Tag Archive: design

Sep 25

Some VCAP 6.5 DCV Design Exam Study Notes

A couple weeks ago I sat and passed the VCAP 6.5 Datacenter Design Exam. It was a good but tough exam. The VCAP 6.5 Design exam is a bit different from past VCAP Design Exams – there are no Visio type questions. Just multiple choice and “drag and drop” questions.

May 25

vSphere 6 Datacenter Design Cookbook – Ready for pre-Order!

The book covers the VMware Design Methodology and will provide a useful resource for Architects and Engineers preparing for the VMware Advance Design Certification. VMware vSphere 6.X Datacenter Design Cookbook contains recipes for the design and implementation of vSphere technologies to support a virtual datacenter design including discovery of functional and non-functional requirements, forming the conceptual design, creating a logical design, applying the logical design to a physical design, and creating the final design documentation.

Apr 22

Book Review: IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design

IT Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design is well written and an easy read. I read it cover to cover over a couple nights. I found myself marking multiple pages to refer back to. It is packed with a great deal of useful information for both the seasoned Architect and those who are looking to gain a bit more insight on the process for creating a high quality design. The book focuses on enterprise class, but the design process can easily be (and should be) applied to any size or type of datacenter design.

Apr 12

Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design On the Way!

I have been looking forward to this book being released ever since I got a peak at the draft at VMworld last year. Just ordered a copy and I should have it by Friday!!! Based on what I saw back in August, this book will likely become the go to resource for folks preparing for the VMware advanced design exams or working to successfully prepare and defend a VCDX design.

Jan 11

vSphere Design Cookbook Update in Process

In January 2014 the VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook I wrote was published by Packt Publishing. Just before Christmas the publisher of the vSphere Design Cookbook contacted me about updating the book to vSphere 6. After a bit of planning what updates would be included I accepted. I started working on the update this past week and submitted the first draft of the updated Chapter 1 last night.

Feb 06

ESXi Host 3 NIC Connectivity Design

This post was inspired by a cool conversation with @Emad_Younis at VMware PEX about ESXi network design using a limited number of NICs. Emad is working towards his VCDX so we worked through the solution design applying the same design methodology used when creating a VCDX design.

Feb 24

VCDX CXXVIII (#128)

On Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM I defended the design I submitted before a panel of VCDXs. The preparation and the defense process was a time consuming, somewhat stressful, very educational, and ultimately enjoyable experience. I learned a tremendous amount about my abilities and about the design process.

Aug 14

The Path from Administrator to Architect

Taking a few steps… I am looking to learn the methods of good vSphere design and gain solid virtual infrastructure design knowledge while working towards my VCAP-DCD. My plan is to sit the exam and obtain the VCAP-DCD certification before the end of 2012.