Free Training for VMware Products

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This comprehensive list of training links came my way the other day and it was too good I just had to share it.

It’s the work of the former Omaha VMUG leader turned VMware TAM Jodi S (Twitter @rytalws)


Foundational Topics




VMware DataCenter Virtualization Fundamentals

Introduction to Virtualization and VMware Hypervisor

VMware vSphere Strategy: The Foundation of Your DataCenter

An overview of vCloud Suite

ESXI Foundation


Featured VMware Documentation Sets

vSphere Hypervisor – Installation & Configuration

vSphere Hypervisor -vSphere Client Installation

vSphere Hypervisor – Configuring VM Hardware

VMware vSphere: What’s New Fundamentals [V5.5]

VMware vSphere 5.5 What’s New!

VMware vSphere: VM Management – Web Client Overview

VMware vSphere: VM Management – Cloning/Templates

VMware vSphere: VM Management – Migration vMotion

VMware vSphere: VM Management – HA

VMware vSphere: VM Management – DRS

VMware vSphere: VM Management – Storage Profiles

Local Management Tools Overview

How to Install and Configure VMware ESXI 5.5

VMware vSphere: Installation – ESXI 5

vSphere 5.5 Installation, Administration and Training course

Build your own VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Datacenter, starting with one PC

HOL-SDC-1304 – vSphere Performance Optimization

HOL-SDC-1310 – vSphere and vSOM 101

HOL-SDC-1319 – Tech Preview: VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor Environments



VMware Virtual Networking Concepts

vSphere Networking

vSphere Distributed Switch

VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals

Network I/O Control

VMware vCloud Networking and Security

VMware NSX Product Page

VMware NSX Blog

HOL-SDC-1302 – vSphere Distributed Switch A to Z

HOL-SDC-1303 – VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform

HOL-SDC-1319 – Tech Preview: VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor Environments



Introduction to Storage

VMware vSphere: Storage – Thick & Thin Provisioning

VMware Storage Virtualization

Enable vSphere HA and Storage DRS for VMware vSphere

VMware Storage Profiles

VMware Storage I/O Control

VMWorld Session: STO1545-Architecting Storage DRS

How to identify and Solve Storage I/O Latency Issues

vSphere 5 Storage DRS IO Load Balancing

VMware Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler

HOL-SDC-1308-Virtual SAN (vSAN) and Virtual Storage Solutions



Security of the VMware vSphere Hypervisor

VMware Security Development Lifecycle

VMware Security Response Center

VMware Security Advisories

VMware Hardening Guides

Operations Management


VMware vCenter Operations Manager Documentation

VMware vCenter Operations – Introduction Video

VMware vCenter Operations Manager Fundamentals [V5.6]

VMware vCenter Operations Training Videos

HOL-SDC-1301-Applied Cloud Operations

HOL-SDC-1304 – vSphere Performance Optimization

HOL-SDC-1301-Applied Cloud Operations

Certification –


Certification – VMware Cloud Fundamentals

Certification – VMware DataCenter Virtualization – VCP5-DCV – Blueprint

VMware VCP-DCV 5.1 Exam Preparation


It’s my easy button for you this week.  You all probably already have something but I didn’t… 

In addition, here is a 5.5 Feature URL listing which provides information on each 5.5 feature.. Enjoy!


vSphere ESXi Hypervisor Enhancements



Hot-Pluggable SSD PCI Express (PCIe) Devices

Support for Reliable Memory Technology

Enhancements for CPU C-States

Virtual Machine Enhancements


Virtual Machine Compatibility with VMware ESXi 5.5


Expanded vGPU Support

Graphic Acceleration for Linux Guests

VMware vCenter Server Enhancements


VMware vCenter Single Sign-On

VMware vSphere Web Client

VMware vCenter Server Appliance

vSphere App HA

vSphere HA and VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (vSphere DRS)

Virtual Machine–Virtual Machine Affinity Rules Enhancements

vSphere Big Data Extensions

vSphere Storage Enhancements


Support for 62TB VMDK


MSCS Updates

16GB E2E support


PDL AutoRemove

vSphere Replication Interoperability

vSphere Replication Multi-Point-in-Time Snapshot Retention

vSphere Flash Read Cache

vSphere Networking Enhancements


Link Aggregation Control Protocol Enhancements

Traffic Filtering

Quality of Service Tagging

Quality of Service Tagging

SR-IOV Enhancements

Enhanced Host-Level Packet Capture

40GB NIC support


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