VMUG UserCon Boston 6/1/2017

The day is here Boston UserCon. This time around they are focused on EUC (End User Computing) these conferences are key in my opinion to networking and learning about the newest technology. If you cant make it to VMworld the UserCons are the next best shot to getting up to date information on VMWare and beyond. An extreme amount of effort is put into these conferences and you can really notice it. And although this is a naive statement, it almost seems like nothing is going wrong.

The leaders @steveathanas , @JamesMuellerIT and Matt Bradford @VMSpot did an awesome job like always!

The vendor selection is turning out to be about what you would expect from a technical conference but obviously focusing more on the VDI side. Most of the well-known vendors are here this year. Dell/EMC, Zerto, Rubriks, NetApp/SolidFire , Green Pages (Big VAR in the New England area), and of course VMware.

 Mostly I come to these conferences for the community sessions and the networking opportunity they present which is unmatched in my opinion. Getting to see some of the VMware communities top dogs giving their take on careers and community is awesome.

One session I attended was by @RebeccaFitzhugh focused on leadership. a pretty strong topic but she delivered it in a solid fashion.

The crowd was pretty big at the lunch Keynote and the speaker was fantastic. Talking about the trends of EUC and the future. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for the entire session but the first half was good.

But ultimately I had to leave before the after party because my oldest graduated from Pre-K that same day!

Congratulations Colby!

 

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.

 

2016 & Beyond….

WOW What a year! 2016 has been a great year!

I received my VCP6-DCV, traveled to VMworld in Las Vegas, attended numerous VMUG Usercon’s, and all while meeting some kick ass people along the way.

As you might notice the post title says “2016 and beyond”. I would like to outline what my expectations are for myself in 2017 and what I wish to achieve.

This is for two reasons. One is I like to blog and apparently people like to read my blog for some unknown reason, and two to keep myself honest. I find that my goals are actually achieved if I write them down and hold myself accountable.

So what is it in 2017 I will be looking to achieve?


Spend more time with family

This is first on my list because it is the most important. Although I have gotten a lot done this year it has taken a toll. Working hard to pay the bills and expand your expertise sometimes gets in the way of spending valuable time with your kids and/or significant other. This is one thing I am going to try and get better at. Taking control of my work life balance will be my top priority this year.

This will be my big personal goal of 2017!

Become VCIX-DCV certified

Since I took the deploy and design class last month I feel more confident about taking this challenge. Although daily I do not work on customer designs I believe that is more crucial for making the VCDX step and not necessarily the VCIX.

This will be my career goal of 2017!

Become more community involved

Starting the blog and twitter in 2016 really helped me connect with some experts and cool ass people in the field. But I think I could do more outreach to people in the community. Whether that is doing talks at the local VMUG or just DMing people on twitter. There is an endless possibility of learning within the VMware community and I need to take advantage of that. Even if it means putting my introvert self in the past.

This will be my community goal of 2017!

Get ahead of the game with new products and technology

This is what I really need to work on in 2017 taking and learning new up and coming technology right as it hits the market. I’ve fallen behind some of the trends this year because I wasn’t actively looking for the new technology and catching up with the latest posts and blogs on a daily basis.

This is my knowledge goal of 2017!