VMware Exam Vouchers to Re-certify

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VMware is having a wonderful promotion to help ease the painful cost of continuing one’s certification portfolio.

Existing VCPs may take any of the following exams (and any retakes) before January 1, 2015 for 25% off!

VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization

  • Exam Code: VCP550
  • Exam Code: VCP510

VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop

  • Exam code: VCP510-DT
  • Exam code: VCPD510

VMware Certified Professional – Cloud

  • Exam Code: VCPC550
  • Exam Code: VCPC510
  • Exam Code: VCPVCD510

VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization

  •  Exam Code: VCPN610

In order to schedule the exam, remember to request authorization in advance of using the PearsonVUE website. The discount code (VCPRECERT25) is applied after payment information is entered during the scheduling process.

For complete information, click here.




The best nightmares are encores of the worst of one’s life.

“The best nightmares are encores of the worst of one’s life.”

I can’t recall the first time I penned this but believe it was back in high school while writing a paper analyzing my life to a soundtrack comprised of various genres.

What purpose this mechanism serves is best described by others but I will say – perhaps too obviously – that a critical circuit is short-circuited demanding attention and that one’s treatment of that error condition is what defines his life in regard to the event and associated conditions.

Avoidance reinforces the impingement as do techniques that seek to revisit and hence remember the pain.  The greater context and long term goals and journey become so significant and may be the only way to simply and easily turn that meteoric crash into a minor bug splat on a windshield. Without the broader perspective and the allowance (cf guilt) to look beyond, smile as that heavenly body nears and pulses your doom.



Neat infographic on Gartner’s virtualization quadrant

Virtual Geek posted one of his colleague’s sent in an internal thread.

I’m not reposting the graphic here at this point but check it out. It’s a great visualization of the market players for each year from 2010 through 2014. Summary:

  • VMware: Looks like tight, precise grouping on a bulls-eye
  •  Microsoft: Nice slide to the right and up
  • Red Hat: Steady rise upwards and to the right (not sure why this isn’t higher but I’m biased)
  • Oracle: Does a little fishhook upwards but back
  • Parallels: Decent rise
  • Huawei: Shows up
  • Citrix: CRASH – at least that’s what I’d call it.


OnApp Account Registration Fun


Tonight I decided to dig into OnApp. The workflow this far hasn’t been the smoothest but it probably helps reduce the company’s administration overhead.

After validating one’s email, he is taken to profile page with an installation instructions link.


There seems to be two accounts that are created at registration, one for administration (admin.onapp.com) and one for documentation (docs.onapp.com). The admin account is setup after email validation but the JIRA account appears to be constrained by an account approval process the will provision or enable the account in the JIRA system.



I’ll look forward to completing the installation and setup so that I can see how OnApp stacks against its competition.





Packt celebrating International Day Against DRM


TODAY Packt Publishing is offering all its DRM-free content at $10… All 2000+ eBooks and Videos at www.packtpub.com.

Get an inexpensive and DRM FREE fix for all your tech urges in virtualization, end-user computing, Dig Data, eCommerce, Cloud computing, programming, elearning systems (including Moodle!), automation, operating systems, systems and performance monitoring, game development, Rasberry Pi, networking, advanced security, etc etc. SO MANY!!!

Here’s a short link to share: http://bit.ly/1q6bpha




System File Checker finds corrupt files after June 10 update

After installing Microsoft Windows 8 KB2821895 you may notice a few quirks. The first is that you might see the update is listed as having been applied – in multiple places. This seems innocuous but can be confusing.

The second issue is that running SFC directly or via other tools like the wonderful D7 from FoolishIT will report corrupt files in Windows that _cannot_be fixed. Thankfully there is a work around to this corruption reporting issue. From an elevated command prompt as depicted in the graphic,  run the following Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) command:

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

KB2821896 workaround

Once this dism process completes, you can rescan for Windows file integrity:
sfc /scannow