VMware Training Resources

I regularly get asked where good VMware training resources are found for various VMware products, so I thought I’d better create a page I can add links to as find them.

vCloud Director

Since I’ve had a focus on vCloud Director for the past few years, these links are fresh in my mind:

  1. VMware has recently updated their Fundamentals course, so this is probably the best place to start: VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals 2016

vCloud Networking

  1. Networking is often a tricky area for new users of vCloud Director, so here is a the best presentation I’ve found so far that explains how the different networking components fit together: https://youtu.be/EZw1UemLBoE
  2. http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2010/09/07/vcd-networking-part-1-intro/
  3. http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2010/09/09/vcd-networking-part-2-network-pools/
  4. http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2010/09/15/vcd-networking-part-3-use-case/

vCloud Design

  1. vCloud Director Design and Scale: https://youtu.be/dzX6DgUL2hQ

I’ve just found this page which includes most of the above links and more: http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/2010/09/top-resources-to-learn-about-vcloud-director.html

I’m a big fan of Pluralsight and can highly recommend these courses:

  1. https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/vmware-vcloud-director-essentials/table-of-contents
  2. https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/vmware-vcloud-director-organizations/table-of-contents
  3. https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/vmware-vcloud-5-1-essentials-pt1/table-of-contents
  4. https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/vmware-vcloud-5-1-essentials-pt2/table-of-contents


vSphere 6

Check out the latest Training and Certification resources here: http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=62349&ui=www_edu&rcode=twtr

VMware Various

Here’s the Top Free course from VMware Learning: http://mylearn.vmware.com/portals/www/mL.cfm?menu=topfreecourses&p=1

Upgrading ESXi to HP Specific 5.1 Image Using VMware Update Manager


You manage a VMware ESXi 5.0 cluster, using only HP servers. You want to upgrade to the latest version (5.1) but would also like to install HP-specific “extras” to expose more information and provide more features such as VAAI. HP provide a customised image for VMware ESXi 5.1, and it’s possible to use VMware Update Manager to make the upgrade process as smooth as possible.


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vCenter Server Appliance Service fails after upgrading ESXi hosts to 5.0 U1 Veeam backups now fail


You’ve just upgraded your ESXi hosts from 5.0 to 5.0 U1. They updated fine and there are no issues with the VMs. However, you have noticed that your Veeam backups have started to fail.

Further investigation shows the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) service is not running.

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How to configure the VMware vCenter Virtual Appliance

Previously I explained How to install the VMware vCenter Virtual Appliance. Today we’ll look at configuring the VMware vCenter Virtual Appliance.

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How to install the VMware vCenter Virtual Appliance

The VMware vCenter Virtual Appliance is a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) VM, preconfigured so you don’t have to install a single thing extra…well, apart from the VM itself!

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