Jun 062010

Hello all,

Over the last few weeks I have been revising for my VCDX design exam I have later this month. I must admit however I have not done as much as I would have liked. (if only I didn’t have to work as well).

I have been asked by a few people what material I am using for my revision. Well Im sure like me, anyone reading this will have googled for study material around this. And essentualy that’s all I’m using at the moment. Here are a consolidated list of useful URLs from various blogs and websites:

ESX Server 3 Configuration Guide

Virtual Machine Backup Guide

VMbook – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Setup for Microsoft Cluster Service

VMware HA: Concepts and Best Practices

SAN System Design and Deployment Guide

Good article on SAN based replication:

Disaster Recovery Solutions from VMware

Making Your Business Disaster Readywith Virtual Infrastructure

Using VMware® ESX Server System and VMware Virtual Infrastructure for Backup, Restoration, and Disaster Recovery

VMware Update Manager – Administration Guide
Security Design of the VMware Infrastructure 3 Architecture
iSCSI Design Considerations and Deployment Guide
VIOPS: VI3 Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Workshop: http://viops.vmware.com/home/message/1989;jsessionid=D7584DF18C1AD92A7416FD814CAF0FE6#1989
I am also refreshing my memory with the enterprise exam notes i took. I am not expecting to be tested on my knowledge of command line but it will help with some of the actions and topics that I don’t use vmware for on a daily basis and may just be useful so i think it’s worth doing.
Again here are the links for the ent exam material I’m using:

I will keep this blog up to date with how I’m getting on but feel free to ask me questions.

I’m pushing really hard to get to vmworld emea for my defence. I know it’s pushing it a bit but I would love to be vcdx before 2011.

Other very interesting design exam related information:





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May 142010

I finaly got my authorisation through from the vmware certification team that can book my design exam.

As with the enterprise exam you can only take it at the test center in Holbourn London (uk obviously). Luckly my current client is in London (walking distance in fact) so for me this is quite handy.
Ironicly the best day for me happens to have landed right smack on my birthday. Typical…..

I had done about 5 minutes of looking at other peoples blogs and saw that they thought the design exam was easyer than the enterprise. As such I was getting quite hopeful until i saw the design blueprint. Looks like I was wise to leave 6 weeks to study as it looks like I’m going to need it.

I am busy collating all the revision matirial I can lay my hands on and I will post what I find once i manage to get hold of it.

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