Welcome to my new virtualisation blog where I can share with you information I find interesting and useful. So far I have learnt how to modify Blogger, link my domain name to my blog and, if you can see this, publish a post!
There's been some big news this week about VMware certification involving the release of the new Professional VMware vSphere 7.x exam. So, what does this mean and how does it affect someone wishing to become VCP certified? As there are a number of technology areas you can achieve a VCP certification in, this post is going to look at the 'VCP - Data Center Virtualisation' track. https://www.vmware.com/education-services/certification/vcp-dcv-7-exam.html To start with, back in Feb 2019 VMware changed the naming of the VCP certification to now include the year you passed the exam rather than specifying the version of vSphere that you had studied and were examined on. So last year we had the VCP-DCV 2019 and this year will be the VCP-DCV 2020. If you are already a VCP 2020 then passing this new exam won't gain you anything extra. If, however if you do not currently have a VCP then VMware have dropped the requirement that meant you had to take and pass the Foundations exam.
VMware have announced an offer of 6 months free access to their Learning Zone Premium Subscription. You can register for this anytime between now and November 6, 2020. If you've not heard of the VMware Learning Zone, then it is VMware's online digital training, delivered by top VMware experts and certified instructors. If you are looking at taking a VMware certification exam then the exam prep courses are brilliant - I found them particularly useful when studying for the last exam I had to take. Here's a link with further information and how to sign up... VLZ Premium Subscription 6 Month Promotion FAQ
These are 2 of the best books I recommend to my students in the courses I teach... vSphere Host Resources Deep Dive (6.5) By Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort, If you want to have a really deep understanding about how an ESXi host handles resource management then this is the book for you. It also goes into a lot of depth about processor architecture and topics such as vNUMA. Even though it is based on ESXi 6.5, there is still a ton on incredibly useful information within. Download this book here... https://www.rubrik.com/en/lp/white-papers/19/host-resources-deep-dive-ebook.html vSphere Clustering Deep Dive (6.7) By Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort. This book goes really deep into how vSphere HA works and how to create a robust HA cluster along with explaining how to get the best out of DRS, network resource pools and resources allocation settings. There is never enough time to go through all the minute detail in class but you'll find it here in this book. Download thi