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VMware Certification Exam Price Increase

If you have been following the exam news that has been release, starting from 1st April, the price of the exams for all level starting from Foundation, Associate, Professional, Advanced Professional and Expert have all increased.  You can read up the official post here.

I will skip the Foundation and Associate exam since these are just entry level exams.

Looking at Professional (VCP), Advanced Professional (VCAP) and Expert (VCDX), each has increased from $225 to $250, $400 to $450 and $300 + $900 to $995 + $3,000 respectively.  If you look at it its a gradually increase in tier except for the Expert level which one would think twice attempting with an increase over 130%.  With this increased, this exam will be a company sponsored exam moving forward and not meant for one to self sponsor himself at close to $5,000.  Though these prices are affecting the developed countries.

Not sure why the move but it seems like VMware it controlling the number of people attaining VCDX and keeping th…

VMware vSphere 6.5 Security Questions

Been to many customers and have many questions on how our vSphere 6.5 Security enhancement does and how different is it from others.

So to clear some of the questions and also the articles that are available below will provide more details.

A good place to start is read up this VMware blog post by Mike Foley.  This post detail the new UEFI for ESXi and for VMs and on VM Encryption.  Let us break down some questions that are asked often or unclear:

1) Does all OSes support UEFI?
Modern versions of OS like Microsoft Windows 2012, RedHat 5 and Suse Linux Enterprise 11 SP2 and above .  Unless we are talking about older OS that are dependent on BIOS.

2) Who provide the UEFI firmware?
The hardware server vendors that allow OS or hypervisor to be installed on to be boot from.  Hypervisor or virtualization software vendor that allows running of virtual machine to boot from.

3) How can we prevent BIO, hypervisor and OS been compromise?
The use of UEFI is to ensure digital signature are in plac…

VMware vExpert 2017 Announced!

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Congrats to all vExpert 2017 announced earlier today here.  This year we have 1471 of vExperts.  This is growing year after year.  As stated, for those who signed up for it but was not granted this title, you may email vexpert@vmware.com to seek guidance what you are missing.

As for those who have missed the application, you can watched out for it between May and June 2017.

Am grad am still staying this accreditation since I started in 2012.  This marked my 6th year.  So for those who are just starting, good work.  For those who are retaining, there isn't much effort needed, all you got to do is pen down their knowledge for sharing or even just sharing it with a simple text in twitter or share a post.



VMware VCIX Certification Clarification

I got lot of ask and question regarding the new VCIX certification from VMware.

So how do I get qualified?
What do I need to do?
Do I need to upgrade VCP first?
I am confuse which VCAP to take as I have already have one?

The proper way to get to VCIX certification is stated here.
The scenarios for VCP certification is stated here.

So in the past, passing a VCAP allows you to upgrade your VCP.  However with the expiry program and VCP certification article above on inheritance, only the expiry of existing VCP will be extended. No inheritance of VCP when passing a VCAP of the same track.

Example:
Hold VCP5-DCV, passing VCAP6-DCV Design, does not upgrade VCP5-DCV to VCP6-DCV.  Only VCP5-DCV expiry period is further extended.


In order to attempt VCDX of any track, you will need to attain VCIX for that track.  Below is how you can attain your VCIX using Data Center Virtualization track as scenario.

Scenarios:
For one who have valid VCP5-DCV, VCAP5-DCV Deploy
Upgrade VCAP5-DCV by taking VCAP6-…

Credit to VMware Certification

If you are not aware do read this blog by Ken Thacker.  This is going to be for the first time, VMware Education is opening up to the public, internationally to help craft its technical certification.

You get to be recognized though earning a badge like this.

I was lucky to be part of one of the Exam Items Workshop for VCP6.5-DCV.  It was an eye opener and also great commitment required.  For anyone who is keen on the above let me share with you what I went through in a short summary.

Exam Items Writing is a 5 days WebEx and phone call happening at night in Singapore time (for me) over 8 hours.  It starts from 9PM to 4AM my time.  It requires at least 6 people to start the process at any one time.  If anyone could not make it and need to fall out and the number in the team is less than 6, the work cannot carry on.

For the first night, it was introduction and briefing how to start and we break off from the call to start writing the questions after assigned the sections we are responsib…

VMware VCAP6-DCV Design Beta Rescore

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Have been a long and hectic week for me.  Doing WebEx and call over 5 hours each time in the middle of the night.  Will talk about that in a later post.

Took the VCAP6-DCV Design beta exam back in 16th Feb 2016 this year.  Results was a fail for me.

However received an email from VMware Certification in Nov 2016 give me some hope.

Seems that the marking system has some errors that need to be check on and through this the exam score might change.  It can be better or worse.  On 20th Nov, did a check and see that my status is still a fail.
Just this week, I got this!

A quick check in my VMware Certification Manager, is a Pass!



I am glad I passed this time round.  But the purpose of this post was not about if I managed to pass or fail.

What VMware could have done, they can well, keep quiet and let those who fail to remain failing so they will attempt the full VCAP6-DCV Design exam at a full cost (Beta is discounted as more questions with less time).  This can help them increased their ce…

VMware Horizon Licensing

Many of the times, many of us get really confused by the different channels of communication of licensing.  In this case for VMware Horizon.

The most confusing part is always Named and Concurrent user license.  In my previously article on Horizon Suite, which is the current Horizon bundle, this has not change.

To keep things simple, I am going to put down the sources and wordings in case any of the sources ever get removed.

From VMware Product Guide, page 56 for Horizon Enterprise:

Active Connection: any connections to Powered On Desktop Virtual Machines, Terminal Services Sessions and physical computers.
Concurrent Users: the total number of users accessing or using the Software at any given time to maintain an Active Connection to their desktop through an endpoint device.
Named User: Your single designated employee or Third Party Agents who have been authorized by You to use the Software in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.


The confusion comes when the VMware Product Guide f…