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VCDX Boot Camp: Preparing for the VCDX Panel Defense (Vmware Press Technology)by John Yani Arrasjid
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Prepare to succeed at your VCDX panel defense and gain world-class knowledge for designing complex VMware environments
VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of VMware certification, achieved by dedicated professionals who have demonstrated exceptional skill in VMware enterprise deployments. To earn a VCDX, professionals must create a complete enterprise VMware design and undergo an arduous defense at the hands of some of the world’s most sophisticated VMware experts.
Now, for the first time, there’s a comprehensive guide to VCDX defense: VCDX Boot Camp. Based on the legendary standing-room-only boot camps led by VCDX co-creator John Arrasjid, this guide captures the unsurpassed personal experience of three pioneering VCDX certification holders, program developers, and defense panelists.
John Arrasjid, Ben Lin, and Mostafa Khalil cover everything you need to know to prepare for certification. They demystify the entire VCDX defense process, clearly explain its format and prerequisites, and offer indispensable tips for maximizing your likelihood of success. Detailed chapters on both design and troubleshooting offer four complete scenarios explaining exactly what VCDX panelists will expect from your defense.
Learn how to think like a VCDX, discovering powerful insights and best practices for designing your own world-class virtualized environment.
• Authoritative preparation guidance (including expert insights into scheduling your preparation and defense)
• Tips for conducting mock defenses, boot camps, and study sessions with your colleagues
• How to select, create, and document a superior, defensible design
• How to make design choices and incorporate design patterns that support the VCDX blueprint
• How to confidently defend your skills in architecture, designing new solutions, and troubleshooting design or implementation flaws
• Proven tips for responding to tough questions from panelists
• Detailed example defenses of designs incorporating VCDX-DCV, VCDX-Cloud, and VCDX-DT
VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of VMware certification: VCDX design architects are the elite of the VMware world, veteran professionals who demonstrated exceptional skill in VMware enterprise deployments. To earn a VCDX, these professionals must create a complete enterprise VMware design and undergo a grueling defense at the hands of some of the world’s most sophisticated VMware experts.
Until now, there’s only been one way to prepare for VCDX: to participate in a VCDX Bootcamp. Every year at VMworld and the VMware Partner Exchange, John Arrasjid offers a legendary bootcamp to standing room only crowds. Arrasjid’s remarkable sessions don’t just attract VCDX candidates: they attract huge numbers of VMware experts who want an even deeper understanding of VMware architecture and best practices. It’s no wonder: Arrasjid earned the world’s first VCDX certification, and helped architect the program. Now Arrasjid – together with equally respected VMware experts Mostafa Khalil and Ben Lin – have written the definitive VCDX study guide. The only book of its kind, VCDX Boot Camp covers everything you need to know to prepare, including:
About the Author
John Y. Arrasjid, VCDX-001, is a Principal Architect at VMware, leading development of VMware Validated Architectures. He has been with VMware since 2003. He developed IP and software for
his first six years as a Consulting Architect and currently does so as a Principal Architect, VMware Ambassador, and vExpert. John regularly speaks at VMware conferences and related workshops and industry events, including VMworld, VMware Partner Exchange, VMware vForum, VMware User Groups (VMUG), and the USENIX LISA conference.
John has been the lead architect and chief product owner for the VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) since 2011. The latest release of vCAT 3.1 will be released through VMware Press in printed format; the online electronic version is accessible for free at http://www.vmware.com/go/vcat.
John’s publications include three books in the USENIX Association Short Topics in System Administration series: Deploying the VMware Infrastructure, Foundation for Cloud Computing with VMware vSphere 4, and Cloud Computing with VMware vCloud Director.
During his past ten years at VMware, John has developed multiple consulting engagement materials and conference tutorials that focus on security, performance, and availability of virtualized and cloud infrastructures. John’s earlier work at VMware included development of free backup (vmsnap) and recovery (vmres) tools for VMs using snapshot technology.
John participated in the initial development of the VCDX program and continues his support with online and onsite workshops (VCDX Tips, VCDX Boot Camp, #vBrownbag Boot Camp Live Online) and this book.
John is a member of the USENIX Association (and LISA SIG), where he serves as vice president of the Board of Directors. He can be followed on Twitter as @vcdx001 and can be seen playing guitar and ukulele with the VMware Elastic Sky band and at The Strawberry Music Festival.
Ben Lin, VCDX-045, is currently a Global Cloud Specialist and has been with VMware since 2008. He holds VCDX3/4/5 certifications and actively participates in VCDX panels and development activities. Ben graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.
Ben coauthored the book Cloud Computing with VMware vCloud Director and was closely involved with cloud designs and deployments since the inception of vCloud Director. He works with global customers in the Americas, providing thought leadership and expertise in designing cloud solutions.
Ben has been a lead architect for the VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) and has created numerous reference architectures, service kits, and whitepapers used by field and partners worldwide. He regularly presents at conferences such as VMworld, VMworld Europe, Partner Exchange, LISA, HotCloud, and vForum. Follow him on Twitter at @blin23.
Mostafa Khalil, VCDX-002, is a Technical Support Director on the Global Support Services team. He has been with VMware since 1999, at the top of the escalation ladder in support.
Mostafa specializes in storage-related technologies and holds VCDX3/4/5 certifications. He has published the book Storage Implementation in vSphere 5.0, Technology Deep Dive.
Mostafa regularly speaks at VMware conferences and workshops (Vmworld and Partner Exchange) and other industry events. Follow him on Twitter at @mostafaVMW.
Table of Contents
About the Authors xxi
About the Reviewers xxiii
Chapter 1 Certifi cation Overview 1
VMware Certifi cation Program Framework 3
Certifi cation Tracks 5
VCDX for Datacenter Virtualization (VCDX-DCV) 7
VCDX for Desktop (VCDX-DT) 7
VCDX for Cloud (VCDX-Cloud) 8
The VCDX Process 9
Value Proposition 10
Chapter 2 Preparation 13
What Demonstrates Design Expertise? 14
What Demonstrates a Lack of Design Experience? 15
The Application 16
Application Submission Process 17
VCDX Application 18
Creating a VCDX Study Group 21
Practice and Supporting Materials 21
VCDX Panelist Restrictions 21
Running a VCDX Panel Defense Boot Camp 22
Room Layout 23
Running the Defense Within a Set Timeline 24
Mock Defense Checklist 25
Chapter 3 The Design 27
Assembling Your Design 28
VCDX Design Defense Blueprint 28
Resolving Confl icts 34
Sizes Matters Not 35
Design Artifacts 36
What Makes for a Good Design? 36
Conceptual Model 36
Logical Design 38
Physical Design 39
Justifi cation 39
Checklist: Design Selection and Content 40
Chapter 4 Defense Overview 43
The Interview Process 43
Before the Defense 44
Time Management 44
Panel Defense Participants 45
Panelists’ Perspective 46
Sitting in the Panelist Seat 46
Panelist Qualifi cations 47
Panelist Preparation 47
Panelist Expectations 47
Notifi cation of Results 47
Chapter 5 Design Defense 49
Design Overview Presentation 50
Example Presentation Slides 51
Reference Material 53
Know Your Design 54
Defense Strategy 54
Practice Leads to Success 55
Preparation Checklists 56
Chapter 6 The Design Scenario 59
Showcase Your Skills 59
Panelist’s Perspective 61
Design Scenario Examples 62
Design Scenario 1 62
Design Scenario 2 66
Design Scenario 3 70
The Art of Explanations 73
Design Scenario 4 77
Chapter 7 The Troubleshooting Scenario 81
Conducting the Troubleshooting Scenario 81
Thinking Aloud 82
Asking Questions 82
Using a Whiteboard or Paper 82
Troubleshooting Analysis 82
Example: Confl icting Information 83
Requirements Analysis 83
The Panelist Perspective 83
Example Scenarios 83
Example Troubleshooting Scenario #1 84
Example Troubleshooting Scenario #2 89
Example Troubleshooting Scenario #3 93
Example Troubleshooting Scenario #4 98
Books and Links 105
Training Courses 106
TOC, 9780321910592, 4/18/2013
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