Knowing how to use virtualization software is must have knowledge for today's controls engineer.

VMware9-on-Win7-running-WinXpFor designers developing code for new control systems, utilizing a virtualized system insures that the occasional system crushing update or patch that otherwise would bring any progress to a screeching halt becomes nothing more than a bad memory after a moment spent restoring a pre-update snapshot.
And for those maintaining existing systems, the ability to run multiple legacy operating systems on a modern computer eliminates the need to rely on decades old systems which are often times are barely functional and running well past their expected lifespan.
VMware 9 Splash ScreenVirtualization also has great benefits for plant wide systems, allowing SCADA and MES systems to run on virtual server machines which can be moved on the fly from one physical server to another, or even run in hot standby mode across multiple servers for mission critical applications.
With so many benefits of virtualization, it truly makes sense to learn how to use it. And with VMware as the leading company in this market, learning about their products would seem a good place to start.

So with that said, I'm very happy to announce the our sister site,, is now offering several affordable and highly rated VMware courses:

First up is my very own, completely free, VMware Getting Started training course.
It consists of eleven short videos and quizzes covering everything from how to get and install VMware Workstation, to how to create a Virtual Machine, take snapshots, and clone VMs.
And did I mention it's free? If you're interested, go ahead and check it out below:

VMware Workstatation Getting Started

This course covers all the core basics you need to know to start using VMware Workstation.
Price: FREE

Next up is a highly rated (4.5 out of 5 stars) three hour course also covering VMware Workstation and which costs $30:

VMware Workstatation Lab Setup and Configuration

This course will guide and educate you on how to setup complex designs for lab testing using VMware Workstation.
Price: $30, 3 Hours, Rated 4.5 out of 5

By far the highest rated and most popular ESXi and vSphere course, this three hour, 5 star rated course has a price of $193.

Basics of VMware vSphere and ESXi Virtualization Software

Learn to build your own cloud! Get familiar with Vmware ESXi, vSphere, vCenter, OpenFiler, vMotion and High Availability.
Price: $193, 3 Hours, Rated 5 out of 5

This below course also covers EXSi and vSphere, is seven hours in length, and costs $99:

VMware ESXi and vSphere Admin Tutorial

Learn VMware ESXi & vSphere Quickly. A Practical Insight That Builds Real Skills.
Price: $99, 7 Hours, Rated 4.2 out of 5

The third course covering EXSi and vSphere is five hours in length and costs $129:

Understanding Virtualization with VMware

Learn VMware Virtualization basics walking through VMware ESXi, vSphere Client and VMware Player.
Price: $129, 5 Hours, Rated 4.2 out of 5

This last course is the second highest rated course in the list and focuses on building a SAN storage array. It runs three hours and costs $99:

Build Your Own SAN Storage

Build Linux based storage box accessed through network by different clients windows vmware esxi redhat centos ubuntu.
Price: $99, 3 Hours, Rated 4.8 out of 5


Shawn Tierney
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Shawn began sharing automation news and know-how online in 1996 when he launched his first BBS. Then in 1999 he moved to the internet launching, which he later renamed In 2013 he moved his automation efforts to a new website,, which has since become the most popular independent industrial automation blog on the web. Today Shawn works full time teaching online courses on Programmable Controllers, HMI, and SCADA on his training website,