In continuation to my post on the VCAP DCA , I also wanted to share my experience with the VCAP DCD exams. I took this exam on 29th June 12 , which is almost 6 months gap from my VCAP DCA exam. This exam is much tougher than the VCAP DCA in my opinio ....
Aah, it’s the exam season again for me. I have worked on VDI design and deployments in past, currently I am associated with one of my customer for a long term VDI project. So it made sense for me as a professional to check the Desktop track of cert ....
On my journey towards the VCDX the ultimate destination for all the Virtualization fanatics , I had to start with the VCAP DCA exam. I have been working in virtualization field for a long time and already had my VCP 4 which was a prerequisite for the ....
Today I wrote my VCP-IaaS exam to become VMware Certified Professional – Cloud (VCP-Cloud). I studied for this exam for over a week and utilized the Diwali Holiday in India which was relatively less busy period for me as most of the people we ....
The VCAP5 DCA exams are now available from VMware and like many others I also have started my preparation for the exam. I am in the initial phase of the exam and started with the exam blueprint and the objectives. I have decided to add the content to my Blog so that it can help others preparing for the exam , I have started with the exam objectives one by one in this phase I am compiling collateral and also preparing list of things to focus on. To share with others I have created a separate page on my blog now which is dedicated to VCAP5 DCA St ....
Today I got my VCAP5 DCA results , I was really happy to see the scorecard with a Pass and Congratulations. “Congratulations on passing the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration exam! You will receive an email ....
Today I sat for the VCAP5 DCD exam and upgraded my VCAP4 DCD to VCAP5. The VDCD510 exam contains 100 questions. The total time for this exam is 225 minutes. Candidates who take the VDCD510 exam in a country where English is not a primary langu ....
In one of my recent VDI projects I was working with Symantec Endpoint Protection as the choice of AV solution. When I started working on the project I was not able to find much information on the exact steps required for me to design and implement a Horizon View solution with Symantec Endpoint protection. I worked my way across the design and implementation by reading various whitepapers both by VMware and Symantec.
This prompted me to work on a series of blog articles which covers the Symantec SEP integration with Horizon View , I would attempt and complete it in a 3 Part series. I want to give due attention to each step and provide enough information for anyone who would need a reference on this topic which is why I will be separating it in 3 parts.
In the first part I would discuss the various components and More >
Recently I have been working with my clients in strategic and advisory capacity , some of these inititative require me to jointly develop the future roadmap for my clients. When you work on these projects it doesn’t necessarily stop with Virtualization and Cloud Computing which obviously are top two focus areas and strengths that I have.
During the course of this project I started looking at some of the global trends that we see in these focus areas (Virtualization and Cloud Computing) however I also looked at Big Data , the results were very interesting. The data that I used for this technology trend analysis was based on the results that google has over the past few years of search trends for these technologies.
The trends that I saw and compared may not be directly related to the adoption of the technologies , but it gives a fair idea about More >
Today was a morning that I will remember as one of the best in my professional career.Today I got awarded by VMware as a vExpert 2013 , this is a special recognition as you have to work for and with in VMware community to spread the knowledge\technical insights\help resolve issues. This is not a recognition which you can get by writing an exam.I feel totally excited,humbled and even more responsible today.
For me personally this is the first year where I applied to be considered for the program,I had contributed to the community through participating in the VMware communities and also recently through my blog.
However I feel that this is just a start for me and I have a long way to go to make sure that I keep contributing to the larger interest of community. After all sharing is the best way of learning.
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Today I got my VCAP5 DCA results , I was really happy to see the scorecard with a Pass and Congratulations.
“Congratulations on passing the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration exam! You will receive an email notification from firstname.lastname@example.org once your certification status has been confirmed and added to your VMware Education Transcript (allow one week).”
This year I have had a very hectic work schedule with many responsibilities in VMware Professional Services team , although I quite liked the challenge and the work I did it had a toll on my personal goal for 2013. This is my first certification in 2013 and I hope that I finish the rest which I am targeting this year. Now enough of the rant lets see what is the exam has in store for you and how can you effectively prepare.
The total time for More >
In continuation to my first post on this topic I wanted to take you through the exact configurations that you need to do on Cisco ACE device. Let’s look at some of the prerequisites which are required in order to complete the configuration.
All the IP and hostname details mentioned here are for references only and you will have to replace this with the real IP and hostname in your infrastructure.
Primary Ace Management IP : 10.68.200.10
Secondary Ace Management IP: 10.68.200.11
Default Gateway IP: 10.68.200.1
Load Balancing Algorithm based on: Least Connections
VIP: 10.68.200.25 <This is the Virtual IP which maps to the View connection servers in the ACE farm>
VIP Service Port: 443 (https)
Source NAT IP: 10.68.200.24
Service Port of the connection view server port 443
Keepalive Mechanism: HTTP GET /favicon.ico
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I am currently working on a large VMware View Design project , thought of sharing my experience with some of the solutions that I have designed in this project , which will be useful for others for reference. As this is a large View Farm, for resiliency we needed to have load balancing mechanism, the choice for the load balancer solution in this case was Cisco ACE 4710.In this article I will discuss about the architecture and the setup, in the next article on this series I will take you through the configuration of the CISCO ACE device.
In the View setup there were users who will access the view setup from LAN and there were remote users, for such scenarios you need to use the VMware View connection server with Replica server for LAN users and for remote users you need to have VMware View Security servers which will More >
VMware’s got a new improved website dedicated for learning the VMware products and technologies through a series of Video Tutorials. The website is called as http://vmwarelearning.com/.
You can also use the widely known VMware TV YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/vmwaretv for the same purpose.
These videos are freely accessible, these short technical videos allow VMware technical experts to provide tips and step-by-step instructions on product features, design best practices, configuring, deploying and running your virtual infrastructure.
The current portal covers some really nice videos on these products
- Site Recovery Manager
- vCenter Operations
- vCenter Protect
- vCloud Director
- vSphere Storage Appliance
- vCenter Orchestrator
This is a really nice platform for Virtualization beginners , fresh college grads to start learning the different VMware products and related technologies. So do take advantage of this really good portal and enhance your VMware skills and expertise. For building advance skills in More >
This has been a long standing request by customers who wants to have support for more than 1 vcpu for vSphere Fault Tolerance feature for obvious reasons. If you are interested and want to voice your opinion about it then VMware R&D will like to hear.
There is Survey regarding this , I highly encourage you to cast your vote on the link below. It will hardly take 10 minutes of your time.
For those of you who doesn’t know what is vSphere FT see the summary below.
vSphere Fault Tolerance (FT) provides continuous availability for applications in the event of server failures by creating a live shadow instance of a virtual machine that is in virtual lockstep with the primary instance. By allowing instantaneous failover between the two instances in the event of hardware failure, FT eliminates even the smallest chance of data loss More >