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As you know the VMUG membership is completly free as also most of 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 note that it’s not mandatory for VMUG membership), you can have more benefits 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.
    Get hands on experience and become an expert with VMware Products! VMUG Advantage members receive 365-day evaluation license for 20+ VMware solutions like vSAN, NSX, and vCenter. These licenses are to be used for personal use in a non-production environment.
  • 20% off VMware Instructor-led Courses!: By leveraging VMware Education delivered by expert instructors, you will achieve deeper product insight and hear real-world best practices.
  • Discounts on VMware Certification & Subscriptions: VMware offers certifications to gain skills to install, manage, and deploy VMware software.
    Advantage members receive: 20% off all VMware Certification Exams (excludes Delta and VCDX exams) – Note that is one discont voucher for a VCP exam and one for a VCAP exam!
  • Discount on VMExplorer 2024 Registration: this is another interesting (and always existing) advantage.
    All Advantage Members can receive $100USD off their VMware Explore registration. Please note this discount is not stackable but can be used with Early Bird pricing.
  • 35% off VMware Certification Prep: VMUG Advantage Members save 35% off VMware Exam Preparation Workshop: Network Virtualization Certified Professional (VCP-NV). This 4-hour training course focuses on preparing a candidate to take the VCP-NV exam.
  • VMware TestDrive access: VMUG Advantage offers instant, hands-on access to VMware TestDrive. Explore many of VMware’s solutions and applications in a highly integrated program. Experience end-to-end solution tracks through a real-world use case environment.

VMUG Advantage costs just $210 USD / 1 year but you can save on VMware training and education. Apart the numbers can be really valuable depending on what you are planning in education and certifications.

If you want to take all those benefits, just Join VMUG Advantage.