VMworld Europe 2014 – Looking forward…

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It's October now and it means that VMworld Europe 2014 is right around the corner. I'll be attending in Barcelona for what will be my 4th VMworld. It will be the first time that I've ever attended under a full conference pass rather than just as a blogger. However, I don't expect the experience to be hugely different. Perhaps in the general sessions the view will be slightly different but that's about it. My employer, Xtravirt, is sending a number of my colleagues along with me to VMworld this year. Whilst we're all very different people working on different projects, we generally have fairly complementary skillsets and a passion for what we do. Speaking just for myself, I'm really looking forward to VMworld. Like my children's … [Read more...]

NSX 6.1 goes GA

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Hot on the heels of vCAC 6.1 going GA, NSX 6.1 has appeared on VMware's download site today. In addition to micro-segmentation enhancements and updates to the loadbalancer, this version promises better integration with vCAC. I hope to been spinning it up in my lab this weekend. For a full list of changes, see the Release Notes.   … [Read more...]

VCP-NV: Getting Started

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So, you’ve decided to take the VCP-NV exam that VMware launched just recently. If you haven’t been living and breathing VMware NSX for the past few months, you’re probably going to need to do some preparation so that you don’t waste the exam fee. Even if you’re an expert, it’s sensible to at least look over the blueprint first and make sure that you have all of the bases covered. Either way, if you want to get this certification then there are three routes that you can take to do it. 1. You’re new to VMware certification Before you can earn the certification, you MUST attend the VMware NSX: Install, Configure and Manage course. Then to earn the VCP-NV certification, simply register for and pass the VCPN610 exam. 2. You have … [Read more...]

vCAC 6.1 goes GA

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Ping! It's baked and out of the oven at last. vCAC 6.1 has hit a download server near you. I've been waiting for this for a while now, so what's new? From my perspective some of the most interesting new bits are: Tighter Puppet integration Enhanced support for NSX (including the use of NSX / vCNS workflows as actions in the vCAC Advanced Service Designer) - I need to try this out! vCenter Orchestrator plugin enabled scripting of entities including Catalog, Approvals, Entitlements, Advanced Service Designer etc (I've wanted this for a while now) vCAC support for Windows Server 2012 SP1 R2 (.NET 4.5.1) But there's plenty more (see the Release Notes). … [Read more...]

vCO “Plugin” for NSX

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If you're starting to get your hands dirty with NSX and want to automate some operations using vCenter Orchestrator (vCO), there's now a plugin for it that's been released into the community by Christophe Decanini (who writes on the vCOTeam blog and works for VMware). It's not a traditional plugin for vCenter Orchestrator in the same way that there are plugins for vCenter / vCAC / Infoblox etc. Instead it's built on the Dynamic Types plugin that was launched with version 5.5 Update 1 of vCO. The goal of the plugin is to create the ability to offer NSX "as-a-service" operations as catalog items within vCAC. The creation and manipulation of security groups and policies along with the ability to associate VMs with these objects can all … [Read more...]

VCP-NV Exam Prep Series to start on vBrownbag EMEA

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Starting tomorrow on the #vBrownbag EMEA webinar, we're starting a series of sessions covering the exam blueprint for the VCPN610 exam. The exam is a required component of the new VCP-NV certification. The first session is being presented by Frank Buechsel (from VMware GSS) who will be covering Objective 1 from the blueprint. Don't miss out, register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/541316569 (Please note that if you have previously attended the vBrownbag EMEA webinar that the meeting ID has changed and that you'll need to re-register - sorry.) … [Read more...]

LonVMUG 23rd January 2014

First VMUG of the year*. That has a nice sound to it. Full of promises for lots of good events to come. The lovely folks who organise the London VMUG look to be putting on a super first event for 2014 and I'm looking forward to it. As well as having a distinctly "cloudy" flavour to it, there's a series of lightning talks on home labs scheduled. I know that the committee have been debating a trial of this format for a while now because I've suggested it a time or two myself. It works very well at CloudCamp (which, coincidentally, is on the same day but starting at 6:30pm - register for it here if you're interested) and I hope it will fit in very nicely here too. Track A Track B 0830 - 0945 Event Reception 1000 - … [Read more...]

VMware Education Offers at VMworld Europe 2013

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I popped by the certification area in hall 7 (behind the HoL) at VMworld Europe today to chat to the lovely people working in VMware's Education team. One of my primary reasons for going there (aside from getting some badges) was to enquire about progress on the exam track for Network Virtualisation. More on that in a minute. If you're new to VMware certification or just getting started, there are a couple of good reasons to visit the Education Team whilst at the conference. Firstly they are offering a discount code to take a VMware Certified Associate (VCA) exam if you register for it before November 15th 2013. The VCA certification is VMware's entry level certification and the exam can be taken online. The current availability and … [Read more...]