VCP5 Revision

UPDATE: I have updated this information on my other blog post on ‘vSpecialist’. For additional links for VCP5 resources, please visit the updated post.

I have the VCP5 exam in a couple of weeks, and am in the midst of revision. A couple of excellent resources for those going through the same process:

TrainSignal VCP revision videos.

– The Simon Long blog (www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/)

Mastering VMware vSphere 5 book by Scott Lowe.

All these are fantastic resources – use them if you are studying for this exam!

More on results as I take the exam……

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VMware vRAM Licensing Changes

Following lots of correspondance from users affected by the vRAM licensing model announced with vSphere 5 (including an 87 page communities posting), VMware have listened and responded by changing the model to make the licensing a more realistic proposition for licensed users. Highlights of the changes are:

  • vRAM has been capped at 96GB per VM, so VMs with the new 1TB maximum would no longer be mega-bucks!
  • vRAM entitlements have been increased across all licensing tiers.
  • Usage now calculated on 12 month average allocated vRAM, not high tide allocation mark, protecting users from short term usage spikes.
  • vRAM for the free ESXi hypervizor has been increased to 32GB, up from the previous 8GB.
Eric Siebert of vSphere-Land fame has an excellent detailed post on this: http://vsphere-land.com/news/vmware-has-a-change-of-heart-on-licensing.html

vSphere 5 Management Design Challenges

As the release of vSphere 5 comes closer, I’m reading and digesting information about the potential impacts of vSphere 5 and it’s enhancements over vSphere 4.

There is definately a shirt in direction for the platform with the last 2 major releases of Virtual Infrastructure – vSphere 4 and 5, in that the platform focus is going away from virtualization and the focus on the host hardware and hypervisors running the VMs to actually managing and maintaining the VMs in a highly available and scalable manner. This has been proven over the past release and continues into the new release with the new feature set announced with vSphere 5. Add this to the new products and streams of recent releases from VMware, and the direction is clear to see. Read more of this post