Azure VMware Solution Auto-Scale

I recently authored this Microsoft Tech Community Azure Migration & Modernization blog post which describes how to configure Auto-Scale using Azure PowerShell Runbooks with the Azure VMware Solution.

This was driven by the Azure VMware Solution Product Group wanting our customers and partners to cost effectively meet their performance goals with the Azure VMware Solution.

For more Microsoft goodness, you can access the Microsoft Technology Community site, which includes content for all learning levels, categories, industries and Microsoft products/solutions.

Azure VMware Solution Advanced Monitoring

I recently co-authored this Microsoft Tech Community Azure Migration & Modernization blog post which describes how to configure Advanced Monitoring using Telegraf with the Azure VMware Solution.

This was driven by the Azure VMware Solution Product Group wanting our customers and partners to achieve operational simplicity with the Azure VMware Solution.

For more Microsoft goodness, you can access the Microsoft Technology Community site, which includes content for all learning levels, categories, industries and Microsoft products/solutions.

Advanced Deploy VMware NSX-T Data Center 3.x Exam (3V0-41.22N) Study Guide

I took the Advanced Deploy VMware NSX-T Data Center 3.x Exam recently and these are my recommendations on preparing for this exam. This was a fun exam and I liked the fact that it provides brief objectives in each question and you are responsible for making sure all of the prerequisite settings are met before you can complete the primary task. This truly validates your advanced level of skill with NSX-T Data Center.

This is a configuration based exam which uses the VMware Learning Platform (VLP), which has a very similar feel to the VMware Hands-On Labs. Use VMware Hands On Lab 2225 NSX-T Advanced Networking as a preparation tool to experience the user interface.

NSX-T Data Center is a swiss-army knife of networking and security functionality, so you need to spend the time to prepare, because there are so many use-cases you can be asked to build. Use the exam blueprint as a tracking tool for monitoring your readiness.

This exam has 16 Questions that need to be completed within 205 minutes. Which really is 195 minutes, because when you first connect to VLP, the environment takes 10 minutes to deploy and become available and the clock is running while you wait. However, you can use that time to browse through the questions in the lab and plan your strategy.

The console will freeze from time to time. Use the “Consoles” icon in the top left hand corner to unfreeze the screen by selecting the “Main Console” icon each time to reload the console. This is very frustrating, but you get used to it. If you have connection timeout problems to the VLP console, immediately alert your proctor to resolve. If the problem cannot be resolved, they will open a ticket and you will get a refund.

Copy and paste is disabled and using the right mouse button can be problematic. If you need to copy text between web browser tabs in the console, put the windows side by side and retype the text.

You can grab text from the lab manual into the console, which helps you save a significant amount of time retyping IP addresses and object names. However, this does not work for all NSX-T Manager screens and you will have to manually type these problematic fields.

VMware NSX-T Data Center 3.1 documentation PDFs are provided on the desktop, but do not rely on them, they should only be used as reference material if you need to query a specific setting. You will not have time to read and learn to complete all of the questions.

Time management is important, if you are unsure on how to complete a task, move onto the next one. Use a text file on the console to track your progress as you work through the exam. Once you reach question 16, check your notes and see which questions you can circle back to.

Multi-tasking is a must, many of the questions take significant time for NSX-T Manager 3.1.1 to complete (VLP uses nested ESXi 7.0.0, which is slow). Have a few tabs open so that you can jump back and forth to check execution progress. You should never be sitting idle waiting for a task to finish.

When you end the exam, a message indicates it can take up to 48 hours to get your result. I had my Credly badge issued the next day, and I got my results PDF a week later. If you do fail, your results PDF will have the blueprint areas you need to work on; this is a great way to diagnose your weaknesses and strengthen them.

VCP-VMC training & exam free for a limited time

If you are into VMware learning and certification, VMware has just released the multi-cloud VMware Certified Professional – VMware Cloud (VCP-VMC) certification, which includes Azure VMware Solution, VMware Cloud on AWS and GCVE as blueprint areas.

VMware is currently offering the training and VMware Certified Professional VMware Cloud 2022 (2V0-33.22) certification exam for free for a limited time. Use promotion code “VMCVCP100” when you book the exam at PearsonVUE.

As you can see in the diagram below, VMware lists an alternate multi-cloud certification path for the Cloud Management and Automation track, with VCP-VMC and a planned VCAP-VMC Design exam for 2023. I wonder if the rumored VCDX multi-cloud (VCDX-VMC) is coming at some time in the next year. They would still need a VCAP-VMC Deploy exam, but I am sure they could allow you to use a current VCAP Deploy exam from another track as a substitute in the mean time.

Additional resources for VCP-VMC:

Azure VMware Solution Availability Design Considerations

I recently authored this Microsoft Tech Community Azure Migration & Modernization blog post which breaks down the Availability Design Considerations for the Azure VMware Solution.

This was driven by the Azure VMware Solution Product Group wanting our customers and partners to quickly and easily make Availability design decisions for the Azure VMware Solution.

For more Microsoft goodness, you can access the Microsoft Technology Community site, which includes content for all learning levels, categories, industries and Microsoft products/solutions.

Azure VMware Solution GitHub Repository is now live!

I recently authored this Microsoft Tech Community Azure Migration & Modernization blog post which announces the Azure VMware Solution GitHub repository.

This was driven by the Azure VMware Solution Product Group wanting to enhance the value of the Azure VMware Solution service to our customers and partners.

For more Microsoft goodness, you can access the Microsoft Technology Community site, which includes content for all learning levels, categories, industries and Microsoft products/solutions.

Advanced Deploy VMware vSphere 7.0 Exam (3V0-22.21N) Study Guide

I took the Advanced Deploy VMware vSphere 7.0 Exam recently and these are my recommendations on preparing for this exam. This was a fun exam and it was great to see it has been updated to include the new features of vSphere 7. I also like the fact that it provides brief objectives in each question and you are responsible for making sure all of the prerequisite settings are met before you can complete the primary task. This truly validates your advanced level of skill with vSphere 7.

This is a configuration based exam which uses the VMware Learning Platform (VLP), which has a very similar feel to the VMware Hands-On Labs. Use VMware Hands On Lab 2211 VMware vSphere What’s New as a preparation tool to experience the user interface. Use the exam blueprint as a tracking tool for monitoring your readiness.

This exam has 17 Questions that need to be completed within 205 minutes. Which really is 195 minutes, because when you first connect to VLP, the environment takes 10 minutes to deploy and become available and the clock is running while you wait. However, you can use that time to browse through the questions in the lab and plan your strategy.

The console will freeze from time to time. Use the “Consoles” icon in the top left hand corner to unfreeze the screen by selecting the “Main Console” icon each time to reload the console. This is very frustrating, but you get used to it. If you have connection timeout problems to the VLP console, immediately alert your proctor to resolve. If the problem cannot be resolved, they will open a ticket and you will get a refund.

Copy and paste is disabled and using the right mouse button can be problematic. Try and get used to using the Actions button in the vSphere Client when you want to make a configuration change. If you need to copy text between web browser tabs in the console, put the windows side by side and retype the text.

You can grab text from the lab manual into the console, which helps you save a significant amount of time retyping IP addresses and object names. However, this does not work for all vSphere Client screens (drag action will select text on the entire vSphere Client screen, instead of pasting in the field you selected), you will have to manually type these problematic fields.

VMware vSphere documentation PDFs are provided on the desktop, but do not rely on them, they should only be used as reference material if you need to query a specific setting. You will not have time to read and learn to complete all of the questions.

Time management is important, if you are unsure on how to complete a task, move onto the next one. Many of the questions have unrelated multiple parts, so see if you can complete different parts of the question. Use a text file on the console to track your progress as you work through the exam. Once you reach question 17, check your notes and see which questions you can circle back to.

Multi-tasking is a must, many of the questions take significant time for vSphere to complete (VLP uses nested ESXi 7.0.0, which is slow). Have a few tabs open so that you can jump back and forth to check execution progress. You should never be sitting idle waiting for a task to finish.

When you end the exam, a message indicates it can take up to 48 hours to get your result. I had my Credly badge and results PDF issued the next day. If you do fail, your results PDF will have the blueprint areas you need to work on; this is a great way to diagnose your weaknesses and strengthen them.

VMexplorer also has a detailed write-up and video on this exam which you should check out if you want to deep-dive on the subject.