not have had a chance to lean into yet.


TechForward Kubernetes Topic Coverage

The format of the TechForward Kubernetes webinar on December 14th is:

  • Intro to Kubernetes concepts
  • Brief overview of Kubernetes architecture
  • Live demo of Kubernetes in action
  • Lab exercises for everyone to try

Please be sure to register for the webinar and attend live. All registrants will receive access to a recording of the webinar, and links to exercise files for a chance to kick the tires on Kubernetes using a very simple lab build that can be used on any desktop or laptop system.

TechForward in the Green Circle Community

There is also an opportunity for everyone to interact with me on all of the TechForward series within the Green Circle Community. If you aren’t already a member, you can even sign up using our holiday special signup link at http://holiday.greencirclecommunity.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss which also enters you for a weekly draw. There are no obligations other than just joining into this fun and interactive, open community.

Hope to see you there!

VembuHIVE – A custom built file system for data protection

Virtualization has opened many doors in terms of how we treat our production environments.  We are now vMotioning or Live Migrating our workloads across a cluster of hosts – we are cloning workloads with much ease and deploying new servers into our environments at a very rapid rate.   We have seen many advantages and benefits

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