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First of all, I just finished my Vmware Training. I have to say I am not satisfy with training at all. As Vmware training high cost, we expect an intense, high quality and extended training. But it doesn’t come out even near as what I expected before. Therefore, I write this article to show you how to choose best Training Centre and the best courses for you.

What’s difference between a good instructor and a normal instructor?

A good instructor supposes know Vmware product inside to outside. He knows not only whatever is written on the ppt file and your textbook, he also supposes to give you real world examples and bring up, what it is, how it works and why it is designed in this way. My first Vmware training experience was so great. My trainer knows everything about ESX 3.5 and SAN, I had 5 days intense training and we finished at 5:30pm or even later until the building manager kicked us out. However, my latest Vmware training instructor only just reads whatever on the books and can’t give us any real examples. He is also not able to answer any questions out of book as well. Not mention some valuable tricks.  I’m wondering what’s qualification to become a trainer? If it’s just like that, I can just read training book for one month, and I can become a qualified trainer too!!??

Does training center reputation matter?

The answer is no. The quality of training is totally up to your trainer. As matter of fact, some small or new training centre has very good instructors. So don’t always look for biggest training centre for training.

What kind of questions should I ask about my trainer?

Ok. Here is the key. The salesman of training centre always say they have best people in town. Don’t believe that. Just asked:

  1. Is your trainer an employee of Vmware?
  2. Is your trainer full time employee of your centre or part time?
  3. How long has your trainer teaching vmware technology?

1. Is your trainer an employee of Vmware?

If the answer is yes, then you are lucky! The best trainers may not necessary work for Vmware. But Vmware guys are the best trainers! so you need to prepare yourself in the class for knowledge impact.

2. Is your trainer full time employee of your centre or part time?

So you got first answer as no, that’s why you asked this question. If your trainer is full time working for training centre, you may want to change to another training organization. He may has no real life experience and read bed time story for you before you close your eyes. If he is just a part time for training, then, luck you! You will have lots of real world cases to learn!!

3. How long has your trainer teaching vmware technology?

A good trainer supposes teaching vmware for at least 3 or 4 years. If your trainer is very new about teaching vmware, please ask what his job was to determine whether he has enough knowledge or not.

How to choose your Vmware Course?

Vmware vSphere has lots of course. Not all courses available to your country or city. Please confirm it from your training centre.

I have you a list of possible course you may find.


VMware vSphere: Overview
This 1-day course gives delegates a practical introduction to the core features of VMware vSphere 4
(Please don’t attend this course but go to http://www.vmware.com to read OverView doc).


VMware vSphere: What’s New
This hands-on training course explores new features in future versions of VMware vCenter Server and ESX andESXi, as well as how to upgrade.

(Please don’t attend this course but go to http://www.vmware.com to read What’s new doc).

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage
4 Day VMware Course covering the installation, configuration and management of VMware vSphere.

(yes, it is good for beginner)

VMware vSphere 4: Fast Track
Intensive 5-day VMware vSphere course for delegates wishing to take the VCP Examination

(It has everything. Depends on your instructor, it could be very good course. But please remember, it’s fast track. So you are only learning tip of everything. Nothing too deep. If you are VCP 3 and you know about vSphere, please skip. )


vSphere 4: Skills For Operators
This 2-day course explores configuration and management of VMware vSphere™ virtual machines

(I don’t know this course, any one ?)


VMware vSphere: Manage Availability
This 1-day hands-on course equips delegates with the skills required to ensure the availability of their existing vSphere deployments
(It sounds very good. You should have Vmware guy in your class)


vSphere 4: Managing Scalability
This 1-day course equips delegates with the ability to build and run a scalable vSphere 4 virtual infrastructure.
(It sounds very good. You should have Vmware guy in your class)


VMware vSphere 4: Troubleshooting

4-day advanced course that gives delegates the skills required to troubleshoot the Vmware vSphere virtual infrastructure competently.
(Well, it supposes be very good course. But again, it depends on your instructor. If you ran into a book reader just like mine…….)


VMware vSphere: Manage for Performance
This 4-day hands-on course explores the management of performance in a VMware® vSphere™ environment.

(It sounds very good. You should have Vmware guy in your class)


VMware View: Install, Configure and Manage
3 day course covering the installation, configuration and management of the VMware View components.

(Well, it supposes be very good course since View is relatively new product. But again, it depends on your instructor. )


VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
2 Day VMware Site Recovery Course – Learn to install, configure and operate VMware Site Recovery Manager.
(Well, it supposes be very good course. But again, it depends on your instructor. )


VMware Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM)
This 4 day training course covers the installation and management of a VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure using VMware Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM)

(Well, it supposes be very good course. But again, it depends on your instructor. If you ran into a book reader just like mine…….)


VI3 Integration Workshop
1 Day Workshop on VMware Infrastructure – Learn how the infrastructure will affect your day-to-day work.
(urr, I don’t know what that is. )


VMware Infrastructure: Design
4 day VMware course that explores the foundations of designing VMware Infrastructure architectures

(Well, it supposes be very good course. But again, it depends on your instructor. )


VMware Capacity Planner
2 day Capacity Planner course aimed at systems engineers offering server consolidation services to their clients using VMware products.

(Well, it supposes be very good course. But again, it depends on your instructor. )

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6 Comments

  1. Hi:

    I am planning to vsphere 5.0 install, configure in NY/NJ area. Do you know of any good instructors?

    Also whenI register will I able to get the info on which instructor is teaching?

    Thanks.

    • Always ask who the instructor is and where he works first before u pay! 🙂

  2. Do you know of the instructor Jonathan Loux or Rebecca Fitzhugh?

    Thanks,

    • No, I don’t. It doesn’t mean they are not good. But I do recommend de Pater, Rodney. He is one of best instructors I ever know in Vmware.

  3. Thanks.

    Looks like he is Australia. Not sure if he would teach in US.

  4. May be i can give you a clear picture why the new trainers comes out to be such a slide pusher than involved guys . Please read my experience at the VCI-ICW boot camp

    http://vmwaretrainer.blogspot.in/2014/10/why-i-will-never-go-for-another-vci-icw.html


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