That’s strange I just noticed that a blog was posted that I did not actually publish…. Let’s hope it’s not a bug in WordPress and just me pushing the wrong buttons.
I just completed TrainSignal’s VMware ESX CBT(computer based training). Some of you might wonder why the hell I would be checking this course. Well TrainSignal asked me to review their product and share my findings with you guys.
TrainSignal released this VMware ESX CBT. For those of you who never watched a CBT, it’s a video of a training along with some demos and .ppt slides. David Davis guides you during this CBT through the wonderful world of VMware ESX. All the ins and outs are covered. David has a good voice, which makes this CBT definitely more pleasant and easy to listen to. Only thing I noticed that it becomes a bit monotone after a couple of hours. But that could also be due to the fact that it’s mainly powerpoint slides your watching, it would be nice to see the instructor for a change to get more variety. Or spice the CBT up with some questions about the topic you’ve just watched. This way you will know immediately that you understood what was discussed.
The topics range from basic Virtual Machine info to command line stuff like creating a vmfs and even some basic troubleshooting. In my opinion David covered all important topics one should know about, and in a decent way.
Bottom line: It’s cheap, good quality, easy to use and watch. Especially will come in handy when preparing for an exam. Not certain about a specific topic, drop the CD-Rom in and just watch it again. There’s still room for improvement though: it would be nice to see the instructor instead of only ppt’s, no topic list on DVD booklet. In the end this CBT is definitely worth the money and your time.
Before I finished this blog I noticed that Manlio Frizzi also posted about this CBT. It seems that both of us received the CBT around the same time. So I ditched the topic list cause Manlio already posted it…
Eric Sloof just confirmed my scoop in January with additional info on the certification:
The VMware Certified Design Engineer certification will be available later this year. The certification involved taking several courses and exams, including:
Install and Configure
Design course (currently under development)
VCP on VI3
Enterprise Exam (currently in private beta)
Design Exam (currently under development)
Once all of this has been completed the candidate must present a defensible design to a panel of VMware Solution Architects for consideration. As you may guess, this is a certification specifically targeted for VMware partners that will be assisting VMware in design and deployment and is only intended for a relatively small audience. That being said, the Enterprise Exam, which has a number of live lab style questions, should be available to the public in the next few months and may become part of a mid-line certification between VCP on VI3 and VCDX. That is also under consideration.
Jon C. Hall Technical Certification Developer VMware, Inc.
I was just pointed out to a blog about Hyper-V and linux guest compatibility.
Wednesday, Microsoft said Hyper-V beta for Windows Server 2008 is feature complete. Included in the list of operating systems supported are Windows Server 2003 SP2, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1, Windows Vista SP1 (x86), and Windows XP SP3 (x86). See John Fontana’s article for more details about the Hyper-V RC announcement.
Though I’m anxious for Hyper-V to be released, especially the standalone version (which is not what this RC announcement was about), I’m very disappointed in Hyper-V’s lack of support for Linux.
No offense to SUSE Enterprise Server crowd, but only providing SUSE support in Hyper-V is a huge mistake. By not supporting Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, and BSD, Microsoft is telling us Hyper-V is a Microsoft only technology. More Mt. Redmond, Microsoft center of the universe thinking. That’s disappointing.
What the hell, no support for Red Hat? After checking the “live migration” video that was posted recently this is another punch in the face of MS and in the end also Novell. They can try to defend MS/Hyper-V but these articles don’t make things better, they should have bought Xensource when they had the chance.
For those who attended the VMworld, the sessions are online! Mostly .ppt files so start reading…