Browsing Posts published in April, 2013

Reading Time: 3 minutes The new certification level Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), discussed in a previous post, is the new entry level in Microsoft certifications. è composto da una serie di percorsi formativi che convalidano conoscenze tecnologiche e competenze fondamentali per studenti, professionisti e più in genere tutti coloro che siano interessati a possedere capacità nel campo dell’IT sempre attuali e competitive. MTA offers fundamental tracks for Microsoft Server, Desktop, Database and Developer certifications. It may help (but it’s not mandatory) as a preparation for new entrants in MCSA or MCSD:

Reading Time: < 1 minute Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is an online portal for IT pros to learn about Microsoft’s cloud-based technologies. According to some sources, the Microsoft Virtual Academy was first put in place to provide IT professionals with training on Microsoft’s cloud based technologies. It does not replace the partner portal or other learning portal, but it gives a (huge) collections of links, tracks, documents, courses, videos and a scoring methods (but actually only used for giving points, not for some form of gamification).

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Apr 25, VMware has released some important updates for its products: VMware vSphere 5.1U1: see ESXi Release Notes, vCenter Server Release Notes Several existing bugs are now resolved (especially the beacon probing issue) VMware vCloud Director 5.1.2: see the Release Notes VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1.10: see the Release Notes VMware vSphere Replication 5.1.1: see the Release Notes VMware VSA (vSphere Storage Appliance) 5.1.3: see the Release Notes VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1.1: see the Release Notes VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1.0

Reading Time: 2 minutes How the new cloud era can/may change the role of the IT admin? Find out by joining a live twitter chat #CloudOpsChat on “The Changing Role of the IT Admin” on Thursday, April 25th at 11am PT. The event will be co-hosted by: Nigel Kersten (@NigelKersten), CTO at Puppet Labs Andrea Mauro (@Andrea_Mauro), Co-Founder of VMUG IT

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMworld public session voting was opened some hours ago, but there are already some interesting sessions title. Seems that “network virtualization” will be a buzzword of 2013 edition, with also a new product: VMware NSX. VMware NSX supplies the same benefits to network virtualization that ESXi supplies to server virtualization and makes it possible to rapidly deploy network and security services by decoupling those services from the underlying network hardware and how this abstraction provides hardware independence. But more interesting is the session proposal #4729: Join the Network Virtualization Revolution by Becoming VMware’s Newest VCP, […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute As happened in the previous years, there will be a VMware Online Forum 2013 edition that is quite similar to a vForum event (now called VMware Forum) with the main advantage to be just an on-line version that gives you a flexible, convenient way to expand your knowledge and experience the event in a way that fits in with your busy schedule. The 2013 edition will be on Tuesday 23 April starting from 8:30 Pacific Time. Also this year I have an Online Chat Session, focused on “Virtualization with vSphere” scheduled on 10:30 AM – 11:00 […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes As discussed, all the VMware exams have a release version that depend only by the major number of the related products (or suite). And usually are all agnostic on the minor number. But the only way to be sure is check the related blueprint and verify the content (a simple and fast way could be check the document links). But there are also some specific notes depending by the certification path.

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Cloud path is one of the new certifications paths from VMware announced during the last VMworld US. I’m not sure that it will remain an independent (from the -DCV) path also in the future, considering that VMware now is pushing on the vCloud Suite rather than only the single vSphere or vCloud Director part. But this is just a my guess. Actually the Datacenter Virtualization (vSphere) and the Cloud (vCloud Director and related products) are two separated certifications paths.

Reading Time: < 1 minute Recently there were some changes in the VMware Certifications Portal: The “old” VCP certification, renamed some months ago in VCP-DV and been (again) renamed in VCP-DCV (so we have VCP4-DCV and VCP5-DCV certifications). Some changes are applied to VCDX certification (VCDX4-DCV and VCDX5-DCV). Other certifications related to datacenter virtualization path actually remain with the current name (VCAP-DCA, VCAP-DCD). A new VCAP exam has been added and is the VCAP5-DTD, the one design related for the EUC path. All certification related paths as been rebuild with a new graphics… not sure if is better than before. […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute In the April 2013 issue of VMUG Voice Magazine, there is a Featured Blogger about me: In this space, VMUG Voice features prominent VMware- and virtualization-focused blogs. This month we feature Andrea Mauro and his popular vInfrastructure Blog. Mauro has worked in IT since 1996 and held several technical certifications (including VCP, VCAP, VCDX, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CCA) and earned several accreditations and honors (including vExpert in 2010, 2011 and 2012). As CIO of Assyrus, an Italian IT company, Mauro is a virtualization expert, and he founded Italy’s VMware User Group. Check out Mauro’s blog, […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve already talk about Cloud Credibility in a previous post. The idea is to create a “cloud expertise” or rather plan a growth path, using a scoring mechanism (Cloud Cred score) and awards. Although the principle and the purpose can been correct, there are some doubts about the actual utility.

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware Press is a publishing alliance between Pearson and VMware, and is the official publisher of VMware books and training materials that provide guidance for the critical topics facing today’s technology professionals and students. There are several interesting book already available, and lot that must be published on the next months. Of course is not the only VMware books related repository, considering that some “best sellers” like (for example):VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive and Mastering VMware vSphere 5. Also for certifications there are several other study books (like this one for VCP).

Reading Time: < 1 minute You have “only” 12 months to plan you upgrade (or better your migration) to Windows 7 or Windows 8. On April 8th 2014 Windows XP goes end of life (after a very long period)! Note that this will impact both Windows XP SP3 and also Office 2003. How migrate has not a single possible response: you can use VDI, but also other solutions like, for example, VMware Mirage, Liquidware solutions, Dell Quest Migration services, …

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