Single office design 1 (Conceptual)

A new design startup wants to get a basic infrastructure running. They are expecting to grow over the next 5 years and want to have space to expand 20% year over year. Since they are a design firm they will be using a lot of storage, we will plan for 1TB of raw data a year. The new office only has room for 1 rack in the IDF and the company wants to cut down on power consumption and equipment costs. Backup is important and the client would like to utilize a service that they can recover their VM’s from the cloud.

Business requirements are simple but important

  1. Must fit in a single rack
  2. Must have cloud backup and recovery method.
  3. Can fit 20 VM’s and have growth for 20% year over year
  4. Use as little equipment as possible.
  5. 1TB of raw data for the first year

 

VDI Multiple locations (Conceptual)

I started making random design’s for different use cases. Pretty much whatever I though about in my own head. That being said this is my first design.

A pretty basic conceptual VDI design that features two office locations (one remote and one main site) with a primary and secondary datacenter ( in a active passive setup)

In the future I will be building off of these designs to get through the physical design process .I am doing this for learning purposes so any advice please let me know!

Studying for VCIX6-DCV

I’ve studied for my VCIX6-DCV certification over the past month. Before we get into the great resources I found we should talk about the exams and the real process of obtaining your VCIX6-DCV.

The VCIX6-DCV certification is aquired by passing two exams, the VCAP6-DCV Deploy, and the VCAP6-DCV design. Each test has a sticker price of 400 dollars but you can get 20% off of the price by signing up for VMUG Advantage, which will almost pay for itself after taking the two tests.

The VCAP6-DCV Deploy exam is 27 questions with 190 minutes for the exam. This is a live exam which means you won’t be asked multiple choice questions but rather you will have to do certain tasks. For Example using auto-deploy to configure an ESXi host, or have you configure host profiles. just to name two.

The VCAP6-DCV Design exam is 18 questions and you are given 175 minutes to complete it. I would imagine this will be asking for logical and physical designs and would ask about design risks, assumptions, constraints, etc, and also consisting of identifying business requirements. A score of 300 is required to pass the exam.

The great thing about the VCIX6-DCV is that there is no need to take a third test to get it.

The requirements for the VCAP6-DCV Design are: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=88743&ui=www_cert

The requirements for the VCAP6-DCV Deploy are: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=88753&ui=www_cert

 


Study resources (Video)

#VBrownBag-

The folks over at #VBrownBag have started an awesome webinar series for the VMware advanced certifications focused in design, as of right now they have two installments of this series starting with objective 1.1 and 1.2 of the above requirements.

The webinars are presented by VCDX’s @RebeccaFitzhugh, @JasonTweet7889 and @GreggRobertson5

http://vbrownbag.com/category/vmware/vmwarevcap/

PluralSight-

Scott Lowe has a great series from the VCAP 5.5  design exam. Although this is a little old it is still very relevant, The basics of design at the core have stayed mostly the same in my opinion.

https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/designing-vmware-infrastructure/table-of-contents


Study resources (Guides)

@KyleJennerUK-

The best deploy study guide I could find is from @KyleJennerUK, this guide is detailed and walks through each step objective VMware lines out. If you walk through this guide step by step you will be able to pass your deploy exam with flying colors. Below is the link and a big shoutout to @KyleJennerUK for putting this awesome guide together.

http://www.vjenner.com/vcap6-dcv-deployment-study-guide/

It Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design-

This book was written by three juggernauts in the VMware world, John Yani Arrasjid (Vcdx-001),  Mark Gabryjelski (Vcdx-023), Chris Mccain (Vcdx-079). Although this book isn’t VMware specific book it goes through the design decisions of the IT world. truly a great asset and a fantastically written book.

It Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design: A Practical Guide for It Architects

VMware publications-

VMware does an awesome job providing product documentation. These PDFs will provide an in-depth review of vSphere 6.x. read these guides and you will know the in’s and out’s of vSphere 6.x

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-6-pubs.html


VMware Hands on Labs

These Lab will help with the process of obtaining you VCIX6-DCV. Most of the labs will need about an hour or two to get the full effect but they are well worth it in my opinion.

 

HOL-1704-SDC-1 – vSphere 6: Performance Optimization

HOL-1706-SDC-6 – Guide to SDDC: VMware Validated Designs

HOL-1708-SDC-1 – Virtual SAN 6.2 from A to Z

HOL-1708-SDC-2 – Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy Based Management

HOL-1710-SDC-6 – What’s New: vSphere 6.5

HOL-1721-SDC-6 – vSphere Automation with PowerCLI

I hope this helps with your studies and good luck on your exam. I will update this post as needed.

 

Starting a career in architecture and design

I am taking my design and deploy class next week. i am excited, but the only problem is how do you practice this new found skill without working for an MSP?

I think starting a new career in design and architecture can be kind of daunting. Where do you start? How do you proof it? Do you make mock designs and hand it off to a trusted colleague? i think all of these are good ways to practice design. but the floor is yours…

How do you practice design?

Let me know below in the comments what your idea is. I will update this post and add the good idea’s i get.

A general system error occurred: Connection refused

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Logging into my dev environment today I had an issue where I couldn’t start VM’s.  This was happening across clusters and different hosts.

To get the VM’s up you can log into the ESXi host using the Vsphere client.

The issue is the workflow service either hung up or stopped in the VCenter server. In order to fix the workflow service, you will need to check the status and take the proper measures. Take a look below.


  1. Check the status with the command below. you will get an output similar to below. INFO:root: is the line where the service

service-control –status vmware-vpx-workflow

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2. Once the status is found use one of the two commands to either start or stop the service.

service-control –stop vmware-vpx-workflow

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service-control –start vmwarevpx-workflow

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3. Try to power on a VM now and see if the results worked!


There’s no current KB article from VMware on this.  But plenty of resources on the topic.


 

Vmworld 2016 sessions top 10 and keynotes

So VMWorld was awesome! It was filled with great sessions great people and all around an awesome atmosphere. some of the top 10 sessions are listed here.

http://www.vmworld.com/en/sessions/top-10-us.html

A complete list of most sessions can be found below.

http://www.vmworld.com/en/sessions/2016.html

If you didn’t have a chance to make it to VMWorld this year don’t worry! The keynote sessions and the breakouts are available on VMWare YouTube page also!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeFlCmVOq6ysL5tbnypeSTJeCtsk7Rd1S