Train Signal, who produced the popular ‘VMware vSphere’ and ‘Hyper-V’ training videos have just released a new addition to the VMware vSphere suite of training products called ‘VMware vSphere Pro Series Vol. 1’.As the ‘Pro’ in the name implies this course offers a deeper view of three popular products in the vSphere suite:
- VMware View & ThinApp, VMware’s Desktop & Application Virtualization solutions, authored by David Davis
- Cisco Nexus 1000V, the 3rd party add-in distributed virtual switch for vSphere, authored by Rick Scherer
- VMware PowerCLI, VMware’s implementation of Microsoft PowerShell, used to manage your vSphere infrastructure from the command-line, authored by Hal Rottenberg
There is almost 11 hours of video content contained in this course.
Now each of the topics are presented by a different instructor, all of whom are VMware vExperts and well respected within the VMware virtualization community. I personally have had the pleasure of meeting all three of them at VMworld and these people really do know the onions. So who are these virtualisation rockstars:
- David Davis has been the instructor on all of the previous Train Signal VMware released training videos. I firmly believe that David is up there with the likes for Eric Sloof and Mike Laverick as a trainer, his videos are a pleasure to watch and very informative.
- Rick Scherer is an active member of the VMware blogging community through his blog VMware-Tips and has a wealth of knowledge around anything vSphere more to the point he is one of a select number of the new super certification VCDX obtaining VCDX #21 at VMworld 2009. I had the opportunity to work closely with him at VMworld where we shared a stage on the ‘Ask the Experts’ panel (video Thanks to Kiwi_Si for the link).
- Hal Rottenberg If you know Powershell then you will know Hal, he is one of the world leading authorities on the scripting language, having written the bible “Managing VMware Infrastructure with PowerShell”. He also hold a MVP award from Microsoft for his services to PowerShell. Further, he is well known in sysadmin circles for co-hosting the PowerScripting Podcast, and heading up the PowerShell Community organization. Hal’s excellent book, (along with Alan Renouf’s site and Carter Shanklin’s VMworld sessions) greatly contributed to my knowledge of using PowerShell in a ESX environment.
So what do you get for your Dollar?
Well as mentioned there is nearly 11 hours of video content covering three the topics mentioned above. Access to these videos is gained via a simple user interface run from the DVD disk.
Further to the DVD’s you are also provided with the following formats:
- VI, &WMV format videos.
- iPod and MP3 format audios &
- PDF booklets
I personally like the MP3’s as I can burn them to a CD and listen to them in my car.
So what does this cost me?
Well compared to traditional instructor led training this course appears a more time and financially cost effective method of learning. Further Train Signal offer a 90 day complete satisfaction guarantee on their products, try getting that from a traditional trainer.
Now the pain-point. The following is the current pricing at the time of the products release:
You can buy VMware vSphere Pro Series Vol. 1 for the time limited price of : US$297 (RRP US$599)
But that’s not all Trainsignal offer a Bundle Deal:
Now even better if you are one of the first 100 people who purchase a copy of VMware vSphere Pro Series Vol 1 you will receive for Free, Nada, Gratis. A very smart vNerd Tee-shirt.