just finished sitting my VCP5 exam, OK I know I was leaving to close to the wire, but to be fair I completely forgot about the end of February constraint until I was remind of it last week :S.
So I picked the first available slot at the nearest centre to me, and attempted to revise, not an easy thing to do when you have just started a new job and were commuting over 360 miles a day to a resellers site to do hardware certification tests. and family visiting over the weekend that we had not seen for ages 🙂
So it was with some trepidation that I walked into the test centre in Leeds. I have to be fair and say that the exam was about right, ( I may have had a different opinion if I had failed LOL) there were very little of the tcp 3 / 4 min and Max questions, but I was surprised at the amount of Ent Plus level questions considering the fact that those features have been removed from the ICM course. That said the fact they would be there was highlighted in the Blueprint 🙂
Well Considering that I had literally no time for revision i feel that a 356 pass score was not to bad, I bet that Mr Sloof and Mr Vessey may have something to say about that score though.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week it is VCP week and even though I am pretty certain that we have covered networking before, that was before we started recording these, so to remedy this omission we are repeating the exercise.
We will be deal the Standard vSwitch, the Distributed vSwitch and cover the creation of portgroups and PVLANs, all good stuff and a major section of the VCP Exam.