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.

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 Metro Storage Cluster Explained – Part 2: The Potential Solution

Recap In my last article, I discussed a typical dual-site scenario where storage replication is used to synchronously mirror a volume or LUN object between data centers. The goal is to mitigate the risk of Data Center failure. While it does that in some ways by creating multiple copies of data, the failover process is complex, depending on the scenario. Data can become corrupt, and systems can become isolated. There 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 …

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 …