With the new vCloud suite 5.1 VMware have been doing very good on making sure that people are enabled on the new Cloud stack through lot of really useful information/trainings for free.
Let’s see what is out there which can be referenced when working with the new Cloud stack or the other products.
This was released during Vmworld 2012; It provides you information on the different components, terminologies and parameters of VSS, VDS, and VXLAN. It also explains the advanced features of VDS and discusses some best practices.
vSphere CLI 5.1 has 82 new ESXCLI commands in the following nodes
• 7 hardware
• 2 sched
• 47 network
• 15 storage
• 11 system
The reference poster is an excellent location where you can find all the information which you are looking for automating your environment with ESXCLI.
This is an excellent poster on the new PowerCLI 5.1, the information in this is very useful and you can easily see the new capabilities of from PowerCLI5.1 a must have if you are coding freek.
I really use the posters a lot for quick references these are very useful , there is a lot of hard work done by the people to make this happen and provide this huge piece of information in such concise manner.
If you have become the fan already head over to http://vmware.com/go/posters/ for a complete list of what is available now.
The famous best practices of vSphere is back now for the 5.1 platform , one of the first ones to come out is the Performance best practices for VMware vSphere 5.1 , a must read for people working on new deployments with vSphere 5.1 or somebody working on an upgrade from vSphere 4/5 to the 5.1 platform.
For more details on the performance best practices in Virtualization and cloud you can refer to the Performance best practices section of my blog.
This is not a whitepaper but a KB article but a very comprehensive one, this talks about all the all the aspects of the vCenter 5.1 upgrade and a must read for people upgrading there infrastructure.You can also look at the slideRocket presentation below.
Free Training courses:
This training course explores new features in VMware vCenter Server™ 5.1 and VMware ESXi™ 5.1. This is free online self-paced course which you can register through the VMware MyLearn account. Total length for this course is 1 hour.
This free eLearning course covers how to install and configure vCenter Operations Manager as well as how to use its many robust features. This is also a free online self-paced course which you can register through the VMware MyLearn account. Total length for this course is 2.5 hours.