VMware VCAP v5

It’s been a long time since my first post and I thought I’d start to share my thoughts on my studies for the VMware VCAP exams. I passed my VCP5 back in December last year which was really good. My study gave me an insight into the new features vSphere 5 has to offer.

Now I have started to focus on the next stage of my development in my ultimate goal of achieving VCDX 🙂

I’ve thought a lot about whether I should start studying for the DCA or DCD exam over the last few months and have struggled to make my mind up! After much thought and some discussion with a friend of mine I decided to go with the DCD as my first milestone. Since I am working towards the v5 exams it does make things a little harder since there isn’t a lot of information about them yet. I have heard a few things about the recent beta of the DCD but I figure I’ll keep going regardless.

I have built a home lab mostly consisting of a desktop pc running an AMD FX 8 core cpu (stop laughing! I like AMD!) and just today received my 32GB of DDR3, yay! With an OCZ ssd and some larger spindle drives I have a pretty good setup whereby I can virtualise MOST of what I need. I figure over time I might need to up the RAM to 64GB, etc but its a good start.

I’ve built some template 2k8R2 VM’s using Sammy Bogaert’s great guide to building a lab using workstation (http://boerlowie.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/building-the-ultimate-vsphere-lab-part-1-the-story/). I’ll eventually configure a vCenter server along with Auto Deploy and Update Manager, then move onto deploying two or three virtual ESXi guests. I’m also keen to have a real play with View as I also have some potential applications for this within my work environment so I’ll be exploring these.

So, stay tuned and hopefully I’ll keep this ball rolling and post some more soon around my lab and any interesting things I find 🙂