Jun 062010
 

Hello all,

Over the last few weeks I have been revising for my VCDX design exam I have later this month. I must admit however I have not done as much as I would have liked. (if only I didn’t have to work as well).

I have been asked by a few people what material I am using for my revision. Well Im sure like me, anyone reading this will have googled for study material around this. And essentualy that’s all I’m using at the moment. Here are a consolidated list of useful URLs from various blogs and websites:

ESX Server 3 Configuration Guide
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35u2/vi3_35_25_u2_3_server_config.pdf

Virtual Machine Backup Guide
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35u2/vi3_35_25_u2_vm_backup.pdf

VMbook – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/practical_guide_bcdr_vmb.pdf

Setup for Microsoft Cluster Service
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35u2/vi3_35_25_u2_mscs.pdf

VMware HA: Concepts and Best Practices
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMwareHA_twp.pdf

SAN System Design and Deployment Guide
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_san_design_deploy.pdf

Good article on SAN based replication:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BRZ/is_6_24/ai_n6145654/pg_1?tag=artBody;col1

Disaster Recovery Solutions from VMware
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/07Q2_dr_solution.pdf

Making Your Business Disaster Readywith Virtual Infrastructure
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/disaster_recovery.pdf

Using VMware® ESX Server System and VMware Virtual Infrastructure for Backup, Restoration, and Disaster Recovery
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_backup_wp.pdf

VMware Update Manager – Administration Guide
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_vum_10u2_admin_guide.pdf
Security Design of the VMware Infrastructure 3 Architecture
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_vum_10u2_admin_guide.pdf
iSCSI Design Considerations and Deployment Guide
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/iSCSI_design_deploy.pdf
VIOPS: VI3 Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Workshop: http://viops.vmware.com/home/message/1989;jsessionid=D7584DF18C1AD92A7416FD814CAF0FE6#1989
 
I am also refreshing my memory with the enterprise exam notes i took. I am not expecting to be tested on my knowledge of command line but it will help with some of the actions and topics that I don’t use vmware for on a daily basis and may just be useful so i think it’s worth doing.
Again here are the links for the ent exam material I’m using:

I will keep this blog up to date with how I’m getting on but feel free to ask me questions.

I’m pushing really hard to get to vmworld emea for my defence. I know it’s pushing it a bit but I would love to be vcdx before 2011.

Other very interesting design exam related information:

http://blog.scottlowe.org/2009/11/05/vcdx-design-exam-post-mortem/

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2009/03/07/vcdx-design-exam-how-to-prepare/

http://www.virtuallifestyle.nl/2010/02/vmware-vcdx-design-exam-preparation-resources/

http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/vcdx-study-notes/

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