vCenter Operations Blog Series

by latoga on August 7, 2014

in Virtualization, VMware


I recently came across the blog series that David Davis, of, guest wrote for VMware on VCOPS which I though was a great resource for those ramping up or looking to dive deeper into VCOPS.  I couldn’t find a list of all the articles in  the series, so I created one (14 posts at time of writing):

  1. Why Do You Need More Tools?
  2. How to Select a Virtualization Management Tool
  3. Evaluating VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite
  4. Understanding VMware Center Operations Management Suite Editions
  5. vCenter Operations Manager Architecture
  6. Installing vCenter Operations Manager
  7. Adding Your License in vCenter Operations Manager
  8. Understanding vCenter Operations Badges
  9. Right-Sizing Virtual Machines with vC Ops
  10. Configuring Policies and Groups
  11. Understanding and Configuring Alerts
  12. Introduction to Capacity Planning From the World View
  13. Capacity Analysis of Your vSphere Hosts
  14. Capacity Analysis of Virtual Machines



VMware “Getting Up to Speed” Education List

by latoga on December 20, 2013

in VMware

A frequent request from my clients is

what education resources do you have to help get me up to speed with recent changes?

This is always a loaded question as everyone’s current speed varies as does the type of education resources that work best for them.  However, I put together this list for a client’s architecture team recently as an attempted shot gun answer.  Sharing it hoping parts of it might be useful to others.

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VMware TV’s YouTube channel is the best portal for all kinds of various educational video.  Some of them might be included in resources listed below.

Try to leverage the VMware Learning Path tool to guide you through different learning paths based on solution, your role, or accreditation your would like to achieve.

Use the Product Walkthrough portal for self-paced review of key solutions from VMware.

Take advantage of the VMware Hands On Labs to get hands guided experience with the various product offerings without having to do any install and setup in your own lab.

Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure

Operations Management

  • Free online vCenter Log Insight videos
  • Free online vCenter Operations videos
  • HOL-SDC-1301: Applied Cloud Operations will review Log Insight and VCOPS from a cloud operations perspective
  • VCOPS Resources page has additional education items
  • Free online vCenter Orchestrator videos (remember Orchestrator comes with vSphere)
  • Orchestrator Resources page has additional education items
  • Vmware Training Courses, my general course recommendations:
    • Free VMware vCenter Operations Manager Fundamentals is a 2.5 hour online course to help you understand fundamentals
    • VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Advanced Usage and Dashboard Design — is a 3 day course focused on the advanced capabilities such as adapters, customization, and management
    • VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze and Predict — 2 day course for experienced users of vSphere teaches using VCOPS as a forensic and predictive tool
    • VMware vCenter Orchestrator: Develop Workflows — 3 day course to learn to use Orchestrator to automate IT workflows for both physical and virtual environments

Software Defined Networking

Note: it’s always recommended to leverage VMware PSO Credits for education classes.  This can give you a price advantage for groups of attendees and gives you more flexibility on when to attend classes.


Temper Your New Release Excitement & Protect Yourself

October 22, 2013

With all the new releases that have spun out of VMware in the past few months it’s great to see all the excitement from my clients wanting to upgrade (and with good reason).  There is an exciting set of new features and capabilities to add value to your environment in these releases. However, make sure […]

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License Key Management for new VMWare ELA Customers

June 25, 2013

I had a recent discussion with a client regarding management of VMware Licenses after an ELA.  This is a area that I’ve been actively working on since the launch of My VMware and thought others would benefit from my high level summary; the following applies to both an Unlimited or Capped ELA. This advice assumes a bit […]

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VMworld 2012 Recap

September 6, 2012

I’m still getting a few requests for a recap of VMworld.  Below is a modified version of a private email newsletter I create for my clients and posting here for all the recap requestors… ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Last week more than 21,000 people attended VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. Nearly half […]

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VMworld 2012: Last Day to Vote and Save

June 8, 2012

VMworld 2012 will be held August 26th – 30th in San Francisco Friday June 8th (Today) is Last Day to Save $600 on Registration Early Bird registration ends Friday June 8th.  Today is the your last chance to save $600 on your registration… Public Voting on VMworld Sessions Ends on (Today) Friday June 8th Today […]

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