Thursday, November 17, 2016

Microsoft Exchange inside virtual environments

There was a time when Microsoft prohibited running Microsoft Exchange inside virtual environments due to the unknown ways by which the hypervisor-based environment could negatively impact the operation of Exchange. However, those days are long gone as Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2016 deployments are increasingly virtualized. Virtual environments allow Exchange professionals to increase server resources, Exchange Server protection and migration or recovery tasks in the event of problems. This acceptance of Exchange into the world of virtualization has taken place as a result of massive improvements in modern hypervisors coupled with massive improvements in Microsoft Exchange. Now, organizations using Exchange can easily leverage their hypervisor investments and implement Exchange just like any other application in the environment.

This leading to prospective employers wanting Exchange administrators who know Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere to support virtualized deployments. Even if a prospective employer's Exchange deployment isn't yet virtualized, finding a candidate with virtualization expertise can be an essential part of an Exchange admin job description. Something to consider then selecting a training partner for your organization.

Monday, November 14, 2016

For IT professionals interested in the field of virtualization the family of VMware certifications are must-have credentials

VMware credentials offer a complete certification roadmap encompassing all skills levels and are recognized globally as best in class.

VMware's V5 credentials are being phased out and replaced with credentials based on VMware vSphere 6.
VMware offers candidates an entry-level cert in the form of the VMware Certified Associate 6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCA6-DCV), followed by the VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV).
The VCP6-DCV is a professional-level certification that prepares credential holders for more advanced certifications, including the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP6-DCV), VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX6-DCV) and the pinnacle cert, VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DCV).

Training is required for non-credential holders seeking to obtain the VCP6-DCV. Global IT Training offers a variety of training options to meet the training prerequisite: live online and live classroom, some of which include virtual labs. Candidates who have prior vSphere 5.x training but aren't VCP certified must complete the "what's new" (V5.5 to V6) training course and pass the associated exams. Those possessing a valid VCP5-DCV credential need only pass a delta exam to obtain the credential.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

VMware has retired 3 exams:

VMware has retired the following 3 exams:

Exam VDCA550 for VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)

Exam VDCD550 for VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)

Exam VCXN610 for VMware Certified Implementation Expert — Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV)

Upgrading from VCP5 to VCP6: Only one exam is required. There is no course attendance required (but it is highly recommended).

  • There will be five VCP6 migration options across the four technology tracks: Data Center Virtualization (DCV), Desktop and Mobility (DTM), Cloud Management and Automation (CMA), and Network Virtulization (NV):
  •  VCP6: Data Center Virtualization Exam (exam number: 2V0-621)
  •  VCP6: Data Center Virtualization Delta Exam (exam number: 2V0-621D)
  •  VCP6: Desktop & Mobility Exam (exam number: 2V0-651)
  •  VCP6: Cloud Management and Automation Exam (exam number: 2V0-631)
  •  VCP6: Network Virtualization Exam (exam number: 2V0-641)
  • If you hold one of the following v6 certifications you will be automatically migrated to the equivalent new VCP6 certification:
  • VCP6-Cloud = VCP6-Cloud Management and Automation
  • VCP6-Desktop = VCP6-Desktop and Mobility
  •  VCP-Network Virtualization = VCP6–Network Virtualization

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