As of April 1, 2017, the cost of the VCDX certification will increase from US$1,200 to US$3,995. Unfortunately for most candidates, this means the VCDX journey will now be an employer sponsored process.
Update: The VMware Education blog post on this subject states that you can purchase a voucher now to be used later and VCDX candidates defending May/June will be charged the current fees. It also mentions prices for “Developing” countries, which is the first I have heard of it, so definitely ask about it.
If you are into HCI, then the zero-fee Nutanix Platform Expert program is also an option.
I have gone through the vSAN 6.2 Design and Sizing Guide, the vSAN 6.2 Network Design Guide and the vSAN 6.2 Stretched Cluster & 2 Node Guide (230+ pages) and aggregated all of the design decisions, design considerations and best practices into one page of bullet points that is easy to consume. If you read any other articles on my blog, you will realise that I am very fond of condensed lists and summarized bullet points. Here is a comprehensive list of resources for all things vSAN.
If you are interested in Nutanix HCI design, I also have my design decision summary for ESXi and AHV.
The VMware vRealize Suite Link-O-Rama Resource Page
Following the format of the “Aspiring VCDX Study Guide Link-O-Rama” by Derek Seaman, I have created the same for the VMware vRealize Suite. If I have missed any other resources, reach out to me on Twitter and I will add them. This page will continue to evolve over time and new content will be marked as “NEW!”.
Since vCloud Director is well and truly alive, I have included it as well.
Until I go through and list each individual blog post from an author, you can click on the author name to jump to their latest content. Continue reading
The 60 minute “remote defence” was added as a requirement for Multi-VCDX in early 2016. This was added to protect the integrity of the Multi-VCDX certification. This post is based upon my preparation and observations for the VCDX-CMA track I defended recently. Parts of this post could also be applied to VCDX candidates that are defending for the second time remotely.
This was a multi-stage journey I started in September 2012 with the VMware vSphere 5 ICM course and the subsequent VCP/VCAP exams for VCDX-DCV. Part of that expedition was to provide a roadmap to VCDX, which resulted in the VCDX Deep-Dive series. We all have opinions on what works and what does not; this chronicles what worked for me – if it adds value, use it, if not, ignore.
As an Enterprise Architect, whether you are getting ready for the VCDX Design Scenario portion of your VCDX defence or improving your “on the fly” consulting skills in client meetings, it makes a lot of sense to have a standard set of “Go-To” logical design templates that you can rely upon when white boarding.
I get a lot of requests to mentor VCDX candidates and I am happy to assist, if you demonstrate a genuine drive and enthusiasm to learn and do the work. I have streamlined my mentoring process to allow the maximum number of VCDX candidates for each defence cycle.