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    Rebooted my design. Started afresh, used some remnants from previous design. Keep reminding myself - this is a long marathon, keep at it.
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    So Ess, you just about done with the rough draft? Just kidding, Good luck and I'll be following this thread for updates. Just need to finish my VCAP-DCD and I'll be following in your footsteps for the VCDX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azjag View Post
    So Ess, you just about done with the rough draft? Just kidding, Good luck and I'll be following this thread for updates. Just need to finish my VCAP-DCD and I'll be following in your footsteps for the VCDX.

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    Do it azjag, it's worth the effort. Lemme know if you need any help with the DCD.

    Dave's spot on with the gap analysis. There's indeed a huge difference in the amount of knowledge required.
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    Luckily I'm in a position where I get to design and build/upgrade VMware environments on a regular basis. I'm about 160 pages into a design I can use for my defense that is real but needs identifying information sanitized. I have about 30 books related to VMware on my Kindle, countless more in dead tree editions, and 40gb of CBT training material. I have every expectation that this requires a mile wide, mile deep understanding of concepts and experience. But that is what makes this challenging cert worth all the hard work.
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    Essendon, I just took a look on your blog great info regarding the DCD path.. I took the exam two times and I've failed last time with a 285 score. I will be taking the exam again i hope this weekend. as Soon that im done with this i will start studying for the VCDX..
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    Quote Originally Posted by azjag View Post
    Luckily I'm in a position where I get to design and build/upgrade VMware environments on a regular basis.
    What percentage of VCDX's do you believe were/are in similar circumstances? It seems you would be at a severe disadvantage if you weren't doing this day in and day out. It doesn't even appear attainable by simply studying after work but only by waking up and living it everyday.

    Just an outside perspective looking in.
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    Yep, most if not all current and aspiring VCDX's do this kind of work daily to varying extents. It's not just about putting the design together, it's about thinking of the alternatives (pros and cons), the risks (and their mitigation), justification (and benefits) while being mindful of the client's requirements and constraints. Think of the actual defense as being a sustained barrage by heavy artillery from the top of a hill down on a barren valley below!
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    Pursuit on hold for now, several very interesting projects at work leave no time/energy to keep the design going. Might try to squeeze in an hour every Saturday and Sunday.

    How often do you have work reign in your cert plans?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Essendon View Post
    How often do you have work reign in your cert plans?
    All the time. The time it really affects ya is when they ask you skill up on a whole new device, Say: Palo Alto/Fortigate and you have no prior experience with anywhere that much networking because you've done MIcrosoft and Vmware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Essendon View Post
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    Massively right now - had to put my vCAP on hold as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibbajabba View Post
    Massively right now - had to put my vCAP on hold as well
    Same here... At first I needed to update my lab, then when I got everything ready, I had to get eye surgery (detached retina) twice in a month, then after going back to work, things are so busy I have no energy left...

    Let's hope I can get back into it soon!
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    How often do you have work reign in your cert plans?
    My VCP-NV is on hold, since I keep having to reschedule NSX ICM class due to work.
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    Also have plans for VCDX, most like VDI track at this point since I'll probably be spending a lot of time working with View.. Just need those VCAPs (WIP).
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    Rebooted my design. Started afresh, used some remnants from previous design. Keep reminding myself - this is a long marathon, keep at it.
    I think you should make it a Metrocluster using NetApp.
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    Thanks for the suggestion Dave, a current DX also said the same to me. Don't have much experience with metroclusters though, but good idea!
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    Actually my suggestion is some what of a joke since NetApp doesn't really have a metrocluster solution.
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    Well there you go then, that shows my experience with it!
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    Essendon, how's your progress going, your posts seem quiet! - stay focused!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave330i View Post
    Actually my suggestion is some what of a joke since NetApp doesn't really have a metrocluster solution.
    I don't think this is true.
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    Progress is slow, too much going at work, little energy when I reach home. Great experience I'm getting though, which is always good.
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    When a metrocluster failover is manual, I don't consider it a true metrocluster solution.
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    When a metrocluster failover is manual, I don't consider it a true metrocluster solution.
    Regardless of what you consider to be a "true MetroCluster", the fact remains that NetApp markets a MetroCluser product and it's disingenuous to say otherwise. I imagine Essendon took you at your word and if he had repeated that in the office to colleagues he would've gotten some strange looks. I know this because I was almost in this situation. Our NetApp rep had to take me to school for a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tprice5 View Post
    Regardless of what you consider to be a "true MetroCluster", the fact remains that NetApp markets a MetroCluser product and it's disingenuous to say otherwise. I imagine Essendon took you at your word and if he had repeated that in the office to colleagues he would've gotten some strange looks. I know this because I was almost in this situation. Our NetApp rep had to take me to school for a bit.
    Metrocluster to me is continuous availability. How can you have CA if you need to do a manual failover? NetApp may market their solution as Metrocluster, but it doesn't provide CA.

    Edit: You're right. You can setup a Metrocluster with NetApp. You can't setup CA with NetApp.
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    Hashed out a few more pages over the Xmas break. Slowly, but surely..
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