• William B

High Quality VCF Training Resources for Under $20

Updated: Apr 14

When adopting VCF, you will be exposed to many different technologies. Some of these such as vSAN, NSX, and vRealize Automation might be completely new to you and your organisation.


For a successful VCF implementation to occur, it will require engineers to have a good understanding of each technology domain and technology education and training should be included in your overall deployment strategy.


There are many courses available out there, but I realize that some of you might be paying out of pocket for your own training and are looking for a low cost solution. Read books and blogs are an excellent source of core knowledge, but I find that there are some excellent video training resources out there from Udemy.com


Udemy is a training platform with tens of thousands of course available for most technologies out there on the market today. And most of their courses are available for under $20!


Here are some of the video courses that assisted me in my VCF educational journey this last year:



https://www.udemy.com/course/vmware-vmware-vsphere-67-optimize-upgrade-troubleshoot-part-1/ - 34,5 Hours (vSphere)


What you'll learn:


In this class you will learn how to install, configure, manage, upgrade, scale up, design, deploy, troubleshoot and use vSphere 6.7

  • Emphasis is placed on good design and implementation, best practices and use cases so you understand not only what you are doing but why you are doing it

  • Performance, scalability and service availability are recurring topics. This course includes many tips to improve server, VM, networking and storage performance, redundancy and how to deliver scalability

  • Troubleshooting tips, tricks and procedures are covered in every chapter. We show you how to work around problems, configure and repair systems from the command line and how to monitor hosts, VMs, networking and storage using esxtop and other tools

  • Command line tools are explained and demonstrated so you can still fix issues when Web interfaces aren't working

  • Design advice, tips and trade offs are included so you can build the best possible environment with the equipment you have.

  • Exactly how to perform ever task because we include Hands-on Lab Demo lectures in every chapter




https://www.udemy.com/course/vmware-nsxt-fundamentals/ - 4.5 hours (NSX-T)


What you'll learn:


  • Understand key concepts related to NSX-T logical switching, routing, and edge services

  • How to setup a home lab with NSX-T 3.0 in a Nested Environment

  • How NSX-T Multi-Tier routing works

  • How to implement NSX-T Services such as DNS, DHCP, and NAT



https://www.udemy.com/course/vmware-nsx-t-30-fundamentals-part-two-security-2020-nsx/ - 3.5 hours (NSX-T)


What you'll learn:


  • Distributed Firewall theory & Implementation

  • How to configure Intrusion Detection (IDS)

  • How to create dynamic policy using NSX Tags

  • How to create security zones (PCI/HIPAA, etc)

  • How to integrate NSX-T with LDAP/AD



https://www.udemy.com/course/vmware-nsx-t-load-balancing-deep-dive/ - 2.5 hours (NSX-T)


What you'll learn:


  • How to configure NSX-T Load Balancing from scratch

  • How NSX-T ensures High Availability of LB services

  • What monitors are and how to configure them


https://www.udemy.com/course/getting-started-with-vrealize-automation-81/ - 3 hours (vRealize Automation)


What you'll learn:


  • Basic vRA Concepts

  • How to Deploy vRA 8.1 in your Home Lab

  • How to Deploy your first Blueprint in vRA

These courses will provide a good foundation for some of the core components of the VCF platform. I will be posting additional articles as I discover more.



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