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…