VMware Certified Associate (VCA) Exam

Last week I was browsing the VMware website in an attempt to figure out the certification paths available when I noticed some new certifications had launched, VMware associate. The associate certificate sits at the very start of the certification route, and is available as an on-line exam. No need to head to a testing centre.

VMware offer the associate certification in four flavours:

  • Cloud (VCA-Cloud)
  • Data Center Virtualization (VCA-DCV)
  • End User Computing (VCA-WM)
  • Network Virtualization (VCA-NV)

The most relevant for me is the Datacenter certification. After registering on the VMware website I sat through the three hour training course. The first part of the course is a high level overview, before part two which covers the VMware products available and the business problems they help solve.

VMware Certified Associate Data Center

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Falling from 10ft hurts

I’ve written quite a lot of late about Cisco equipment, Windows servers and Website Optimization. I wanted to take a break and write up a recent rock climbing accident I was unfortunate enough to have.

A group of friends and I were climbing at Worth Matravers, we arrived fairly early (10am) and had a successful morning. I had led two routes and friends proceeded to top rope them. We had all struggled on route two on our last visits so it was a real buzz leading it on my first attempt that day. The third route we attempted was a tricky overhanging route with lots of lose rock. After a few failed attempts each we decided to move onto a fourth route.

The new route had a tricky start, the bolts were more spaced out than most of the other routes. It was probably 10ft to the first bolt and the same again to the second. A friend attempted the route before me and had clipped the first bolt but been unable to climb higher. I was one of the last to attempt it and reached the first bolt. Trying to move on and up to the second bolt I found myself unable to, looking down my shoe had got caught in the quickdraw.
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SAM Software

In two recent blog posts I’ve covered available licensing programs and what happens if you get audited by the Business Software Alliance. In this blog post I’m going to talk about keeping track of your software licensing through Software Asset Management and a basic overview of how the process work.

Software Asset Management (SAM) is the process of optimising the purchasing, management and recognition of software licenses. Software tools are available to assist with the process, which can be broken down into five or six categories:

  1. Inventory tools to identify what software is deployed across a network
  2. Management tools to manage license agreements and reconcile usage rights against data returned from inventory tools
  3. Metering tools to identify how frequently software is used, to allow you to remove software from computers where it is not used
  4. Policy tools to restrict installation of software can be installed, or who can use it
  5. Deployment and Patch management are usually part of the same system, and provide facilities to deploy new software packages and update already deployed software

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