VCDX is VMware’s premier / flagship certification “for design architects highly-skilled in VMware enterprise deployments”, and is aimed at “professionals who want to validate and demonstrate their expertise in VMware virtual infrastructure”. (Extracts from VMware VCDX Certification page here). However, this is no ordinary certification, and in line with other technology companies obtaining VCDX is not a case of sitting an exam but preparing a design and presenting / defending it to a panel of industry experts. [Read more...]
So, after several months of procrastination and searching for build information, my ‘home lab’ build begins which will grow over time into the new ‘vSpecialist Labs’ sandbox infrastructure. With this, I plan to do test and research work for configurations for production deployments, as well as have an environment which we at www.vspecialist.co.uk can use for study (VCP, VCAP and VCDX) too.
This page is the basis for the documentation of the configuration of our lab, the reference information used to create the configurations and and hints and tips learned along the way. If you are building a home lab or are looking for information on how to go about this, then we hope you find it useful.
A note about licensing. The majority of the licenses used in the lab for research are the 60-day evaluation licenses available from VMware. Currently, there is a movement to get the popular VMTN subscription (comparable to a MS TechNet account) reinstated by VMware. If you would like information on this, there is discussion here, being driven on Twitter my Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) using #VMTNSubscriptionMovement (Twitter external link).
vSpecialist Labs Documentation
Part One – Hardware: http://www.vspecialist.co.uk/vspecialist-labs-hardware/
Part Two – Roadmap: http://www.vspecialist.co.uk/vspecialist-labs-roadmap/
I have the VCP5 exam in a couple of weeks, and am in the midst of revision. A couple of excellent resources for those going through the same process:
- TrainSignal VCP revision videos.
- The Simon Long blog (www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/)
Update: I have been reading more of Scott’s book and am now deep into Chapter 7: High Availability. Can’t recommend it enough – even if you aren’t taking the exam!
- vSphere Clustering 5 Technical Deepdive book by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman.
All these are fantastic resources – use them if you are studying for this exam! Any more useful links? Please post comments and add them to this list of resources……
More on results as I take the exam……
Whilst doing the rounds in the VMworld Solutions Exchange, I got into a conversation about VMware certifications on VMware’s stand. I was there for quite a while and learned a lot about how VMware choose questions and tasks for their exams. It’s quite an involved process and one designed to ensure that a certain percentage of people sitting the exams are capable of answering each question.
Each question must be carefully considered and researched by a small panel of people before it is submitted in to a pool from which the exams are built. In the case of the VCAP-DCA exam, extra effort is required to automate the creation of a suitable testing environment / conditions for the task and, where possible, a mechanism for automatically marking those tasks is required.
So, all things considered, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that exam development and release can take some time. Indeed, when I pressed for a VCAP5-DCA exam release date I wasn’t given a direct answer. It will take as long as it takes to get it right. There was, however, a strong feeling that it should be possible to sit the exam (or at least book it) before the year is out.
I love that joke but “surely not” was my response when John Troyer’s email popped into my inbox this morning.
Since that time I’ve had a veritable deluge of congratulations from all quarters. Along with the award itself that means a lot to me so this is a big public thank you to everyone really, especially John Troyer and vExpert panel.
Obviously the bar has been set now. Time to get my bottom in gear.