What is VMUG Advantage? It is a more advanced membership for all VMware admins, VMUG members, and those who want to learn VMware technologies and receive other benefits and discounts as well. It includes many of the best technologies from VMware with a 1-year license. It is the single best and least expensive way to get access to VMware technologies to teach yourself in your own lab environment. If you haven’t heard of VMUG Advantage then this post is for you.
Here is a comparison of memberships:
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Procrastination can be a wonderful thing when it comes to getting nowhere.But I really want to get somewhere with my journey to obtain VCAP6-DCV Deploy I vow to stop my procrastination journey to nowhere. As part of this vow I have started collecting resources to be successful in obtaining the VCAP6-DCV Deploy.
Like 99% of the people in the world I Googled That Stuff (GTS) and here is the resource list I came up with:
I had the opportunity a few months ago to take the VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [6.5] class. The class was held at MicroTek Atlanta Training. The facility was very nice and not far from the hotel I stayed at for the week. The instructor was Brian Perry who is the Managing Partner with VUmbrella. He is a member of a very exclusive club VMworld Alumni Elite. Alumni Elite members (21) have attended every VMworld event and now have been given a free pass for life as long as they continue to go to each VMworld event and do not miss one.
The course is broken down into 11 sections. (You can get the outline from the course link above in the first paragraph) Going into this class after reading the outline I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough new material to justify taking this class in the first place. For experienced VMware admins this class is great because it allowed me to test drive many of the new feature of vSphere 6.5 before implementing in my lab. In my case, whether intentional or not, I had been exposed to many of the more advanced parts of this class through VMware Support requests. (Just a little training tidbit: If you can’t get your organization to pay for advanced VMware training, use VMware Support to get educated when you invariably have issues in your environment. Most of the techs are more than happy to explain to you the why behind the what. The other excellent resource is VMware Hands-On Labs which is free to everyone. If you need some free resources please refer to my previous article Top 13 Free VMware Training Resources)
Out of the 11 different sections the 4 sections on Optimization and the vCenter Server Availability and Performance were the best for me. The Optimization sections cover CPU, Memory, Storage, and Network. They especially get into the use of esxtop to troubleshoot and analyze your environment. Setting up vCenter HA in the class was a great experience and within a couple of weeks after attending this class it was setup in my production environment. Great Stuff!
The bottom line is that this class was great especially the instructor Brian Perry. After talking with Brian I think I found my next VMware training class. VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop . His description was that the instructor runs scripts to break various parts of vSphere and you have to fix it. What better way to learn is there?
For those of us who have to constantly keep our VMware skills updated training is never far out of our thoughts. IT Training is often quite expensive and VMware training can be even more expensive. Training on a budget is always a difficult proposition but it can be done if you have enough resources at your disposal. These resources consist of websites, videos, online labs, and podcasts.
I have scoured the internet and come up with my Top 10 Free VMware Training Resources: