The VCP5-IaaS documents

Yesterday I started a series of blogs about the new VMware VCP5-IAAS certification. To get you started I wanted to provide you the resources needed and create a quick download page for all VMware PDF’s mentioned in the blueprint.

vmware vcloud director

In my first post, you can find a couple of blogs that are a great resouces for this study as well as the link to the training page for the vCloud Install and Configure training, so if you need those click here

I do want to share another resource with you of which I heard it is a a good training to get you started. I can’t tell by own experience, but from what I’ve seen from some other training material done by Trainsignal (and David Davis in special) on VMware topics, this must be great. And as said judging some of my twitter and facebook friends it is a great training. So I just wanted to point you to the Trainsignal vCloud Director Essential training.



The exam blueprint provided by the VMware education services is devided in 5 sections which on their turn are devided into sub sections. The 5 sections are:

  • Setion 1: The exam
  • Section 2: Intended Audiance
  • Section 3: Objectives covered in the VCPVCD510 Exam
  • Section 4: VCP-IaaS Paths and Course Requirement Options
  • Section 5: Additional Resources

Section 1, 2, 4 and 5 are informative sections which you should read. Make sure you know the information included in these sections before taking the exam.

Within section 3 you will find all Sections and objectives needed to be able to nail the VCP5-IaaS certificate. I’ll cover these in later posts, but when looking through the blueprint I noticed a lot of guides are named a couple of times thoughout the blueprint. I thought it would be great to have a source where all these guides are named once so you can download them all from 1 place. So here are the direct links to the guides:

With my head in the Clouds (VCP5-IAAS)

Last friday VMware announced their new VMware VCP5 Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS) certification. Working  as a Virtualization (VMware) specialist I know a lot of companies are moving towards the Cloud (whether Private, Public or Hybrid) and on the look for people who can implement vCloud Director for them. This certification track provided by VMware gives you basic understanding of cloud computing and it’s components, and will teach you all necessary steps for setting up VMware vCloud Director. VMware describes the certification as follows:

This certification validates your ability to install, configure and administer a Cloud environment using vCloud Director and related components. Achieving this certification demonstrates your understanding of basic cloud concepts including public/private/hybrid clouds, multi-tenancy and cloud security, as well as your skills in using vCloud Director to create and manage vApps, service catalogs, and organization/provider VDCs, as well as administering cloud enabled networking and storage.

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To complete this certification you need to be a VMware Certified Professional 5 (VCP5) and the following training is highly recommended: VMware vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud [V1.5]. It is always a good thing to be installing and configuring and troubleshooting in a lab environment. So make sure you have your lab up and running an start installing and configuring the

To get started with vCloud Director I recommend you read and follow these blogs:

While studying for this certificate I’ll be blogging about the things I come across and that might be of use for you when you’re getting ready to nail this certificate. I’ll try to follow the blue print provided by VMware which you can find here (registration needed).

VMware builds a bridge between privat and public clouds

Last year at VMworld 2010 we got a peak at VMware’s Project Horizon:

Today VMware announces the brand new VMware Horizon App Manager:

VMware describes Horizon App Manager as follows:

VMware Horizon App Manager is a hosted service that enables organizations to centrally manage the provisioning, access and usage of software-as-aservice (SaaS) applications, while applying the standardized security and access controls the organization requires. This dramatically reduces the cost of ownership and increases the security of SaaS applications for the enterprise. Users have a single login across multiple devices, with selfservice access to a corporate store for their SaaS and Web-based applications.

And they outline the following key benefits :

  • Radically simplify and accelerate the delivery of enterprise management of SaaS and Web-based applications to line of business (LOB) teams.
  • Lower the TCO for cloud applications by reducing the manageability of users across multiple applications.
  • Increase enterprise security with a federated identity service and multifactor authentication for SaaS and Web-based applications.
  • Streamline the user experience, with single login access to public and private SaaS and Web-based applications—anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  • Leverage robust user activity reports, making it easier to manage and track application licenses and to address audit and compliance needs.

The Horizon App Manager is delivered as a virtual appliance, and has the following “recommended” system requirements:

  • Processor: One Intel Xeon Dual-Core 3.0GHz, with 4MB cache
  • Memory: 2GB DDR2 667MHz, ECC registered
  • Virtual disk space: 20GB
  • On-board LAN: Two 10/100/1000Base-TX ports

The VMware Horizon App Manager Vision: Single End-User Services Catalog from the Cloud Picture:



VMware is offering this on a per user per year subscribtion of $ 30,-

For more information and the resources used in this post:

VMware Horizon App Manager

VMware Horizon App Manager Datasheet

project horizon finally goes public