VMware’s Big Event Signup Now Availalble

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Not sure what the “28 Days of February Event” is, but I think we all know what the big announcement will be on February 2nd.  We have been waiting for it for over a year and have been under and NDA to not talk about it.

Your can register for the event here.

VCA-NV Exam Experience

On 22 December VMware released the 4th VCA exam – VCA-NV .  Since I already took and passed the other 3 VCA exams (VCA-Datacenter Virtualization, VCA-Workforce Mobility, VCA-Cloud), I decided to give this one a try.  Back when the first 3 were released, there was a promotion that you could take them for free.  That promotion has expired, so I had to use a voucher to pay for the exam.

Study Resources

The first resource I used to study for the exam was the free elearning VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals course.  It is a FREE 3-hour self-paced course providing a fundamental overview of VMware’s network virtualization products.

Module 1 establishes the requirements for network virtualization
Module 2 compares and contrasts virtual and physical networking solutions
Module 3 describes advanced VMware networking virtualization solutions

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The second resource that I used to study for the exam was the exam blue print.  This is always the best resource when studying for a VMware exam.  Within the blueprint it references other documentation such as the NSX Admin guide.  I downloaded all the documentation that was referenced in the exam blue print.

I read the exam blue print word for word, but I did not read all the associated documentation word for word.  I browsed through most of it and stopped at parts I did not understand.

I already have my VCP5-DV, so I did not need to study the vSphere documentation that much.

I spent a couple days watching the fundamentals course and looking through the blue print and associated documentation.  Based on how I had studied for the previous 3 exams I thought a couple days was enough.

Experiance

Luckily the VCA (VMware Certified Associate) exams can be taken online.  You can take them anytime you want.  There is no need to find a test center and then find a time that is open.  Just go to the Pearson Vue website to sign up for the exam.  After you have signed up for the exam you can immediately take the exam.

The VCA-NV exam consists of 50 questions and a short pre-exam survey consisting of 5 questions.  The passing score for this exam is 300, using a scaled scoring method.  The time limit for the exam is 75 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes to complete the survey questions and agreements.

After completing the survey, I started the exam.  The first couple questions were harder than I thought, but after I clicked end, I achieved the results I had hoped.

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Final Thoughts

I thought this exam was the toughest of the 4 VCA exams.  That me be because I have very little experience and exposure to VMware NSX.  I have CCNA Datacenter so I understand networking concepts very well.  I have my VCP-DV so I understand vSphere  concepts very well.  You really need to have a good understanding of the NSX  components and what there roles are, but you don’t need to know and understand every detail.

VMware vForum Online Fall 2014 Recap

Today (18 Nov 14) I attended the VMware vForum Online Fall 2014.  It is almost like a user conference, but it is all online and it is 100% FREE. vForum hosted five hours of interactive webcasts, expert chats, and Hands-on Labs.  I did not have to take off any time from work or drive anywhere.  It was very convenient to have access to all these resources online in one location.

plazaAfter logging in you are put into the vForum Online Plaza.  From here you can choose which location you want to go to.

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The event was kicked off with the keynote.  The speaker for the keynote was VMware CTO Chris Wolf.  He talked about “How to Adapt you Company to our Software-Defined World”.  He also discussed the rapidly changing world of technology – a world in which software-defined solutions are redefining business and empowering companies of all sizes to deliver apps more quickly and more reliably, all while reducing costs and maximizing resources.

After the keynote, you could go to any location to do things such as Hands on Labs (HOL), visit vendors, check out new products, chat with experts, download resources.

exhibit hall

The exhibit hall had lots of vendors to visit.  After clicking on a vendor you could download vendor documentation, watch videos, fill out surveys or chat with vendors.  Some vendors were even giving away prizes.

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vForum offered 5 different labs – Horizon 6 (with View) from A – Z, NSX Introduction, vSAN 101, vSphere with Ops Management 101, vCloud Air-Jumpstart for vSphere Admins.  Not sure why these were the only labs offered because the buttons took you directly to the Hands on Labs website.

gameIf you were board and felt like you didn’t have enough to do, there was a Game Room that had 3 games to play.  I did not play any of them, so I can’t say if they were any good or not.

For the full agenda of the event click here.  I have attended vForum Online before.  They are an awesome event to connect with vendors & access resources all in one location.  You could already access most of these resources online already, but it was very convenient to have all these resources just a few clicks away.  It is an event I highly recommend you attend if you have the chance.

Get-EsxImageProfile Error

I use autodeploy where I work at and use image builder to build images for autodeploy.  I have been doing this for years and have the process documented well so other co-workers can use when I leave.

First thing I always do is connect to the online VMware depot :

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot -DepotUrl https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

Then I run the Get-EsxImageProfile command to show the latest image profiles.  But this time I received the following error :

get-esximageprofile errorSo after some google searching I found that it is a known issue in Powercli 5.5 r2 Release notes .  So it tells you to run – Get-EsxImageProfile -name “ESXi-5.x*”, but that did not work for me.  I still received the same error.

So I did some more google searching and found this VMware knowledge base article .  It said after you run the command and receive the error message, you need to close the powercli window and open a new window and then run the – Get-EsxImageProfile -name “ESXi-5.x*” command.

After I opened a new window and ran the command, it worked for me.

get-imagageprofile-error-03If you run the command Get-EsxImageProfile without the -name, you will receive the error message again and you will have to close and reopen your powercli window.

As long as you use the -name with the Get-EsxImageProfile you will not have any problems.  Hopefully a fix will be provided soon.

VMworld 2014 To Do List

This will be my 3rd year attending VMworld.  I have had a great time the last 2 years and I have learned a lot.

The first year I went I tried to attend as many sessions as I could.  I packed my whole day with going to sessions.  The following year I learned that I really only need to attend sessions that I am going to ask questions at.  All the sessions are recorded, so I can watch them later.  So this is why I mostly only attend the group discussion sessions.

Within the last week the company I work for purchased the vCloud Suite, Log Insight and vSan.   

So my main goals for the week are :

  1. Learn more about designing and installing all 3 of these products in a production environment.   I have already done a lot of research on all 3 of the products, but it will be nice to be able to talk to people who have implemented them and are using them in a production environment.
  2. Learn more about the Automation part of vCAC.  I need to be able to automate as much I can within in the vCloud Suite, so I need to learn everything I can about how to automate.
  3. Learn more about NSX in a real world environment.  The production environment that I work on sounds like it could greatly benefit from NSX and it will be great to talk with experts about it.

Hopefully I can stick to this goals and not get distracted from partying too much.

See everyone at VMworld 2014!

VMware Update Manager upgrade failed

Today I was busy with a vCenter server upgrade to vCenter 5 update 3. Everything went fine except the vCenter Update manager installation. I received the following error:

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A quick search on the interweb for “Error 25113.Setup failed to generate the JRE SSL keys” and I found a VMware KB with the exact issue.   According to VMware KB 2059567 all version of vSphere 5.x are affected by this bug.  Not sure if this is common knowledge to everyone else, but this is the first time I have seen this error.  I have done many upgrades and have never seen this before.  The solution is simple. Just stop the vCenter Update Manager service before starting the upgrade. Right after stopping the service, the installation was successful.

Apply and Become a VMware vExpert 2014!

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Today John Troyer (@jtroyer) – Social Media Chief and Community Evangelist @VMware opened the gates for a new round of vExpert Nominations. To apply you need to nominate yourself and describe all the hard work you have put into the VMware community last year. This itself is not that easy to do… try to remember what you  did last year…

The past couple of years we have seen the number of vExperts increase from 252 back in 2009, 326 in 2011, 434 in 2012 to 531 in 2013

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

As with last year, there are three paths to being designated a vExpert. Each path takes into account the accomplishments and activities over the last year.

Evangelist Path

The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, 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 also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path

The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

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 through accreditations and certifications 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. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

Information on vExpert 2014: http://bit.ly/MtDKff

Current 2013 vExperts use the 2014 vExpert Fast Track application at http://bit.ly/1ikZ8hi

2014 vExpert application: http://bit.ly/LMJqB5

Recommend someone apply to become a 2014 vExpert: http://bit.ly/1bobFfF