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Online VCDX Workshop Feedback

A week ago today we held the first online VCDX Workshop with some amazing results!  We had over 600 people registered and over 300 people attend the session.  We’ve already posted the recording and the slides from this session on the VCDX VMTN Forum.  What I am going to do here is just address a few of the survey comments ... Read More »

June VCDX Defense Contingency Plan For Desktop and Cloud

A couple days ago as many people know VMware Education announced the immediate retirement of certain VCAP exams for desktop and cloud.  The announcement retired the following exams: VCID510 – VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Cloud Infrastructure Design VCIA510 – VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Cloud Infrastructure Administration VDTA510 – VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Desktop Administration ... Read More »

How Are Your VCDX Related Communication Skills?

Duncan Epping posted a great article today, that also had a link in it to his “Confessions of a VMUG Speaker“.  Both articles are great and got me thinking about the topic of communication skills.  Not public speaking by itself but what I’ve seen over the years as it relates to a person’s various communication skills both as an architect ... Read More »

VCDX Workshops and VCDX Prep Class

Every year I see more and more requests for the VCDX Workshop (Formerly known as the VCDX Bootcamp), to be held at various locations.  We decided initially to partner up with VMUG HQ to align various presentations of the workshop to the larger VMUG conferences.  This was done both for budget and speaker resource availability.  That being said I also ... Read More »

Achieving Your VCDX Is Not A Team Sport

I’m going to stay with the “Not Your Dad’s VCDX” theme a little longer here.  I actually started this post before Julie wrote her guest post, so the interesting thing is we think along the same lines.  Back when I was a young boy, twenty-five plus years ago, in high school I was not much into sports.  I rarely worked out ... Read More »

How Learning Styles Have Changed The VCDX Defender

This is a guest post by Julie Colotti who asked if she could use my blog to put down some of her own personal thoughts on the recent VCDX conversations.  Who am I to say no? The past 24 hours have been an interesting in my home, and I felt it was time that I weighed in on the VCDX process. ... Read More »

My Personal VCDX Journey

It dawned on me today that I never actually talked about my personal journey to VCDX.  Some events of they day made me realize it because it was actually long before I had a blog.  Long before many things actually that have come out of the program.  I realized that there are some people who think we have all had ... Read More »

Guidance For VCDX Candidates Submitting The Same Design

Is it better to do your #VCDX design alone or together with a partner? — James Brown (@jbcompvm) February 9, 2015 There is no rule that says multiple candidates cannot share a VCDX design and submit the same design for a defense.  In fact this past week we saw exactly that in the defenses at PEX.  That being said, I ... Read More »

The Newly Designed Official VCDX Directory

For a few years now there has been an online web page that listed the various VCDX holders around the world.  What I can say is it was a great idea to have a place where everyone could be validated as holding a VCDX.  As I joined the program, I saw that maintaining this page was very cumbersome and manual. ... Read More »

VCDX Panel Discussion – VTUG 2015 Winter Warmer

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the New England VTUG Winter Warmer for the fourth or fifth time.  As always the Patriots were practicing on the field for the third year in a row, which was cool.  The session I did was a panel discussion with some local VCDX holders to talk a little about how and why ... Read More »

2015 VCDX Defense Dates Announced!

Many have asked for them, so here they are.  Yesterday Karl Childs posted the remaining 2015 Defense Dates on the VMware Community Forum.  The defenses roughly follow the schedule from 2014.  For each date, there will be concurrent sessions held in Palo Alto, Frimley, and Singapore.  Like last year the locations and dates will run in a simultaneous fashion, so ... Read More »

No VCDX Design Is Perfect

I wanted to quickly talk about something from my own personal VCDX experience that may help people a little bit that was in my head today.  There are very few IT Professionals that are NOT perfectionists.  It’s true, admit it, we are all very Type-A and with that comes a need to do everything as perfect as we possibly can. ... Read More »

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