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

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.

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

Brownbags are coming to Europe

Those of you with long memories will remember that I used to be involved in Cody’s Brownbag series of online training sessions.  That is until he  moved the the sessions to 1am in the morning GMT/BST.  Well I need my beauty sleep and obviously something had to give. 😀

Well the time is neigh to reintroduce the European Virtual folks to the Brownbag concept so with Cody’s express permission

I GIVE YOU

Virtualization Brownbags the European return.

So starting at 7pm on the 7th of July this will initially be a Bi-Weekly web-ex session.

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.

VMware finally announces new VCAP cert

After what seems like an age, and with one of the worse kept secrets ever, VMware have finally “officially” announced their new “inbetweener” certifications,  As if by magic these Certs. are titled [Drum roll Please}

VMware Certified Advanced Professional – now I bet nobody saw that one coming 😀

As also expected there are two VCAP certifications.  

DataCenter Administration and DataCenter Design.

However what is now is the timelines the DataCenter Administration version becomes active on July 21st with the design exam going live some time in August.

For more information See VMware site