CornerThought: Lessons Learned Database

There is a lot of talk in the project management community about how difficult it is to learn from project management.
Actually, it’s not.
It is easy to learn from mistakes. It is very difficult to find useful lessons that you can use in your current projects.
The problem lies in the ‘learning’ portion of lessons learned. Organizations don’t learn, and often don’t have the structure or tools to do so.
What if there were a way to find the right lessons at just the right moment? Instead of searching through minutes from meetings about lessons learned, how about a wiki or database?
Now there is. The world of project management knowledge sharing has changed.

Software To The Rescue: Lessons Learned
How to Create a Project
Creating a Lesson
Sharing Lessons Learned
Tracking Lessons Learned Actions
Finding Lessons
Setting user permissions
CornerThought Review Summary

Software To The Rescue: Lessons Learned
Regular readers will know that I review many project management software tools. Sometimes, I think I’ve seen everything! CornerThought was a new tool that I hadn’t seen before. CornerThought was a tool that changed the way I think about databases of lessons learned.
This is a win-win situation for algorithms! Let me explain.
CornerThought has created software that allows you organize the lessons learned during a project. Logging in will show you the most relevant lessons to your current project and where you are at the moment.
You might say that you are in the execution phase of an oil and gas project. The tool will show you the lessons learned from similar oil and gas projects if you tell it that.
There’s no need to search or guess at what other teams have tagged their lessons. It’s all there and it’s organized.
How to Create a Project
Let’s now dive into my CornerThought review. The software’s ability to automatically determine who is involved, where they are located, and all the rest is still a learning process. It is important to seed it with data before it can start. This can be done by creating a project.
Create a new project and then add the meta information. This is the set parameters that defines the project’s scope. Here are some examples:
Suppliers/Contractors used
Client
Localization
Budget
Duration

You can go on and on. You can customize the parameters to your liking.
Next, create your project and add lessons learned. Finally, add tasks to the project. This seemed like a lot of overhead. It’s a hassle to keep a Gantt chart in project management software, and another one in here. It’s actually not difficult. It’s all about standard project management processes.
“Tasks” are generic and can include things like:
Change management
Budget management
Risk management
Engineering
Scheduling

This is stuff.
Next, add people to the tasks: Marcela does scheduling, Fred does risk management. You don’t need to go into detail beyond that. This is to ensure Fred logs in and sees the risk management lessons.
It comes with standard tasks and processes that are very similar to the PMBOK (r) Guide – Sixth Edition knowledge areas. This text still shapes the way PMI certified practitioners do what they do.
Importing categories from other projects is possible, so you only need to set it up once and then the bulk of the work is done.
CornerThought allows you to add categories of lessons learned manually or import them.
You’ve had your lessons learned meeting. Now you want to record the lesson. Next, what?
CornerThought’s lessons learned software allows you to categorize a lesson either as an issue (be on the lookout for it next time), or as a success (do what you did last time).
You can do it:
It’s okay to log multiple causes
The KPIs and impacts. You can also assign a “criticality” to show how an issue affected the project, e.g. In terms of cost
The description
Learning itself
The

Comparing Agile Methods: Scrumban, Kanban, & Kanban

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Regular readers will be aware that I am not an expert in Agile project management. However, I know it is something I need to learn more about.
Today, I am partnering with Eylean in order to give you an overview on three agile methodologies: Scrum and Kanban. During the research for this article, I learned a lot! Let’s get started.
Agile Methods: The Basics
Agile is agile, isn’t it? True, but all varieties of agile are part the set of project management trends as they are so important to the work that we do today. Scrum, Kanban and a method that combines the two (turning Scrum Kanban to Scrumban) are all very different.
Scrum is a method of managing work within defined timeframes called sprints. These last anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks, and you complete your task list within that time. You must adhere to deadlines and it is quite formal.
The Kanban method is a visual way to manage To-Do lists. There are no formal constraints. You can adapt your Kanban board (more about that later) to fit your workflow. There are no hard deadlines, but you can work towards a release and a larger goal.
Scrumban is a mix of both, as you would expect. The idea of a continuous flow in work with longer planning cycles that tie into your release date is what Scrumban is.
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Scrum, the most formal of these three methodologies, has two formal roles: Product Owner (and Scrum Master), and other cross-functional people who make the ‘team’.
The Product Owner is a bit like the waterfall Project Sponsor. She is responsible for setting the vision and prioritizing. My main point is that sponsors are rarely a part of the team every day. Product Owners are in the same boat as everyone else.
The Scrum Master is a person who manages and leads the Scrum process.
Kanban and Scrumban don’t have any predetermined roles. You can use what you like, or not at all. While Kanban team members are more skilled, Scrumban teams can be made up of both specialists and generalists.
Read more: 5 Structures to Support Agile Teams
How work is planned
You must determine what needs to be done for every agile method. Once you have your requirements, the approaches begin to differ.
Scrum teams draw their requirements from the product backlog. The Agile Alliance defines the backlog like:
“A list of features and technical tasks that the team maintains at any given moment and which are necessary and sufficient to complete a release or project.”
Prioritize the work for each sprint during planning. This is where there’s a lot of negotiation.
If a large task is not possible within the sprint timeframe, it will be broken down into smaller pieces. Sprint dates must be strictly respected.
Scrum teams are known for their excellent change management processes. Although no new stuff is added to a sprint, it may make it into the next sprint.
Kanban is much more relaxed. Kanban is much more relaxed. The team can add work to their task lists when they are empty or at any point. Since they don’t work in sprints, there are no fixed points at which they must come together to plan.
Kanban team members are more likely to have specialisms so they can take on their next task as soon as they finish their current workload. There is no need to wait until the next formal planning cycle in order to get more work.
Scrumban teams plan when they have no work left to do or, in agile-speak, “when there is enough work.”

Communications Tools The Project Banner

If you had asked me a month ago if I would have used a roll banner for my project communications, I would have answered that I didn’t have the budget. A banner for the staff canteen. It sounds like something my boss wouldn’t approve of.
But you know what? They aren’t too expensive.
People don’t know how to spread the word about their projects outside of emails, newsletters, and presentations. I am often asked about project communication. There are many other options for internal communications than those mentioned, but I have always thought that roller banners were an expense my project could live without.
Portfolio Display asked me to test their banners. In the spirit of full disclosure, I received mine for free. However, even if I had paid for it, it would have been less than PS40. (I did pay for delivery, but it wasn’t that much).
Uses for a Project Banner
A roll banner can be folded up and moved easily from one site to the next. This is a great option for business change or project implementations. It came wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in a bag so that I could transport it around from one place to another.
Here’s the case
In the employee cafeteria, or in another shared area, you can advertise the upcoming launch to staff.
You can brief staff members about your project at town hall meetings or other internal events.
Your project management community of practice events will host networking sessions and other events.
Public events to highlight your new project
Attend trade shows or conferences where your company might have a booth (I’m thinking especially for PMO teams that are recruiting project managers).
You can highlight your team’s struggles in the reception area.

We have been discussing this last point, about asking members of the public not to judge staff who are using a new system, a lot internally. We decided to leave it up to individual receptionists to make the final decision for their teams. Some people didn’t want the system being changed and that their team might be struggling. Some felt it was better to highlight this.
A huge banner roller banner was not used. A discreet notice at the reception desk was enough. However, a project banner could be considered if necessary.
There are many things you can do to project management communications within a budget. Even if you don’t have much money, you can still make it work.

Designing a Project Banner
Although I am not a graphic designer, I was able to design the one in the photo. Inkscape is free and produces high quality output. I used graphics that I already had and saved the entire thing as a PDF in the correct size.
Although it sounds easy, I spent a lot of time browsing Pinterest to see images of others’ banners. If you have a Marketing team with an in-house graphic designer, you can ask them to design it for you.
Tips for using your project banner
The file was large and I sent the artwork via WeTransfer. It arrived quickly. Portfolio Display’s banner printing service was fast (check delivery times for your local print shop, if you are not in the UK). You could put off getting your banner printed, but it would be a waste of time if you have an event or other implementation in mind.
It is very heavy and heavier than I expected.
It didn’t come equipped with instructions, or if it did, I didn’t see them. I also didn’t find the instructions intuitive. Although it’s easy to put together, take your time and practice getting it up before you make any major changes.

Communication skills for Project Leaders: A Book Review of The Language of Leaders

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Many of the books on project and business management I review are written outside the UK. It was therefore a pleasure to read about companies I know and see the scenarios in a book that is UK-focused. Kevin Murray interviewed 60 CEOs and business leaders mainly from the UK for The Language of Leaders. He had to have the interviews transcribed, and ended up with 500,000 words. He identified many common themes and extracted 12 principles for leadership communication. These are the central premise for the book.
It is not enough to manage a project. Project managers must also be project leaders. They need to have the ability to communicate and influence others to get things done.
Murray writes that leaders today have to communicate with a wider range of people and use a wider variety of channels. Murray writes, “If you manage this environment effectively, you have more options to get your message across and build a great company where everyone wins.” Although the book doesn’t discuss project management, it is the same challenge that project leaders face. It is important to tailor messages to different stakeholder groups. Knowing more about communication can help improve project results.
Leadership communication principles
The Language of Leaders’ first section explains why leadership has changed. It also explains why communication is important, particularly in the context of multiple communication channels, the digital age, transparency, and the fact that communication is now instantaneous. People who have been following the evolution of social media and collaboration technology over the past few years will not be unfamiliar with any of these points.
The second section of Murray’s 12 principles for leadership communications is the focus of the book’s second section. These principles are all fascinating, but I found the most relevant to project management to be:
A compelling mission and powerful set of values can be shared with you.
Focus your people on the relationships that are crucial to your success.
Learn to listen in new and powerful ways and ask the right questions
Be aware of the signals that you send beyond your words
Your reputation is at risk if you don’t prepare for public platforms

Murray writes about the power and importance of conversation. A lot of the book is focused on verbal communication on camera, on stage or in one-on-one situations. Murray writes:
“The most important thing a leader can do when communicating with employees, is to show up!” There are many stories of leaders e-mailing instructions and not having face-to-face conversations with staff. Leaders must find ways to engage with their employees and ensure that supervisors and managers are engaged.
Or, in a project environment project managers must find ways to ensure that workstream and team leaders engage with their respective parts of the project team.
Always be on the show
The book is filled with stories and anecdotes. Murray interviewed leaders who spoke in stories. The book is filled with stories to illustrate the principles and concepts of leadership. Murray adheres to the novelists’ creed of show, do not tell.
These stories are informative, inspiring, and entertaining. However, you will often have to make your own conclusions about the communication messages they illustrate. It’s fine to use your brain to figure these things out, and if you don’t get the message of the story, each chapter ends by providing a list of takeaway soundbites.
One of my favorite stories illustrates the fact managers and leaders are equally important.

Clubhouse for Project Managers

Clubhouse is a social platform that allows you to drop in to audio chats. You can think of podcasts or live radio shows where you just listen to the conversation. Or conference calls where you can join in at any point, then leave after a while.
Is there a place in the app for project managers? What could it be used for?
Clubhouse was the place I went to learn more.

Clubhouse: What I love about it
How Clubhouse works
How to join Clubhouse
Clubhouse: Your profile.
Clubhouse has project managers available
Join some clubs
Join a room
Talking in a group
Manage your notifications
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Clubhouse: What I love about it
Clubhouse is easy to use and requires little effort from me.
Although it sounds strange, I can click to listen to a room and leave when I’m done. I can also host my own rooms in my pajamas (as I have often done). You don’t have to do your hair, put on make-up, or adjust the lighting.
It’s voice-only (with no recording), so you can simply “dial in” to listen or talk. It’s simple, requires little preparation, and can be addictive! I’ve met many interesting people in the project industry, some of whom work near me in similar positions.
It’s easier than doing Facebook Lives because I don’t have to prepare as much, there is no additional apps or bothersome streaming services to set up, and I can speak to real people rather than only responding to comments. The conversation is more open and less one-sided.
Are you ready to see it?
How Clubhouse works
Clubhouse is currently in private beta. To get in, you will need to be invited. However, the world is small and people in your network will have spare invites to invite you in.
You get 2 invites when you sign up. After being active for a week on the platform, I received 3 more invites. After a month, I received 3 more invites.
You can also be invited to a club directly. Another way to get invites is set up a club. The club will send you private invitations so that your contacts can join.
How to join Clubhouse
You can download the app now (although it’s only for iPhone/iPad) and reserve your handle ([email protected]). When someone invites you via text message, iMessage, or email, you will be notified.
To invite you, your friend must have your number in their contact list. This is the only way you can invite people to your phone contacts.
Club invites are unique (more on clubs later). They include a secret link to join.
Clubhouse: Your profile.
Set up your profile when you sign up. Although the search tools on Clubhouse are not very powerful, it will detect keywords in your profile. If you want to connect with Clubhouse’s project management community, ensure that your profile contains the terms “project manager” and “project management” or an equivalent wording (PMO/programm manager, etc.).
Clubhouse bios can be filled with emojis It was easier to create a bio using Notes, then copy it and paste it into Clubhouse.
Clubhouse has project managers available
Clubhouse has a search function that allows you to find project managers and clubs. Search for me first: I’m @elizabethharrin. To find other project professionals, you can browse my followers and those I am following. Or, try your own search.
Next, join some clubs. At the time of writing, there are three project management clubs:
Project Management Club
All Things Project Management
Women in Project Management (currently not open to members, but you may follow it).

It would be great to have Clubhouse with a wide range of project managers so we can do events like the #PMOT on Twitter. My Ask a Project Manager rooms are available in the Projec.

How to Use Offline Player and Mobile Apps

SPOTO has mobile apps that allow learners to train on the move! You can use your train commute, next flight, or waiting room at the dentist to get a little training. Our mobile app can be downloaded from Apple iTunes, Google Play Store or Amazon to your mobile device.
These are some tips to get more out of your training using our mobile app.
1. You can train anywhere you like with the SPOTO apps! Your mobile device can be used to train anywhere. You can minimize distractions by getting away from your desk while you train. You can also take your smartphone with you to troubleshoot at the office. SPOTO trainers are available to assist you in any situation, including working with end users, laying cables, and in the server room.
2. The Offline Player allows you to train even if you don’t have an internet connection. You can download up to 10 hours worth of training content to your phone, so you can train even if you don’t have an internet connection. Get your next training course and train on your next long flight.
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Start training3. Training with dual screens is essential for your success. You can watch your training and work in your lab using the mobile app. You can have a dual-screen experience by using your mobile device and your desktop. This will help you improve your skills and knowledge.
4. Sync it up! The SPOTO app automatically syncs with your online SPOTO account, allowing for you to keep track your training in both places. You can manually sync the app settings if you want to make sure that the sync is up-to-date.
5. You don’t need to waste time with the SPOTO mobile app. You can train while you wait at your dentist or at the mechanic’s. You can use your time to learn and challenge yourself, no matter how short it is.
The SPOTO app and the offline player can help make your training more efficient and effective. Make the most of these great tools today to get more from your training!
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How to Upgrade to Call Manager 12.5

It can be difficult to upgrade Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM), to 12.5 Although it is worth the effort, it can be time-consuming and difficult. It is important to have a step-by, easy-to-follow guide once you have made that decision.
Verifying that the licensing has been converted to FLEX (which automatically adds licenses to Smart License Manager at Cisco) or converted to CUWL licenses to Smart License Manager is the first item on this list. We recommend that you take a look at FLEX to see what it can do.
What the Upgrade Looks Like and How Long It Takes
It’s not something I will sugarcoat. This is a major upgrade that will take approximately 2.5 hours for Publisher servers and 1.5 to 2 for subscribers. First, ensure that your hardware is available for the upgrade. VMWare ESXi6.5 or higher is required for CUCM 12.5 to work. If you are using a UCS server, you might need to upgrade the firmware and upgrade VMWare before you can upgrade CUCM.
Cisco offers a website that will help you determine if your hardware is capable of this feat and what firmware you may require. You will need to enter your Server Type, Model and Processor Version, Operating System, and OS version.
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To prepare for the upgrade, there are some tasks you should do before upgrading. Cisco provides a pre-upgrade cop file that you can run for both CUCM or Unity Connection. This will let you know if your server is ready to upgrade. The filename is ciscocm.preUpgradeCheck-00024 and can be found in the Software Downloads section of Cisco’s website.
The cop file checks disk space and NTP. Most likely, disk space issues will occur as this upgrade takes up more space than previous ones. When that is the case, run the ciscocm.free_common_space_v1.5.cop.sgn file to free up the necessary space. Sometimes, even this doesn’t free enough space. To free up some space, you can remove specific phone firmware from certain devices.
Next, verify that each server’s virtual hardware matches the 12.5 ova templates. This is important because the switch-version at end of the upgrade checks will verify that the hardware is correct. It will fail if it doesn’t match. You should check the Hard Disk and RAM, as well as the Network adapter, to ensure that they match the ova template. To make any changes to Vmware ESXi, you will need to shut down the server.
Here are the most recent virtualization specifications for CUCM and CUC, IM&P and UCCX.
CUCM
CUC
IM&P
UCCX

Perform the Upgrade
Finally, you can upgrade to 12.5. First, upgrade the CUCM Publisher. To save time, you can also upgrade the Unity Connection and UCCX Publishers simultaneously. The IM & P Publisher must wait until the CUCM publisher is done. It is considered a subscriber of the CUCM publisher. All subscribers can be done simultaneously once the publishers have been completed. If you have multiple subscribers to which phones are registered, and you want to reduce downtime, each subscriber should be done individually.
You have the option to either wait until all versions are finished or switch automatically after an upgrade. Unity Connection doesn’t offer this option and switches automatically. UCCX does not offer this option, but you must make it manually.
The upgrade can be done in three ways. The Prime Collaboration Deployment Server can be used to upgrade. This server is easy to deploy on the ESXi. The PCD cannot be used for all applications. It can perform the entire cluster one at a time in some cases. There is a possibility that you will encounter problems and need to restart the upgrade manually.
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How to troubleshoot a failed ping request

Network connectivity is a prerequisite for any network deployment. The availability of the network is ensured by the configuration and response to ping requests. The ping can be used to test, such as to verify that routing is working properly and so forth.
ICMP and ping messages could be used against us in a system attack or network discovery. This post will show you how to troubleshoot a Palo Alto firewalls failed ping request.
The structure of your network can have a significant impact on the troubleshooting process. If your network is complex, it might be difficult to keep track of the network and determine the root cause of problems. Use the right tools and a deliberate approach to troubleshooting to narrow down the problem.
How to troubleshoot network issues
A network is an essential part of any organization’s IT infrastructure. There may be connectivity issues with a network once it is built.
There are two basic processes that you should follow when troubleshooting network problems.
Verify the Network Hardware. Make sure that your network hardware is in good condition. Rebooting your network devices can sometimes work after you have double-checked their physical connections.
You can verify that servers and hardware are functioning properly by turning routers on or off.
Use the Command Prompt. Use the Windows Command Prompt to troubleshoot any network problems manually if everything is working properly.
Ping and tracert are useful programs that can resolve minor issues in many cases. The ping program can measure latency between the destination and requesting hosts and check for basic connections. It can be used to determine if there is an issue with your company network or your network. Tracert can then be used to determine how fast a packet flows between nodes on the network. It will look at the hops it takes to travel from the request host to the destination host. Combining these techniques can help you pinpoint the problem on the network.
nslookup and ipconfig. ipconfig is used to determine the IP address of each host in the network. This is useful for diagnosing network problems such as IP address conflict. Network problems could be caused by problems with the Domain Name Mechanism (DNS), which maps domain names to IP addresses. If the DNS configuration is not correct, the domain name as well as the associated IP address are not able to be reconciled and you cannot access the website or services. If the nslookup utility fails in finding the IP address(es), connected to a domain name, it means that there is a problem with DNS.
netstat. The netstat utility displays information about a host’s network connections and their status. It can help you determine how much traffic is flowing through the network and identify port issues.

How to troubleshoot a ping request
Troubleshooting ping requests in Palo Alto firewalls is a fundamental task that every network engineer and technician must do. ICMP and ping messages could be used against us to attack our systems or network discovery. Therefore, they are disabled by default.
The default attitude of the Palo Alto firewall on its data plane interfaces is that it will not respond to pings. Let’s take a look at the Palo Alto firewall and see where we would go to adjust this behavior.
In the following configuration, the data plane interfaces ethernet1/1 or 1/3 are not receiving ping requests. They refuse to allow others to communicate with them to manage the box.
The management interface is the best way to administer the Palo Alto firewall for the moment.

How to take your certification exam online: Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA

CompTIA, Microsoft, and Cisco have made it possible for learners to take the majority of their certification exams online in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Pearson VUE has partnered with all three vendors to provide online proctoring of exams. This allows learners to take exams from the comfort of their own homes.
Pearson VUE has closed its testing centres in the United States and Canada for the near future to prevent the spread COVID-19. This is why the push to offer more online testing options to learners. Pearson VUE delivers certification exams for many IT certification vendors.
Here are some ways you can take certification exams from CompTIA, Microsoft, and Cisco online.
Cisco Online Testing
Cisco, the latest certification provider, has made it possible to offer online testing through Pearson VUE. Exam-takers have the option to schedule exams at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a semaine. Except for:
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352-011 ENU Cisco Certified Designer Expert Practical Exam
352-001 ENU Cisco Certified Design Expert Qualification Examination

Candidates must meet these requirements to be able pass the Cisco certification exams online.
Have access to a quiet, private location
Use a reliable device with a webcam
A strong connection is essential
Have you downloaded OnVUE software?
Get government-issued identification

Online testing requires that candidates pass a system test. Here is a link to test your system.
Hear Knox Hutchinson, SPOTO trainer, discuss Cisco’s move to online testing and what that means for test-takers.

Jeremy Cioara, a fellow trainer, also shares his tips and advice for passing Cisco’s new CCNA exam at-home in this clip.

Quick refresher: Cisco has extended expiration dates for active certifications by six month as of March 16. A Cisco certification that was due to expire March 30, 2020 will now expire on September 30, 2020.
Cisco also extended the expiration date for active, unused and unexpired exam vouchers to six months starting March 16. Exam vouchers purchased within the next three months will expire 18 month after their purchase date.
Here’s more information on taking Cisco certification exams online: their FAQ page.
CompTIA Online Testing
CompTIA offers vendor-neutral IT certifications and online testing via Pearson VUE. The only CompTIA certification exams that cannot be taken online as of April 15, 2020 are the CTT+TK0-201 exam and those available through CompTIA’s Anywhere Proctored program.
CompTIA uses Pearson VUE as well so test takers must have the following:
Have access to a quiet, private location
Use a reliable device with a webcam
A strong connection is essential
Have you downloaded OnVUE software?
Get government-issued identification

CompTIA certification exam candidates must also pass a system test to be eligible to take part in online testing. Here is a link to test your system.
CompTIA offers the following tips for taking a CompTIA certification exam online:
You should take your exam on the same computer that you took your system test. Do not use a different computer for your exam.
Before you start your exam, close all other applications. All other applications must be closed except OnVUE. Your exam could be disrupted if you do not close all applications except OnVUE.

CompTIA extended all its certification vouchers that were due to expire between March 17, 2020 and April 30, 2020 through June 30, 2020.
Microsoft Online Testing
Microsoft offers online testing for all its role-based and foundational certificates (also known technical certs).

How to Study for VMware VSphere 6 VCP/DCV in 9 Weeks

As they seek to streamline processes and reduce costs, save space and increase efficiency, more and more companies are turning to virtualization. This has created a need for IT professionals with serious virtualization skills.
You should consider earning VMware’s Certified Professional 6 Data Center Virtualization certification.
VMware has been the standard in virtualization since its inception. The VCP6 DCV certification is an intermediate-level cert. It’s a great way to prove that you can manage, deploy, and maintain VMware vSphere environments. After completing this certification training, you will be able to quickly and easily learn the ropes.
We have created a 9-week study plan that will help you become VCP6 DCV certified. It includes SPOTO training, hands-on experience, as well as a lot of other great resources. You are ready to learn, watch, and conquer.
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You can watch videos 1-7 of Keith Barker’s VMware vSphere 6 course (VCP6–DCV) during your first week. This course will provide all the videos that you’ll be watching over the next nine weeks. These videos will cover topics such as what is a hypervisor and how to design & prepare labs.
You should download the supplemental files that are associated with this course. These files contain many useful documents that will help you with the course. We recommend that you supplement your video training with additional resources. These textbooks are for VCP6-DCV certified learners.
VCP6-DCV Official Cert Guide
VCP6-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization for vSphere 6 Study Guide 2V0-261

It never hurts to look at what’s in store. VMware’s website has more information about the exam requirements and VMware’s recommended study resources. You can also learn more about the exam that you are planning to take in nine weeks.
The first week should be a smooth, easy transition to the rest of your training.
Week 2
This week’s videos include videos 8-14, which cover topics such as vSphere Windows Client, deploying vCSA and datastores. Flashcards can be used to reinforce key concepts and terms. Yes, exactly like the ones you used in grade school to remember multiplication tables.
We encourage you to read the exam blueprint or to print it to aid you in your virtualization training.
Week 3
Videos 15-21. The focus will be on VMware tools, snapshots, as well as creating virtual switches. You probably have questions about what you’ve seen and learned. This is a great time to join the SPOTO Learner Community. Here you can connect with mentors and network with other learners.
No matter where you are in your training journey, your ultimate goal is to become VCP6-DCV certified. Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare for the exam.
Week 4
As you watch the videos 22-28 this week, you’ll be able to cover a lot more iSCSI-related topics as well as vMotion, DRS, and other topics. Then, it’s time to take a practice exam! These practice exams are a great way for you to get used to the exam environment and gauge your test-taking speed. You should plan to spend some time this week completing your Transcender(r). practice exam.
Do not let unfavorable results discourage you. You are not even halfway through the study plan. There is a lot of training to be done and much more to conquer. Here’s a study guide that can give you a boost.
Week 5
Congrats! Congratulations! You have made it to the halfway point. You’ll be watching videos 29 to 35 this week. These videos focus on switching concepts like implementing distributed sizing.