4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 24, 2009 9:38 AM by azn2kew

    VMWare Newbie - Career Info?

    tsenft Lurker


      Hello Everyone,



      I am considering a career change and I am very interested in virtualization technologies. I would like to ask the group what is the best route to pursue for a career in virtualization.  I come from a non-IT background. I am a partner in a small company, and  I am the goto guy for IT issues  default.  I do not have any formal training in networking, software development, etc, so I need information on starting from the ground up.












        • 1. Re: VMWare Newbie - Career Info?
          jbruelasdgo Master


          well if you are starting and have never used a virtualization product, I would recommend you to start the easy path: use something like VMware Workstation/VMware Server ; both can be installed in Windows and Linux



          if you have a spare server, you could start trying VMware ESXi, which is virtualization OS (you do not need Windows or Linux)



          then you could start thinking in become a VCP (VMware Certified Professional), for that you would require to attend a VMware Training Course



          hope this suggestions help you






          Jose Ruelas



          • 2. Re: VMWare Newbie - Career Info?
            JFitchVMA Enthusiast

            But to become a VCP you are required to attend a VMWare training course before you can take the exam.

            • 3. Re: VMWare Newbie - Career Info?
              tsenft Lurker

              Would you recommend I study up on Windows Server 2003 and/or 2008? I have read some about course pre-requisites, etc. and it appears that a working knowledge of a server environment is required.

              • 4. Re: VMWare Newbie - Career Info?
                azn2kew Champion

                You can read this thread I've followed the same question but the answers depends what you want to focus and how you want to proceed down the role.  Manager, Consultant, Architect, Engineer, Suports roles?  then decide what technologies requires to be one of those role and study hard for it and proof with hands on experience and implemented records with previous employers is the key.  Certification is great for job hunt and consulting rates but doesn' t mean you have to.  Learning Windows OS is the first basic stuff you should master in order to progress in your careers.  Here the thread http://communities.vmware.com/thread/222505?tstart=0


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                Stefan Nguyen

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                iGeek Systems Inc.

                VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Consultant