2014 MVPs and vExperts, get free training from Pluralsight

Congratulations to this year’s MVPs and vExperts! in recognizing to our work Pluralsight is giving us access to their entire training library which is Pluralsight’s gift for one year at free of cost with Unlimited access to Dev and IT training.

I have already registered for mine and got the promotion code, if you are an 2014 MVP or vExpert then fill the form in this link. You should hear  shortly from Pluralsight.

A BIG thanks to PluralSight for supporting MVPs and vExperts.

Thank you

The Unofficial Official VCAP5-DCA Study Guide.

Thanks to Jason Langer and Josh Coen for putting together the ” The Unofficial Official VCAP5-DCA Study Guide”.  This is a fantastic prep-guide for those who are currently in the pursuit of VCAP5-DCA. I strongly recommend you to download this free source of master piece.



 Section 1 – Implement and Manage Storage

Objective 1.1 – Implement and Manage Complex Storage Solutions

Objective 1.2 – Manage Storage Capacity in a vSphere Environment

Objective 1.3 – Configure and Manage Complex Multipathing and PSA Plug-ins

Section 2 – Implement and Manage Networking

Objective 2.1 – Implement and Manage Complex Virtual Networks

Objective 2.2 – Configure and Maintain VLANs, PVLANs, and VLAN Settings

Objective 2.3 – Deploy and Maintain Scalable Virtual Networking

Objective 2.4 – Administer vNetwork Distributed Switch Settings

Section 3 – Deploy DRS Clusters and Manage Performance

Objective 3.1 – Tune and Optimize vSphere Performance

Objective 3.2 – Optimize Virtual Machine Resources

Objective 3.3 Implement and Maintain Complex DRS Solutions

Objective 3.4 Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools

Section 4 – Manage Business Continuity and Protect Data

Objective 4.1 – Implement and Maintain Complex VMware HA Solutions

Objective 4.2 – Deploy and Test VMware FT

Section 5 – Perform Operation Maintenance

Objective 5.1 – Implement and Maintain Host Profiles

Objective 5.2 – Deploy and Manage Complex Update Manager Environments

Section 6 – Perform Advanced Troubleshooting

Objective 6.1 – Configure, Manage, and Analyze vSphere Log Files

Objective 6.2 – Troubleshoot CPU and Memory Performance

Objective 6.3 – Troubleshoot Network Performance and Connectivity

Objective 6.4 – Troubleshoot Storage Performance and Connectivity

Objective 6.5 – Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi Host Management

Section 7 – Secure a vSphere Environment

Objective 7.1 – Secure ESXi Hosts

Objective 7.2 – Configure and Maintain the ESXi Firewall

Section 8 Perform Scripting and Automation

Objective 8.1 – Execute VMware Cmdlets and Customize Scripts Using PowerCLI

Objective 8.2 – Administer vSphere Using the vSphere Management Assistant

Section 9 – Perform Advanced vSphere Installations and Configurations

Objective 9.1 – Install ESXi hosts with custom settings

Objective 9.2 – Install ESXi Hosts Using Auto Deploy

Networking for VMware Administrators – Now Available grab your copy soon…

NVAI have already blogged about the book “Networking for VMware Administrators”  in an earlier post written by Chris Wahl and Steve Pantol published by VMware Press.  This is a must have book for all Virtualisation and Networking Admins, as this book would bridge the communication gap between the teams.  In my personal opinion team’s like Network, Storage and Virtualization don’t get the time to speak to each other. They start to operate in Silo to me which is the reason for projects getting delayed.

But even when the teams speak they don’t speak the same language, what is key for an Virtualization admin doesn’t mean anything to a Network person….


This book illuminate the core concepts of modern networking, and show how to apply them in designing, configuring, and troubleshooting any virtualized network environment.

Drawing on their extensive experience with a wide range of virtual network environments, the authors address physical networking, switching, storage networking, and several leading virtualization scenarios, including converged infrastructure.

Teaching through relevant examples, they focus on foundational concepts and features that will be valuable for years to come. To support rapid learning and mastery, they present clear learning objectives, questions, problems, a complete glossary, and extensive up-to-date references.

Table of contents and sample pages can be viewed from Google Books and Sample Chapter 8″vSphere Standard Switch” is available for free download from hereThe book is available for purchase via Amazon and if you are in India try FlipKart.

Good News – Back to Back…

Good NewsThe first one being my blog hit #94 spot in the ” 2014 top VMware & virtualization blog”. This was the first time I am taking part in this voting and was humbled to be ranked #94. Thanks to everyone who took time to vote and support me.
The complete list of blog’s and their ratings can be found here.

The Second good news being winning and chosen as vExpert 2014 by VMware.  This is one of the most prestigious title in the world of Virtualization & Cloud Computing. Yes, the results of VMware vExpert have been declared and the complete list can be found here.

Now I need to be more active and contribute to fantastic community. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all vExperts 2014.






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