How to learn VMWare

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One of my best Friend is starting a new job. Now she must learn VMWare. They have not asked any requirements , just told learning will is a must. What is the best way for her to learn it? Online or Books? Is there any free Source lo learn? She would prefer German.

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Which VMware Product, there are many

Online Forums, Documentation, Download Evaluations from VMware to test, Build a VMware Lab.

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use the vSphere documentation

VMware vSphere 4.1 Documentation

VMware vSphere 4.1 Documentation Index

Hardware, Software, and Guest Operating System Compatibility Information


Hardware Compatibility Guide

Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 4.1

VMware vSphere Compatibility Matrixes

Guest Operating System Compatibility Guide

Main System Administrator Documentation Set

First published on 13 Jul 2010 for ESXi 4.1 Embedded Build 260247 and vCenter Server 4.1 Build 259021


Getting Started with ESXi Installable

ESXi Installable and vCenter Server Setup Guide

Upgrade Guide
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vBrownBags

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not sure, if you have practiced with the following resources

VCP5 Mock Exam
http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrSurvey/assess.cfm?item=24908&user=0&refer=0&p=0&ui=www_cert

VCP5 Practice Exams
http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/vcp5-practice-exams/

Also familarise yourself with the Documents, Experience and use ESXi 5.0.

Questions, Post here on EE, plenty of Experts to help you.

See also this post

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_27659554.html
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Download, install - break/fix and create. I learned the basics in about 8 hours of doing this.

Ask questions here along the way -

Download here - http://www.vmware.com/support/
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Many thanks for all quick replys!

@hanccocka
She is not sure which VMware Product, but she think it's vSphere 4.1 or ESXi 4.1.
Are there big differences?
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ESXi is the server vSPhere is the client to connect to it

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ESXi runs in the back on a high end server hosting the VM's - vSphere connects to the ESXi server to manage and change the VM's on the server.
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The same.

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Sorry Han, wasn't trying to step on your toes! :-)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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vSphere 4.1, is officially called VMware vSphere 4.1' vSphere is THE VMware brand.

ESXi is the server component, VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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its called vSphere Client that connects to ESXi, ESX or vCenter.

Best thing is to use VMware Workstation or VMware Player, download ALL the products for free for 60 days, and try them out, test and play at home in your home lab....
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She will read all this stuff and let me know.
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@hanccocka
Great help as usual!

@Geodash
Also much thanks for assisting.

Thanks for all your quick answers.
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