Packt Publishing eBooks and Videos Sale

New Year is a great time to save on purchasing different sort of things. Especially when you are planning to obtain new or update existing IT certification.

That is why I was pleased to see that Packt Publishing had a generous discount on almost all of their ebooks and video courses. Currently (and I believe it lasts until the end of this week) you can buy them for just AUD 6.50 / USD 5.00 each. Almost bargain!

Packt Publishing Offer

A few titles I found quite interesting to add to my library are as follows:

Don’t miss a chance to make yourself a gift 😉

vSphere Next: A new beta refresh and more

Beta Testing

Less than two months since VMware announced the availability of a vSphere beta and it has been refreshed with the new features and bugfixes. To participate in the program, candidates should indicate their interest by filling out this simple form.

I personally think time around Christmas holidays is the best one for tech geeks to dedicate some of their time and have an understanding of what’s next.

The beta refresh is available as a downloadable media and as a hosted environment in the Hands-on-Labs.

For those folks who need access to the full range of technologies from VMware, the VMware User Group has just announced a 10% discount on the VMUG Advantage subscription. This offer is available until December 31st, 2017.

All this sounds like a great Christmas gift from the vendor. Thank you, VMware!

VCA & VCP discounts: Black Friday on VMware Store

Black Friday is probably the best time of the year for those who love to make purchases at a very competitive price.

Considering how expensive the VMware certification program can be, it is a great time to save on the official courses and exams.

Not only you receive better deals on VMware Store comparing to the official ones, it is a 25% discount on top of it for the most popular courses and exam.

For example, if you schedule a VCP exam on Pearson Vue, it will cost you 345.00 AUD.


VCP voucher bought on VMware Store will cost 242.00 AUD or 29.5% less than the retail price. With a Black Friday offer, it gets even better: 181.50 AUD or 47% discount. Not bad!

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In a few minutes after the voucher purchase is completed, you receive an activation code which can be used during the registration for an exam on Pearson Vue.


The courses and exams on vSphere 5.5 and 6.0 that have this discount are as follows:

  • On-demand courses
    • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] – 3,270.00 AUD (normally 4,360.00 AUD)
    • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] – 3,855.00 AUD (normally 5,140.00 AUD)
    • VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6] – 1,545.00 AUD (normally 2,060.00 AUD)
  • VMware Learning Zone
    • VMware Certification Exam Preps – 277.50 AUD (normally 370.00 AUD)
  • Exams
    • VMware Online Exam Vouchers – 96.75 AUD (normally 129.00 AUD)
    • VMware VCP Exam Vouchers – 181.50 AUD (normally 242.00 AUD).

There are also discounts for VMware NSX and VMware Horizon courses, as well as VMware Learning Zone Standard / Premium.

Just to let you know, you cannot combine VMUG Advantage discounts with these ones.

Hurry up! According to the notice on VMware Store, this offer ends on December 2, 2016 at 23:59 PM (US Pacific Time).