Yesterday I successfully passed the exam for AppSense Certified Professional. I find AppSense a really great solution and a game-changer in many implementations. It’s definetely worth to learn this technology.
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After two weeks of waiting for my exam results I am proud to say I have passed the exam. Next one on the list is VCAP – DCD. The exam was surprisingly easy but I run out of time and I didn’t manage to finish everything.
This are the resources I used to prepare myself for the exam:
2. Study guides – I used several ones, mostly;
3. Pluralsight’s courses:
VMware vSphere Troubleshooting series by David Davis
VMware vSphere Optimize & Scale by Jason Nash
4. VMware training and documentation:
VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman
VCAP5-DCA Official Cert Guide: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration by Steve Baca and John Davis – when I read it, only some parts of it were available as rough cuts. Publication scheduled for April 2014
Too bad Exam Ref 70-414 book by Microsoft Press has been again posponed, this time for October 2013. Some time ago it was September, even earlier April, etc. Moreover, say good bye to old-style classic Training Kits from Microsoft Press. Now to learn new skills you can use two types of paper resources: Exam Refs and Training Guide. The difference is, as explained on MS blog: „Exam Refs are designed to give experienced professionals an exam objective-by-exam objective tour of the certification exam.” while „The new Training Guide series is a wonderful orientation to the job role for a less prepared candidate.” Which is good – if you’re more familiar with the subject you can buy a shorter (and cheaper) Exam Ref and do your research with Technet. Which I did for MCSE as Exam Ref is rather a condensed compendium of topic you need to learn to take (and pass) the exam.
No more excuses guys! You will never be able to say again „I’d like to check out vSphere new features and prepare for an exam but I have no test environment” or „It’s too much burden to set up a lab”. VMware has recently announced Hands-On Labs available online and I have just received an email confirming my enrollment into the public beta. So let’s login and check it out.
The labs are divided into three sections: Cloud Infrastructure (vCloud Suite), Cloud Operations (Operations, Automation and Orchestrations) and End-User Computing. There are several labs in each category and no doubts there will be new ones coming soon. Let’s choose Auto Deploy lab and enroll and then let’s start the lab.
At the beginning of the lab we will see detailed instructions, necessary and helpful documentations, environment diagrams and other information useful not only when doing the lab but also for learning the topic.
On the left side there is a dock with the consoles, on the right – the manual with lab instructions, etc. The buttons to reset, power off, insert ctrl-alt-del combination, etc. are in the bottom next to the username information and remaining time.
Within the duration of the lab you can close the browser and resume the lab. When you end the lab, the server is powered off, but all your saved work will wait for you and the time is paused till you resume the lab.
It is really surprising how smooth the labs go. There is almost no lag. Maybe it is due to the fact that it is still beta with few people using it, I don’t know.
There’s really no much more to say about the HOL. Just login and try yourself. I will be definitely busy with the labs for the next few days. Can the HOL really replace the lab? I don’t think so, there is nothing like setting up everything from the beginning by yourself, breaking at and fixing it again. Only a real lab or test environment will allow such flexibility. What HOL can do however is to let you deepen your knowledge in certain areas without the need to set up all to play with a certain topic. To sum up: great job VMware!
Read VMware KBs and watch learning videos directly from your iPad with a new VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal application available now on iTunes. The content is downloadable in parts so there is no need to upload the whole VMware knowledgebase to your device at once And yes, it is for free.
I see no version now for Android or iPhone.
Did you know that you can find a lot of free VMware learning videos that can build your knowledge about VMware product such as vCenter, vFabric, SRM and many more?
As a part of upgrading by MS certifications to windows Server 2012, I’ve just bought Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server® 2012 book by J.C. Mackin. The book costs 35.99$ but with the discount code MSINT you can get the book as cheap as 17.99$! AFAIK the code applies to all Microsoft Press books Really cool!
I know it’s Monday but for those looking for an interesting lecture for the next weekend I have some interesting suggestions of free ebooks and articles.
Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition) – PDF, MOBI and EPUB formats
For those more interested in VMware solutions: