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What’s Been Going On?

I realized it’s been a while since I posted something and there’s a few reasons for that the last couple of months.  I wanted to just drop a note so that people still know I’m alive and in fact working on a few projects. VMworld 2015 Most folks by now know that I missed the US conference due to a ... Read More »

VCDX Happenings at VMworld 2015

There is actually a lot going on for me this month as it relates to VCDX so I wanted to give a quick rundown with VMworld fast approaching.  Most of this is around some workshops and activities, but these are all things that you might want to get in on. About Chris ColottiChris is currently a Principal Architect and VCDX ... Read More »

Getting Your VCDX Is Not Life Or Death

Okay, maybe for some it FEELS like it is when you are standing in front of the panel.  I did want to just write something from a personal perspective though about nerves and the pressure of the defense.  I realize everyone handles stress differently, but as I have gotten older I guess I view stressful situations in varying degrees.  Let ... Read More »

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 »

First Time Is Always A Charm

Last week I was asked to present the afternoon keynote at the Wisconsin VMUG.  I’ve actually been asked to present at multiple places so far in 2015, but this was the first run at this particular style of presentation.  Brian Suhr was kind enough to capture the entire thing on my video camera so I could review it and revise ... 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 »

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 »

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