London VMUG Thursday 24th January 2013

To start off with I passed the VMware VCP5-DV exam on Tuesday 22nd January 2013 (second attempt) so going to this event with other VCPs felt rather good. 🙂

This was my first VMware user group (VMUG) that I have attended. Some of the meetings I took part in (http://www.vmug.com/e/in/eid=695):

  • Nutanix Presentation – Alan Campbell and Rob Tribe, Nutanix
  • Your Journey to the Post-PC Era – Brian Gammage, VMware
  • EUC Panel with VDI Gurus – Brian Gammage, VMware
  • 10Zig Presentation – Thin Client Technology at Its Peak – James Broughton, 10Zig
  • Update – What’s Here and What’s Coming Soon – Spencer Pitts, VMware EUC
  • VMware Certification Update – Gregg Robertson
  • Social beers at The Pavilion End,

It was great meeting people I talk to and follow on twitter, putting a face to a name. I would highly recommend going to one if you can, the social networking, bouncing ideas off each other and asking the pro’s on their thoughts/recommendations is worth the experience. I even got a t-shirt for being a newbie! cool!

In the near future I will be doing a quick summary of the resources I used whilst studying for the VMware VCP5-DV exam.


Review: 360gsp College – VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] course

This post is way overdue.

This is a quick review of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] course I attended via 360gsp college.

I attended this course over 4 weekends Saturday – Sunday (8 days) The last couple of days were covering some material that has been cut out of the training material but is on the exam such as host profiles and storage profiles.

The instructor Dai is a fantastic teacher and knows the subject inside out. Any questions we had were answered in confidence.

I was surprised by the level of knowledge of fellow students on the course,  ranging from CCIE to Project Managers, I was not expecting this and this made the course more enjoyable talking to fellow IT professionals.

The facilities and course material were superb, this being my first IT course and self funded I wasn’t disappointed. There is on site parking, although its best calling ahead to ensure a space can be reserved. Across the round from the training centre are a few newsagents and a fast food place (does nice food). There is a pub, but the people hanging outside kinda put as off.. therefore no idea if it’s any good! Be aware there are a couple of cash machines, these do in fact charge. Most of the weekends I took packet lunch as this was cheaper and can just snack in class. There is water (chilled) drinking facilities on site.

I would highly recommend taking the VMware course via the 360gsp college. Other IT Professionals over at certforums have had a similar experience.

I plan on taking the VCP 5 exam sometime early next year. A post will follow with study material I used similar to that of my Cisco ICND 1 post.


VMware vSphere 5 Course via 360gsp college

I have been wanting to do the VMware VCP 5 certification for a while, the main thing that was putting me off was the cost of the course (around ÂŁ2000+). Thanks to SimonD from Certforums I have come across 360gsp college that had an appealing offer on the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] course that included a 50% discount. The training company are based in Wembley, London.

The bonus of this training provider is their flexibility of doing the course on weekends – which is great if you can’t take time of during the working week like myself.

I start this weekend 1st September 2012 for the next 4 weekends. I shall be tweeting (@ChrisLStark) my experiences and will try to do a summary up at the end.