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
- Software Defined Data Center overview videos
- Free online vSphere Education Videos that cover various topics in bite sized chunks
- Free online Site Recover Manager (SRM) Videos that cover various topics in bite sized chunks
- Free online vCloud Automation Center videos that cover various topics
- HOL-SDC-1310: vSphere and vSOM 101 will introduce you to vSphere, vCenter and vSOM
- HOL-SDC-1304: vSphere Performance Optimization reviews basic vSphere performance concepts and tools to help optimize environment
- HOL-SDC-1305: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery will review these topics in a vSphere environment
- HOL-SDC-1307 – vCloud Automation Solutions explores vCAC, Orchestrator, PowerCLI and AutoDeploy working together to solve real-word problems
- HOL-SDC-1321 – VMware vCloud Automation Center from A to Z covers VCAC 6.0 to rapidly deploy and manage services
- Each Product has a resources page which list both short videos and educational material, see vSphere Resources page as example
- Vmware Training Courses – See the full catalog for all training options (classroom, online, etc.) and course details, my general course recommendations:
- vSphere Install, Configure and Manager – 5 day course for system administrators to get base line skills with vSphere and vCenter
- vSphere Optimize and Scale – 5 day course for experienced vsphere admins to provide advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure
- vSphere Fast Track – intense 5 day course for Experienced system administrators and system integrators that combines ICM and parts of other classes to maximize learning time
- vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage — 3 day course to get vsphere admins up to speed on VCAC
- vCloud Automation Center: Extensibility and Advanced Administration — 2 day course for VCAC admins to learn how to extend VCAC
- 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
- Free online vCloud Networking and Security videos
- NSX Resources page has additional education items
- HOL-SDC-1303 – VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform will introduce NSX topics and features
- HOL-SDC-1319 – VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor Environments will discuss using NSX for multiple hypervisors
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.