Global Knowledge UK new post course value add

Get more from your VMware training with VMware Xtra!  The team over at Global Knowledge UK have been quite busy the past few weeks.  I had noticed that Scott Vessey one of their senior VCI has been playing his cards close to his chest recently, dropping hints about some great new thing.   Well it appears that he has  been heavily involved in a project for his employer Global Knowledge UK,

Now the secret is finally out, they have launched VMware Xtra, so what is this and why should I be bothered.   Well on first site it just appears to be a collection of value-add online resources.  However the benefits of the programme come on completion of one of their courses, as you will then be given a logon to the “Secured Area”.   What they have appeared to have done is put some very useful post course learning tools in one location. http://www.globalknowledge.co.uk/vmwarextra

There are resources for those who are still deciding which is the right VMware course for them or their employees, resources aimed at those who have booked on one of our courses and want to prepare themselves in advance for their course, and the secret sauce, hidden behind a user login, resources for those who have attended a course and want to take their learning further.

a quote from GlobalKnowledgeUK says:

“We believe that attending a VMware training course with Global Knowledge UK should simply be the middle part of a complete learning experience. The resources we have made available today are unique, and designed to maximize the value of attending a Global Knowledge UK VMware course. You will only receive such a complete learning experience by booking your VMware training with us!”

Now apparently this is just the start of their “value-added” journey too, they state that they will be adding lots more additional material for the variety of VMware courses that they offer in the upcoming weeks.

Scott Vessey, Lead VMware Instructor at Global Knowledge UK said:

“We have lots of ideas for the extra material we would like to add, based on internal discussions as well as feedback from our customers.  I’m really excited to have been so heavily involved in a project like this, and know that the time and effort we have invested in the Xtra program so far will make a real difference to our customers.”

Now if any of you need any futher infomation Scott is more that happy for you to email him.

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Bi-Weekly Brownbag – VCDX 13th April

This bi-weekly’s  brownbag hosted by Cody Bunch and myself  is to cover DRS Clusters & Performance Monitoring, and hopefully we will have some fun while we’re at it.

As usual the necessary details are as follows:

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 2PM CST (8pm BST 9pm CET)
Registration: Here!

Bring any questions you may have, regarding the topic, or anything you can think of surrounding the VCDX process and we will attempt to cover them all.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thank you once again to our sponsors TrainSignal.

VCP Brown Bag – April 6th 2010

This week it is the VCP Brown bag session and no subject is set so it is open topic session day.  This is you opportunity to bring any questions you have about the VCP certification, and we’ll try to get them answered.  Remember those that have passed the VCP are also more than welcome so that your sage knowledge can be passed on to the next generation of exam takers.

As always we do have certain rules, the main one being that we do not discuss ACTUAL EXAM QUESTIONS.

The session registration details for this Brown Bag are as follows:
Date: April 6, 2010
Time: 2PM CST
Registration: Here!

Hope to see you there!

VCP BrownBag – Tuesday 9th March

The next iteration of the VCP 4 Brownbags has been locked and loaded, those of you with a sharp eye will notice something different on this session,  Cody has gone all professional.  Now the reason this session has been termed a beta is he is testing a new platform for hosting these and the subsequent VCDX Brownbags too. That said even through it is  a test the session is a live one. So Sign up,  it does not matter if you are already a VCP or not,  Those that are VCP are welcome for their experiance. So if you’re up for it register at the link below:

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM CST
Registration: Here!

This session will be recorded and put up under the new “Brown Bag” section. Note: The VCDX Link does not work at present.

Warning – REMEMBER Those of you that are VCP’s do not forget that you are under NDA regarding Exam questions, this session is not a Braindump exercise, but a real attempt at a focused study group.

VCDX – Revision Burst Part1

As you may be aware , Cody Bunch and myself have joined forces to create a Brown Bag series for the VCDX exams, the first session concentrated on vNetworking via the Command line – now remember that the current Advanced Admin exam is based on VI3 so no vNDS. below are the commands that we investigated on the first Brown Bag session.

As you may be aware , Cody Bunch and myself have joined forces to create a Brown Bag series for the VCDX exams, the first session concentrated on vNetworking via the Command line – now remember that the current Advanced Admin exam is based on VI3 so no vNDS.  below are the commands that we investigated on the first Brown Bag session.

Continue reading “VCDX – Revision Burst Part1”

VCDX Brown Bag

For those of you wondering as to when the second installment of the VCDX Brownbag series is, all I can say Cody and I have not forgotten you 😀  The seas of change surround us regarding the presentation of BrownBag so please be patient and await a signficant anouncement,  our adventure with DimDim did not go as planned, as unfortunately we did not manage to tie Audio with video.

Now there may be one or two impromptu sessions between now and the final solution, so please keep checking back here and on Cody’s site for further information

The First Brown Bag VCDX Session is locked and loaded

Following up on the interest from our last post, Cody Bunch and I will be running the first of what should become a series of VCDX Enterprise Admin Brown Bag sessions. The topic this week will be the CLI.

So all the good things like the ESXCFG c0mmands and useful Linux commands etc will be discussed.

Now remember to review the Advanced Admin Exam Blue print and come with all the questions and any advice you have, lets make these sessions the most useful resource for aiding everybody to help pass the exam.

Now for the first week we are going to give this a shot with DimDim, therefore we can accept a total of 25 folks. what this means is only if you have been accepted into the VCDX process, or have already taken and passed your Enterprise Admin Exam.  We are sorry about this but we are trying to keep any costs realated to this low infact not low actually Free.

Now please note that the time below is in CST (that is GMT-6).

Questions? fire them over either on Twitter or in the comments.  Look forward to seeing you there!

VCDX Brown Bags

For many that have been on their VCP 4 journey the resource over at Cody’s site ProfessionalVMware.com has been an important and useful weapon in the revision armory,  well Cody and me are about to commence our VCDX journey so we thought that we would start a Brown Bag for the Advanced Admin Exam.  So if you have any thoughts on what to study post your requests either here or on Cody’s page and we will get the party started

VCP 4 is now mine

The exam was a significant improvement on the VCP 310 exam, it was a little more challenging and the profile was more to do with real environment questions rather than the how many vCPU’s can you have if it is a Thursday afternoon just before tea time type questions.

Well I finally plucked up the courage to sit the VCP-410 exam, well to be fair it was the impending deadline that really made me do it, and the fact that “She who must be obeyed” would have beat me senseless if I had to take the “Whats new” course through my laziness.  I am pleased to say that I passed 😀

The exam was a significant improvement on the VCP 310 exam,  it was a little more challenging and the profile was more to do with real environment questions rather than the how many vCPU’s can you have if it is a Thursday afternoon just before tea time type questions.

So what is my advise for the exam,  well the number one is use the blueprint as a guide for your revision,  also also visit longy’s resource for some very good guidance and test questions.  and play with the environment.  There are certain question you can only answer if you have seen the products.

Good luck to those that are yet to commence on the journey,  I am just about to start the next trip, my ascent up mount VCDX.  Bon voyage

Sitting at the feet of the master

What is out lined below is the sage advice in the form of tweets from of one of the senior members of the VCDX defence panel

We all know that VMware have released a shiny new advanced certification called the VCDX.  In fact most of you will know of the VCDX secret agent 007 Duncan Epping (Licesned to design).  But what about the benevolent master VCDX001 John Arrasjid?  Nope, well his twitter account is here he is well worth following,  he is not prolific in what he tweets but when he does tweet it is useful.

What is out lined below is the sage advice in the form of tweets from of one of the senior members of the VCDX defence panel, there are over 50 and rising hints here.  Remember to bookmark this one as I am sure this list will grow 😀 Continue reading “Sitting at the feet of the master”