New vSphere, Horizon Cloud, and Exam Prep Courses Now Available

This month the VMware Education Services team released several new VMware vSphere® 6.5 courses, a free elearning course on VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™, plus a new video series to help you prepare for the VCP6-NV exam based on NSX v6.2.

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V6.5]

This three-day training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design a VMware vSphere 6.5 virtual infrastructure. You’ll follow a proven approach to design a virtualization solution that is available, scalable, manageable, recoverable, and secure, and that uses VMware best practices. This course also discusses the benefits and risks of available design alternatives and provides information to support making sound design decisions.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage and Optimize and Scale Fast Track [V6.5]

This extended-hours course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure, and optimize vSphere 6.5. You will also explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect.

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop

This five-day, hands-on workshop teaches you the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to troubleshoot the VMware vSphere® 6.x environment. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the command-line interface, VMware vSphere® Web Client, VMware vRealize® Log lnsight™, and other tools to analyze and solve problems.

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6.5]

This intensive, extended hours course focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere® 6.5, including VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. Featuring plenty of hands-on training, this course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

VMware Horizon Cloud Fundamentals

This free eLearning course provides information on how VMware Horizon Cloud Service helps IT meet the expectations of today’s mobile workforce. This course explains the architecture, features, benefits, and functionality of the two service offerings of Horizon Cloud and demonstrates how to install an agent and create a desktop image.

VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV) Exam v6.2 (2V0-642)

This comprehensive, 110-video training course focuses on preparing you to take the VCP6-NV exam #2V0-642. It includes tips for preparing, an in-depth review of each objective, and sample questions. These videos provide a time-saving and methodical study plan designed to let you review exam topics and identify and close knowledge gaps – building both your knowledge and your confidence before taking your VMware Certification exam.

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Introducing the Next Generation of Testing at VMware

Written by Guest Author Lourdes Soler 

Over the past year, the VMware certification team has been hard at work making enhancements to our development processes, exams, and delivery infrastructure. Since many of these changes are behind the scenes and not immediately apparent, we are going to begin telling you about what these changes are and how they will improve your certification experience.

For example, what if I told you that you didn’t have to wait for weeks to receive your beta exam results and subsequent certification status update, but could receive your score immediately?

How It Works

With the traditional beta exam process, all test-level and individual question-level analyses occurred after the beta period ended, which meant candidates had to wait until after the final production exam launched before receiving their beta exam results.

With our new process, under the direction of a trained measurement specialist (more formally referred to as a psychometrician), Subject Matter Experts participate in a rigorous process (called the standard setting process) before the exam release to ultimately select the best set of questions for inclusion in the exam and determine an appropriate pass score. This means that test candidates can walk away with their exam results at the end of their testing event.

The Benefits

Other than the immediate scoring, benefits include:

  • Less time burden: With traditional beta exams, candidates must sit through and answer the entire pool of questions, even taking time to answer questions that do not make it into the final exam. With our new process, candidates are presented with a subset of questions that were considered valid during the standard setting process, providing a shorter exam time compared to past beta exams.
  • No blackout period for analysis: With traditional betas, analysis begins after the beta period closes and a blackout period is instituted, during which candidates are unable to register for or take the exam. The blackout period was needed to review and analyze question and exam data and participant comments to determine which items will appear on the final production exam. Depending on the amount of data to be analyzed and the time needed to construct the production exam, this blackout period could take from 6 to 10 weeks. Because all of this analysis will now be done before exam launch, there will no longer be a blackout period.
  • No retake restriction: Traditional beta exams can only be taken once by each candidate. With production exams, candidates can retake exams under the standard retake policy.
  • No risk for recertification: With traditional betas, if taken for recertification purposes, scoring may not be completed before an individual’s recertification deadline and certification status could be in jeopardy. Candidates would need to plan accordingly and allow enough lead-time to retake the exam after they receive their results, in case they did not pass, or pursue an alternate route to recertification. With the immediate scoring factor, this is no longer an issue.
  • No “set-it-and-forget-it” mode: In the case of traditional beta exams, there is one health check done during the post-beta analyses. Now, since every effort is taken ahead of time to eliminate questions that are ambiguous, too easy, too difficult, or just bad, there is increased confidence in the quality of the content. Even so, VMware will still conduct periodic exam health checks throughout the life of the exam and make improvements as needed.

Keep an eye out for future blog posts describing further program enhancements and improvements.

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Embracing Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

why_enterprises_HCI_V1According to the latest free ebook from VMware on the subject:

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) revolutionizes the data center, bringing all the benefits of server virtualization to storage. It is composed of two essential elements: hyper-converged infrastructure software and industry-standard hardware. Together they provide the performance, flexibility, and efficiency that budget-conscious, resource-starved IT departments crave.

Download your free copy today to learn how with HCI powered by VMware vSAN, you can:

Evolve Without Risk

  • Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage and enjoy the best integration with vSphere features like DRS and vMotion
  • Continue to leverage the large and proven ecosystem of VMware partners
  • Protect current investments in storage infrastructure with policy-based management

Reduce TCO

  • Lower total cost of ownership by 50% or more with CapEx and OpEx savings
  • Accelerate responsiveness to traditionally timeconsuming tasks with analytics and automation
  • Achieve predictable performance and cost with grow-as-you-go scaling

Scale to Tomorrow

  • Prepare for business in the multi-cloud era
  • Support a wide range of traditional and next-gen apps
  • Use a common storage platform as a steppingstone to the cloud

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Where in the World are VCPs? [Infographic]

It’s that time of year! 2016’s “Where in the World are VCPs” infographic was such a hit, we decided to refresh it for 2017. The VMware Education Services team is proud to announce that the VCP community grew (11%) to represent a total of 190 countries this year. Which country do you represent?

 

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*Note: This infographic has been updated to reflect the number of unique VCP holders per country

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Adding SSH Access for DigitalOcean when Using Terraform

We’ve been looking at how to add a little Terraform into your IT infrastructure provisioning toolkit lately. Using DigitalOcean is also super easy and inexpensive for testing out processes and doing things like repetitive builds using Terraform.

The first post where we saw how to do a simple Terraform environment build on DigitalOcean appeared at my ON:Technology blog hosted at Turbonomic. That gave us the initial steps for a quick droplet deployment.

We also talked about how to access your DigitalOcean droplets via the command line using SSH keys here which is very important. The reason that it is important is that without SSH keys, you are relying on using the root account with a password. DigitalOcean will create a complex password for you when deploying your droplet. This is not something you can find out without actually resetting the root password and restarting your droplet. This is both insecure (reverting to password access instead of SSH key pair) and also disruptive because you are rebooting the instance to do the password reset.

Now it’s time to merge these two things together!

Adding SSH key details to the Terraform DigitalOcean provider

We are going to add a few things to what we have already done in those two other posts. You will need the following:

Getting your SSH fingerprint is a simple process. Start by going to the top right of your DigialOcean console to the icon which has a dropdown for your account settings:

In the profile page, choose the Settings option from the menu on the left-hand panel:

The SSH fingerprint that you’ll need is in the security settings page. Keep this somewhere as safe as you would your SSH keys themselves because this is an important piece of security information.

Using the SSH Details in Environment Variables

Our settings are going to be stored using local environment variables just like with our DigitalOcean key was in the first example blog. Because we have a few other things to keep track of now we will see the changes in the provider.tf file:

Our environments variables are going to have the same format which is TF_VAR_digitalocean_ssh_fingerprint which is your fingerprint you got from the security settings. The other two things we need are the TF_VAR_digitalocean_pub_key and TF_VAR_digitalocean_private_key parameters which are the paths to your local SSH key files.

NOTE: The use of the file locations is actually not needed for basic key configuration using Terraform. I just thought we should set that up which will come to use later on in other blogs around using Terraform with DigitalOcean.

Use the export command to sett up your variables.  Our Terraform file contains an extra config parameter now which you’ll see here:

These new parameters will read in all that we need to launch a new droplet, attach the appropriate SSH key by the fingerprint in DigitalOcean, and then to allow us to manage the infrastructure with Terraform.

Time for our routine, which should always be: terraform validate to confirm our syntax is good followed by a terraform plan to test the environment:

Now we run our terraform apply to launch the droplet:

Now we have launched a droplet on DigitalOcean with Terraform. Use the SSH command line to connect to the droplet as the root account. Make sure you’ve done all the steps in the previous blog to set up your ssh-agent and then you should be all set:

This is the next step in making more secure, repeatable, and compassable infrastructure using Terraform on DigitalOcean. These same methods will also be showing up as we walk through future more complex examples on DigitalOcean and other providers.

Let’s clean up after ourselves to make sure that we take advantage of the disposable and elastic nature of our public cloud infrastructure by very easily running the terraform destroy command to remove the droplet:

Hopefully this is helpful!