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As you know the VMUG membership is completly free as also all the benefits, including the online resources, local meeting and UserConf events (some events may have a fee depending by the local VMUG, but almost are for free).

But, if you want (and it’s not mandatory for VMUG membership), you can have more benefit by subscribing to the VMUG Advantage, that is an interesting way to stay on top of your technical skills with discounts on training, certifications, attendance at VMworld and on product licenses.


It’s an exclusive yearly subscription program offering a lot of advantages:

  • VMUG Advantage EVALExperience, probably the most interesting if you are planning to build a VMware based lab.
    The licenses available to VMUG Advantage subscribers are 365-day evaluation licenses that require a one-time, annual download. A new 365-day entitlement will be offered with the renewal of your yearly VMUG Advantage subscription. Annual product downloads ensure that subscribers receive the most up-to-date versions of products.
  • New (Oct 2015): VMUG Advantage now include also vCloud Air credits!
  • 35% off VMware Learning Zone: the VMware Learning Zone is a new subscription-based service that gives you a full year of unlimited, 24/7 access to VMware video-based training. Just log in to the VMware myLearn site and purchase VMware Learning Zone. Your 35% discount will be applied automatically.
  • 20% off VMware Education Classes and On Demand: Log in to the VMware myLearn site and register for any VMware instructor-led course. Your discount will be applied automatically. View a complete list of eligible courses.
  • 20% off VMware Certification Exams: one year there was the VCP exam voucher for free, but with the EVALExperience, the certification discount has been reduced. But still interesting for who is gaining VMware certifications.
  • FREE Access to VMworld 2014 Online Content: if you are also a vExpert, nothing new or more, but anyway useful for all other people.
  • $100 USD Discount on VMworld 2015 Registration: this is another interesting (and always existing) advantage, because you can cumulate it with other discounts (like the VMworld Alumni). Your $100 USD discount to VMworld 2015 will be available when registration opens. Be sure to register with the same email address you used to purchase VMUG Advantage, and your discount will be automatically applied.
  • 50% off VMware Fusion or VMware Workstation: nice discount, but usually you have one of this licence if you pass the VCP exam (but after that you don’t have any discount in renewal). This discount can be used also for the products renewal.
  • 35% off VMware Lab Connect: VMware Lab Connect is a self-paced, technical training lab designed to enhance your learning experience. This VMware cloud-based, on-demand, multi-platform lab environment extends the classroom experience so you can practice the skills learned from the instructor-led training class attended, dive deeper into features of interest, and get extra hands-on practice before applying your newly learned skills in an operational environment. Maybe a customized and long time Hands on Lab.

VMUG Advantage savings on VMware training and education are valued at $2,300+ per year. Apart the numbers can be really valuable depending on what you are planning in education and certifications.

If you want to take advantage of VMUG Advantage:


Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.