Vmware, Year 2020. Education, Practice, Certification. Part 1. Education.

Introduction


High-quality work with IT technologies implies the presence of a certain level of competencies, knowledge and experience. The acquisition of these skills usually takes place in three key stages: Training, Practice, Certification.

In this publication, let’s look at what Vmware has prepared for us in the 2020-2021 season regarding training programs.

Everything related to certification, as well as how and where to acquire important practical skills, is the topic of the following articles.

Authorized Training


Authorized training from the vendor is a pointer to the best way to master this or that technology. Training programs vary in duration, difficulty level, target audience, training format. Given the trends of recent events in the world, training centers will have to reorient themselves mainly to online learning.

To understand the list of training programs and directions, you must visit the official resource: VMware Education Services and the corresponding section with the areas of study: VMware Learning Paths.

Currently, Vmware Education has formed four major product training areas:

  • Data Center Virtualization & Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure;
  • Network Virtualization & Security;
  • Virtualization & Cloud Management Platform;
  • Desktop, Application Virtualization & Mobility.

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Data Center Virtualization & Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Direction of training – Data Center Virtualization & Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure includes training programs on vSphere, vSAN, Site Recovery Manager, VMware Intergrated OpenStack technologies.

VMware vSphere

VMware vSphere is server virtualization software and the heart of a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) that helps you run, manage, connect and secure applications in a shared cloud operating environment.

The main current training programs for vSphere technologies are:

● VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5 (V6.7)]

  • Duration: 3 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.

The course can be recommended to customers who want to deploy vSphere 6.5 (6.7) in their existing vSphere environment.

● VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5 (V6.7)]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Certification: VMware Certified Professional 6 (6.5) – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6 (6.5)-DCV).

The course includes intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere version 6.5 (6.7), which includes VMware ESXi and VMware vCenter Server. The course prepares for vSphere infrastructure administration for an organization of any size. This is the foundation of knowledge for most other VMware technologies in a software-defined data center.

● VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6.5 (V6.7)]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course.
  • Certification: VMware Certified Professional 6 (6.5) – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6 (6.5)-DCV).

A course in advanced skills to configure and support a highly accessible and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a combination of lectures and practical exercises, students configure and optimize the features of VMware vSphere 6.5 (6.7), which form the basis for a truly scalable infrastructure. This course will deepen your understanding of vSphere and how advanced features and controls can benefit.

● VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V6.5 (V6.7)]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage. Experience in working with a command-line interface is highly recommended, as is completion of VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale.
  • Certification: VMware Certified Professional 6 (6.5) – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6 (6.5) -DCV).

This hands-on course provides advanced knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve troubleshooting competency in VMware vSphere 6.x. The course enhances skills and knowledge in using the command line interface, VMware vSphere Client, VMware vRealize Log Insight and other tools for analyzing and solving problems.

vSAN

VMware Virtual SAN (or vSAN) is a distributed storage concept that is fully integrated with VMware vSphere at the ESXi cluster level. vSAN is a software storage system that allows you to abstract from the “iron” data warehouse and work with resource pools without worrying about where the virtual machine data is located.

Key ongoing vSAN training programs:

● VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage [V6.7]

  • Duration: 3 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: Storage administration experience on block or file storage devices. Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course.

In this course, students focus on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution using VMware vSAN 6.7. The course provides knowledge of how vSAN, an important component of the VMware data center software, functions. Students receive practical experience working with vSAN concepts and perform hands-on laboratory exercises.

● VMware vSAN: Production Operations [V6.7]

  • Duration: 2 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target Audience: Administrators.
  • Prerequisites: Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course. Storage administration experience with block or file storage devices. Completion of the VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage course or equivalent experience with vSAN is desirable.

In this course, students acquire the skills to configure and perform common administrator and end-user tasks using VMware vSAN 6.7.

● VMware vSAN: Troubleshooting Workshop [V6.x]

  • Duration: 2 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course. Completion of the VMware vSAN: Deploy and Manage course or equivalent experience with VMware vSAN.

In this course, students will learn the tools and skills needed to troubleshoot a VMware vSAN 6.x implementation. They gain hands-on experience with vSAN troubleshooting concepts through hands-on lab exercises.

Site Recovery Manager

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a business continuity and disaster recovery solution for planning, testing and restoring virtual machines from a protected, primary site to a backup recovery site.

Current Site Recovery Manager Technology Curriculum:

● VMware Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V8.2]

  • Duration: 2 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers, Architects, Integrators.
  • Prerequisites: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course.

The course gives experienced VMware vSphere administrators the knowledge to install, configure, and manage VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.2. This course also shows how to write and test disaster recovery plans that use Site Recovery Manager.

VMware Intergrated OpenStack

VMware Integrated OpenStack is a VMware-supported version of the OpenStack infrastructure that simplifies the operation of the OpenStack production environment, deployed over the existing Vmware infrastructure.

Current VMware Integrated OpenStack Technology Curriculum:

● VMware Integrated OpenStack: Install, Configure, Manage [V5]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: This course requires the completion of the following course: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage, VMware Integrated OpenStack Fundamentals, VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals.

The course provides skills for creating a private cloud using VMware Integrated OpenStack in a software-defined data center environment based on Vmware technologies. This course develops skills in installing, configuring, and managing VMware Integrated OpenStack. Students will learn how to offer IaaS and PaaS advanced networking and security to end users using VMware Integrated OpenStack.

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Network Virtualization & Security

Direction of training – Network Virtualization & Security includes training programs on technologies VMware NSX, NSX-T:

VMware NSX

VMware NSX is a network virtualization and security platform for software data centers, making it possible to create and run network services on existing network equipment.

The main current training programs for VMware NSX technologies are:

● VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2 (V6.4)]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers, Architects.
  • Prerequisites: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage. Understanding of concepts presented in the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals course. Understanding of the concepts presented in the VMware Introduction to Network Virtualization with NSX course.
  • Certification: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV).

The course introduces VMware NSX as part of a data center software. Students will learn how to use logical switches and will also detail logical routing between different virtual environments. The course shows how to use the gateway services, firewall configurations, and security services to protect and optimize the NSX environment.

● VMware NSX: Micro-Segmentation [V6.3]

  • Duration: 3 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.

The course introduces the security-oriented features of VMware NSX 6.3, including the distributed firewall and Service Composer, which will help ensure the successful deployment of microsegmentation.

● VMware NSX: Troubleshooting and Operations [V6.3, (V6.4)]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Expert.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers, Architects.
  • Prerequisites: VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage course.

The course provides students with advanced knowledge, skills and tools to achieve operational competency and troubleshooting in VMware NSX V6.3 (V6.4).

VMware NSX-T

VMware NSX-T is a network virtualization platform for next-generation heterogeneous architecture applications.

Key current VMware NSX-T technology training programs are:

● VMware NSX-T Data Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V2.4]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: Solid understanding of concepts presented in the following courses: VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals, VMware Introduction to Network Virtualization with NSX, VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals.
  • Certification: VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization 2019 (VCP-NV 2019).

The course provides training on installing, configuring, and managing the VMware NSX-T Data Center environment. It covers the core features and functionality of the NSX-T Data Center offered by NSX-T Data Center 2.4, including common infrastructure, logical segments, logical routers, network and security services, microsegmentation, and firewalls.

● VMware NSX-T Data Center: Troubleshooting and Operations [V2.4]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: Before taking this course, you should have completed the VMware NSX-T Data Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V2.4] course.
  • Certification: VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization 2019 (VCP-NV 2019).

The course provides advanced knowledge, skills and tools for achieving competency in work and troubleshooting in the VMware NSX-T Data Center environment.

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Virtualization & Cloud Management Platform

Direction of training – Virtualization & Cloud Management Platform includes training programs on VMware vRealize technologies: Operations, Log Insight, Automation, Orchestrator.

VMware provides a comprehensive cloud management platform that can manage hybrid (multi-cloud) environments that run everything from traditional to containerized (cloud) workloads. The VMware vRealize family of products accelerates the provision of IT services through automation and predefined policies, providing a high level of flexibility for developers and business lines while maintaining management and control.

The main current training programs for VMware vRealize technologies are:

● VMware vRealize Automation: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.6 (V8)].

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: This course requires completion of the following course: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage.
  • Certification: VMware Certified Professional – Cloud Management and Automation 2019 (VCP-CMA 2019).

During this, students focus on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vRealize Automation, and how vRealize Automation can be used to automate the delivery of virtual machines, applications, and personalized IT services to various data centers and hybrid cloud environments.

● VMware vRealize Automation: Orchestration and Extensibility [V7.6]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Expert.
  • Prerequisites: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage, VMware vRealize Automation: Install, Configure, Manage courses.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.

The course aims to use VMware vRealize Orchestrator to extend the functionality of VMware vRealize Automation. Students will learn how to provide something as a service (XaaS) and implement machine life cycle extensibility using the vRealize Automation Event Broker. Also, how to create vRealize Orchestrator workflows. Functions include a basic script implementation along with logical processing to implement various functions used in a virtual environment. This course describes the implementation of debugging, loops, conditions, and user interaction in vRealize Orchestrator.

● VMware vRealize Operations: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.6, (V7.x, V8)]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage, VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale.

The course is intended for experienced users of VMware vSphere®, will teach you how to use VMware vRealize Operations as a tool for analysis and forecasting. Based on VMware ESXi 6.5 (6.7), VMware vCenter Server 6.5 (6.7), and vRealize Operations 7.x (8.0), this course includes information on advanced features, including configuration and management.

Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and vSphere PowerCLI

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Expert.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course.

This course provides experienced VMware vSphere® administrators with knowledge of the automation tools that all vSphere clients have access to. Using real-world use cases, students will learn how to automate day-to-day administration tasks with VMware vSphere PowerCLI and VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

● VMware vRealize Log Insight: Deploy and Manage [V4.7]

  • Duration: 2 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course.

The course is based on the deployment, use and management of VMware vRealize Log Insight. Students will learn about the configuration and use of vRealize Log Insight to collect and manage the logs of various VMware and third-party products. This course discusses how vRealize Log Insight interacts with other systems to monitor, troubleshoot, and secure your data center.

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Desktop, Application Virtualization & Mobility

Direction of training – Desktop, Application Virtualization & Mobility includes training programs on VMware Horizon, Workspace ONE technologies:

VMware Horizon

Convert desktop and application virtualization. VMware Horizon is revolutionizing traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with unprecedented simplicity, flexibility, speed and scalability.

Core VMware Horizon Technology Education Program:

● VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.7 (V7.10)]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Prerequisites: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course. Attendees should also have the following Microsoft Windows system administration experience:
    • Configure Active Directory services, including DNS, DHCP, and time synchronization;
    • Restrict user activities by implementing Group Policy objects;
    • Configure Windows systems to enable Remote Desktop Connections;
    • Build an ODBC connection to an SQL Server database.
  • Certification: VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2019 (VCP-DTM 2019).

The course provides knowledge about the technologies for delivering virtual desktops and applications through a single platform of virtual desktop infrastructure. This course develops skills in installing, configuring, and managing VMware Horizon 7.x. Students will learn how to configure and deploy virtual machine pools, manage machine access and security, and provide a custom desktop environment for end users.

VMware Workspace ONE

VMware Workspace ONE is a convenient and secure enterprise platform for providing and managing any applications on any smartphone, tablet or laptop.

● VMware Workspace ONE: Deploy and Manage [V19]

  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Level of difficulty: Professional.
  • Target audience: Administrators, Engineers.
  • Certification: VMware Certified Professional – Digital Workspace 2019 (VCP-DW2019).

In this course, students will configure VMware Workspace ONE components and provide a single point of registration and authentication, as well as how to integrate industry-recognized enterprise technologies with VMware Workspace ONE. The principles of enterprise mobility, unified entry points and identity management are discussed throughout the course.

Brief Summary


As we can see, the list of relevant training programs turned out to be rather big. It should be noted that this article also does not mention complex programs such as Fast Track and some rare expert-level training programs. There is also no information on new training programs that are currently in Beta status. I will touch on this topic in the following publications.

I hope this cheat sheet will help you decide on the necessary training yourself and offer the customer the best way to learn.

To be continued…

See you on the air!

Sincerely, Andrey Romanenko

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