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What Makes a Quality VCDX Submission

I get this question a lot and I plan on updating a few slides for upcoming VCDX Workshops to address it.  In the past the workshop certainly focusses on the defense day, but I am reminded today of some things that make a proper submission.  Actually there is probably a good list of things NOT to do that also comes ... Read More »

What The VCDX Scenarios Are Looking For

I presented another VCDX Workshop this week in South Florida, and one thing that we dug into was what the Design and Troubleshooting Scenarios are looking for.  What I mean by that is every VCDX has always said in the workshops that these two sections are “About the Journey, not the destination”.  I personally have stated 100 times that completing ... Read More »

Addressing Design Changes In Your VCDX Defense

There was a conversation on Twitter that came up today regarding your VCDX submission, and changes to the design between submission and defense.  I have some personal opinions on this I wanted to write down instead of dealing with it on Twitter.  Alexander Thoma had a spot on point about this. @Sunny_Dua @ccolotti @skhoslaTO If changes are substantial it gets ... Read More »

Are You A CCIE? Start Your Path To VCDX-NV

I will admit I just learned about this today for some reason, but if you are a CCIE did you know that you have a slightly quicker way to get off the blocks on the path to VCDX-NV?  Simply put I wanted to make sure that as many current CCIE’s out there knew about this slightly different path.  As we ... Read More »

My 2015 Speaking Engagements

As we close the first quarter of 2015, which in itself is simply amazing that it is gone, I wanted to start tracking my 2015 speaking engagements which include a mostly some VCDX Workshops, but it also looks like I will be at a VMUG or two presenting a Keynote.  I wanted to provide the abstracts as well in case ... Read More »

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 »

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