VCP Certification: An Overview

One of the oldest and the most successful VMware certifications is the VCP (VMware Certified Professional) certification. In fact, the VCP was the only certification that VMware offered initially. Being an entry level certification, it can be undertaken by all IT professionals. Aspirants require undertaking a VMware course for attaining it, either in-person or online.

This VCP certification has now become a part of the greater VMware certification matrix offering individual VCP certifications including:

  • VCP – DV (VMware Certified Professional – Datacenter virtualization)
  • VCP – Desktop (VMware Certified Professional – Desktop)
  • VCP – Cloud (VMware Certified Professional – Cloud)

VCP 5.5 certification

Using a combination of VMware online courses and training, this examination attests a professional’s skill to install, configure and upgrade VMware’s technologies like VMware ESXi and vCenter Server, vSphere storage, vSphere networking including deploying and administering vApps and virtual machines. Preparation materials can be accesses through vSphere Instructional Videos, VMware Press and VMware Certification Marketplace. Practice Exams and Study Guides are also available on the VMware website at

VMware also offers certifications for advanced skill levels like VCAP (VMware Certified Advance Professional) and VCDX (VMware Vertified Design Expert).

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Microsoft SharePoint Certification and Training: An Overview

The Microsoft SharePoint is a program that has process integration, workflow automation and system integration capabilities and is therefore widely used in document & file management, intranet portals, collaboration, extranets, social networks, websites, business intelligence and enterprise search. Irrespective of whether you are new or experienced in using the platform, the SharePoint certification can benefit you. The Microsoft SharePoint has two versions, as of now, namely:

  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013

The differences that have come about in the 2013 version are:

Difference Between Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and 2013

Further these certifications have two levels to it namely:

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): A internationally accepted standard for IT professionals, the MCSE SharePoint 2010 and 2013 training, trains individuals on organizing, synchronizing, collaborating and sharing information within organizations. Once qualified, the positions offered are that of systems analysts and network analysts.
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): A standard recognized worldwide, for developers, the MCSD SharePoint training hones skills in designing and developing of applications that run in collaboration with SharePoint. Goes without saying that developers aspiring for this certification require to be sound in platform combinations such as HTML5 + JavaScript, ASP.NET + MVC 4. The jobs that these certified individuals land are of a software developer or a web developer.

Aspirants are often faced by the question – Do I really require training to prepare? While it’s not a mandate, it’s highly advisable. Here are some of the advantages that training offers to aspirants:

  • MIcrosoft Sharepoint 2013Expert trainers help guide you through the preparations, with their expert inputs and guidance, something that cannot be availed when studying yourself.
  • Trainings offer a balanced combination of theoretical as well as practical knowledge of concepts.
  • Books do not include the latest tools, updates and application developments which can be injected into training sessions as and when concepts are covered, making it a holistic learning.
  • Abundance of mock tests, both theoretical and practical, ensure you know how much you have been able to grasp and the areas you need to work upon.

Over and above, trainings offer a systematic and coordinated approach to preparations, something that is difficult to do when preparing on your own. Ensure however, that trainings are undertaken from authorized training centers, since they are credible and accountable in their deliverables.

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Top IT Certifications That Will Get You a Raise

Being ambitious in your career is good but it’s also important to know if the career choices you are making are justified. We often get carried away by seeing our acquaintances excel and do well in certain fields and jumping onto the same. Technologies change over time and so do market trends and demands, making it extremely important to evaluate the time, energy and monetary investment you are making.

CertifiedIT certifications are a lucrative choice to make, helping you develop and excel in specialized areas and giving your career a much needed boost. However, deciding on the appropriate one for you is often a daunting task. To save the trouble, here is a list of top IT certifications that currently are the most lucrative:

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): A foundation to construct your way into the higher Microsoft certifications, these new set of certifications launched by Microsoft are not only building blocks for a career but an excellent boost to an IT professional who is about to step into the real world of information technology.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP): Project Management is required for all IT professionals across all organizations to plan and manage time within budget constraints. The fact that IT companies are reducing on their manpower is because they require skilled and efficient people, who can perform and not merely operate.
  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP): A booming industry involved in creating of a virtual platforms that are pivotal in reducing infrastructure costs, especially in companies that are hardware intensive; a VMware certified professional has enormous potential and growth stored in it, in times to come.
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): Amongst the various good security certifications available, the CISSP is one of the most lucrative and rewarding with the highest salary and respect. Organizations require protecting their network, systems and data and with the shift of data storage in to cloud systems, the demand for security professionals are on the high.
  • Cisco CCIE Routing & Switching: The fifth highest paying certifications as per the technology industry, this Cisco certification is the most popular and demanded of them all, with the highest of pay scales.

While these are currently topping the list, there are many more certifications that are lucrative and have a bright future, such as Cisco CCPV, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Cisco CCNP, Red Hat Certified Engineer, Android Programmers and many more. The noteworthy point however remains that training and certifications need to be chosen with a prior analysis and research to understand its relevance in one’s career, interests, current market demands and growth prospects; unless you would want to be wasting your resources!

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How Vulnerable is your Digital Device?

Everyone knows that security breaches are rampant nowadays. What you might not be aware of is the fact that apart from mobile phones, other digital devices such as hard drives, routers etc can also be used by hackers as points of access for cyber attacks. Here we’ll uncover the three most overlooked digital devices that need to be taken care of in order to ensure that intruders don’t take advantage of these loopholes.

Old hard disks: Hard drives that need to be discarded should be disposed off physically so as to completely destroy any sensitive data that it may contain. What most companies follow are traditional data removal methods which are not fool proof since they are prone to human error and do not comply with disposal laws. An onsite hard drive destruction service is the best bet if you wish to effectively and safely eliminate all traces of data from the hard drive, thus eliminating the possibility of a data breach.

Routers: If not configured properly, routers pose a threat to your internet connection and personal information. Intruders can not only log in to your network and slow down your net, but also gain access to your confidential browsing details. Make sure that you password protect your router and also turn off broadcasting to prevent malicious entities from seeing your network.

Smart copier machines: The new generation smart copier machines perform various functions including copying, printing, scanning, sending fax and emails. These jobs are handled by internal hard drives that archive all incoming data. These documents can contain sensitive data such as account numbers which can be easily accessed and stolen by remote access as well as extracting data directly from hard drive. I order to beat that, periodically overwriting the hard drive is a good idea. However, it may not be 100% secure. The most secure way is to simply destroy it once it’s usable life is over.

Ethical Hacking is one of the paths you can take to ensure your devices, networks and data are safe at all times. Professionals armed with this certification are better equipped to handle such threats and vulnerabilities. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of these risks which are often overlooked so as to take corrective measures and ensure safety of your enterprise information.

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The Curious Case of Identity Thefts

The case of cyber crime tax fraud worth $15 million in U.S. might be making some progress with the three accused being indicted, however, it raises several questions on the security and privacy of customer information. How safe is your personal information in the hands of your bank, your vendor or even your government? Identity thefts are rampant these days. Accounts of entities as big as Aon Hewitt, Citibank NA, PayPal, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Nordstrom Bank, and the U.S. Defense Department have been compromised. Chances are, some Americans when filing tax returns, will discover that someone has already filed and stolen their refunds.

How do Hackers File False Claims?

Hackers simply need a valid Social Security Number and a few personal details in order to submit a refund claim. They falsify a person’s income and tax details to have the refund sent to their debit card. The U.S. Treasury department revealed that 1.2 million tax payers were affected by tax fraud in 2012, and 1.6 million in the first half of 2013.

How to Save Yourself from Identity Theft?

Protect your SSN: Do not share your Social Security Number with anyone. Avoid carrying your card with you at all times. Only disclose this information where absolutely necessary.

File Sooner than Later: Don’t wait for the last date to file your claims. Do it as soon as possible.

Don’t fall for impostors: Don’t shell out your personal details to anyone claiming to be from IRS on the phone or email. IRS only asks for information by post. So be aware of such emails or phone calls.

Follow these three simple tips and stay guarded to ensure your confidential income data doesn’t fall into wrong hands.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Certification Training: Choose the Best

Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a server-client application software, that has been designed by Microsoft to streamline and manage marketing, sales and services dimensions of a business. Similar to the Microsoft SharePoint, this customer relationship management software is also an IIS based web application. The CRM systems are accessed through browsers like Chrome, Firefox or through a plug-in attached to Outlook. The software has evolved since its inception in January 2003, with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 being the sixth and the latest in line.

Microsoft DynamicsWhile certifications for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and 2013 can be undertaken; the latter being the newest version has enhanced features that you can be updated in. To mention a few:

  • New horizontal navigation bar replaces the earlier navigation pane
  • Enhanced action bar with more features options
  • Get started pane eliminated
  • The earlier separate workplace area has been replaced with area-specific dashboards
  • Quick Create Forms introduced for easier record maintenance.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM CertifiedThe only perquisite for appearing for these certifications is having sound knowledge of the fundamentals of CRM concepts. The training entails honing your skills and proficiency in installing, deployment and application of the software, which can be availed through Microsoft’s e-learning classes that provide virtual classes, training materials and learning plans. One could otherwise oMicrosoft Dynamics CRM pt enrolling in for training programs offered by Microsoft’s authorized training partners like Koenig Solutions.

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Koenig announces CEHV8 Hands on Skill Development webinar

CEHV8 Hands on Skill Development webinarKoenig Solutions is hosting an interactive and skills development webinar. In this webinar on ‘CEHV8 Hands on Skill Development’, an expert will tell you how to carry out the ethical hacking. The objective of this webinar is to help you in revising the entire CEHV8 modules, and ethical hacking methodology that can be used in a cyber attack situation.

Webinar on ‘CEHV8 Hands on Skill Development’ will considerably benefit auditors, security officers, site administrators, security professionals, and anyone who has prior knowledge of CEHV8, as well as concerned about the reliability of the network infrastructure. SME from the industry will speak on the topic, on 21st March, 2014, from 1PM to 7PM.  Interested candidates can register here for free.

About the session on CEHV8 Hands on Skill Development

CEHV8 certification authorizes the student to work on: networks, exploiting systems, devices and operating platforms. A certified professional can handle an ethical hacking situation and be able to work on: Windows Server 2012, BlackBerry 7 OS, Android OS, Windows 8, etc.


This webinar is a revision  lesson on CEH v8 that will discuss about the various  modules: Foot printing and Reconnaissance, Scanning Networks, Enumeration, System Hacking,  Sniffers, Social Engineering, Denial of Service, Session Hijacking, Web Application Hacking , SQL Injection etc.

Presenter Profile

Nityanand Thakur is an independent Computer Security & Digital Intelligence Consultant who is one of the most sought after Cyber Crime Investigators. A young and dynamic professional with an eye for detail, he has provided training on a range of subjects: Web Application Security, Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing, Forensic Investigations, Linux and Network.

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Koenig Offers a Free Lesson on Unified Communications – The Best Platform Ever

Unified Communications, integrates the newest platforms and enhancements, along with real-world dial plans and topologies, which will help you in gaining the skills and knowledge required to maintain UC applications, VoIP, unified messaging, including telepresence, and IP telephony.

Koenig Solutions, the number one offshore IT training company, is scheduling a free of cost interactive webinar. Subject matter expert from the industry will speak on the topic, titled Unified Communications – The Best Platform Ever. The webinar will be held on your computer screen on 12th March, 2014 from 3 PM to 4 PM. Those interested can register here.

About Unified Communications

A subject matter expert will teach you about Cisco Unified Communications that creates collaboration products, applications, and adaptive workspaces by incorporating communications. It uses an intelligent and converged network as a platform for communications.


This Interactive webinar will discuss about the Cisco Unified Communications and its components’. Webinar will brief you about the essentials of Cisco Unified Computing System.

Presenter Profile

Vibha Verma is a CCIE Voice Written certified Trainer-cum-Consultant.

She has been conducting Cisco Voice (Unified Communications) training for national and international corporations.  She is a young and dynamic professional who has ample knowledge in: Cisco Unified Communications Manager 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x, Cisco Unity Connection 8.x, 9.x, Cisco Unified Presence 8.x, 9.x, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x, Cisco Unity Express 7.x, 8.x and Unified Contact Center Express 8.x,9.x.

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Why Java Certification?

With 3 billion devices running Java worldwide, the world’s top companies rely on experienced Java Programmers to build and maintain these critical applications. Earning a Java certification equips you with these in demand skills, making you a more marketable candidate.

Oracle Java CertificationOracle offers a complete certification path for Java, so whether you are just getting started with Java or have years of experience, you can validate your skills with a Java certification.

Many companies support training and certifications for their employees to help support career growth.

According to a survey by CompTIA, “Among IT hiring managers, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) rate IT certifications as having extremely high or high value in validating skills and expertise.”

Certificate may also be used to show off technical expertise to clients and employers.

According to study done by IDC,  getting Oracle Java certification helps improve performance.

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Java Certification: Reason Behind It’s Never Ending Demand

As an object oriented programming language, Java, has survived and thrived through a good two decades since its inception in 1995. A brainchild to James Gosling of Sun Microsystems, it was taken up by Oracle to be promoted. Java saw its use in various computing platforms ranging from mobile phones and embedded devices to supercomputers and enterprise servers. As an independent platform, it can run in just about any machine as long it has Java Virtual Machine (JVM) installed in it.

JavaSimply put, the Java certification has a never ending demand only because of the Java language popularity. So why is it so popular? What makes it such a success in the IT industry? Here are a few facts related to Java certified professionals:

  • The top most qualifier is most definitely the earning potential that Java Certified professionals have. Salary surveys conducted across the world, in the context of Java professionals, have revealed that the certified professionals earn more than their non-certified counterparts.
  • Java certified professionals, because of their enhanced skill sets, are preferred over the non-certified professionals, by recruiters across the world.
  • Certifications offered by Java are such that they can be aligned with existent job roles to enhance and work on existent skill sets. There are more than 500,000 Java certified professionals across the world making it the most popular certifications.
  • Trainings on Oracle Java certifications help bridge the skills and knowledge gaps by refreshing the already known concepts and theories, therefore enhancing your programming/ developing skills.
  • A lot of companies finance their employees to get such certifications, understanding the dual advantage of both the company’s and the employee’s growth prospects (usually sign contacts for a minimum serving period post the certification).
  • The current industry requirement for Java programmers is huge, mainly because of the growing use of the Java platform and not enough certified professionals to fill in. Java certified professionals in the IT industry, for one, are one of the most difficult skill sets to find; as per IT recruiters.
  • Java CertifiedCertified individuals gain access to a number of elite forums, conferences and networking sites, which their non-certified counterparts cannot.
  • The International Data Corporation (IDC), through its research papers have revealed that certified individuals help improve the organization’s overall performance.
  • On a personal level, having a certification brings about a sense of confidence and accomplishment that further impacts the individual’s overall personality and performance.

Conclusively, be it SQL or Oracle Java certification there is a lot to gain from the investment. So stop thinking and take the plunge, because there is never going to be a moment of regret thereafter!

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