Certifications related to cloud computing


Cloud U

What it’s all about: Delivered by cloud provider Rackspace, Cloud U is a vendor-neutral curriculum designed for IT professionals and business leaders that covers and certifies knowledge of the fundamentals of Cloud Computing. CloudU content is available to any professional at any time, but if you want a formal recognition of your knowledge about Cloud Computing, you should complete the courses and requirements for a certificate.

How to prepare: Study each Cloud U lesson whitepaper, and then successfully complete each of 10 Cloud U quizzes based on the whitepaper’s content. Successfully complete a 50-question final exam drawn from materials covered in the ten Cloud U lessons.




CompTIA Cloud Essentials

What it’s all about: According to CompTIA, the Cloud Essentials Certification covers the basic fundamentals of cloud computing and shows that individuals understand cloud computing from both a business and a technical perspective. In addition, the certification covers migration to the cloud and governance of cloud computing environments.

How to prepare: CompTIA offers study and training materials, and, while it’s not required, CompTIA recommends that individuals taking the exam have at least six months experience working in an IT services environment.




 Cloud Security Alliance Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)

What it’s all about: This is the mother of all cloud computing security certifications. The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge certification is vendor-neutral and certifies competency in key cloud security areas. The test is based on the Cloud Security Alliance Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing V3, English language version, and the ENISA report “Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks and Recommendations for Information Security.”

How to prepare: The best way to prepare is to study the CSA Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v3, and the ENISA report “Cloud Computing: Benefits, Risks, and Recommendations for Information Security.”

CSA Guidance



CloudSchool.com Certified Cloud Technology Professional

What it’s all about: CloudSchool.com offers a number of vendor-neutral cloud certifications, each based on a one-day course module and aimed at competency in specific areas of cloud computing. There are certificates for cloud architects, cloud technology professionals, cloud governance and cloud security, among others.

How to prepare: Cloud School offers self-study kits as well as on-site and remote workshops, study sessions and instructor-led workshops to help prepare applicants for the exams.




AWS Certified Solutions Architect

What it’s all about: Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certifications recognize IT professionals that possess the skills and technical knowledge necessary for designing, deploying, and operating applications and infrastructure on AWS. There are three associate level and two professional level certifications currently offered.

How to prepare: Amazon offers study materials, practice exams and introductory, advanced and specialized courses and training on its website.



Arcitura Education Cloud Certified Professional

What it’s all about: The Cloud Certified Professional program from the Arcitura Cloud School is focused on general cloud computing technology, architecture, security, governance and capacity. Founded by best-selling author Thomas Erl, this curriculum enables IT professionals to develop real-world cloud computing proficiency. There are eight cloud computing specialties available.

How to prepare: Arcitura Education offers on-site training, public workshops and self-study materials through its website. Each certification exam also has a corresponding one-day course module.




Cloud Credential Council

What it’s all about: The Cloud Credential Council (CCC) is an international body that drives standards training and certification for cloud computing pros. The CCC is independent and vendor-neutral, and members come from the public sector and academic institutions, cloud providers, cloud consumers, cloud brokers, professional associations and international certification bodies from across the world. The certifications are geared toward cloud consumers, cloud vendors or cloud solutions, and service providers that want to improve their skills in defining, choosing, building, operating and managing cloud services. Currently, CCC offers two associate level and five professional level cloud certifications.

How to prepare: The Cloud Credential Council offers courses and preparation material on its website.



Cloud Genius

What it’s all about: Cloud Genius certification offers certificates on cloud technologies, cloud/DevOps automation and cloud architecture and design. The program is heavily focused on hands-on experiential learning. The coursework requires twice-weekly on-campus attendance, as well as team collaboration on real-life projects. The program also offers a solid foundation in cloud technologies, modern DevOps practices and some basic programming in Ruby and Chef.

How to prepare: Each certificate requires, at minimum, 24 classroom hours (three hours, twice a week for four weeks). In addition, the program directors suggest devoting additional time to view video lectures, working on group projects and practicing materials you’ve learned.




Cloud Institute

What it’s all about: The Cloud Institute Certification program is based on the findings and recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which is geared toward greater and faster cloud adoption in government and public service verticals. The program also includes a focus on security and privacy challenges. There are currently two online certification programs, Certified Cloud Architect and Certified Cloud Professional, and one open assessment available.

How to prepare: Cloud institute advises certification candidates to use the publications offered by the NIST as a basis for study, and to use the free Open Exam to identify areas where more work is needed. The Institute also recommends candidates have working experience in enterprise cloud technology, SOA design or development, cloud-related services and application, and/or storage-centric services.




Exin Cloud Computing Foundation

What it’s all about: Exin offers two certification levels, Cloud Computing Foundation and Cloud Technologies Advanced. The programs cover main cloud computing concepts as well as what’s involved in planning, procurement and management. The certification is geared toward DevOps professionals responsible for making the business case for cloud solutions, evaluating vendors and systems, and then integrating them with legacy technologies.

How to prepare: Exin offers exam preparation guides and sample exams as well as eBooks covering these concepts. These materials are available on its Web site.




Autologon windows in Application Director

I had a customer who was trying to deploy a blueprint from Application Director and need autologon feature. The Endpoint is vCloud Director

AppD –> vCloud Director –> VM

When we deployed the VM directly from vCD (Request –> vCD –> VM) , autologon worked but same didn’t work from AppD (Request –> AppD –> vCD –>VM).

In the AppD documentation, I noticed that when we deploy from AppD, vCD Guest customization will be over-ridden.

So simple idea is to add a windows powershell script to add in AppD (AppD console –> Powershell script –>paste), below script flawlessly

$VMname= hostname

set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon' -Name AutoAdminLogon -Value 1
set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon' -Name DefaultUserName -Value Administrator
set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon' -Name DefaultPassword -Value SWENGn2j4g5
set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon' -Name DefaultDomainName -Value $VMname
set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon' -Name ForceUnlockLogon -Value 1
set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon' -Name AutoLogonCount -Value 100

vCloud Air – Two interfaces ?

Everyday I talk to lot of vCloud Air customers, often I hear feedback vCloud Air UI is confusing.

The confusion is two interfaces, which is vCloud Air portal and vCloud director portal

According to me

  • vCloud Air Portal is simple and quick









  • vCloud Director Portal is advanced and comprehensive


The reasons why vCloud Air offers two interfaces
  • vCloud Air service leverage vCloud Director (vCD) to host the cloud services, vCD is well liked IaaS product from VMware.
    It is still used by many of the service providers to deliver IaaS cloud
  • The users who are very new, vCloud Air portal offers a simple / minimal view and can do the things within few clicks
  • Many of the VMware customers are familiar with vCloud Director UI, for them it is easy to adopt vCloud Air
  • Many of the advanced users, leverage APIs / SDKs for automation. Providing access to vCD makes them easier to use APIs and automation tools such as vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator
  • Thorough vCloud air you can purchase multiple DCs from multiple available regions, vCloud Air portal acts like unified portal to manage / monitor all the VDCs
UI Comparison.


Internet Access to a VM in vCloud Air OnDemand

By default the VMs in vCloud Air doesn’t not connect to internet. We need to configure the SNAT/DNAT rules to allow the internet connectivity in both ways.

Below is the procedure to allow internet access to a VM in  vCloud Air OnDemand.

Add Public IP –> Configure SNAT Rules –> Validate the Connectivity

Add a Public IP to a Gateway in vCloud Air OnDemand

Click Gateways –> Public Ips –> Add IP Address



Create a SNAT Rule



Now the VMs connected to the org-network associated with the gateway will be to connect to internet.

vCloud Air OnDemand – An Intro

On Jan 20, 2015, VMware rolled out another version of Cloud service offering “vCloud Air On Demand”. This time VMware made the process very simple to access the service. Customers can use their credit cards to sign-up vCloud Air On Demand service(Pay-As-You-Go)(PAYG Model) and start their VMs in few clicks / minutes.

As a promotion, VMware offers 300$ credits to new customers

Click Here to Sign-Up

If someone wants to see the simplicity of accessing the service, I summarized the sign-up process and creating your first VM.

Sign-up process

Click Sign-Up –> Fill in your Details –> Credit Card Details –> Confirm your account –> Set your first password –> Boom



Create your First Datacenter

For the first time you login, you will be asked where you want to create your first VPC (virtual private cloud).

You will be prompted to choose from available DCs, choose the one which closest to you .



Create your First VM

vCloud Air service supports a wide variety of 32 & 64 bit Operating System, below is the list of supported OS

vCloud Air Supported Operating Systems

The current Operating Systems supported by vCloud Director are:

Microsoft Windows Linux
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Microsoft Windows 8 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Microsoft Windows 8.1 SUSE Enterprise Linux 11
Microsoft Windows 7 SUSE Enterprise Linux 10
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Oracle Linux 6
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Oracle Linux 5
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Oracle Linux 4
Microsoft Windows Small Business Sever 32-bit CentOS
Microsoft Windows Vista Ubuntu Linux
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Other 3.x Linux
Microsoft Windows 2000 Other 2.6.x Linux
Microsoft Windows NT Other 2.4.x Linux
Microsoft Windows 3.1 Other Linux
Microsoft MS-DOS

But thats not all, as vCloud Air runs on VMware vSphere, the full list of vCloud Air supported Operating Systems and application are in the vSphere HCL: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=software&testConfig=16

Create VM

Look at this article  for allowing a VM to connect internet.

Also the billing and pricing is granular and can be viewed in the On-demand portal Resource Usage dashboard.

VMware has a pricing calculator / planner in their website, so a user can check approximate billing information prior signing up the service.



So overall look at vCloud Air Ondemand looks promising and really useful when you need a VM/Resources real quick without any hassle.


VCP-NV VMware Certified Professional Network Virtualization – Blueprint


VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (VCP-NV)

is ready for scheduling at PearsonVue (VCPN610)

Request Exam Authorization  Download the Exam Blueprint

Request for Authorization (mylearn): http://mylearn.vmware.com/quiz.cfm?item=58796

Blue Print: https://mylearn.vmware.com/lcms/web/portals/certification/VCP_Blueprints/VCP-NV-Exam-Blueprint-v1_0.pdf

Practice Exam : http://mylearn.vmware.com/quiz.cfm?item=57466


Choose one of the paths below to earn your VCP-NV Certification

Path 1: Just starting with Network Virtualization Technologies.

1 Completion of the following course is REQUIRED:
VMware NSX: Install, Configure Manage Classroom
Live Online
View Schedule
2 Pass the following exam and get certified
VMware Certified Professional — Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) Exam Request VCPN610 Exam Authorization

Path 2: Already VCP Certified.

1Required Prerequisite: Any valid VCP certification. Completing one the courses below is RECOMMENDED, but not required
VMware NSX: Install, Configure Manage Classroom
Live Online
View Schedule
VMware NSX Technical Overview with Labs Lab Connect Purchase
2 Pass the following exam and get certified
VMware Certified Professional — Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) Exam Request VCPN610 Exam Authorization

Path 3: Valid CCNA or CCNP certification. Note: This path is only available until February 28, 2015

1 Completing one the courses below is RECOMMENDED, but not required.
VMware NSX: Install, Configure Manage Classroom
Live Online
View Schedule
VMware NSX Technical Overview with Labs Lab Connect Purchase
2 Pass the following exam and get certified:
VMware Certified Professional — Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) Exam Request VCPN610 Exam Authorization


Useful Resources :


Free NSX training (3 Hours) from VMware.




HOL-SDC-1303 – VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform

HOL-SDC-1319 – VMware NSX for Multi-Hypervisor Environments


I have downloaded all the required documentation  for easy access – Download Here.



Blueprint Overview.

Section 1 – Define VMware NSX Technology and Architecture

Objective 1.1 – Describe the Benefits of a VMware NSX Implementation

Objective 1.2 – Describe VMware NSX Architecture

Objective 1.3 – Differentiate VMware Network and Security Technologies

Objective 1.4 – Contrast Physical and Virtual Network Technologies

Objective 1.5 –Explain VMware NSX Integration with Third-Party Products and Services


Section 2 – Plan and Configure vSphere Networking

Objective 2.1 – Define Benefits of Running VMware NSX on Physical Network Fabrics

Objective 2.2 – Describe Physical Infrastructure Requirements for a VMware NSX Implementation


Section 3 – Configure and Manage vSphere Networking

Objective 3.1 – Configure and Manage vSphere Standard Switches (vSS)

Objective 3.2 – Configure and Manage vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS)

Objective 3.3 – Configure and Manage vSS and vDS Policies


Section 4 – Install and Upgrade VMware NSX


Objective 4.1 – Configure Environment for Network Virtualization

Objective 4.2 – Deploy VMware NSX Components

Objective 4.3 – Upgrade Existing vCNS/NSX Implementation

Objective 4.4 – Expand Transport Zone to Include New Cluster(s)


Section 5 – Configure VMware NSX Virtual Networks

Objective 5.1 – Create and Administer Logical Switches

Objective 5.2 – Configure VXLAN

Objective 5.3 – Configure and

Objective 5.4 – Configure and Manage Logical Routers

Manage Layer 2 Bridging


Section 6 – Configure and Manage NSX Network Services

Objective 6.1 – Configure and Manage Logical Load Balancing

Objective 6.2 – Configure and Manage Logical Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

Objective 6.3 – Configure and Manage DHCP/DNS/NAT

Objective 6.4 – Configure and Manage Edge Services High Availability


Section 7 – Configure and Administer Network Security

Objective 7.1 – Configure and Administer Logical Firewall Services

Objective 7.2 – Configure Distributed Firewall Services

Objective 7.3 – Configure and Manage Service Composer


Section 8 – Perform Operations Tasks in a VMware NSX Environment

Objective 8.1 – Configure Roles, Permissions, and Scopes

Objective 8.2 – Describe NSX Automation

Objective 8.3 – Monitor a VMware NSX Implementatio

Objective 8.4 – Perform Auditing and Compliance

Objective 8.5 – Administer Logging

Objective 8.6 – Backup and Recover Configurations


Section 9 – Troubleshoot a VMware Network Virtualization Implementation

Objective 9.1 – Identify Tools Available for Troubleshooting

Objective 9.2 – Troubleshoot Common NSX Installation/Configuration Issues

Objective 9.3 – Troubleshoot Common NSX Component Issues

Objective 9.4 – Troubleshoot Common Connectivity Issues

Objective 9.5 – Troubleshoot Common vSphere Networking Issues