The ValCo Labs VCP5 Prep Kit Giveaway

 

Welcome to the first ever ValCo Labs giveaway event! Since this is my contest/giveaway cherry, I don’t want to go too CRAZY because any subsequent contests/giveaways have the potential for being subpar, and nobody wants that!

How to Enter:

Leave a comment in the comments section and include the following:

  1. If you could change one thing about vSphere, what would it be?
  2. In an effort to make this site better, give a honest opinion of valcolabs.com (the site you are at!) Any feedback, good or bad is welcome
  3. Name the podcasts you listen to, if any (I’m always curious what other technology enthusiasts listen to)
  4. Include an email address or some way to get in contact with you

 

 

Here’s what you get:

  • VMware vSphere 5 Training by David Davis and Elias Khnaser
    • Trainsignals vSphere 5 training was an invaluable resource to me when I was studying for my VCP5 exam. The audio files that came with it definitely helped me with my preparation.
  • vSphere Advanced Networking Training by Jason Nash
    • I wasn’t sure what to expect with this course. I mean, there’s a standard switch and a distributed switch, and some settings, what else is there? Answer, A CRAP TON MORE. I am halfway through this course and I can tell you it has a lot of good content. I’m currently preparing for my VCAP5-DCA exam and I will be using this to help me prepare.
  • Mastering VMware vSphere 5 (paperback or Kindle edition) by Scott Lowe
    • I read this book cover-to-cover during my VCP5 preparation and referenced it many times after. A MUST have for any aspiring VCP
  • One VCP5 voucher
    • Will be sent via email to the winner
  • One awesome TRAINSIGNAL sticker!
    • it’s a sticker, and it’s awesome

 

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The winner will be chosen at random on August 9th

 

Rules and Restrictions

  1. You cannot participate If you work for VMware, EMC, or Trainsignal
  2. If you work for the Federal Government (Armed Services, DoD Civilian, etc..) you aren’t eligible for the VCP5 voucher (sorry, but the manner in which the voucher was obtained precludes said parties, if you win and are in the armed services, I’ll buy you a voucher)
  3. If you have your VCP5 already, please don’t participate, give others a chance
  4. If your first name is Josh you can participate
  5. I am willing to ship worldwide so there is no geographical discrimination
  6. If your last name is Atwell you can participate
  7. Following me on twitter (@joshcoen) will NOT increase your chances of winning
  8. If rules four and six both apply then you are ineligible for all prizes

Comments 40

  1. I just want the TrainSignal sticker! LOL
    Awesome giveaway! Going to be a great snag for someone. I’ll try to mention it on the #vBrownBag tonight.

  2. 1) One of things I would change about vSphere would be allowing the monitoring of SNMP without vCenter. They had it available up to 4.0 but then crippled it to some extent. I want it back 🙂
    2) I like the site layout. Very easy to find what you’re looking for and the content is great! Keep it up!
    3) Apart from various twitters that I follow (@Josh_Atwell, @jwalsh2, @chrishwahl, etc), I also try to follow the vBrownBag.
    4) overseer@spamcop.net or @GeoffRance are my contact points.

    I’ve worked with VMware for a few years now (3.5 and up) and other than working with it, have not attended any courses or taking any formal training so when I read about this, I had to sign up!

  3. 1- One thing I would change is to have something like a Technet subscription so I don’t havw to repeatedly down load every 60 days
    2-Honestly just found it. What I have looked at will make this a valuable resource for studying for VCP5
    3-vBrownbag is the main podcast
    4-Arbe66@gmail.com

  4. 1. I would change the pricing model a little bit.
    2. Interesting articles. VCP5 category is very useful for me, as I am preparing for the VCP exam.
    3. @Cliff__Davies
    4. ciscoserf(at)gmail(dot)com

    BR,
    Kirill

  5. 1). I’d change the pricing for SMB market
    2). Content is good, but the branding of the site needs an update
    3). Listen to any VMware and cloud computing podcast
    4) graham.french at redwoodsolutions.co.uk

  6. 1. Add an easy-to-find link to an RSS feed for your posts. I read plenty of stuff via Twitter, but I still read a ton via RSS.
    2. Site looks good. I like the scripts section, especially highlighted as it is as the first item on the nav bar. I also like the theme. Not a fan of the rotating tag cloud, as it really hammers the CPU depending on which browser I use.
    3. I listen to several 5by5 podcasts, including Build & Analyze, Back to Work, and Hypercritical. I watch MacBreak Weekly and TWiT on the TWiT network. I also watch the Philly-D show, the Totally Rad Show, and Tekzilla on Revision 3. I will try the vBrownbag podcast – hadn’t heard of it until seeing it just now in the comments.
    4. You can reach me at mike (at) singlemaltcloud (dot) com, or on Twitter @mikestanley

    1. Pardon the reading comprehension fail above. My only excuse is I have an infant at home and I had to set the laptop down no less than 7 times while reviewing the site to take care of Daddy stuff. 🙂

      1. What would I change about vSphere?

      For me, I’d make an equivalent of TechNet for VMware products.

      In general, I’d make the vCenter appliance support something other than Oracle. That’s just nuts – we want to get rid of Oracle in our environment wherever possible so maybe Larry Ellison will stop buying islands.

  7. 1.If you could change one thing about vSphere, what would it be?
    I would make it more mobile friendly giving one capabilities to make changes like iPad

    2.In an effort to make this site better, give a honest opinion of valcolabs.com (the site you are at!) Any feedback, good or bad is welcome
    This site is truely great! Easy to navigate and Great content – keep it going!

    3.Name the podcasts you listen to, if any (I’m always curious what other technology enthusiasts listen to)
    @RickVanover, @TrainSignal, @Jaslanger, @DuncanYB

    4.Include an email address or some way to get in contact with you
    You can reach me at marklatham@centura.org

  8. 1. 60 days for trial is too short, at least 120 days just like Microsoft did in some products.
    2. I think the site is in good shape, the information is always good.
    3. vCHAT and #vBrownBags
    4. me@arielantigua.com

  9. 1. I would change the trial period on the main product as well as plug-ins available for vsphere.
    2. First time I have been to this site and so far it is looking good. Has some great material for the VCP and VCAP exams
    3. vBrownBags, the rest vary quite a bit as I tend to do google searches to see what is out there and if anything new comes out.
    4. adnorton@comcast.net

    Awesome first giveaway and very much suited for this site and content.

    Thanks for your hard work
    Aaron

  10. 1. A subscription-based service/model for development environemnts? (ala Technet/MSDN model)

    2. I like the scripts section, as it gave me a few ideas to implement.

    3. Packet Pushers, VMware TRC podcasts, Talkshoe (sometimes), Veeam Community …

    4. Randy(dot)Chong(at)HDS(dot)com

  11. 1. I would remove/change vRAM limit in the future version.

    2. Honestly I found this site, when searching for VCAP preparation, Layout looks great

    3. vBrownBag (Awesome material for VCAP-DCD (Apac Brownbag))

    4. nava(dot)thulasi39(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. 1) a) ability to install vmware tools through the create new VM wizard
    b) better powershell cmdlets that produce rich objects with deep man files
    c) allow SMB 3 datastores
    d) technet-like subscription
    2) Site could benefit from an RSS feed
    3) vbrown bags, twitter
    4) iancaseydouglas(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  13. Licensing in general especially for SMB.
    Good content. Found it while looking for VMware study materials/information.
    Brian Madden, Consumerization Nation
    jarian dot gibson at jariangibson dot com

  14. 1) I’d down-level features from Enterprise Plus to Enterprise and Standard that were introduced in older versions. If it was intro’d in v3.5, it should be in every version, including Essentials kits; if it was intro’d in v4, it should be in Standard; v4.1 should be in Enterprise. Keep it rolling forward, so that features like SDRS is included in Standard by the time 6.0 or 7.0 is released in a couple years.
    2) Can’t say anything either way about Valco Labs. This is my first visit, so I’ll need more time to give serious feedback.
    3) I used to listen to podcasts on the TWiT Network, but have been too busy in the last 6 months. Not a one lately because of it.

    1. isn’t my email in the requirements for posting a comment? You can hit me up with @millardjk on twitter, too.

  15. 1. I might like additional out of the box reporting like monthly utilisation statistics.

    2. What i like about your site is that the knowledge is presented in an easy to read, concise and relevant.

    3. Vbrown bags, twitter, vmware tv, vmware partner university, itunes – esloof, dabcc.com, connected social media, Veeam.

    4. Stoffberg at gmail dot com

  16. If you could change one thing about vSphere, what would it be?
    Unicorns and rainbows. Lots of them.

    In an effort to make this site better, give a honest opinion of valcolabs.com (the site you are at!) Any feedback, good or bad is welcome
    I really like that you have laid everything out for certifications. The organization is good. I always love practice exams so I can see where ?I am at, but that is a *TON* of work, so I understand why you don’t have them.

    Name the podcasts you listen to, if any (I’m always curious what other technology enthusiasts listen to)
    Dell Tech Center and vmware communities.

    Include an email address or some way to get in contact with you
    Submitted with my comment. If it isn’t there, you can find me @virtualhints

  17. If you could change one thing about vSphere, what would it be?
    I want the service console back

    In an effort to make this site better, give a honest opinion of valcolabs.com (the site you are at!) Any feedback, good or bad is welcome
    Useful information sharing such as disable ssh warning

    Name the podcasts you listen to, if any (I’m always curious what other technology enthusiasts listen to)
    I don’t listen to podcasts.

    Include an email address or some way to get in contact with you
    darrin_3121 at yahoo dot com

  18. 1. The trial period needs extending, 60 days is not enough for testing
    2. Less delay in loading the pages, seems a little on the slow side to the UK
    3. Vsoup @ChrisDearden
    4. andrew dot laxton at gmail dot com

  19. 1 – The pricing and the VM limits such as max number of VMs in a cluster, virtual processors, etc
    2 – The site content is the most important thing for me, and valcolabs.com is doing a great job (well done!), but the site design helps too. I think that a couple of changes regarding the design wouldn’t be a bad idea.
    3 – I’m not listening to any podcast at the moment. I couldn’t find a good one talking about virtualization yet. I would accept references if you have any.
    4 – leandro_esc@hotmail.com

  20. 1.If you could change one thing about vSphere, what would it be?
    Include SRM as part of the basic licensing (If M’soft can include it with Hyper-V, VMware needs to keep up)

    2.In an effort to make this site better, give a honest opinion of valcolabs.com (the site you are at!) Any feedback, good or bad is welcome
    This is my first visit but, it appears to be clean and clear. I just bookmarked it and plan on returning.

    3.Name the podcasts you listen to, if any (I’m always curious what other technology enthusiasts listen to)

    Troyers VMware Community, Virtual Security, a playlist full of Disney related podcasts, Several College football (I stopped listening to the radio a long time ago)

    4.Include an email address or some way to get in contact with you
    russstring@msn.com
    rstringer@bcbsal.org

  21. 1 – More coherant autodeploy, PXE, scripting solution – perhaps an appliance?
    2 – I’ve just followed a David Davis tweet and found your site, very happy to add it to my reading list as I’m studying for VCP5 – what would be great is an RSS feed available as I consume as much as possible through google reader!
    3 – I don’t tend to listen to podcasts, aside from not being able to reference content too easily, I get more than enough via twitter and google reader.
    4 – sam at mcgeown dot co dot uk, or via my blog http://www.definit.co.uk, or @sammcgeown

    Thanks 🙂

    Sam

  22. 1) I have to agree with the Technetium like subscription.
    2) The valcolabs site is good, loads a little slow on iPad, but is well formatted for it.
    3) No regular podcasts
    4) memnock (at) gmail.com

  23. 1. Bring back VMTN subscriptions but with access to full product suite (pretty much the technet subscription everyone else wants) and price per box instead of per “cpu/memory” blah blah blah, oh yeah and remove the COURSE requirement for VCP.. I can (and did) get a CCIA without setting foot in a classroom but to get VCP I need to take a week off work?
    2. Get a better logo 🙂 and put a label on the url field (looks silly without one) in the comments section but I like the content.. good work!
    3. Mainly just Brian & Gabe LIVE (brianmadden.com)
    4. the one provided to leave a reply or contact form at our website

  24. 1. I’d bring back VMTN Subscriptions! Also, more integration, or at least awareness, across the various product stacks. For example, SRM integration with View to rebuild desktop pools. And more consistency in VMware’s own virtual appliances – like uniformity in default logins.

    2. The certification study content is great! Site’s theme and logo could use a refresh.

    3. PacketPushers, Speaking in Tech, Risky Business, VMware Communities Roundtable, and occasionally vSoup

    4. Email provided on the reply form, I’m also @vDanBarr

    Thanks for the contest and the great site!

  25. 1. Bring back VMTN! Simple really. With a hectic home and work life, the 60 day trial expiration is too limiting. MS do it right with TechNet
    2. The site style could do with a refresh. The logo especially. The content is great!
    3. None really, just don’t have the time with a 15 month old in the house
    4. cwestwater(at)gmail.com

  26. 1. For those that use the ASDM for Cisco Firewalls, you’ll understand what I mean by this: Moving the top navigation bar to the side with them labeled into bars to click on. Under inventory you would have Hosts and clusters, VMs and templates, etc. Having everything on the side allows you to find what you need quickly and it is out of the way. Personal preference =)

    2. All in all the site looks pretty well put together. I’m not terribly fond of the color scheme, but honestly if it is not blue, black or red I’m not fond of it…. personal preference again =)

    3. Podcasts: *Breathes in* – Risky Business, Pauldotcom, LiquidMatrix, Tenable Network Security, ScamSchool, Exotic Liability, SocialEngineer.org, TWiT, Hak5, ISDPodcast, Security Justice, working my way through the vbrownbag. *breathes out.* *PS. I’m sure there is more, I just can’t think of the others off hand.*

    4. nafatigar at g mail dot com

  27. 1.If you could change one thing about vSphere, what would it be?
    Technet like subcriptions
    2.In an effort to make this site better, give a honest opinion of valcolabs.com (the site you are at!) Any feedback, good or bad is welcome
    Just discovered the site and liking it so far
    3.Name the podcasts you listen to, if any (I’m always curious what other technology enthusiasts listen to)
    None
    4.Include an email address or some way to get in contact with you
    jim.eanes@odfl.com

  28. 1. Integration with community/support forums
    2. Just discovered. But will definitely take a look around. Looks good so far!
    3. PacketPushers, Speaking in Tech, Risky Business, VMware Communities Roundtable, DataCenter Chic
    4. Dennis at DennisMSmith dot net

  29. 1. I agree with most others: technet like subscription!
    2. New logo? I can’t see anything else wrong 🙂
    3. No podcasts right now, just twitter stuff
    4. @BVTechie

  30. 1. If you could change one thing about vSphere, what would it be?
    Make alarms more user-friendly
    2. In an effort to make this site better, give a honest opinion of valcolabs.com (the site you are at!) Any feedback, good or bad is welcome
    love the site. Can’t wait to try out some of the scripts
    3. Name the podcasts you listen to, if any (I’m always curious what other technology enthusiasts listen to)
    cloudcast and #vBrownBags are really the only techie podcasts i listen to. I like sound opinions and fresh air too:)
    4. Include an email address or some way to get in contact with you
    tednorris@gmail.com

  31. Good contest! Trainsignal is an awesome company and great products.

    1. How to make vSphere better? More encompassing monitoring for performance reports/recomidations.
    2. Rss feed would def be nice. Maybe partner up with some guest bloggers or other sites for more exposure
    3.podcasts- ispeak tech, communities round table, vbrownbags, security podcast with texiwill
    4.ldanakos (at) nerdblurt.com

  32. 1. I would add splunk to logging options for vCenter on Windows, and better task information. For instance, what was actually changed on a VM for a Reconfigure.
    2. The site layout is good, I like the not-in-your-face ads. Some sites & tech blogs go overboard with ads.
    3. I don’t listen to podcasts, my attention span won’t have any of that.
    4. Luke@thephuck.com

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  34. 1: I would like them to improve the functionality of vSwitch. Specially the traffic between different port group under same vSwitch should not go out to physical switch for routing.
    2: Just have more sources for the beginners.
    3: I don’t use podcasts
    4: saif0220@gmail.com

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