Mar 232012

Happy to say I passed the VCP-510 today.

I have to say the VCP exam has become harder since the VI3 days. The VI3 was the last time I took the VCP as skipped the vSphere 4.x as it wasn’t something I needed at the time.

The broadness of the technical content that the VCP 5.x can choose to ask questions on and the level at which you need to know that contact is considerable. Since my VI3 qualification we have seen a plethora of features like vDS, storage vMotion, Storage Profiles etc, etc, etc. For the VI3 I honestly thing you could do the course read a few whitepapers and pass the exam. The VCP5 is definitely a step up, if you have little or no hands on they you will struggle to pass this exam. I have been in a more presales role for a while now so I struggled to get up to speed.

Although this is a hard exam, its a good thing it is. Far to many early VCPs back in 2008ish were claiming to be something they were not and along with the VCAPs I think its clearer now who knows their stuff.

What did I use to get up to speed:

  • vSphere 5 ICM course
    • This covered off the basics but did not cover things like ESXTOP, Auto Deploy, vDS, VASA etc etc. All of the excluded things are featured in the exam so either do the ‘Whats New’ course aswel or take the ‘Fast Track’ course. But no matter what you will be lucky to pass the exam with just attending a course. (exam prerequisites)
  • Trainsignals VMware vSphere 5 Training.
    • If you don’t get an opportunity to do the course or even if you do they this is CBT is highly recommended. The Demos alone are a fantastic way to learn especially if you don’t have access to a lab. I am doing a full write up on this CBT so ill link to it here once I’ve completed it.
  • Blog posts and link:

I’m not going to link everything I used as the above links already have some good resources in them to look at and some links to other useful pages.

WHATS NEXT: VCAP DCA or DCD I think. Would love to be among the first bunch to attempt a VCDX 5 defence but that’s just aspirational at the moment.

If you read this far down any you have your VCP-510 soon then I wish you the best of luck.

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Aug 012011

The hottest topic after the launch of vSphere 5.0 has unfortunately not been about the awesome technology features announced like Auto Deploy, Storage DRS, Fault Domain Manager etc etc.

I was around in Cannes VMworld 09 when vSphere 4.0 was released and all the talk seemed to be about licensing then also, so this controversy does not come as a huge surprise to me.

I am a little disappointed however that some people I know to be extremely clever are failing to see the bigger picture. I’m not going to go into all that now as I think it has been blogged to death. Some good articles are by Rynard Spies who speak about the downside of new licencing compared to vSphere 4.0 and Aaron Delps, speaking about the bigger picture of TCO and how the VMwares new licencing model fits.

Personally the new licencing model does not seem all that bad to me. Those who know me will know that I love a good analogy, so here I go….

I believe comparing the old vSphere 4.x licencing model to 5.0 is seriously floored. Lets use a car as an example:

A Ford Focus Hatchback (05-11 model) cost between £11,695 – £20,845 brand new. a Ford Focus Hatchback (‘11 onwards) costs (£16,000 – £24,000). Now we all know why we are paying more, it’s a better looking car, it has better safety features, it has more toys, it is more efficient on MPG but most critically the development of the car. Even though it is at a high-level it is more or less the same car, no-one complains that the price has gone up considerably.

When VMware went from VI3.x to vSphere 4.0 they didn’t actually put the price up to reflect all the new toys and development costs.

So why have they increased the costs now? Lets look at the industry, even though there are the ‘Scale Out’ gang who blindly believe that it is the best model, the hardware vendors are producing the most powerful servers that we have seen and are managing to pack them into more and more reduced CAB space. Added that CPUs will soon be going in to the high teens and 20’s means that VMware old licencing model would be totally financially unfeasible. If everyone went for 4.x Ent Plus then with all the factors I mentioned above VMware would be selling less and less licences and make less money!!

So, do I think there could be improvements with the licencing model VMware have produced for vSphere 5.0? Yes, I would like to see the vRam limit up to 96GB for Ent Plus (rumours say this might happen). But do I think switching to vRAM was the correct decision? Yes, it makes total sense to me when looking at VMwares long term goal to remain the market leader.

Lets stop moaning about the licencing model and start talking about the product its self.

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