VMware announced a new training course called “VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1]“.

This course can be followed by attending a classroom, live online or onsite. The course lasts 2 days and it’s available through myLearn training.

This course is intended for the following audience:

  • System administrators
  • IT managers
  • System architects
  • People responsible for implementing or managing vSphere environments


This hands-on training course explores new features in VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.1 and VMware vSphere® ESXi™ 5.1. Topics include VMware vSphere® 5.1 installation and how to upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.1.
Students who complete this course may enroll in any of several advanced vSphere 5.1 courses. Go to http://www.vmware.com/education for advanced course options.


  • List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 5.1
  • Upgrade a deployment from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.1
  • Use the VMware vSphere® Web Client to manage virtual machines
  • List and describe key networking enhancements, including the ESXi firewall and new features in vNetwork distributed switches
  • Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere® VMFS-5 datastore
  • Understand and configure policy-driven storage
  • Create a datastore cluster and configure Storage DRS
  • Live migration of a virtual machine without shared storage
  • Secure the virtual machines using VMware® vShield Endpoint™ (now included in base vSphere product)
  • Backup and recover a vSphere environment using vSphere Data Protection
  • Replicate vSphere for SRM deployments using vSphere Replication
  • Use new displays to monitor VMware vSphere® High Availability cluster activity
  • Use the Linux-based VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
  • Use Auto Deploy to install a stateless or stateful ESXi host
  • Use Image Builder to modify and export an image profile


Attendance at one of these VMware
vSphere 4 courses:

  • Install, Configure, Manage
  • Fast Track
  • What’s New

Or equivalent vSphere 4 administration experience

VMware announced a FREE online training course called “VMware vSphere: What’s New [5.1]” with the 5.1 release.

This course is a self-paced course which lasts 1 hour and it’s available through myLearn training.

This e-learning course explores new features in VMware vCenter Server 5.1 and VMware ESXi 5.1. By the end of the course, you should gain an understanding and should be able to implement the following new functions and features of VMware vSphere 5.1.


  • Compute and Storage
    • Support for hardware version 9, the latest CPU performance counters and virtual shared graphics acceleration designed for enhanced performance.
    • For better space efficiency vSphere supports storage space reclamation for VDI.
  • Network
  • Support for VXLAN
  • Enhanced vSphere Distributed Switch
  • Availability
    • VMware vSphere vMotion without the need for shared storage configurations.
    • VMware vSphere Data Protection for simple and cost effective backup and recovery,
    • vSphere Replication enables efficient array-agnostic replication of virtual machine data over the LAN or WAN.
  • Security: Inclusion VMware vShield Endpoint to eliminate the agent footprint from the virtual machines, offload intelligence to a security virtual appliance, and run scans with minimal impact.
  • Automation: Two new methods for deploying new vSphere hosts to an environment make the Auto Deploy process more highly available than ever before.
  • VMware vCenter Enhancements
    • vSphere Web Client
    • vCenter Single Sign-On
    • VSA enhancements
    • Support for Additional Disk Drives
    • Increase Storage Capacity Online
    • vCenter running on the VSA Cluster

VMware has announced new certifications at VMworld. The new certification structure should help to test individuals in line with their job role (Architect, Engineer Administrator, Developer, & Governance/Operator) and solution focus (Cloud, Datacenter Virtualization, End User Computing, & Cloud Application Platform). The biggest change is that their will be 3 types of VCDX certifications now.

The new roadmap is easy to understand and there are quite some certifications which you can collect:

The complete list of current and pending VMware certifications under this new program:


  • VCP5-IaaS
  • VCP-Cloud (NEW)

Datacenter Virtualization

  • VCP4
  • VCP5
  • VCDX4

End User Computing

  • VCA4-DT
  • VCP4-DT
  • VCP5-DT

Cloud Application Platform

  • Spring Professional
  • Web Application Developer
  • Enterprise Integration Specialist

Sybex has released a new edition on their study guide towards VCP 5 (VMware Certified Professional 5). It’s available via Amazon. The book is scheduled for official release on May 15 but you can order it already.

The ideal study guide for candidates seeking the leading virtualization certification.

The VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 (VCP-510) is the most desired certification for virtualization professionals, and this study guide covers all the requirements. Skill in virtualization is a top priority for companies when hiring IT staff, and VMware skills are in high demand. Part of the highly acclaimed Sybex Study Guide series, this comprehensive book guides you through planning, installing, and upgrading ESX/ESXi; configuring networking, storage, and vCenter Server; deploying and managing virtual machines, and much more.

  • Virtualization skills are in high demand by employers, and the VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 certification enhances your marketability as an IT professional
  • This Sybex Study Guide helps prepare you to successfully complete all parts of the exam
  • Covers all aspects of ESX/ESXi planning, installation, upgrading, configuration, troubleshooting, and alarm management
  • Includes 100% coverage of the exam objectives, real world scenarios, hands-on exercises, challenging review questions, bonus practice exams, and electronic flashcards

If you want the best preparation for the VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 exam, this is the study guide you need.

Quote from the Back Cover

Includes Real-World Scenarios, Hands-On Exercises, and Access to Exam Prep Software Featuring:

  • Custom Test Engine
  • Over 300 Sample Questions
  • Electronic Flashcards

The Ideal Product to Prepare You for the Leading Virtualization Certification

As the demand for virtualization skills continues to grow, you need to earn the newest certification to stand out from other IT professionals. This guide gives you the tools to pass the VCP-510 exam so you can highlight your capabilities. It walks you through all of the requirements, including planning and installing ESXi, configuring vCenter Server, deploying and managing virtual machines, and much more. Inside these pages, you’ll also find:

  • Full coverage of all exam objectives in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you’re getting the instruction you need for the exam
  • Real-world scenarios that put what you’ve learned in the context of actual job roles
  • Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day
  • Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam
  • A handy tear card that maps every official exam objective to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective
  • Sybex Exam Prep Tools

Go to www.sybex.com/go/vcp5 and download a full set of electronic test prep tools to help you thoroughly prepare for the exam.

These include:

  • Custom Test Engine
  • Over 300 Sample Questions
  • Electronic Flashcards
  • Glossary of Terms in PDF

Download practice exams and chapter review questions

Reinforce your understanding with electronic flashcards

About the Author

Brian Atkinson is a senior systems engineer with 15 years of experience in the IT field. For the past six years, he has been focused on virtualization and storage solutions. Brian has been awarded the VMware vExpert designation from VMware for 2009, 2010, and 2011. He is a VMware Technology Network (VMTN) moderator and guru. He maintains his personal blog in the VMTN communities at communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmroyale/.

I have ordered a copy myself and I will post an update when I’ve managed to get (partial) through it. Stay tuned!

Mark Brunstad announced the upgrade path from VCDX4 to VCDX5 yesterday on the communities.


Following the release of the VCAP5-DCD Beta exam results, the VMware Certification Team is pleased to announce the upgrade path from VCDX4 to VCDX5.

Current VCDX4 holders in good standing will be able to upgrade their certification to VCDX5 by successfully passing the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5- Datacenter Design (VDCD510) exam. The VCAP5-DCD exam release date will be announced in May. Release of the VCAP5-DCD final exam blueprint will occur at that time.

All VCDX4-holders wishing to upgrade will be required to achieve VCP5. There will be a three-month window following the VCAP5-DCD exam release during which the VCP5 certification requirement will be satisfied upon successful completion of the VCAP5-DCD exam. After the three-month window expires, all VCDX4-holders will be required to satisfy published training and examination requirements for VCP5 prior to completing their upgrade via the VCAP5-DCD exam.

VCDX4-holders in good standing who have completed the VCAP5-DCD Beta Exam and achieved a passing score have satisfied the requirements for VCDX5 and are thus certified.

So basically if you are a VCDX4 now and you want to become a VCDX5 all you need to do is pass VCP5 and VCAP5-DCD.

This also means that there are some people out there who already are VCDX5. Congratulations to all!