Train Signal & WI-VMUG

Today I once again received some Train Signal DVD’s to giveaway at our upcoming (June 7th) WI-VMUG meeting.  As I was about to add a comment to the meeting post about getting these DVD’s I decided I was overdue in putting together a post about Train Signal and their support of the Wisconsin VMware User Group as well as many other local VMUG’s that they have relationships with.

I’m not sure when or how I first got in touch with David Davis at Train Signal regarding his VMware Training DVDs and getting some donated to us for meeting giveaways.  It may have been tied into a vExpert event at VMworld in 2009.  Regardless, it’s been a year and a half or more.  Since that time David and the crew over at Train Signal have sent me several (2-5) of their VMware related training DVD sets for pretty much every meeting as long as I remembered to let them know about the meeting.  These sets list for $300-400 each so it’s been a significant dollar amount of product they have supplied us with.

For those of you not familiar with the Train Signal line of products you need to be.  These training DVDs are not only packed with great content but they are very easy to follow along with.  David does much of the content himself but has contributions along the way from an outstanding lineup that includes fellow vExperts Hal Rottenberg (@halr9000), Rick Scherer (@rick_vmwaretips), Sean Clark (@vseanclark) and Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert).  These guys are bloggers, podcasters, authors and in general great guys who really know their stuff.  If you don’t know about them, you owe it to yourself and your career to get to know them.

When you order one of these courses from Train Signal not only do you receive (usually in a day or two) a DVD set with the video course; but also MP3 audio files, PDFs of the instructor notes and instant Online Access to the course.

Here’s a list of their current VMware vSphere related offerings available:

  • VMware vSphere Training
    • vSphere is used to virtualize your server and network infrastrucutre in an innovative, efficient and reliable way
  • VMware vSphere Pro Series Training Vol. 1
    • The First Volume of Our VMware vSphere Pro Series Training Course Features an Unprecedented Lineup of Instructors Including vExpert David Davis, vExpert Hal Rottenberg, and vExpert Rick Scherer.
  • VMware vSphere Pro Series Training Vol. 2
    • The Second Volume of Our VMware vSphere Pro Series Training Course Expands on the Precedent Set By the First Volume, With a Lineup of Instructors Including vExpert David Davis, vExpert Hal Rottenberg, vExpert Sean Clark, and vExpert Eric Siebert.
  • VMware vSphere Training Package
    • Our VMware vSphere Training Course and The First & Second Volumes of Our VMware vSphere Pro Series Training Courses Features an Unprecedented lineup of Instructors Including vExperts David Davis, Hal Rottenberg, Rick Scherer, Eric Siebert, and Sean Clark.
  • VMware vSphere PowerCLI Training
    • Our Comprehensive VMware vSphere PowerCLI Training Course Will Teach You How to Automate and Customize Your Virtual Environment, Like a vExpert. You’ll Work Hands-On to Automate ESX Configurations, Automate the Creation of Virtual Machines, Automate vSwitches & Datastores Configurations, and Much More!
  • VMware vSphere Troubleshooting Training
    • Learn Everything You Need to Know to Start Troubleshooting vSphere Like a vExpert
  • VMware vSphere Performance Monitoring Training
    • Learn how to quickly solve performance issues and optimize your virtual environment, as well as minimize downtime and reduce waste of server resources. Go beyond the basics to learn the top third party and free tools used by vExperts and pros.

If you are looking for some VMware vSphere training at a reasonable price, you can’t go wrong checking out what Train Signal has to offer.  Not only that, if for some reason you aren’t satisfied they have a 90 guarantee where you can return it even if opened for a full refund.  While you’re at their website check out their Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix and CompTIA courses as well.

Let me end by saying thanks to David Davis (@davidmdavis), Matt Elias (@matt_elias), Gary Eimerman (@GaryEimerman) and the rest of the crew at Train Signal (@TrainSignal) for their strong support of the Wisconsin VMware User Group and the VMUG Program as a whole.  You guys and your products ROCK!

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