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    Will be watching closely. You know how to get a hold of me mate. Cheers!
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    Went through the VCDX Bootcamp book and the blueprint with a fine tooth comb over the weekend. Put my design on my whiteboard and added most of what I need to embellish in my design to make it DX-worthy. Lots of early mornings coming up.
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    Had to change my design a little bit, removed 2 things, added a few. This is a known problem with fictitious designs. I need to lock it in. Oh, getting some decent practice with Visio! After Excel, Visio is the next best thing MS have come up with.
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    here is a silly question what is the difference between vExpert 14' and VCDX?
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    Very valid question, there's an enormous difference between the two. The vExpert is awarded for contribution to the virtualization community, the VCDX validates a deep architect-level understanding of virtualization technologies, networking, storage etc..
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    So VCDX is the VMware equivalent to CCIE or MCA?
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    VMware reckon the VCDX is like the CCDE/CCAr. The CCIE is more like the new VCIX certification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Essendon View Post
    VMware reckon the VCDX is like the CCDE/CCAr. The CCIE is more like the new VCIX certification.
    Someday I'll be as wise as some, I'm just not that gray yet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Essendon View Post
    Had to change my design a little bit, removed 2 things, added a few. This is a known problem with fictitious designs. I need to lock it in. Oh, getting some decent practice with Visio! After Excel, Visio is the next best thing MS have come up with.
    Always thought Paint was the best thing MS released.
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    So how long does this thing have to be (as in pages) or is it as long as it needs to be in in order to stand up to a defense?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asif Dasl View Post
    So how long does this thing have to be (as in pages) or is it as long as it needs to be in in order to stand up to a defense?
    Niran's was more than 1000 pages.

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    Wow a 1000 pages, so Ess you must be knocking out a couple of pages of technical documentation every day? Rough maths - 6 months writing 1000 pages / 180 days = ~5.5 pages per day. Something like that?
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    Like they say, it's about the quality not quantity. I think I have something complex enough and I'm going to give them exactly what they're looking for. As long as I check all their boxes, that's all that matters. Having said this, I admire Niran's effort, keep in mind he worked with a guy called Agustin Malanco on the same design, so it was a joint effort (yes, they defended the same design and both passed). This is not to take their thunder away from them, it goes to show two people working together can produce fantastic documentation. Niran says, and I agree, that if your design's going to be fully fictitious, your documentation better be top notch, so the two of them produced what's likely the most comprehensive VCDX submission ever.

    My documentation is never going to make it to 1000 pages, never! It'll be more likely between 200-300 pages. I watched a brownbag this morning while commuting to work and John Arrasjid said it clearly - we have 8 hours/panelist to read your entire submission so it's best you keep any filler material out of it. They dont want candidates to be copying entire best practice guides, storage guides and other such stuff. Instead they'd much rather prefer the candidate just says - for such and such step, please read the performance best practices guide (hyperlinked to vmware.com/..).

    As for the number of pages/day, I'm probably doing 2-3/day. This may seem like a snail's progress, and it probably is, but having to write the design from scratch is going to require decent effort. To top it off, I havent locked in the final design yet, though since yesterday I think I've nailed it down. I've been tossing around a few things and after some great advice from a forum member and some folks on Twitter, I think I'm close to locking it in. Once locked, I'll just about set it in stone. It's too easy to get carried away and then with too many moving parts, it's harder for the whole thing to gel together.
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    Thanks for the thorough reply, it helps demystify the process you are going through for the rest of us.
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    Sorry, I didn't have time for feeding more information.

    Keep in mind that there will also be a number of pages that have diagrams, pictures, tables, etc. A lot would be in the appendix, however, there would still be some throughout.
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    Oh no problem, I was just looking for a ballpark figure. But I see it differs greatly.
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    The thing to realize is that the number of page is equal to the amount of detail you need to present that showcases all aspects of your design. It could be 20 pages or 2000.
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    So one of the things to remember with your VCDX submission is that it's aimed at one area of specialisation, whether it's Datacenter, View, Cloud etc, you want to ensure that you're covering those in particular rather than bringing in products from outside of that space.

    I know Gregg well, was at the VCDX Bootcamp with him and John Arrasjid earlier this year and saw some of the documents that guys were putting together (Support Docs, Implementation Guides, HLD's etc). I also know that both Gregg and Craig failed their VCDX earlier this year and won't be presenting until April next year at the earliest, the prep is a killer.

    I have heard stories of people taking over 1000 hours to prepare where others have taken 300 hours. It's about knowing your limitations and admiting them, don't bullshit the panel because you don't know who is on it and what they know, don't admit to work you didn't do or understand and always mention others who had a part in the design (again I have heard of people putting in designs that they worked on as a team, two candidates using the same design defending the part of the design that they worked on and assigning the parts of the design to the other person). I have also heard people of have taken a design and submitting it as their own, leaving spelling mistakes in there, it would have been ok had it not been for the fact that one of the panel was the original author.

    VCDX is the pinnicle of VMware Design but it will be interesting to see where they go from now, especially with the VCIX now having been released. I wonder if more VCIX will make an appearance?
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    IF I ever decide to go down the VCDX route I hope Gregg still works for us
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibbajabba View Post
    IF I ever decide to go down the VCDX route I hope Gregg still works for us
    Have him over for a few beers and BBQ's and then you won't need to just be working together :P

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    I have also heard people of have taken a design and submitting it as their own, leaving spelling mistakes in there, it would have been ok had it not been for the fact that one of the panel was the original author.
    I bet that person isn't allowed back..
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    Have him over for a few beers and BBQ's and then you won't need to just be working together :P
    The beers maybe, but BBQ's in October in the northern hemisphere is generally a no no!
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    I bet that person isn't allowed back..
    Actually I believe they were and used their own design this time (I believe that English wasn't his mother tongue and that there was some confusion), I also seem to recall that they passed the defense the second time around.

    Oh and speak to Gregg about organising a braai, something he has wanted to do for years
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    Thank you for the input Simon, I too am eager to find out how the VCIX takes off. At first glance, it looks like a VCAP exam with the 17 lab activities but I don't know how difficult those tasks are so cant say with conviction if it's on par with or below (in difficulty) with the CCIE. But interesting for sure.

    There are numerous people I have respect for that didn't pass their first go at the DX. Does it worry me, yes it does. Does it deter me, not in the least. What it does in spades though is provide me motivation to go after this thing like my life depended on it.
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    How's the labbing coming along Ess? - thanks for pointing out Wordpress for me, it will take time to build it out. Your posts are posts are awesome to read.
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    No labbing yet, it'll only be when I need to test stuff that I'll lab it up. Till then it's just typing and Visio diagrams.
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