VCAP5-DCA… Passed!

I’m not the world’s biggest fan of exams and I’ve been putting this one off for a while. But, after Gregg Robertson volunteered me (at VMworld Europe) to pursue VCDX in 2014, I thought I ought to get it scheduled. I took the VCAP4-DCA back in 2011 and became the 189th person to pass it. You would think then that the VCAP5 wouldn’t pose a big issue. I was concerned though that I spend more time now using tools like Word and Visio than I do mucking about in the vSphere Client. Turns out that I needn’t have worried quite so much. Despite having manflu for four days before (and during) the exam and having a nightmare journey to get there thanks to a broken down train, I managed to have a crack at almost all tasks in the exam […]

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VMware Education Offers at VMworld Europe 2013

I popped by the certification area in hall 7 (behind the HoL) at VMworld Europe today to chat to the lovely people working in VMware’s Education team. One of my primary reasons for going there (aside from getting some badges) was to enquire about progress on the exam track for Network Virtualisation. More on that in a minute. If you’re new to VMware certification or just getting started, there are a couple of good reasons to visit the Education Team whilst at the conference. Firstly they are offering a discount code to take a VMware Certified Associate (VCA) exam if you register for it before November 15th 2013. The VCA certification is VMware’s entry level certification and the exam can be taken online. The current availability and structure of the certification tracks can be seen below. If you want to […]

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vCAC 6.0 Announced

vCAC 6.0 was announced in Tuesday’s General Session and it’s expected to be generally available in mid-November 2013.¬†For me, this is the most exciting announcement to come out of VMworld Europe. It’s all about building, deploying and managing application catalogs. VMware acquired DynamicOps in mid-2012 and managed to rebrand and launch it as vCloud Automation Center 5.1 at VMworld last year. There has since been a 5.2 release but 6.0 includes some very significant changes. Two of the biggest are: Appliances! vCAC installation has historically been a bit of a pig. 5.2 has its own pre-requisite checker and a number of hoops to jump through to get it up and running. Jonathan Medd even recently produced a superb¬†PowerShell script to automate the setup of the pre-requisites. With 6.0 however, vCAC is being partially released as a virtual appliance by being […]

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My VMworld Schedule

Next week is VMworld Europe 2013. My wife tells people it’s a “Uber Geek Fest”. She’s probably right about that! This will be my third VMworld and I know without a doubt that there will not be enough hours between Sunday and Thursday this coming week for me to meet all of the people and vendors that I want and see the sessions that I want. If you’re in Barcelona at VMworld this coming week, say hello, give me your business card, join me for a beer or do all three! On a couple of days I’ll be wearing shirts with this on the back: At the moment my schedule looks a bit like this: Daytime Evening Sunday Travel to Barcelona vRockstar Party Monday Registration, Hands-on-Labs and Partner sessions including TEX5350 VMUG Party / Pernix Data Party Tuesday Sessions including […]

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vOpenData – Shared Virtual Infrastructure Statistics

Whether you love or loathe VMware and their products, one area that you can’t fault is the community that’s built up around them. In that community blood, sweat, tears and a dash of brilliance have produced many amazing things. vOpenData looks like it could be one of them. vOpenData is the brainchild of Ben Thomas and was built with William Lam and assistance from several other VMware community members. Essentially it is a public database of VMware Virtual Infrastructure statistics / configurations. Users download a script that collects some anonymous data about their infrastructure. Once uploaded and added to the database, the data contributes to a plethora of publicly available statistics. At the time of writing there are over 50,000 VMs in the database. The average VMDK size is just over 70Gb. For me, as a techie / evangelist / […]

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