VCP5: Recertify before March 10, 2015

On October 1st, VMware released a new delta exam to qualify recertification candidates for the VCP5-DCV Certification. The exam is offered to current VCP-DCVs who need to renew their VCP5-DCV credential. The exam will be available through March 10, 2015 (extended!) and offers some key advantages :

  • Based on new material between the vSphere 5.0/5.1 and vSphere 5.5 examens, (you save hours of prep time)
  • Avaiable online (you can take it from any location and don’t have to travel to an exam center)
  • Far less expensive (you save money, the costs are $120)

If you hold a VCP5-DCV certification, this is the quickest route to recertification.

Download the Exam Blueprint

Take advantage of the FREE 1-hr online course VMware vSphere: What’s New Fundamentals of V5.5 to help you prepare for the exam.

If you don’t recertify for VCP5 you have to wait to VCP6-DCV becomes available. You likely need to attend a 5-day course as well before being able to register for the exam.

The exam has 65 questions and you have 75 minutes for the exam. No retake limit other than a 7-day waiting period. Content is vSphere 5.5 specific content. Expect vSan questions. Study, book and do the exam within 48 hours after booking.

Yes! VMTN is back! (evalExperience)

Great news this week! VMware is announcing Evaluation licenses for selected VMware products. This is great news for IT pros running whitebox enviroments at home for studying VMware technology! VMTN disappeared in 2011 but now it’s back!


The following VMware products are included :

  • VMware vCenter Server™ 5 Standalone for vSphere 5
  • VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ Enterprise Plus
  • VMware vCloud Suite® Standard
  • VMware vRealize™ Operations Insight™
  • VMware vRealize Operations™ 6 Enterprise
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight™
  • VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon®
  • VMware Horizon® Advanced EditionVMware Virtual SAN™
  • VMware Virtual SAN™

You can purchase VMUG advantage membership and receive many other advantages in addition to those VMware products, like :

  • VMware courses (20% discount)
  • Free access to VMworld 2014 content (value $699)
  • VMware exams (20% discount)
  • VMware lab connect (35% discount)
  • VMware On-Demand self-paced learning (20% discount)
  • VMware Learning zone learning videos (35% discount)
  • $100 OFF for VMworld
  • VMware Fusion and Workstation software (50%)

I think this is great news! There a special conditions for companies who purchase more licenses!

Review Veeam One Part 2 First time start

After installing (check my post here) it’s now time to check out Veam ONE.

There are 3 new icon’s, let’s use the first (Veeam ONE Monitor)


Veeam ONE is starting..


When first starting Veeam, you are asked to give you mailserver credentials :



Which user is going to get which notification mails?


You are given the option to create some policy’s :


Enter your snmp string for monitoring purposes :


Ok, ready to finalize the changes :


And here you are….


(For privacy reasons I removed some information)

Review Veeam One Part 1 Installing

I recently installed Veeam in my home environment. These are the steps I went through when installing Veeam ONE.

We start with the Windows Metro style installation menu :


The installation procedure is straight forward.


There are 2 options, I’m using the full product. 🙂


I choose the typical installation, you might want to change that although.


A very very nice feature is that Veeam checks for the requirements and automatically installs them :


And as you can see the requirements are installed :


Give the service accounts credentials :


Provide the SQL Server instance credentials :


Make sure the following ports are free :


Provide the VMware vCenter credentials : (or Hyper-V)


Give the credentials and IP address of your Veaam Backup & Replication server :


Check the summary and hit next to install the software :


After 1 or 2 minutes Veeam ONE is installed..


Yesss, VMware vExpert 2014!

I’m very honored to be awarded vExpert 2014! A vExpert is an active member of the community who impacts his or her knowledge on others. VMware uses the following explanation : “ A vExpert is not a technical certification, VMware selected people who engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. There were a lot of very smart, very accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named vExpert this year. “



You can find the full list of members here.

The proof :


VMware vCenter virtual appliance : schedule reboot

My experience is, in my whitebox environment to reboot the VMware vCenter virtual appliance from time to time. I used to do this manually but I decided to create a scheduled task. Hey we are IT people right? 🙂


First login to the console with your password (I hope you changed the default root/vmware password combination :-))


go to the /etc directory and open the crontab file

Edit the crontab (just press the i key for insert, and go to the bottom line).

As you see there are 5 options before the command :

  • minute (from 0 to 59)
  • hour (from 0 to 23)
  • day of the month (from 1 to 31)
  • month (from 1 to 12)
  • day of the week (from 0 to 6, 0=sunday)

If you use a * it means every, In my example every friday at 1 o’clock in the morning my appliance will reboot itself)

VMware : System logs are stored on non-persistent storage

I recently reinstalled my VMware servers using USB sticks. After the first reboot I noticed an yellow warning. When highlighting the different servers I noticed the “System logs are stored on non-persistent storage” warning.


This is how you can fix that :


Select a persistent (SAN?) storage that you can use and go to Browse Datastore.


Create a new folder



Give it a name.. 🙂



After that go to advanced settings bij the configuration tab of your ESX server.


Go to the Syslog tab.


Give the name of the datastore between brackets and the name of the folder you just created. Hit ok and you notice that the warning is gone :



ESXi : Kill running(?) Virtual Machine


This is how you easily can kill an running VM :

  1. Login to your VMware server
  2. Start esxtop
  3. Press c to show CPU resource screen
  4. Press Shift-V to show only virtual machines
  5. Press f to add a column (Leader World ID)
  6. Identify the machine you wish to kill (LWID)
  7. Press K and enter the ID
  8. Wait for a couple of seconds