VCAP-DCA Lab Talk Part 2: The Kit (and Kaboodle)

Recap:  In the last post I covered some of the reasons you might want to use a lab, as well as the basic options. If you haven’t seen it check it out HERE. Remember I’m recounting my experience and a certain level of general confusion, which I am trying to ensure you don’t replicate. We don’t want to make it tooooooo easy but making a plan and figuring what direction Read More …

VCAP-DCA Lab Talk Part 1: Options and Use Cases

For a practical exam like VCAP-DCA you need lots and lots of practice … and for that you need a lab. Filtering through all the Information  Before you build a lab you need to know the options available. You may need to spend over €1000. You can go way above this, but either way you are looking at several hundred dollars, euro or equivalent.

Certification is not just for Christmas ;-)

Having completed both VMware Advanced VCAP Certifications this year, it’s time for a little bit of reflection on what getting these certifications actually means, whether they’re worthwhile, and if so why. I obviously wouldn’t have done them if I didn’t believe in them, but still…. it’s worth exploring the benefits…and hopefully this might generate some discussion in the Community. We all know the phrase “A Puppy is not just for Read More …

VMware VCAP-DCD Exam – Round #2

THE LOGISTICS Last week I had my second attempt at the VMware Certified Advanced Professional Exam for Datacenter Design (VCAP-DCD). Here are my exam tips and experience. My exam was due to start at 9:45 in Dublin. As per my previous post HERE I took this exam recently at VMworld and got close to a pass. I took at VMworld for two reasons: 75% discount The chance to use the Read More …

VMware #VCDX Boot camp review 13/10/13

I was lucky enough to attend the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) boot camp the Sunday before VMworld started at Hotel Melia, Barcelona. I would highly recommend it to anyone at advanced certification stage getting ready to launch into the VCDX process, and especially for those getting ready to defend their VCDX submissions. It’s open to Advanced Certified VMware practitioners (VCAP) only, in normal circumstances. I wanted to put my Read More …

My VCAP-DCD Experience at #VMworld–Take #1

I’m studying for VCAP-DCD (VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Design) en route to hopefully achieving VCDX (VMware Certified Design Expert). The DCD exam is the final pre-requisite step for application and submission into the VCDX process. That is a personal goal of mine I plan to achieve next year. I did the DCD exam last Wednesday at VMworld in Barcelona, but I wasn’t actually planning on taking the exam Read More …

Just passed VCAP-DCA

As of 28-May I am a VMware Advanced Professional DataCenter Administration on Version 5.1 of Vsphere. I believe there are a few hundred people globally who own this certificatio. It requires you to spend a lot of lab time playing and practising with all features of Vsphere and Vcenter. So it’s tough but takes your knowledge to a whole other level. The exam is hands-on and requires extensive knowledge of Read More …