What’s needed in VMware vSphere 6?

In two days, on the 23th a webinar is organized by Virtual Instruments.

“The new vSphere 5.0 storage features such as VAAI, Storage DRS, Site Recovery Manager 5 and VASA, highlight the fact that whether on a virtualized or non-virtualized platform, application performance is heavily affected by its underlying storage infrastructure. The silos that once existed between storage and VMware teams are now being challenged as vSphere 5 brings to the forefront the need for a common understanding and integration.So what is needed in the next version of vSphere to achieve the successful virtualization of Mission Critical Applications?”

Archie Hendryx, Virtual Instruments Senior Solutions Consultant & vExpert, as he discusses the way to counter such challenges and ensure a successful virtualization initiative that eliminates risk, optimizes performance and enhances business continuity and availability of key applications.

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Do you want to be a vExpert?

The VMware vExpert 2012 applications are opened by VMware today. The vExpert title will be awarded to individuals who signifcantly contributed in the VMware community the past year. VMware uses the following theme for the vExpert title: “Going above and beyond your day job to help others be succesful with VMware solutions.”

The vExpert program was always made up of very motivated and active VMware users, that helped VMware to spread the knowledge en expertise of the company. This will not change, but VMware has decided to increase number of vExperts.

To be awarded with the vExpert title you must apply using the following link, and you can choose one of the following 3 paths (whatever fits you best):

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can now also apply via the Evangelist path.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for internal evangelists and community leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have contributed to success stories, customer references, or public interviews and talks, or were active community contributors, such as VMUG leaders.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements.

VMware vExpert Benefits:

  • Public recognition of the vExpert award with a certificate, gift, permission to display a logo, and inclusion in any public vExpert listing
  • Access to a private vExpert community of your peers
  • Free subscription to conference session materials on VMworld.com
  • Access to exclusive events, beta programs, software licenses, and other exclusive opportunities to participate in activities with VMware. vExperts do not represent VMware and are not required to participate in any activities

You will find more details and a link to the application form at http://vmware.com/go/vexpert2012

Great to see VMware is rewarding the people who help us better understand the VMware products.

My VCP 5 experience


Januari 20 I did the VMware Certified Professional Exam 5 and passed. In this post I’ll tell the resources I used to achieve my VCP 5 status.

To become a VCP 5 you must already be a VCP 4 or attend the VMware qualified vSphere 5: Install, Manage and Configure training course. This doesn’t mean you can’t do the exam. It means you will not be rewarded with the VCP 5 status unless you’ll do a VMware certified course (even if it’s afterward).

I did the VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3.0: Install and configure course in 2006 but never did the exam. Untill 2010 VMware offered the oppertunity to attend the VMware vSphere 4: What’s New training course as a possibility to obtain the VCP 4 status. I made use of this and became a VCP 4.

When VMware introduced vSphere 5 I told myself I wouldn’t wait as long as with VCP 4 to upgrade my VCP status. I knew I could do the VCP 5 exam without attending any certified course, but when Mr. SLoof told me he was giving the first What’s New training, I couldn’t resist 😉

The What’s New training is a good training for people who are working with VMware vSphere 4 on a regular basis but don’t have time to deep dive into the new features of vSphere 5. And, as told, as of the first of March 2012 you are forced take the training before you can earn your VCP 5 status.

So the What’s New training was a great resource but it certainly wasn’t enough to have enough know how for the exam. So the following resource are also must haves:


Mastering vSphere 5 by Scott Lowe is a must have for everyone who will be trying the VCP 5 exam. It covers all assets of the exam in detail and the build up in the book is excellent. This makes the book great for someone just starting with VMware vSphere 5 and the one who already is a veteran who just needs to read up into the what’s new.


The second book is (could it be anything different? 😉 the VMware vSphere 5 Clustering technical Deepdive by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman. The book goes in depth on all HA/DRS/DPM settings available in vSphere 5. It was the first vSphere 5 book available on the market, and this book should be on the bookshelf of everyone administrating VMware vSphere 5 environments. Be sure to also visit the blogs of these gurus as they are great resources for VMware vSphere administrators.


The last resource I used was the VMware VCP 5 Exam Blueprint. In the document VMware shows point by point all objectives covered in the exam. All objectives are briefly descriped followed with the links to all whitepapers and other resources with information on that objective.

Make sure you take one or two of the many available mock exams. Just to make sure you are prepared for the kind of questions you might get, and to make sure you can focus on the objectives that need your full attention. You can find one on the VMware site (under VCP5 resources), another one can be found on the Slog website (Simon Long ).

Also the following blogs are great resources for the VMware VCP 5 exam:

The VMware Website

Yellow-Bricks– Duncan Epping Blog

Frankdenneman.nl– Frank Denneman Blog

NTPRO.nl – Eric Sloof blog

ScottLowe.org– Scott Lowe blog

Vladan.fr – Vladan Seget blog