Inexpensive VCP Course

VMware is one of the last companies that require you to sit a course as well as the exam to gain your certification. Many companies use to use this method, but have since moved away from making this a mandatory requirement.

The good news is that you can take the exam first if you are self-studying. Unfortunately, these courses can and are generally expensive. One course I was looking at the other day was approx. $AU3000 for a 5 day course. Personally, I expected that sort of price for the vCAP certification.

There is some more good news though, you don’t have to pay that much if you are willing to wait a few months to sit the course. Stanley Community College offers an inexpensive option. for approx $US185 you have access to an online 8 week course. The material is recorded so that you can attend the class and fill out the assessment each week when it best suits you.

Due to the excellent service provided, these courses to fill up very fast and there is a wait list that is set up. You can sign up here.

To read more about the course, you can check it out here.


Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5 + More

What a great start to a Monday morning. I barely started working and the phone rings to let me know there was a package just being delivered. I knew exactly what it was, I had been waiting to order the latest from one of the greatest for over a month.

  • Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5 – Scott Lowe and Nick Marshall.  

I also ordered:

  • VMware vSphere Design – Forbes Guthrie and Scott Lowe; and
  • VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) – Pat Gelsinger (Foreword) 
I am really excited to get into these books,  although, I have started reading bit and pieces already, I feel as though I need to continue and finish my current “Mastering vSphere 5 – Scott Lowe”  due to the VCP exam not being updated to vSphere 5.5.  
Having only been into virtualizing for only a few months, I think I have found my calling for my IT career. To feel very excited to have received such amazing pieces of work, I think these books are going to be very enjoyable. 
Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5 – Scott Lowe and Nick Marshall
As I mentioned previously, I had a little bit of a gander through some sections of the book and read a couple of paragraphs. This book has been classed as the transition between authors as Scott hands the reigns over to Nick.  It is a very even flow of how both authors write. As with previous books from the mastering series, there are thorough Step-by-step guides, and detailed drawings to help illustrate designs and configurations. 
For those that are starting out, or wanting to learn and gain the most out of your environment, this is definitely the book for you. There are a lot of new concepts and changes in 5.5 that can be quite confronting and uncomfortable for those who are use to using the c# client, but this book will calm those nerves and help you out.  
Only half an hour of flicking through and all I can say now is, “Wow,” You are going to be in for a treat. 
VMware vSphere Design – Forbes Guthrie and Scott Lowe.
To be honest, this and vCAT I bought on a bit of an impulse, I thought it might come in handy for our refresh at work that we are currently working on. I’m glad I bought this book, as I did with Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5, I had a look through and read a paragraph or two, and it is really impressive. I started to think a bit differently as to how I figured I would design an infrastructure. 
This is my first book by Forbes Guthrie and I’m looking forward to diving in and getting the most out of the design. 
VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT)Pat Gelsinger

This was another impulse buy, however, there was reasoning behind this purchase, I want to be able to spread out to more than just vSphere and see the bigger picture.

Unfortunately, I have not had the time to flick through and have bit of a looka t the content as time ran out today, but I do hope to be able to have a look at few sections tomorrow.

VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) – Amazon

If you would like to purchase any of these books, please follow the links provided above.

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William Lam’s tips and Tricks – VMworld 2013

So I have to do a bit of a shout-out to William Lam from VMware.  I’ve been following his blog (, twitter, etc for some time now and I really enjoy finding out new and exciting VMware technologies.  The thing I really like is what William can produce with his scripting and he is more than happy to share it.

So, what this post is really about is to share with you William’s “Tech Talk” at VMworld 2013. There are some awesome goodies that he covers, mainly for those running nested environments for testing purposes’ but also some cool things for production.


  • Testing vSphere 5.5
  • Emulating SSDs for vSAN and vFRC   (as per previous post). 
  • Accessing VM console from anywhere (inc. Mac OS X)
  • vCenter Simulator (create realistic lab environment) 
There is also an awesome vBrownBag special which is really exciting, (watch the video to find out). 

I have implemented some of these into my own lab environment, such as, running emulated SSDs, and connecting to a console using HTML5.
I have used a few of William’s scripts in production and they are flawless, a lot of work and definitely appreciated. My favourite script 
Check out William’s  blog @  
Some links:  🙂