I’m EXTREMLY excited to announce that is now an official sponsor of theTrain_Dance blog site.  If you’ve been an avid reader of my blog, or follow me on Twitter you know I’m a HUGE fan of David Davis (Twitter: @DavidMDavis ) and the folks over at TrainSignal.Com.  I’ve had the extreme pleasure of reviewing some of their material over the last couple of years and always learned a ton.  Their attention to detail, and level of competence is second to none. 

As you know, I spend a lot of time and energy speaking to customers and prospects about Virtual Desktops.  Most of the time they are very early in the process and want to startvmware_view_5_essentials_training_able collecting as much reference material as possible.  I usually give them a slew of blog posts, but I also encourage them to seek out professional training. is the one I probably speak to the most.  Let’s take their VMware View 5 Essentials Training solution.  It’s 15 Videos, and over 7 hours of content that take you from soup to nuts on how to get up to speed on View 5.  They take you through the following:

  • Lab Setup
  • View Components and Licensing
  • Installing View 5
  • Configuring your first Virtual Desktop
    • Parent Image Best Practices
    • Composer Linked Clones
    • Persistent Disk design
  • What it takes to maintain your desktops pools
  • User Profiles and Data – probably one of the BIGGEST things you want to get your hands around as you roll VDI.  User Profiles and make or break your View POC.
  • Fun things around how to setup printing
  • How to ThinApp
    • This is a step by step guide on how to package your applications for ThinApp
  • They also have modules on Monitoring, Troubleshooting and even upgrading View 5.

As you can see, if you are just dipping your toes into VMware View 5, you just can’t go wrong with their training modules.  Also, maybe you are on the fence with VMware View vs Citrix XenDesktop, they have over 12 hours of of training on XenDesktop 5 and they also have over 14 hours on XenApp 6 !!

By the way, they also have VMware vSphere 5 training, so if you are new to VMware, this is a great place to start.  They also cover Cisco (want to get your CCNA?), Microsoft (Hyper-V etc), Exchange, ForeFront, SQL,  Systems Center and the list goes on. 

Again, I would like to sincerely thank TrainSignal for sponsoring my blog, and I’m looking forward to reviewing more of their content and I know exactly the one I’m going to jump into next.  They just released VMware vCloud Essentials and I seem to be asked a lot about this lately.  If you are not familiar with vCloud, you really should look into it !! 


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