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VCDX Boot Camp: Preparing for the VCDX Panel Defense

By John Arrasjid, Ben Lin, Mostafa Khalil

Published by VMware Press

Published Date: May 10, 2013

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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.

 

Coverage includes

     •    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

 

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction xvii

About the Authors xxi

About the Reviewers xxiii

Acknowledgments xxv

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

    Review 11

Chapter 2 Preparation 13

    Experience 14

        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

    Practice 22

    Room Layout 23

    Running the Defense Within a Set Timeline 24

    Mock Defense Checklist 25

    Review 25

Chapter 3 The Design 27

    Assembling Your Design 28

        VCDX Design Defense Blueprint 28

        Method 32

        Traceability 33

        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

        Impact 39

        Localization 39

        Checklist: Design Selection and Content 40

    Summary 40

Chapter 4 Defense Overview 43

    The Interview Process 43

    Before the Defense 44

    Time Management 44

    Panel Defense Participants 45

    Environment 46

    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

    Review 58

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

    Review 78

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

    Review 102

Conclusion 103

References 105

        Books and Links 105

        Training Courses 106

Glossary 107

TOC, 9780321910592, 4/18/2013

 

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ISBN-13: 978-0-13-337805-4

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