Prepare for the VMware VCAP-DCA exam with vSphere Troubleshooting Training

I’m preparing for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration exam. The exam covers 40 questions about real world stuff like installing, configuring and troubleshooting vSphere environments. So you need hand-on experience on installing, configuring and troubleshooting vSphere environments.

For the preparation I use the Trainsignal VMware vSphere Troubleshooting Training video course presented by David Davis.

The Trainsignal VMware vSphere Troubleshooting Training course covers mainly section 6 of the VCAP-DCA blueprint (Perform Advanced Troubleshooting). In 30 high quality video lessons troubleshooting is mainly done by CLI (Command Line Interfaces). Here are some topics that get covered during the course:

  • vMA installation and commands
  • Configure, viewing, searching and exporting vCenter and VMware ESX(i) log files
  • vNetwork Distributed vSwitch (vDS) refresher and private VLANS
  • ESXtop / RESXTOP
  • Troubleshooting Networks by CLI
  • Troubleshooting Storage by CLI (iSCSI and NFS)
  • Troubleshooting vCenter
  • Configure and troubleshoot ESX firewall
  • Troubleshooting VMotion and SVMotion
  • Troubleshoot HA and DRS
  • Troubleshooting VMs

The vSphere Troubleshooting Training is almost 14 hours, is available on 3 DVDs and online as streaming video (iPad compatible).  The complete course outline is available on the website listed on the end. A sample video is available here.

The videos are easy to follow.  I think the Trainsignal VMware vSphere Troubleshooting Training it’s a great way to prepare and get hands-on experience needed for the VCAP-DCA exam.

More information can be found here.

TrainSignal VMware vSphere Pro Series Vol .1


TrainSignal has released  a new video training called “VMware vSphere Pro Series Vol .1”. Three vExperts covers topics about VMware View and ThinApp, VMware PowerCLI and the Cisco Nexus 1000V.

VMware View & ThinApp Presented by David Davis covers the following topics:

  • View Overview and introduction
  • Installing VMware View 4
  • Deploying Virtual Desktops with View
  • Automated Virtual Desktop Deployment with View Pools
  • Adding a Terminal Services Pool in View
  • Understanding View Composer Linked Clones
  • Introduction to ThinApp 4
  • Installing ThinApp
  • Virtualizing Applications with ThinApp

Managing VMware vSphere with PowerCLI presented by Hal Rottenberg covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to PowerCLI,
  • Powershell Basic
  • PowerCLI Concepts
  • PowerCLI in the Real World
  • PowerCLI Cmdlet Deep dives

Cisco Nexus 1000V – VMware vSphere Third-Party Virtual Distributed Switch presented by Rick Scherer covers the following topics:

  • Getting Started with Nexus 1000V
  • Integrating the Cisco Nexus 1000V with vCenter server
  • High Availability Options for the Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • Configuring Port Profiles on the Cisco Nexus 1000V

The VMware vSphere Pro Series Vol .1 video package contains:

  • 20 Videos (10 hrs: 39mins: 50secs) will be provided in High-Quality AVI and WMV format. In other words, you get perfect quality and replication of your instructors’ screens. An easy-to-use table of contents allows you to navigate to key areas you wish to focus on
  • Instant Access to all 20 Videos (10 hrs: 39mins: 50secs) in Train Signal’s My Online Training section. These high resolution videos allow you to access any and all of this award winning training in just moments. No need to wait for the DVDs to arrive to get started learning. You can be watching video in just moments and it’s all included for free.
  • 20 iPod video files to watch Train Signal on the go! A popular request amongst our students who wish to study while they commute (i.e. train, plane, bus). These 320×240 M4V files are compressed versions of the original course, and play on any iPod that supports video. Also great for reviewing and refreshing your mind "on the job."
  • 20 MP3 audio files to listen to Train Signal anytime, anywhere. Some of our students have requested this option. Now, you can listen in the car or while working out. Our MP3 files can be burnt to a CD or copied to a portable device
  • Instructor Notes – These PDF documents, which can be printed out, contain the slides used by the instructors throughout the videos. These documents allow the user a quick easy reference to the instructors’ notes on the slides, and provides a place to make additional notes.

The content presented by the VMware vExperts in  the video’s is very good. If you want to know more about VMware View and ThinApp, PowerCLI or the Cisco Nexus 1000V this is a must see video package!   For more information about this training video and watch a demo go to the TrainSignal website by clicking here.