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    I wish I could convince some of my customers to implement DMVPN. Much easier than managing dozens of tunnels per site.

    Ya I like it allot, next up in my understanding is VXVLAN, going to figure out how ot setup a FC Tunnel over L2 to our colo location. Curious to know if it's possible over DMVPN, if it is then just need to increase the pipe to 1G.

    But the cool thing about ESXi 6.0 vCenter just figures out how to communicate as-long as L2 between sites exists, but pushing FC traffic over that pipe in its own payload is what I'm aiming for, or perhaps QoS on Storage traffic.

    Never used Nexus switches yet, so there new to me.
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    I am one week away but am wishing I could take the exam sooner and the lab dates are harder to come by than a soon to be updated CCIE lab.

    I am now focusing on strategy since I am reading that time is the biggest obstacle. I haven't had any problems with this over the 20 or so certification exams that I have taken. Obviously the VCAP is a different animal but I look at it as a greater accomplishment than some random multiple choice exam.

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    Ya I like it allot, next up in my understanding is VXVLAN, going to figure out how ot setup a FC Tunnel over L2 to our colo location. Curious to know if it's possible over DMVPN, if it is then just need to increase the pipe to 1G.

    But the cool thing about ESXi 6.0 vCenter just figures out how to communicate as-long as L2 between sites exists, but pushing FC traffic over that pipe in its own payload is what I'm aiming for, or perhaps QoS on Storage traffic.

    Never used Nexus switches yet, so there new to me.
    What's your use-case for spanning FC traffic across sites?

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    What's your use-case for spanning FC traffic across sites?
    for replication between the EMC VMX's and vBlocks and for Storage to appear as Storage to both sites and for use with our newly purchased SRM.

    One is a Dell Chassis, and the other DC is a UCS Chassis.

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    I am one week away but am wishing I could take the exam sooner and the lab dates are harder to come by than a soon to be updated CCIE lab.

    I am now focusing on strategy since I am reading that time is the biggest obstacle. I haven't had any problems with this over the 20 or so certification exams that I have taken. Obviously the VCAP is a different animal but I look at it as a greater accomplishment than some random multiple choice exam.
    I'm looking forward to the VCIX.

    But looks like my track for this year, is VCP6 next weekend, then EMC storage track, then CCNA and onto CCNP: R&S.

    There is a guy that does MCSE, so I don't need to focus on it, I know enough to do what he does, so I can focus on VMware and Storage and then NP level networking. Plus the company is paying for the training, so it's a good idea.

    Taking the Optimize and Scale 6.0 class tomorrow, paid by work.
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    Taking the Optimize and Scale 6.0 class tomorrow, paid by work.
    Which VATC is providing this?

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    Which VATC is providing this?

    let me look at the email, got it this morning and approval this afternoon.
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    VMware Education Services, I guess when they deployed there VCE colo they got 100 hours of VMware/EMC training for 5 years.
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    VMware Education Services, I guess when they deployed there VCE colo they got 100 hours of VMware/EMC training for 5 years.
    Gotta pay for the Z28, right? Bling bling :P
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    Gotta pay for the Z28, right? Bling bling :P
    it's paid off, saving up for the fiances WRX, her B-Day is in August. - I don't just have income from IT, I resell Ambient Energy.
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    That's awesome. Building data centers, handing out /24 subnets, spanning your FC network, and being a master of MLM. Making the big bucks.

    Are you spanning native FC?
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    That's awesome. Building data centers, handing out /24 subnets, spanning your FC network, and being a master of MLM. Making the big bucks.

    Are you spanning native FC?
    I inherited this network, don't like the way it's designed. I actually won't be keeping it this way, from past experience, It needs better structuring.

    I'm coming onboard as the VMware and EMC guy, but the network side is making me shake my head a bit just with the design.

    It should be fun, looking forward to it.
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    Heh, a CCENT shaking his head at network design? I assume you've got years of pure network experience then?
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    Heh, a CCENT shaking his head at network design? I assume you've got years of pure network experience then?
    Since 2005, you don't need to be Cisco certified to be a networking person, took the CCNA course in college and just did IT since then, but it has since expired, hence the renewed track.

    Certifications shouldn't define a person, but having the certification, to me, doesn't prove anything one way or another.

    You can be a CCIE from a brain dump and still have a CCNA know more, so it's all relative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gorebrush View Post
    Heh, a CCENT shaking his head at network design? I assume you've got years of pure network experience then?
    I'm sure most CCENT's would shake their head at my network designs.

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    I inherited this network, don't like the way it's designed. I actually won't be keeping it this way, from past experience, It needs better structuring.

    I'm coming onboard as the VMware and EMC guy, but the network side is making me shake my head a bit just with the design.

    It should be fun, looking forward to it.
    Are the network guys going to let the virtualization and storage guy change their network?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathmage View Post
    You can be a CCIE from a brain dump
    No-- maybe the written but that doesn't give you the credential in question. Only an IT generalist would say something like that.
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    Heh... I love how someone's thread about thinking of going VMware turns into Deathmage talking about how amazing his life is and how impressive it is that he gets to play with a /16 of /24's for 40+ sites or how he gets to play with 1GB/10GB, dell chassis, UCS chassis, etc. I guess that's impressive these days.

    At this point I'm convince reality is either one of two things:

    1 - He's either a trolololol looking for attention and if that's the case, well... it's a small industry, dude. Everyone loves someone who's willing to work their way up and be humble but I don't know too many people who love someone who thinks they know everything.

    2 - He's a fish in a really really really small pond and he hasn't figured out that data centers that run old Dell at the access layer and 3750X as the core isn't really hot shite. Or 6 subnets per site isn't really ridiculous depending on the design (I can easily a 2 floor building reasonably having 6 subnets - Each floor having 1 for voice, 1 for data and 1 for utility or something else). I feel like I'm listening to Captain Buzzword when he's posting. One of these days very soon, he's going to hear about "hyperconverged" and fall over his chair. If this is the case, I wish him the best and hope he gets into a VAR or something that gives him a bit more exposure.

    Either way, I think there are some "honesty" problems and I don't wish the guy ill but man... hope he actually tries to learn something from this forum.
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    he hasn't figured out that data centers that run old Dell at the access layer and 3750X as the core isn't really hot shite.
    My datacenter core switch:

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    I hope that I am not making a mistake in my lab by using the latest version of each product that is covered on the this VCAP exam.
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    I hope that I am not making a mistake in my lab by using the latest version of each product that is covered on the this VCAP exam.
    everyone environment is different, no datacenter is alike, what might be top-of-the-notch for one person may not be for others. I like being humbled with what I work with and make the most of it.

    When's your VCAP exam, DPG?
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    Heh... I love how someone's thread about thinking of going VMware turns into Deathmage talking about how amazing his life is and how impressive it is that he gets to play with a /16 of /24's for 40+ sites or how he gets to play with 1GB/10GB, dell chassis, UCS chassis, etc. I guess that's impressive these days.

    At this point I'm convince reality is either one of two things:

    1 - He's either a trolololol looking for attention and if that's the case, well... it's a small industry, dude. Everyone loves someone who's willing to work their way up and be humble but I don't know too many people who love someone who thinks they know everything.

    2 - He's a fish in a really really really small pond and he hasn't figured out that data centers that run old Dell at the access layer and 3750X as the core isn't really hot shite. Or 6 subnets per site isn't really ridiculous depending on the design (I can easily a 2 floor building reasonably having 6 subnets - Each floor having 1 for voice, 1 for data and 1 for utility or something else). I feel like I'm listening to Captain Buzzword when he's posting. One of these days very soon, he's going to hear about "hyperconverged" and fall over his chair. If this is the case, I wish him the best and hope he gets into a VAR or something that gives him a bit more exposure.

    Either way, I think there are some "honesty" problems and I don't wish the guy ill but man... hope he actually tries to learn something from this forum.
    If I come across as knowing everything then your impression of me is misunderstood, I merely like saying what I'm working with. I like knowing and learning but I'm humbled with the fact I'll never know everything.

    As for things I post about what I'm doing, there top-notch for me, not for everyone and I accept that, others should be accepting as-well.

    What everyone needs to know is that everyone's take on what is the best is left for there own interpretation, I'll never say I'm an expert at anything. But having a constructive conversation, I'm all ears for that, but let me grab the popcorn first.
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    Wow this thread's turned into the other Deathmage thread that got deleted. Let's stick with the topic - the VCAP5-DCA.

    So you reckon your ready mate? Biggest advice I can give now that your test's so close:

    - Be as quick as you can. DON'T get bogged down by a task. KEEP MOVING!
    - It doesn't matter how you arrive at the task's completion - PowerCLI/GUI
    - Since the time pressure's so great, I suggest you write down the question numbers on your scrap paper and keep marking them off as you go. Best way to keep track of your progress as it's so easy to panic. I did this and it served me well
    - Say you dont do things like create claimrules everyday at your job, right - memorize the page number of the pdf document (you get all the official guides there) it appears in so if you get a question about claimrules you know where to go instantly. Scrolling through the pdf's is MIND-NUMBINGLY slow so..
    - If a task does not ask you to do something, dont do it as another task down the track may ask you to do it. For example, dont delete a VM's disk as a task may later ask you to say extend the disk or something. Hope you get the drift? I obviously cant give the real question away
    - Did I say be quick? Lightening quick, that is!

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Here is my plan so far:

    1. Go through each task and take notes
    2. Complete the tasks which I have the most confidence in and appear to be independent from others
    3. Complete the tasks that appear to have some order in which they must attempted
    4. Complete the rest of the tasks that I am unsure about being careful not to break anything
    5. ?
    6. PROFIT

    If I come even close to using the full 3 hours it will probably be a failure. I have never run out of time while taking any type of exam.
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