Free VMware vSphere 5.1 What’s New Training – Yup! Free!

Once again VMware has released another self paced online piece of training for the low low cost of absolutely nothing.  Hey, if it’s free why not give it a go right?  I’ve never been one to turn down free training of any kind so I’ve started to go through the course myself…

Certainly the free courses that they release do not cover near as much or go as a deep technically as any of their official paid courses but they are a great way to learn the basic functionality and get a great overview of the products they cover. The What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 course gives you a great overview of most of the new features that were jam packed into this new release and will for sure help in your day to day administering of your environment.

The course objectives straight from mylearn are below…or the official course details are here.

•  Compute and Storage
o  Support for hardware version 9, the latest CPU performance counters and virtual shared graphics acceleration designed for enhanced performance.
o  For better space efficiency vSphere supports storage space reclamation for VDI.
•  Network
o  Support for VXLAN
o  Enhanced vSphere Distributed Switch™ that supports:
  Network health check
  Backup and restore
  Rollback and recovery
  Link Aggregation Control Protocol support
  Single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV)
•  Availability
o  VMware vSphere vMotion® without the need for shared storage configurations.
o  VMware vSphere Data Protection for simple and cost effective backup and recovery,
o  vSphere Replication enables efficient array-agnostic replication of virtual machine data over the LAN or WAN.
•  Security: Inclusion VMware vShield Endpoint™ to eliminate the agent footprint from the virtual machines, offload intelligence to a security virtual appliance, and run scans with minimal impact.
•  Automation: Two new methods for deploying new vSphere hosts to an environment make the Auto Deploy™ process more highly available than ever before.
•  VMware vCenter Enhancements:
o  vSphere Web Client
o  vCenter Single Sign-On
o  VSA enhancements
o  Support for Additional Disk Drives
o  Increase Storage Capacity Online
o  vCenter running on the VSA Cluster

So, if this looks like something you might want to check out head on over to and sign up! Again, it’s free!!!

  • ahmed

    it is not free

    • mwpreston

      There is a what’s new course that is 2 days long and that is a paid one. That is the one that qualifies you for VCP and is paid. This one is a self paced course and is free – just confirmed with VMware Education. Thx.

  • ananth

    how to get the student id

    • mwpreston

      You will need to register for an account a – I don’t believe that costs any money for the account itself