Feb 132012


The guys over at VSPECIALIST have come up with a great idea to help people that are planning on going down the VCDX path. They are putting together a mock VCDX defence panel to help prospective VCDX panel attendees to hone there defence and presentations skills.

The aim of the Defence Practice Event is to help candidates with the group aspects of a defence session, and to prepare candidates for the type of technical questions they may face from a panel. You may your design inside out, but can you verbalise them to someone who doesn’t know your design as well. Can you explain your choices, limitations and restrictions in your design to someone else, and can you technically defend these when questioned?

The VCDX session at VMworld last year was a real eye opener for me as they had a very small mock session with the actual defence panel. It was suppressing to see a few people who volunteered struggle so much, not with the technical aspects of the challenge but actually trying to explain there thinking aloud as they tried solve the issue they were presented with. It can often be a misconception that the only skills they are looing for are technical, a good % of what they look for in a VCDX is communication and presentations skills. After all they don’t want people to go in front of customer and be terrible at the soft skills after VMware award them the top qualification they can bestow.

I think its great these guys are willing to take time out to help the community in this way and it is a fantastic opportunity to practice for what in real life will be a gruelling experience.

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Aug 192010

NOTE: this is currently speculation and not yet confirmed by VMWARE.

It looks like vmware are about to pull the plug on the VCDX 3 program as of the 30th of August 2010 (thats the romour anyway). All Exams and Design Submissions must be passed and submitted by this date.

This leaves me, along with quite a few other people, with very little notice to get the exams and designs finalised and submitted.

My personal position is that I have passed the Enterprise exam but not the Design exam (failed it once). As a result I have spend hundreds of pounds on something that looks like its going to be worthless.

I have 2 main issues:

  1. Why have there not been any anouncments from vmware certification? I know people have recently taken the enterprise exam and were not informed of the pending withdrawal of VCDX3 thus anyone that thought they could take their time for the rest of the process have been caught out.
  2. Why is there no meaningful qualification at each stage of the VCDX3 process like there is with the VCDX4. I don’t really understand why there has not been an equivalent of the VCAP for stages in the VCDX3. I would not have as much of an issue with this if my VCDX3 Enterprise exam actually counted for something.

The VCDX3 process was a little painful and drawn out, but to make matters worse vmware now seem to have left a significant number of people in limbo as there is so much confusion due to no official announcement. Vmware have always been good at connumication and it puzzles me why we have ended up in this situaltion.

As the upgrade path allows anyone that has passed the design exam in VCDX3 to take the design exam in VCDX4 and skip the Administration exam.

However when I went to book my exam on the Pearson Vue website the entire exam has been removed from site. Hence I can not book the exam.

This leaves me (and others) with the very real possibility of wasting allot of time and money on a qualification that means next to nothing in the industry (re the Enterprise Exam only).

Please could you do the poll bellow so I can get an idea how many of you are effect by this:

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