Well it is time to buckle down and finally attempt VCDX

Time to place a line in the side, no more prevaricating – time to attempt the VCDX

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I am putting this out there as a poke and a prod for me to get my self in gear and finally attempt the VCDX-DCV. I am not going to kill myself on this as I have a life and work commitments, but realistically I will attempt to submit for the December 2019 defence dates. so submission in September.

So 5 months to sit both VCAPs exams and write my submission.

You may think that I am myself under significant pressure and I am, but I have prevaricated enough over the years.

This is my line in the Sand.

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European Brownbag – Reminder

Well the Brownbag discussion topic has been decided and we even have a guest speaker.
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I am delighted to anounce that Scott Vessey of Global Knowledge will be onboard to discuss VMware certifications. Now as with the best laid plans of mice and men, we seem to have a timing FUBAR.

For some reason @Kiwi_Si organised #vBeers at the same time. So now you have a choice you and kill some brain cells or feed some brain cells 🙂

I must remember that the first Thursday of the month is not a good time for Brownbags as half of the Virtualisation peeps in London are leathered.

So to sum up :
7pm on the 7th of July.
Use the link below to register.
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/389446408

I have just sat the VMware vSphere Design Workshop.

This is late, because the fact is that I have not ‘just’ sat the workshop, it was almost a month ago.  It is funny how time gets away with you when you are enjoying yourself :S Simon Bodecott know what I am talking about LOL.  But seriously I digress,  on with the subject at hand.

As I have said,  I recently attended the VMware vSphere Design Workshop.  the course was provided by Global Knowledge at their Wakefield site. Yes I know ‘Yorkshire’.  well I made sure that I all my inoculations were up to date before I travelled over the Hill into forbidden territory (this is a UK joke – that has gone on for centuries)

So what did I think of the course? on the whole it was worth while,  the instructor, well that is not really the term to use for this course, Facilitator would be a better term, as the course format is more of a here are the principles now discuss this situation and provide a design, than the traditional Death by Powerpoint.

Our Facilitator Chris Culpin was one of those VCI’s that actually has a real job too, 😉 just pulling your leg Scott. LOL.  what I mean by that is that he also did Consultancy as well as presenting training courses, what this gave to the group was an instructor with real world experience of the issues and design decisions that you as a VMware designer would come across.

With all that said,  the course could have been a day or two longer.  we did not have the time to really deep dive into the reason for making a particular design decision. but conversely if we had not had such a vocal group of delegates the course could have been a disaster and I think that really sums up the course.  this is one of those rare courses where the instructor is not the important one.  it is the delegates.

They make or brake the course.  if you get a bunch of shrinking violets who will not interact, you will not get any benefit out it.  you really need to be vocal and discuss your decisions and get a bit of a technical argument going,  this will push your boundaries.

So was this beneficial to me? Yes I think it was.  It gets you thinking about how your decisions affect the overall design.  As training for the vCAP DCD yes it is useful, however personally I think it will be more useful for it if I ever get to sit a VCDX defense.

VCDX BrownBag #6 – Rapid Provisioning Revision

On the 11th May, we had our VCDX brownbag on Rapid provisioning. now those of you who checked in will know we has some technical issues with the lab, and I had issues with my Microphone, my Skype is playing up, but ,my issues are not pertinent to this discussion so without further ado, lets run thought rapid provisioning 3.5 style.

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VCDX Brownbag #6 – Rapid Provisioning

In this iteration of the bi-weekly VCDX brown-bag, Cody and I will be dealing with ESX Rapid provisioning,or to be precise objective 8 from the Enterprise Admin Blueprint.

We are hoping to build a kickstart script, don’t worry we will explain each section and the commands that make the up.  Finally we will run a scripted ESX install using it. This will either be so cool you wont need a fridge, or just serious car crash :D.  So click on the link below to register and join the fun, and hopefully we will all learn something.

Here are the critical details:

Date/Time: May 11, 2010 @ 2P CST (8pm BST, 9pm CET)
Registration*: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/602230081

International Numbers are available, if you need a number for your region, please Email

Remember If you registered for #5 you don’t need to re-register this time.

Background reading:

There are some things you will want to have read before joining up on the call, here are some of those things:

Thank you to our Sponsors’

Once again it is with a warm thank you to TrainSignal, without whom we would not be able to bring you this session via “GotoMeeting”

Brownbag VCDX #5 – Open Topic

After a couple of teething issues regarding copyright over the VCDX questions,  Cody and I are pleased to be able to post the video of VCDX Brownbag #5.  this was quite a lively session as the interaction caused by the Q & A section was entertaining.

ProfessionalVMware VCDX Brown Bag #5 from ProfessionalVMware on Vimeo.

 

Here are a couple of links relating to the show

http://linux.about.com/library/cmd/blcmdl1_fuser.htm
http://linux.about.com/library/cmd/blcmdl1_last.htm
http://linux.about.com/library/cmd/blcmdl1_w.htm
http://linux.about.com/library/cmd/blcmdl1_who.htm
http://linux.about.com/od/commands/l/blcmdl1_dd.htm

One thing to note is that even the so called experts can and do get it wrong 😀 we all agreed the w is an alias of who but as the above link shows that is not the case LOL

Bi-Weekly Brownbag – VCDX 13th April

This bi-weekly’s  brownbag hosted by Cody Bunch and myself  is to cover DRS Clusters & Performance Monitoring, and hopefully we will have some fun while we’re at it.

As usual the necessary details are as follows:

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 2PM CST (8pm BST 9pm CET)
Registration: Here!

Bring any questions you may have, regarding the topic, or anything you can think of surrounding the VCDX process and we will attempt to cover them all.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thank you once again to our sponsors TrainSignal.

VCDX – Revision Burst Part1

As you may be aware , Cody Bunch and myself have joined forces to create a Brown Bag series for the VCDX exams, the first session concentrated on vNetworking via the Command line – now remember that the current Advanced Admin exam is based on VI3 so no vNDS. below are the commands that we investigated on the first Brown Bag session.

As you may be aware , Cody Bunch and myself have joined forces to create a Brown Bag series for the VCDX exams, the first session concentrated on vNetworking via the Command line – now remember that the current Advanced Admin exam is based on VI3 so no vNDS.  below are the commands that we investigated on the first Brown Bag session.

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