Hello, I am looking for advice form VMWare Administrators and Engineers. What suggestions do you have for the best tried and true training sources for a VMWare Admin?
At some point I am also planning on getting one of the VCP certifications, any suggestions on which cert to pursue? The main thing I need to focus on now is getting better at being a VMWare Admin. I do have some VMWare experience setting up and monitoring systems, not an admin until recently, so I am not inexperienced I just need to take my VMWare skills to the next level and looking for good resources to help get started.
From my experience you are better off getting recommendations by people in the field that can vouch for the effectiveness of the material, nothing worse than spending time and money on materials that are sub par.
What are the best...
Book/s for admins, that will teach a good overall view of vSphere etc.? Good for troubleshooting that a typical admin will face? I have read Mastering VMware vSphere 4 a few times by Scott Lowe and liked it a lot so I will probably read his books on vSphere 5 also.
Lab's soft or hard, are there any good lab type software products or services where you can get hands on with different setups and technologies? Or a good lab book that will walk you through setups if you can get access to a ESX lab?
Training videos or courses, are there any top notch video courses that are worth the money? IMO I like learning by doing the most (labs) but seeing is also helpful to me.
Best Web Sites, other than EE of course :) that can be used for general keeping up with new trends and technologies and for troubleshooting help, errors, performance issues ect.
Anything else you can recommend for a new VMWare Admin to get started on the right foot.