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Just as you check the expiry on a carton of milk, employers will now have to be keen on checking the expiry of the VMware Certified Profession (VCP) holders they are seeking to employ. Effective March 10, VMware will begin expiring all of their current and any new VMware Certified Professionals, granting them a period of two years to re-certify in order to maintain their VCP status.
VCP recertification can be achieved in a few different ways; the first being simply take the newest VCP certification in your current track. Alternatively by achieving VCP status in another solution track can also re-certify your current VCP. Lastly, achieving the next level VCAP certification will in turn recertify your VCP status. So, what does all this mean. Let’s take a look an example of each recertification option
- A VCP4-DCV certification is set to expire in 2015. By passing the requirements for the VCP5-DCV, the VCP-DCV status will be extended 2 years from the the completion date of the VCP5-DCV
- A VCP4-DCV certification is set to expire in 2015. By passing the requirements for the VCP5-Cloud, both the VCP-DCV and the VCP-Cloud certification status will be extended 2 years from the completion date of the VCP5-Cloud.
- A VCP4-DCV certification is set to expire in 2014. By completing the VCAP5-DCA, the VCP-DCV certification status will be extended 2 years from the completion of the VCAP5-DCA.
Hey, it's not as bad as I initially thought…
Honestly I feel that this is a good change from VMware’s part. Past practice has shown that VMware will release a new version of their flagship hypervisor every year around VMworld. Recertification allows the certification to maintain credibility, ensuring that any VCP holder is at least certified under one of the latest two releases. In the past, VMware has given a grace period to VCP holders, allowing them a period of time where they can upgrade to the most current VCP status, without having to partake in any required training classes. This grace period was most certainly not 2 years, so recertifying on new versions of the VCP, in my opinion, just got a bit easier.
Just don't forget to get new milk…
Failing to recertify within the two years however will essentially result in all access being stripped from the VCP portal, and the rights to market yourself as a VCP and usage the VCP logos will be be revoked. At this point, anyone looking to recertify will need to start from square one. Meaning you will not only need to pass the most current exam again, but you will have to obtain a credit in one of the mandatory classes as well – not a very cost effective solution.
Any change to certifications is always a touchy subject through tech communities so it will be entertaining none the less to see how this one plays out. That said, by setting a two year/no training grace period, it appears as if VMware has just made it easier for those VCP’s who wish to recertify on a more current version to do so. Also, the change will help to ensure that those that are VCP’s, are at the very least certified within the last two years adding credibility and proficiency to anyone who calls them self a VCP. This, along with the recent addition of the VCA certification, seems like another response to the community uproar over the mandatory training requirements inside of the VCP certification.
VCP expiry dates are now live within the mylearn portal. Just note that the dates displayed do not reflect those that have essentially already met the recertification requirements by complaining a VCAP level exam. This functionality is expected to roll into the portal in the near future.
This guy is either gonna think 'Hear's another kid with a fake ID' or 'Here's McLovin, a 25 year-old Hawaiin organ donor.' - Evan (Michael Cera) from Superbad
To Infinio and beyond – all the way to your lab!
If you haven't heard of Infinio then you should definitely check them out. They have a cool way of accelerating your NAS storage utilizing none other than your RAM. And there is no better way to evaluate and figure out just how cool this tech is than to stick it in your lab and spin the tires; Infinio is allowing us to do just that. With the release of Infinio Accelerator 1.2, along with adding support for ESXi 5.5 Infinio is offering up free fully functional lisences for use within home labs. Simply fill out the survey to get yours - **Note – if you are worried about Infinio making any crazy changes to your environment have no fear – it's easily removed with the click of one button, which to me, insinuates total confidence in the product.
Converting in-guest iSCSI to VMDK.
Pete Koehler has a great guest post over on Jason Langers blog dealing with the many ways to convert your in-guest iSCSI volumes over to native VMDK's. He provides three different options for you to use; VMware Converter, rsync, and a neat little RDM/Storage vMotion trick. This is definitely a handy little post to bookmark if you are planning to finally move away from in-guest iSCSI to take advantage of the benefits and glory that is native VMDK.
Virtualization Field Day 3
If you aren't aware (Where have you been?), Stephen Foskett has kicked off the awesomeness that is VIrtualization Field Day. We have already seen some great presentations from some cool tech like CloudPhysics, Pure Storage, Atlantis Computing, and Coho Data and there is more going on today! If you aren't familiar with the "field day" events they are basically a venue where vendors have the opportunity to get in front of some smart and influential technologists to give their pitch in a very technical matter. The technologists have the opportunity to sort through any FUD and get the deep details of how products work. It's a super way to get the message out on a particular product and I trust the venue very much in my decision making in my day to day job. Also, fellow Toronto VMUG Leader Eric Wright has been chosen as a delegate for VFD3 and I'm super excited to hear his take on everything. Anyways, you most certainly should be watching. You can check out the live stream here!
When I was a kid I was somewhat of a MacGyver freak. I used to watch the show regularly and was always interested in how old Mac would get himself out of the next jam. Anyways, ever since I've put xbmc on my raspberry pi ( thanks Simplivity) I've resurrected the MacGyver in my life and have started watching some reruns. One could maybe chalk this up to the break in the NHL ( thanks Sochi) or maybe it's just the stellar acting *sarcasm* of Richard Dean Anderson that has led the paper clip bamboo airplane making man back into my life. Whatever the answer I have quite the different outlook on the show then I did when I was 10
You are my Swiss Army Knife!
I'm constantly looking for ways to metaphorically compare everyday life to IT. I guess you can thank the Geek Whisperers for that habit! So when I see MacGyver pull out that Swiss Army knife of his and turn a candle into a harpoon I can't help think about how it relates to my experiences in my day job. Day in day out I'm constantly faced with new challenges. Whether I need to adapt and learn about something new or figure out how to fix something that's broke, not a day goes by that I don't have to learn. So this is where the metaphor comes into play. In a way the VMware community is my Swiss Army knife. There have been many a time where I've had to use this knife in order to get myself out of a bind or better the environment I work on by leveraging the many blogs, scripts, tips and tricks that the VMware community provides.
So just as MacGyver does, I use the resources available to me to get the job done, be it a chocolate bar to stop an acid leak or a blog post to configure and SSO database. Sometimes you need to get creative and use bits and pieces from a few different resources, and sometimes it's not the most robust or permanent solution, but all in all, it gets the job done.
So, chalk this post up to me simply wanting talk about MacGyver, or consider it an opportunity for me to thank the VMware community for all the help over the years. Hey, it also provides me with a great excuse to post some sweet mullet pictures. Either way I need to get back to my show
In my mind, the three tweets displayed above are a really good gauge on how our February 27th Toronto VMUG full day user conference panned out. Throughout the day I strolled around and seen lots of people engaged in some deep conversation, whether it be about something they are having difficulty with at work or something that they had just learned about during one of the sessions. People were collaborating, with the presenters and with each other. In fact, during the ‘Ask The Expert’ session there were many a time when people were raising their hand not to ‘ask’ but to further comment on a question that was already answered. All of this collaboration and discussion is in my mind the true value that anyone can get from a VMUG – and it was great to see it all come together in Toronto!
As for the day it all went off without a hitch. Angelo Luciani ( blog/twitter ) kicked it all off with a brief intro of what was going to happen throughout the day. From there, Mike Roy jumped right into by delivering a keynote on vCHS which was completely awesome and very well accepted by the crowd. He went over what exactly vCHS is, how we can leverage it, and topped it all off with some awesome use cases that he has seen from being “in the trenches” with vCHS. Props to Mike for getting the day off to a great start.
From there the sessions broke out and the vendor booths opened! Everything from Veeam to VSAN was covered in the breakouts, which seemed to at some points be at capacity!.
Then came the highlight of the day – the lunchtime keynote with Chris Wahl ( blog/twitter ). Chris was kind enough to come all the way from Chicago to help educate us on how to “Stop being a mine sweeper” and get automating tasks within our environment. It was a great presentation that had everyone hanging on his every word – and judging by the tweets had Toronto thinking twice about how they are doing things inside their environments.
The conference ended with an “Ask The Expert” session that prompted a ton of discussion around VSAN, NSX, Thin Provision space reclamation, and vCO. From there, the drawings were had, the sweet homelab was given away and everyone headed down the street for a great vBeer sponsored by Veeam (unfortunately I had to pass due to the 3 hour drive ahead).
As you can see from the tweet above, the place was packed. 503 of the 700+ registered attendees stepped through the doors making it our most attended event EVER!!! Props to the other Co-Leaders Angelo Luciani and Eric Wright (blog/twitter) who honestly carried this event on their backs in terms of planning and organizing! As well as a huge hats off to VMUG HQ who kept us all in line! If you were at the event, please consider coming back to one of our local quarterly meetings where the discussions and content are just as awesomesauce as this one. Also, to keep informed about future events and get all of the material from this one, be sure to follow @TorontoVMUG on Twitter or keep checking back to www.tovmug.com.
For just one night let's not be co-workers. Let's be co-people. - Ron Burgandy (Will Ferrell) from Anchorman
Less than a week until the mystery VSAN announcement
That's right! Have you signed up for the March 6th VMware Now event titled VSAN special online event? VMware is being pretty tight lipped about what could possible be announced at the event! I guess we we all have to wait and see! I wonder what it possible could be! Anyways, enough sarcasm – just go sign up if you want to be part of the live shindigs!!!!!
vExpert Applications due!
Speaking of March 6th, that's the same date as the deadline for the vExpert 2014 applications. If you haven't already done so you can fill out the form here. Already a vExpert? Have a look at the new fast track form you can fill out to re-apply. Another change to the program this year is the application process will actually be open year-round, and the voting and acceptance processes will happen quarterly. Therefore, if you miss the March 6th deadline you can actually be picked up in the next quarter – but still, I'd try and get it done ASAP.
HP to begin to charge for firmware updates?!?!?!
Well, i guess not so much charge, but include the ability to download the newest firmware for HP's server line up within your warranty and care packs! HP announced this 'not so much' welcomed change a few weeks back on their blog. Judging by most of the comments I don't believe that a lot of people agree with decision, nor do they have much to say about the title of the post and ainitiative 'Customers For Life'. Honestly I don't like it – sure a lot of times firmware brings new features and enhancements, and I understand that HP doesn't just want to give this away – but there's also those times when firmware simply fixes something that is broken or patches known bugs – which in my mind, shouldn't have to be covered under a warranty!
Gold x Two
I guess I wouldn't be Canadian if I didn't have at least one post per year talking about hockey eh? Well, here's one for 2014! First up a huge congrats goes out to both the mens and womens "Team Canada" for bringing home gold this year during the Olympics. It's pretty amazing to watch how serious some countries take sports! And hockey seems to be as important to Canada as beer and syrup. Seeing bars open up at 6 am for the gold medal game is a great example of how much Canada loves hockey (and/or beer). Either way, the mass panic that was set during the World Junior Championship in Russia this year which almost had Canada heading into a complete audit of player development from the ages of 4 and up can be silenced now as we see there is absolutely no problem with hockey and Canada at the time being.
If you haven't heard Eric Siebert (blog/twitter) has opened up his annual top VMware and virtualization blog voting over at vsphere-land.com once again. If you are an avid reader of this or any other virtualization blogs then might I ask that you head over there and cast a vote for your favorite 10 VMware blogs. Blogging is most certainly not a full time job nor is it a means of retiring anytime soon – It's really something we do simply because we have a passion for sharing information and solutions with the greater VMware community in hopes we can help solve a problem or help people to better understand certain technologies. Think about the number of times you have googled something and got the solution from one of the blogs listed on the vLaunchPad. Its a daily occurrence for me! So give your favorite blogger some props and throw him/her a vote!
Last year mwpreston dot net jumped 86 places, moving from #125 to #39. A truly humbling feeling to crack the top 50 when the results came out. I am not striving to be number 1 – Duncan's got that locked down However having been listed in the top 50, be it just a number, is pretty awesome in my books. That said, I'd do the same thing whether I was voted #6 or #600.
So with all that I'm not asking for your vote directly, I won't never do that (unless it was inside brackets, go do that!), I'm instead asking that if there are any blogs you love that stand out head on over and give them a vote. And hey, need some incentive – Eric, along with Veeam have also sponsored a slew of prizes and giveaways this year well. So head over, rock the vote, and hopefully win yourself a tablet or some headphones!!!
Need some help, here are some blogs that I've paid close attention to this year, in no specific order.
- Virtxpert - Jonathon Frappier
- DiscoPosse - Eric Wright
- Virtuwise - Angelo Luciani
- vsential.com – James Bowling
- virtuallanger.com – Jason Langer
- valcolabs.com – Josh Coen
- wahlnetwork - Chris Wahl
- vmpete.com – Pete Koehler
Also, the blogs of my #vDB brethren – these are always a good feed to have.
- This is Hyper-Awesome – Gabriel Chapman
- damiankarlson.com – Damian Karlson
- VirtualLanger.com – Jason Langer
- ValcoLabs.com - Josh Coen
- vNoob.com – Conrad Ramos
- vSential – James Bowling
- WhiteboardNinja – Tim Antonowicz
- vmcutlip.com – Tim Jabaut
- VirtualBacon.net - Peter Chang
- vTesseract – Josh Atwell
Also a huge thanks goes out to Eric who I know puts countless hours into organizing and getting the results together. Thanks so much for reading this year and don't forget to vote!