Back in 2002 I started exploring the VMware world with workstation, after a few exciting months playing on my home built tower pc I had the chance to try out ESX 1.5 and GSX, I wasn’t impressed at first (believe it or not I was a kind of server hugger at the time) but when ESX hit version 2 and I started to grasp its potential I was completely sold on server virtualization. I can tell you that there are ESX 2.5 still running in Europe and the US that rely on my custom built HA perl scripts 🙂
What made you decide to do the VCDX?
I remember hearing about VCDX on Duncan Epping’s blog, I was genuinely impressed by the oral dissertation needed to pass the panel exam, it sounded like something that could really attest a true proof of knowledge, and being a high school dropout myself I always wanted some kind of payback and formal recognition from the industry I truly care about. That was definitely the thing that made my mind click.
How long did it take you to complete the whole VCDX journey?
In late 2009 I started wondering about getting my VCDX, I wanted to take it slow because I was still doing field work every day so time was a constraint, I booked the first advanced exam in march 2010 for June (enterprise admin, the precursor of VCAP-DCA) but then I had to rush it because the VCDX3 window was closing and I didn’t want to redo the advanced exams so I spent all my summer holidays working on my design (my wife loved it… Not 🙂 ) and by November the 2nd I was defending my application.
What advice would you give to people thinking of pursuing the VCDX accreditation?
Extensive hands on experience is definitely the best advice so build your home lab and start getting lab hours on it, and when you get to the defense know your design inside out, don’t overwork it, stick with what you know best and have hands-on experience with.
If you could do the whole VCDX journey again what would you do differently?
I would’ve probably took it slower, but in hindsight I’m not sure I would have accomplished the same result if I didn’t stay focused for two weeks straight on the design.