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Vmware Certified Professional. Michael Bender - MCT, MCITP, VCP Madison College Computer Systems Administration. What is the VMware Certified Professional (VCP)?. The entry certification exam from VMware for professionals in vSphere infrastructure installation, configuration, and management.

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vmware certified professional

Vmware Certified Professional

Michael Bender - MCT, MCITP, VCP

Madison College

Computer Systems Administration

what is the vmware certified professional vcp
What is the VMware Certified Professional (VCP)?
  • The entry certification exam from VMware for professionals in vSphere infrastructure installation, configuration, and management.
  • Currently, one the top industry certifications for IT professionals.
  • Requires the attendance at official VMware course. Currently, commercial courses run $2-4K
what is vmware vsphere
What Is VMware vSphere?
  • An infrastructure virtualization suite that:
      • Provides virtualization, management, resource optimization, application availability, and operational automation capabilities
      • Aggregates physical hardware resources and provides virtual resources to the datacenter
    • Basically, it creates your virtual datacenter
  • vSphere integrates server, app, desktop, and storage virtualization.

VMware vSphere 4.1: Install, Configure, Manage – Revision A

why is this important to our students
Why is this important to our students?
  • Many of our students may never touch another piece of hardware on the server infrastructure side.
  • In my opinion, server virtualization experience replaces traditional Hardware experience as more datacenters become “virtual”.
  • Provides them a certification that will make their resume stand out.
  • Virtualization has changed the game…It is no longer a “nice to have” skill!
what you will need to get started
What you will need to get started…
  • VMware MyLearn Account
    • Create one at mylearn.vmware.com
    • This should be tied to your school email address or the address you want associated to your future VCP credentials.
  • Sign up for the VMware IT Academy…
    • Once signed up and registered, you will receive a number of emails with instructions for moving forward.
  • Take a Train the Trainer class
  • Pass the VCP certification
    • Required to teach courses
vmware programs and sites
VMware Programs and Sites
  • VMware IT Academy
    • This program provides schools the opportunity to teach VMware courseware in their classrooms
    • This is the same courseware used by commercial trainers
    • http://www.vmware.com/partners/programs/vap/
  • VMware Academic Program
    • Program from VMware that allows education institutions to acquire free licensing for staff, faculty, labs, and students.
    • www.vmware.com/academic
our class at madison college
Our Class at Madison College
  • VMware Certified Professional 10-154-175
    • 3 credit course
    • Covers all the courseware from VMware’s commercial class.
      • vSphere 4: Installation, Configuration, and Management
    • 24 total labs
    • 2-3 projects
    • Quizzes and Tests
  • Currently, we have 21 students in a 20 person class with a 3 person waitlist.
classroom requirements
Classroom requirements
  • Class can be run on physical hardware, or virtualized.
  • Requires a significant infrastructure expenditure in either desktop or server infrastructure.
  • Currently, we train using VMware Workstation but will be using Netlabs+ in the future.
our esxi infrastructure
Our ESXi Infrastructure
  • 6 HP DL 360 G5 & G6 servers
    • 48GB RAM
    • 4 x 600GB 6k SAS Drives
    • 4-8 Network Adapters
  • Promise iSCSI SAN
    • 8TB of Storage
  • Dedicated 1GB networks for Management and vMotion
our train the trainer course
Our Train the Trainer Course…
  • Lots of Hands On Labs…
  • Lots of Discussion…
  • Lecturing only when necessary…
  • You will leave with the framework and tools to run this class effectively at your school.
  • Access to the WTCS VCP Consortium*
  • There is too much information for one week so don’t expect to be a VCP by the end of the week…BUT we’ll give you the TOOLS you need to get it!

*This is not a WTCS-sponsored group…Though I believe they would approve!

getting your vcp
Getting your VCP
  • Upon completion of this class, you will be able to sit the VCP exam.
  • The exam is a total of 85 True/False and Multiple Choice/Answer questions based on the Objectives listed in the current VCP Blueprint.
  • You have 90 minutes for the exam and 15 to complete Surveys/Agreements included with the exam.
  • Passing score is 300 out of 500.
vcp class consortium
VCP Class Consortium
  • A grass-roots effort to get instructors from various schools together to produce class materials.
  • Group has produced shared materials including
    • Written and Hands-On evaluations
    • Lab Addendums
    • Curriculum Development such as WIDS (W.I.P.)
  • Unexpected result: Greater communication and sharing of ideas between institutions year around.
  • Goal: Spread this model throughout our college system.
future class options
Future Class Options
  • VMware Certified - Desktop
    • New certification for students to support and manage VMware View infrastructure.
    • VMware View is VMware’s desktop and application environment built on vSphere 4.
    • Training is available through IT Academy
  • EMC Storage
    • Provides curriculum for teaching students the knowledge and skills needed to manage network storage.

Michael Bender – Madison Area Technical College

    • Email: mbender@matcmadison.edu
    • Phone: 608-243-4417
    • Computer Systems Administration Program
  • Summer Class at Madison College
    • VMware VCP Certification Fast Track for Teachers
    • http://www.cssia.org/event.cfm