Tag: VMware

VMware Mobile Hypervisor hands-on

Engadget has published some video of VMware’s forthcoming mobile hypervisor platform in action running on an Android device. It’s pretty slick as it allows both personal, consumer managed and corporate, enterprise managed instances of Android running on a single device. No longer will you have to carry two phones, one for work and one for personal use and as you can switch between two separate instances of Android running as VMs on a mobile device. Head on over to Engadget and check it out.

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Which VMware certifications are right for you?

It used to be that VMware had only one certification: the VMware Certified Professional (VCP). Becoming a VCP was fairly basic; you had to attend an approved training class and then pass an exam. And if you passed the VCP exam with a high-enough score, you were eligible to become a VMware Certified Instructor (VCI).

Now there are more VMware certifications, so you might wonder, “Which VMware certifications are right for me?” To help you decide, I’ve covered the various VMware certifications and requirements and how they can improve your IT career.

VMware Certified Professional
This VMware certification proves that you have the basic skills and knowledge to work with vSphere. To become a VCP, you must take an authorized, instructor-led training class. (Online classes are not eligible.)

Read the full article at searchvmware.com…

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Voting now open for the top 25 VMware virtualization blogs


There are over 100 blogs dedicated to VMware virtualization, here’s your chance to pick your favorites and determine the top 25 blogs. The last voting was back in January and new bloggers are springing up every month. When casting your votes please keep the following in mind about the blogs.

  • Longevity – Anyone can start a blog but it requires dedication, time & effort to keep it going. Some bloggers start a blog only to have it fall to the wayside several months later. Things always come up in life but the good bloggers keep going regardless of what is happening in their life.
  • Length – It’s easy to make a quick blog post without much content, nothing wrong with this as long as you have good content in the post that people will enjoy. But some bloggers post pretty long detailed posts which takes a lot of time and effort to produce. The tip of the hat goes to these guys that burn the midnight oil trying to get you some great detailed information.
  • Frequency – Some bloggers post several times a week which provides readers with lots of content. This requires a lot of effort as bloggers have to come up with more content ideas to write about. Frequency ties into length, some do high frequency/low length, some do low frequency/high length, some do both. They’re all good and require a lot of time and effort on the bloggers part.
  • Quality – It all comes down to whats in the blog post regardless of how often or how long the blog posts are. After reading a blog post if you come away with learning something that you did not previously know and it benefits you in some way then you know you are reading a quality post. Good quality is usually the result of original content, its easy to re-hash something previously published elsewhere, the good bloggers come up with unique content or put their own unique spin on popular topics.

So please take all this into account when casting your votes, here are some more details on the voting:

  • You can pick 10 of your favorite blogs and also rank them in your order of preference after you pick your 10. The results will be weighted with #1 ranking getting 10 points and #10 rankings getting 1 point. Point totals will be tabulated and from them the top 25 will be determined.
  • Blogs are listed on the ballot with the current top 25 listed first followed by the remaining blogs in alphabetical order.
  • Voting will run from 9/14 – 9/24, afterwards the results will be determined and announced on a special edition of the vChat podcast with myself, Simon Seagrave, David Davis and John Troyer.
  • Two random voters will be picked to win a copy of my book, Maximum vSphere or a copy of the Train Signal vSphere Pro Series Vol. 2 video training course.
  • Duplicate vote protect is enabled, we’ll be using geolocation, IP addresses & cookies to protect against duplicate votes. Because of this voters in corporate environments or using shared IP addresses may not be able to cast votes. Use computers with unique IP addresses instead. This isn’t Chicago, please be honest and fair when voting, any suspicious votes will be tossed.
  • Prizes will be awarded randomly to some of the top blog winners, prizes are to be determined but may include NFR vendor licenses, books, shirts and more.
  • If you are note familiar with a blog you can use my vLaunchpad to see links to them all. Try not to pick blogs based just on names but also take content into account.  There are a lot of good blogs currently not in the top 25 that deserve to be there.

So what are you waiting for, head on over to http://vote.vsphere-land.com to cast your ballot and reward the best bloggers for their hard work and dedication by letting them that you appreciate them. Special thanks to Train Signal for sponsoring the voting!

Note: You won’t be able to complete the survey from an iPhone/iPad due to the drag & drop interface used to rank the blogs.


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New vChat video posted

I participate in a weekly video podcast called vChat along with Simon Seagrave (techhead.co.uk) and David Davis (vmwarevideos.com). Each week we discuss certain topics related to virtualization for about 30 minutes. This weeks episode (vChat #3) we discuss home labs and give advice and our experiences with building our own home labs. So head on over there and check out the latest episode as well as past episodes, you can also subscribe via iTunes.


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New Twitter lists for the top bloggers and VMware/Virtualization people

Twitter is a great tool for communicating with other virtualization professionals, but trying to find interesting people to follow especially if you are new to Twitter can be time-consuming and difficult. For that reason I put together some Twitter group lists to make following people that are related to VMware virtualization easier. The first list is just from my Top 20 blogger list on my vLaunchpad that was decided by a poll I did months ago, consequently that one was really easy to put together.

The second list is the top 100 people to follow that are related to VMware & virtualization, this one wasn’t easy at all to put together. The list started at about 300+ people that was part based on my followers and followings of other popular virtualization bloggers. Once I discovered that TweepML had a limit of 100 people I had to really trim that list down a lot, that wasn’t an easy task, especially the last 20 or so. There were some people I really wanted to keep on there but was forced to remove, the 100 person limit made for some difficult decisions. I did research a bit though to try and make sure the ones I included on the list did tweet often and that at least some of their tweets were VMware & virtualization related. I also did try and keep the list limited to actual people and not general types of twitter accounts that are used by companies and websites.

It is entirely possible I missed some people though that should be on the list, if you feel that’s the case be sure and drop me an email and I’ll try to re-work the list. Again, it wasn’t easy to limit it to 100 as there are many people that twit about VMware & virtualization but I did the best I could. So here are the lists, enjoy!

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