Posts Tagged ‘Training’

More VCDX Insight and a New Blog

November 17th, 2010

Yuri Semenikhin, a Systems Engineer from Georgia, Tbilisi, has recently launched a virtualization blog by the name of vEra of the Virtual Revolution.  Yuri published his VCDX certification attempt experience in his blog post VCDX “be or not to be”. not YET !  His writing is not in English, however, he offers an English translator on the right hand edge of his blog. 

While some compare the VCDX to the Cisco CCIE certification, Yuri contrasts the two by saying the CCIE is a technical certification mapping closer to the VCAP4-DCA while the VCDX is an architect certification.  I would agree the VCAP-DCA exam compares to the CCIE from a hands on lab approach and the VCAP-DCA was plenty difficult, but I don’t think the VCAP-DCA requires near the level of training, preparation, and expense (or investment, depending on your view) that the CCIE lab exam does.  This is merely a difference in opinion and I’m not saying either is right or wrong.

The purpose of my blog post is to provide some exposure to Yuri and his blog.  Yuri tells his story in great length and detail.  I wish him the best of luck with his blog and his next VCDX attempt!

VMware VCAP4-DCD BETA Exam Experience

November 10th, 2010

The ink is still wet on a new chapter in the certification treadmill as I wrote the VCAP4-DCD BETA exam this morning.  Unlike the VCAP-DCA exam, I was able to take this exam locally in Eagan, MN which is where I took both of the VCDX3 written exams last year.  It’s close to both my office and home and therefore it is convenient. 

I was a little fired up this morning and playfully gave the VUE testing center staff a hard time for not allowing coffee in the exam room for a nearly 4 hour exam.  I had arrived to the test site early and I used the spare time to fully read testing center code of conduct.  It does not say food and drinks are not allowed in the exam room.  What it says is food, drinks, gum, and other things are not allowed to distract other test takers.  My argument was that I’m a quiet coffee drinker – let me in.  They wouldn’t budge and I suspect the person I was talking to was not in authority to make her own decision anyway.  I used to be able to take coffee in at an exam center in Bloomington but those days are gone I guess.  But I digress…

So the exam.. much better experience this time compared to the VCAP4-DCA BETA.  The interface felt polished and I felt there was a 300% improvement with the Visio-like tool.  As stated in the blueprint (which was updated in late October), there three types of exam question interfaces used in the testing engine:

  1. Traditional multiple choice (select one) or multiple select (select many)
  2. Use of a GUI tool to match answers to questions
  3. Use of a Visio-like tool to assemble architecture drawings

There were 131 questions to be answered and an exam duration of 3h 45m (I’m a native English speaking candidate).  There was also a brief survey at the beginning.  The time spent in the survey doesn’t count against actual exam time.  This is an opportunity to get a few notes or formulas written on the dry erase board before formally starting the real exam.  I knew from reading Chris Dearden’s experience that time management would be critical.  I used this insight to cruise through questions as swiftly as possible without getting caught up in deep thought like I have on my past few written exams.  Although I didn’t manage the time as well in the first half of the exam, I got progressively better.  I was able to get through most of the questions with a reasonable amount of thought.  There were some easier questions and due to the time constraint, my approach for those was to blow through them with quick answers to regain valuable time for other questions.  Hopefully I didn’t miss any small details which would change the nature of the question.  The Visio tool was pretty solid, no major complaints on usability (you really do have to have experience with the old VCDX3 Design exam to appreciate the improvement made), but it is easy to get sucked into spending way too much time on architecture drawings for the sake of 100% accuracy.  There were a few design drawings which I was somewhat comfortable with but had to give up and move on in the interest of time.  Completing all questions in the allotted time is a significant challenge with this exam.  I did run run out of time so I had to quickly guess answers for the last two or three items.  One other test engine item to note which Chris Dearden first highlighted is that there was no ability to mark questions or to go back to questions once reaching the end of the exam.

For study materials, I used the exam blueprint referenced above, a few white papers, as well as the VMware vSphere Design training class I sat a few weeks ago.  Some of the information carried over word for word to the exam.  The vSphere Design classroom training won’t cover it all as some exam questions were specific to vSphere 4.1 whereas the class covered 4.0.  There are some differences which you’ll need to compare and contrast.  I also used vCalendar tips – there was a vCalendar entry from the past few days which applied directly to the exam.  Experience and knowledge gained throughout the VCDX3 process also contributed to preparation.

The difficulty of the exam didn’t disappoint but I felt better and more confident walking out of the testing center this time than I did for the VCAP-DCA BETA which stunned me.  How the different types of questions in this exam are graded is anyone’s guess.  I’m particularly curious on the Visio tool vs. multiple choice weighting.  I’m hoping for a pass which will give me both the VCAP4-DCD as well as VCDX4 (upgrade) certifications.  With any luck, I’ll see results within a few months. 

I’m looking forward to what others have to say about their experience with this test.  In addition, I’m curious as to why the cost of the VCAP-DCD BETA exam ($200) was twice that of the VCAP-DCA BETA exam ($100).  For that matter, why the $400 fee to sit the live VCAP exam when comparable exams from other vendors such as Microsoft and Citrix are significantly less?  However I or any other candidate feels about the BETA exam, it’s important to not lose sight that it IS a BETA exam.  The BETA exam process assists VMware in developing a quality and consistent exam experience. Due to the time constraint, I was only able to leave about five individual question comments where I saw issues.  Hopefully my exam results along with the comments were of value to VMware and I am thankful that VMware invited me.

Updated 11/11/10:  A VMTN forum discussion on the exam has broken out at http://communities.vmware.com/message/1645177.  You’ll find some helpful tips from others here.  One thing I wanted to point out from the thread dealing with the Visio tool to make sure others aren’t tripped up by this:

Issue:

…never thought I’d long for Visio, my main issue being getting finnished up only to realise some lines didn’t go where I wanted, but the only way to move them was to click ‘Start Over’

Response:

If you put diagram connectors in the wrong place, you didn’t have to “Start Over”. There’s a scissors tool in the lower right corner of the Visio tool which “cuts” individual connectors. I figured that out on my first diagram after running into the same trouble you did. It would have been helpful for Jon Hall of VMware to point that out in his most excellent Flash demo of the Visio tool.

Update 1/11/11:  I passed.

Update 8/18/11:  No VCDX4 certificate or welcome kit received yet.

VMware “Student Archive”

November 2nd, 2010

A gentleman by the name of William Griffith is credited with maintaining a documentation and utility library which contains a whole lot of centralized VMware resources.  In the “Student Archive” you’ll find platform specific and application specific documents and best practices.  You’ll also find some documentation for partner integration.  A disclaimer describes the compilation as follows:

The set of files known as “student archive” has been compiled as a convenient reference for students of VMware classes. As an archive, the files contained in the document set may not be the most current document available. No warranty is provided or implied about any particular document as being fully accurate and up to date. If your requirements are for absolutely up to date info, please go to the appropriate document repository to retrieve the authorized most up to date document you need.

The contents of the library is indexed throughout various folders to help you quickly find what you need (be sure to unzip using folder structure).  The library can be used as a planning and deployment guide, a desk reference, or a study guide for the VCP, VCAP-DCA, and VCAP-DCD exams.

The compressed size of the archive is 295MB and you’ll need an additional 418MB to extract it all.  Grab your copy of the current archive here.

Update 11/3/10: The number of downloads allowed by Dropbox has been exceeded and therefore the download link above no longer works, at least temporarily.  I may regret this but in the effort of supporting the virtualization masses, I’ll mirror the download at my own dropbox.  If this mirror buries my blog bandwidth, I may yank it.  I’ve got QoS capability but since my dropbox and blog run over the same port and server, I can’t limit bandwidth of one without impacting the other.  I’d suggest downloading as a background task.  Go make some coffee or dinner.  If ya’ll have another reliable mirror source and would like to help, please let me know.

Update 11/11/10: Bill Griffith has found has way to this blog and has this to say in the comments below:

I have uploaded a new version to the old link for now. I’m not sure if it’ll remain there long as someone else is going to be taking over the responsibility after this week. The link is http://bit.ly/student_archive. I am at this moment adding some more app specific docs and will upload it this evening.

Thanks everyone for adding alternatives. This thing is much more popular than I had anticipated and is being downloaded at about 250GB/month.

Bill, thanks for this great resource.  If possible, do let us know who is taking this over and where the updates can be found in the future.  Thanks a lot!

Directory of \Student Archive

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[Admin and config guides]
[Application specific]
[Backup and Recovery]
[CLI and automation]
[Clustering and availability]
[Converter]
[ESXi]
[Lab Manager]
[Lab Utilities]
[Lifecycle Manager]
[Links to kb articles on version 4.1]
[MAN Pages (from VI3)]
[Networking]
[Orchestrator]
[OVF]
[Patch management and VUM]
[Performance]
[Resource Management]
[Security]
[Snapshot]
[SRM]
[Storage]
[vCenter Chargeback]
[vCenter, ESXESXi Installation and Upgrade]
[vCloud Director]
[VCP critical papers]
[View and Thinapp]
acronyms.xls
disclaimer.txt
KBs_and_Docs_2009.doc
StudentResources.exe
vmware-vsphere-crg-wp-en.pdf
vSphere links.html
vsphere_pricing.pdf
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GuestOS_guide.pdf
Java_in_Virtual_Machines_on_ESX-FINAL-Jan-15-2009.pdf
vam_best_practices_building.pdf
vix160_vmrun_command.pdf
VMware-View-4-LocationAwareness-WP-EN.pdf
vsp_4_legacy_host_lic.pdf
vsp_40_admin_guide.pdf
vsp_40_esx_server_config.pdf
vsp_40_u1_admin_guide.pdf
vsp_40_u1_esx_server_config.pdf
vsp_40_web_access.pdf
vsp_4x_db_calculator.xls
vsp_4x_db_calculator_oracle.xls
vsp_compatibility_matrix.pdf
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vmware-tools-cli.pdf           vsp_41_dc_admin_guide.pdf
vsp_41_esx_server_config.pdf   vsp_41_vm_admin_guide.pdf
vsp_41_web_access.pdf
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[Exchange]         [Oracle]           [RIM BES]          [SAP]
[Sharepoint_MOSS]  [SQL Server]       [Zebra YMS]        [Zimbra]
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Virtualizing_Windows_Active_Directory.pdf
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Directory of \Student Archive\Application specific\ESRI ArcGIS

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ESRI-DeploymentGuide-v1.0.pdf
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Directory of \Student Archive\Application specific\Exchange

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[Exchange 2010]
08Q4_VM_Exchange_Server_2007_VI3_WP.pdf
16000_exchange_on_vmware.pdf
availability_recovery_exchange_sb.pdf
availability_recovery_exchange_solutions_sb.pdf
best_practices_exchange_solutions.pdf
exchange_best_practices.pdf
exchange_on_vmware_wp.pdf
perf_vsphere_exchange-per-scaling.pdf
vsphere_perf_exchange-storage-protocols.pdf
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Exchange 2010 on VMware – FAQ.pdf
Exchange 2010 on VMware – Use Cases.pdf
Exchange_2010_on_VMware_-_Use_Cases.pdf
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08Q2_isv_vmw_cleveland_indians_english.pdf
08Q2_isv_vmw_univ_plymouth_english.pdf
08Q3_isv_vmw_boise_english.pdf
08Q3_isv_vmw_nuvasive_english.pdf
09Q3_cs_vmw_NMCI_Green_english.pdf
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Exchange 2010 on VMware – Partner Resources Catalog.pdf
Exchange_2010_on_VMware_-_Best_Practices_Guide.pdf
exchange-2010-on-vmware-design-and-sizing-examples.pdf
exchange-2010-on-vmware-support-and-licensing-guide.pdf
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Exchange 2010 on VMware – Availability and Recovery Options.pdf
Exchange 2010 on VMware – Technical Workshop Presentation.pptx
Exchange_2010_on_VMware_-_Best_Practices_Guide.pdf
exchange-2010-on-vmware-availability-and-recovery-options.pdf
exchange-2010-on-vmware-design-and-sizing-examples.pdf
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Oracle_Databases_on_vSphere_Deployment_Tips.pdf
Perf_ESX40_Oracle-eval.pdf
Perf_ESX40_Oracle-TPC-C-eval.pdf
vmw-oracle-virtualizing-oracle-db10g11g-vmware-on-infrastructure.pdf
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Blackberry-Enterprise-Server-Deployment-Guide.pdf
VMware_RIM_Case_Study.pdf
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perf_vsphere_sap.pdf
SAP_vsphere_high_availability.pdf
SAP-Best-Practices-White-Paper-2009.pdf
vsp_41_perf_SAP_SUSE_DB2.pdf
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MOSS_2007_Virtualization_with_VMware_Infrastructure.pdf
MOSS_Availability_Guide_FINAL.pdf
SharePoint_Deployment_Automation.pdf
vsp_41_sharepoint_perf.pdf
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perf_vsphere_sql_scalability.pdf
SQL_Server_Availability_Guide_FINAL.pdf
sql_server_faq.pdf
sql_server_use_cases.pdf
sql_server_virt_bp.pdf
5 File(s)      9,572,374 bytes

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Zebra-YMS-Deployment-Guide-on-VMware-vSphere.pdf
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Performance Recommendations for Virtualizing Zimbra with VMware vSphere 4.url
Zimbra Architectural Overview.pdf
Zimbra case studies.url
Zimbra Collaboration Suite Data Sheet.pdf
Zimbra wiki.url
Zimbra_on_vSphere_Performance_Best_Practices.pdf
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data-recovery-evaluators-guide.pdf     practical_guide_bcdr_vmb.pdf
vcb_pubs.html                          vdr_10_admin.pdf
vdr_11_admin.pdf                       VMware_Data_Recovery_FAQ_July_09.pdf
vsp_vcb_15_u1_admin_guide.pdf
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[Version 4.1]
ExportImportBaselines_VUMU2.ps1
viwin_admg(powershell).pdf
viwin_admg.pdf
viwin_install (powershell).pdf
viwin_install.pdf
vma_40_guide.pdf
vsp_40_u1_vcli.pdf
vsp_40_vcli.pdf
vumps_admg(powershell for Update Manager).pdf
vumps_admg.pdf
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vsp4_41_vcli_inst_script.pdf
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[Version 4.1]
DOC-1541 MSCS.pdf
fault_tolerance_recommendations_considerations_on_vmw_vsphere4.pdf
ft_virtualization_wp.pdf
fttech.pdf
heartbeat_55_u1_quick_start.pdf
heartbeat_55_u1_reference_guide.pdf
perf-vsphere-fault_tolerance.pdf
vcenter-srm-evaluators-guide.pdf
VMwareHA_twp.pdf
vmware-vsphere-fault_tolerance.pdf
vsp_40_availability.pdf
vsp_40_mscs.pdf
vsp_40_u1_availability.pdf
vsp_40_u1_mscs.pdf
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Directory of \Student Archive\Clustering and availability\Version 4.1

[.]                       [..]                      vsp_41_availability.pdf
vsp_41_mscs.pdf
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vsp_vcc_41_admin_guide.pdf
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hostd log messages.pdf
VMware-ESXi-HPProLiantServers-WP-EN.pdf
VMW-ESXi41-Migration-Guide.pdf
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[Version 4.1]                      vsp_40_esxi_e_get_start.pdf
vsp_40_esxi_e_vc_setup_guide.pdf   vsp_40_esxi_server_config.pdf
3 File(s)      3,239,891 bytes

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vsp_41_esxi_e_get_start.pdf        vsp_41_esxi_e_vc_setup_guide.pdf
vsp_41_esxi_server_config.pdf
3 File(s)      4,891,010 bytes

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[Version 4.1]                      vsp_40_esxi_i_vc_setup_guide.pdf
vsp_40_esxi_server_config.pdf
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vsp_41_esxi_i_vc_setup_guide.pdf   vsp_41_esxi_server_config.pdf
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[case studies]
comp_matrix.pdf
Lab Manager tutorials.url
labmanager_datasheet.pdf
LabManager4_Evaluators_Guide.pdf
LabManager4_Whats_New.pdf
lm40_installation_guide.pdf
lm40_soap_api_guide.pdf
lm40_users_guide.pdf
VMware-vCenter-Lab-Manager-4-DS-EN.pdf
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vmware-dev-test-labmanager-for-SAP-wp-en.pdf
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cpubusy.vbs
Iometer.exe
iometer-2006.07.27.win32.i386-setup.exe
lsi.flp
putty-0.58.exe
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lcm102_admin_guide.pdf
lcm102_users_guide.pdf
VMware-vCenter-Lifecycle-Manager-DS-EN.pdf
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Directory of \Student Archive\Links to kb articles on version 4.1

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Directory of \Student Archive\MAN Pages (from VI3)

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arp.txt                  bunzip2.txt              cat.txt
chmod.txt                chown.txt                cp.txt
date.txt                 df.txt                   dig.txt
esxcfg-advcfg.txt        esxcfg-auth.txt          esxcfg-boot.txt
esxcfg-configcheck.txt   esxcfg-dumppart.txt      esxcfg-firewall.txt
esxcfg-hwiscsi.txt       esxcfg-info.txt          esxcfg-init.txt
esxcfg-linuxnet.txt      esxcfg-module.txt        esxcfg-mpath.txt
esxcfg-nas.txt           esxcfg-nics.txt          esxcfg-pciid.txt
esxcfg-rescan.txt        esxcfg-resgrp.txt        esxcfg-route.txt
esxcfg-swiscsi.txt       esxcfg-vmhbadevs.txt     esxcfg-vmknic.txt
esxcfg-vswif.txt         esxcfg-vswitch.txt       esxtop.txt
esxupdate.txt            find.txt                 free.txt
ftp.txt                  grep.txt                 halt.txt
host.txt                 ifconfig.txt             kill.txt
ls.txt                   lspci.txt                mii-tool.txt
mkdir.txt                mkfs.txt                 more.txt
mount.txt                mv.txt                   netstat.txt
nslookup.txt             passwd.txt               pgrep.txt
ping.txt                 pkill.txt                ps.txt
reboot.txt               rm.txt                   rmdir.txt
route.txt                scp.txt                  shutdown.txt
sudo.txt                 tar.txt                  top.txt
traceroute.txt           tty.txt                  umount.txt
uname.txt                uptime.txt               vim.txt
vipw.txt                 visudo.txt               vmkfstools.txt
vmkpcidivy.doc           vmkping.txt              vmstat.txt
vm-support.txt           vmware-cmd.doc           vmware-cmd.txt
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network_segmentation.pdf
networking_cheat_sheet.png
VMW_09Q1_WP_vSphereNetworking_P8_R1.pdf
vsphere-vnetwork-ds-migration-configuration-wp.pdf
vsphere-whatsnew-networking-wp.pdf
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VMW_Netioc_BestPractices.pdf
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Directory of \Student Archive\Orchestrator

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[orchestrator_pubs_files]          orchestrator_pubs.html
vco_40_admin_guide.pdf             vco_40_developers_guide.pdf
vco_40_examples.zip                vco_40_install_config_guide.pdf
vco_401_admin_guide.pdf            vco_401_developers_guide.pdf
vco_401_install_config_guide.pdf   vco_401_release_notes.html
vco-samples_4_0_1_4502.zip
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baynote_global.js      brightedge.js          btn-search.gif
buttons.css            common_min.js          elqCfg.js
elqImg.js              fce.css                library_framework.js
oo_engine.js           print.css              s_code.js
s_config.js            sm_999_oo.gif          svrGP.htm
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ovf_whitepaper_specification.pdf   ovftool_10_userguide.pdf
ovftool_201_userguide.pdf
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[Version 4.1]
ExportImportBaselines_VUMU2.ps1
Perf_UpdateManager40_Best-Practices.pdf
vsp_40_esxupdate.pdf
vsp_vum_40_admin_guide.pdf
vsp_vum_40_sizing_estimator.xls
vsp_vum_40u1_admin_guide.pdf
vumps_admg.pdf
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vsp_41_esxupdate.pdf
vsp_41_perf_UpdateManager_Best-Practices.pdf
vsp_vum_41_admin_guide.pdf
vsp_vum_41_sizing_estimator.xls
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[Version 4.1]
!!Note about this folder.txt
Alliances-WebSphere-vSphere4_Nehalem-Performance-HPProliant-Servers.pdf
drs_performance_best_practices_wp.pdf
Java_in_Virtual_Machines_on_ESX-FINAL-Jan-15-2009.pdf
large_pg_performance.pdf
Perf_Best_Practices_vSphere4.0.pdf
perf_vsphere_storage_protocols.pdf
performance_char_vmfs_rdm.pdf
perf-vsphere-cpu_scheduler.pdf
perf-vsphere-memory_management.pdf
perf-vsphere-monitor_modes.pdf
RVI_performance.pdf
scalable_storage_performance.pdf
software_hardware_tech_x86_virt.pdf
Tier1_virtualizatoin.pdf
Timekeeping-In-VirtualMachines.pdf
VMware_paravirtualization.pdf
VMware-vCenter-SRM-WP-EN.pdf
VMware-vSphere-Performance-WP-EN.pdf
vsp_4_extreme_io.pdf
vsp_4_pvscsi_perf.pdf
vsp_4_thinprov_perf.pdf
vsp_4_VMCI_socket_perf.pdf
vsp_41_perf_VC_Best_Practices.pdf
vsphere_performance_wp.pdf
vsphere4-performance-troubleshooting.pdf
vsphere-whatsnew-performance-wp.pdf
What’s_new_with_vSphere2009_VMUG-1.pdf
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Choosing a network adapter for your VM.pdf
Co-scheduling SMP VMs in VMware ESX Server.pdf
Interpreting esxtop Statistics.pdf
Performance whitepapers.pdf
Timekeeping for Linux guests.pdf
Using vscsiStats for Storage Performance Analysis.pdf
VMW_Netioc_BestPractices.pdf
VMW_vSphere41_cpu_schedule_ESX.pdf
vmware_timekeeping.pdf
VMW-vSphere41-SIOC.pdf
VMW-Whats-New-vSphere41-HA.pdf
VMW-Whats-New-vSphere41-Networking.pdf
VMW-Whats-New-vSphere41-Performance.pdf
VMW-Whats-New-vSphere41-Storage.pdf
vsp_41_olio_tcServer.pdf
vsp_41_perf_memory_mgmt.pdf
vsp_41_perf_SIOC.pdf
vsp_41_perf_VC_Best_Practices.pdf
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vsp_40_u1_resource_mgmt.pdf
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dmz-vsphere-nexus-wp.pdf
hostd log messages.pdf
vi3_vc_roles.pdf
VMware_vSphere_HardeningGuide_May10_EN.pdf
VMware-vShieldZones-ReviewersGuide-EN.pdf
vsp_4_vcserver_certificates.pdf
vsp41_usingproxy_virtual_serial_ports.pdf
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DR_for_PTC_Windchill_Solutions_Site_Recovery_Manager.pdf
FUJI_SRM_Final.pdf
srm_10_admin.pdf
srm_10_gettingstarted.pdf
srm_compat_matrix_4_0.pdf
srm_dns_updater.pdf
srm_shared_recovery.pdf
srm-admin.pdf
SRM-notes_RevA.rtf
Swap and Pagefile replication caveats.pdf
vcenter-srm-evaluators-guide.pdf
VMware-vCenter-SRM-WP-EN.pdf
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perf_vsphere_storage_protocols.pdf
storage_vmotion_datasheet.pdf
Virtual SCSI Adapter type – DOC-10971.pdf
VMW_09Q1_WP_vSphereStorage_P10_R1.pdf
VMware-Storage-VMotion-DS-EN.pdf
VMware-vStorage-Thin-Provisioning-DS-EN.pdf
vsp_4_extreme_io.pdf
vsp_4_pvscsi_perf.pdf
vsp_4_thinprov_perf.pdf
vsp_40_iscsi_san_cfg.pdf
vsp_40_san_cfg.pdf
vsp_40_u1_iscsi_san_cfg.pdf
vsp_40_u1_san_cfg.pdf
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gulati PARDA whitepaper about porportional allocation of resources for distributed storage access (SIOC).pdf
VMW-vSphere41-SIOC.pdf
vsp_4_vsp4_41_npivconfig.pdf
vsp_41_iscsi_san_cfg.pdf
vsp_41_perf_SIOC.pdf
vsp_41_san_cfg.pdf
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vmfs-best-practices-wp.pdf
VMware-vStorage-VMFS-3PAR-Utility-Storage-WP-EN.pdf
VMware-vStorage-VMFS-DS-EN.pdf
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vCenter_Chargeback_1.0_Evaluators_Guide.pdf
vCenter_Chargeback-Costing_Calculator.xls
vCenterChargeback_v_1_5_API_Programming_Guide.pdf
vCenterChargeback_v_1_5_Tech_Note.pdf
vCenterChargeback_v_1_5_Users_Guide.pdf
vCenterChargeback_v10_Use_Cases.pdf
vCenterChargeback_v10_Users_Guide.pdf
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vsp_4_vcserver_cmdline_install.pdf
vsp_40_esx_vc_installation_guide.pdf
vsp_40_esxi_e_get_start.pdf
vsp_40_u1_esx_vc_installation_guide.pdf
vsp_40_u1_upgrade_guide.pdf
vsp_40_upgrade_guide.pdf
vsp_4x_db_calculator.xls
vsp_4x_db_calculator_oracle.xls
vsp_compatibility_matrix.pdf
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vdr_11_admin.pdf
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vsp_40_esx_server_config.pdf
vsp_40_u1_availability.pdf
vsp_40_u1_esx_get_start.pdf
vsp_40_u1_esx_server_config.pdf
vsp_40_u1_esx_vc_installation_guide.pdf
vsp_40_u1_intro_vs.pdf
vsp_40_u1_iscsi_san_cfg.pdf
vsp_40_u1_mscs.pdf
vsp_40_u1_resource_mgmt.pdf
vsp_40_u1_upgrade_guide.pdf
vsp_40_web_access.pdf
vsp_vum_40_admin_guide.pdf
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migrating_windowsxp_windows7.pdf
The VMware Reference Architecture for Stateless Virtual Desktops with VMware View 4.5.pdf
thinapp_4_reviewers_guide.pdf
thinapp_intro.pdf
thinapp-ref-arch.pdf
vce-ra-brief.pdf
view_wan_reference_architecture.pdf
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view40_admin_guide.pdf
view40_upgrade_guide.pdf
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view45_architecture_planning.pdf
view45_installation_guide.pdf
view45_integration_guide.pdf
view45_upgrade_guide.pdf
VMware-DG-ThinApp-AppRegistration-EN.pdf
VMware-IG-ViewThinApp-EN.pdf
VMware-View4-Deployment-Guide-Q309.pdf
VMware-View-4-LocationAwareness-WP-EN.pdf
VMware-View-AntiVirusDeployment-WP-en.pdf
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VMware-Ref-Architecture-for-CISCO-EMC-CLARIION-RAB-EN-VCE.pdf
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VMware vSphere Design Workshop – Day 3

October 29th, 2010

VMware vSphere Design classroom training wrapped up today by covering modules 6, 7, and 8 which was Storage design, VM design, and Management/Monitoring design, respectively.

In the storage module, we talked a lot about protocols, IOPS, capacity, tuning, zoning, multipathing, and RAID types.  Furthermore, we applied rating indexes to the protocols and technologies such as cost, complexity, and flexibility.  Understanding this information aids in formulating design choices for the project.  A few interesting tidbits I pulled out of today’s discussions:

  • VMFS block size selection has a negligible effect on the design.  Don’t stress over 1, 2, 4, or 8MB.  If you want the most flexibility, choose 8MB and be done.  There is no measurable performance impact and the amount of disk space wasted due to placing 10-20 VMs worth of small files on a 500GB LUN is negligible, with or without sub block allocation.
  • This one I was a bit surprised at: “Don’t adjust LUN queue depth“.  Rationale: if you are having performance issues in the form of queuing, it is likely the result of a larger problem elsewhere such as front end port saturation on the array.  I will agree that leaving queue depth at its factory defaults on the HBA and VMkernel side (Disk.SchedNumReqOutstanding) makes implementation that much easier, but it doesn’t mean it’s always the right solution.  In my VCDX design submission, I increased queue depth from the default of 32 to 64 (128 is max).  By the way, the best whitepaper on this discussion I’ve ever found is Scalable Storage Performance.  It’s quite short and in my opinion explains the key details in better detail than the VMware KB articles.

The VM design module was fairly predictable.  It basically focused around right-sizing and choosing the appropriate virtual hardware.  It touched a bit on security and naming conventions.  Nothing earth shattering here.

The final module, Management and Monitoring Design, briefly covered scripted installation, infrastructure security, vCenter placement in the logical design, templates, time synchronization, CDP, SNMP, external logging (ie. syslog, splunk, vilogger), alarms, and performance monitoring.

Final thoughts… good class, I’d recommend it.  I felt many ties to the VCDX design process and hopefully this class will be beneficial to those in pursuit of that certification (or the VCAP-DCD).  My feedback on the class was for added days.  We got through the entire 400 page classroom book in 3 days but we flew through some sections.  The biggest compromise of time was probably the labs.  I felt that we did not spend a lot of time hashing design decisions, justifications, and upstream/downstream impacts.  This is where you need to spend considerable time thinking through each design decision, not only for the benefit of your customer, but you’re going to get hammered by the VCDX panel on decisions as well.  Ample time spent here is a good practice.

The instructor is sitting the VCAP-DCD BETA exam the same day as I.  He seemed a bit curious as to whether or not this course will cover all of the exam questions we both will face.  I’ll solicit his feedback after the exam to see what he thought, and then compare it with my thoughts.  I’ll post a recap on my exam experience, as I usually do, so stay tuned if your interested in the VCAP-DCD.

VMware VCDX3 Logos Have Arrived

October 29th, 2010

The VCDX3 logos have been released by VMware for use on business cards and professional communications.  Going forward, VMware will be making these new logos available on shirts, certificates, business cards, etc.

Normal: Reverse:
VMW_10Q3_LGO_CERTIFIED_DSGN_EXPRT_3_K VMW_10Q3_LGO_CERTIFIED_DSGN_EXPRT_3_REV
   

GeekFest 2010

October 29th, 2010

Are you looking for something fun and exciting to do in November? How about a free technology event with a tie to virtualization? Nexus Information Systems, a regional leader in sales and service of hardware, storage, networking, and managed services, has cooked up something for you!

On Wednesday November 10th, Nexus is hosting an all day event called GeekFest 2010 at their offices in Minnetonka, MN. Here is what they are saying about it:

The day is comprised of different technologies and industry sessions focused around challenging data center solutions and services. GeekFest is a FREE event where you can register to come and go to just individual sessions or register for an all-day pass. Attendees to GeekFest will be exposed to the newest technologies from both industry-leading and up & coming providers.

What else is cool? GeekFest 2010 has a special guest moderator Greg Schulz of Storage IO who is a 25+ year technology veteran, storage industry analyst, and vEXPERT.

The uber agenda looks like this:

  • 8:00am – Session #1 Registration “Multi-vendor storage panel breakfast”
  • 8:30am – Session #1 Start
  • 11:00am – Session #1 End
  • 11:30am – Session #2 Registration “Emerging technologies lunch”
  • 12:00pm – Session #2 Start
  • 1:30pm – Session #2 End
  • 2:00pm – Session #3 Registration “Beyond VMworld & shadow installs of Thinapp and other VMware Technology”
  • 2:30pm – Session #3 Start
  • 4:30pm – Session #3 End
  • 5:00pm – Game Night!  Maybe it will look something like the following 😀

dh04w

Nexus Information Systems is located at:
6103 Blue Circle Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55343

I hope to be there and I hope to see you there as well! Don’t forget to register.

VMware vSphere Design Workshop – Day 2

October 28th, 2010

Day 2 of 3 is in the books.  We started the morning on Module 4 VMware vSphere Virtual Datacenter Design.  The discussion included topics such as:

  • vCenter Server requirements, sizing, placement, and high availability
  • vCenter and VUM database sizing and placement
  • Clusters
    • Size
    • HA, failover, isolation, design
    • DRS
    • FT
    • DPM
    • Resource Pools
    • Shares
    • Reservations
  • A lot of networking, including the standard vSwitch, vNetwork Distributed Switch, and the Cisco Nexus 1000V
    • FCoE
    • VLANs
    • PVLANs
    • Load balancing policies
    • Link State and Beacon Probing network failure detection (beacons are sent once per second per pNIC per VLAN; beacons are sent whether or not beacon probing is enabled – an advanced VMkernel setting permanently disables beacons)
    • 1Gb/10Gb Ethernet
    • Security
    • Firewalls
    • Port communication
    • Spanning Tree/PortFast
    • Jumbo frames
    • IPv6
    • DNS
  • VM DirectPath I/O (1 VM per PCI slot = no sharing multi port adapters between VMs, no vMotion DRS HA hot-add)

We accomplished a lab or two today as well.  We made some design decisions around vCenter, databases, and networking.  Along with those design decisions, we provided justifications and impacts.  This process is very familiar to me as I spent a lot of time providing information like this when filling out the VCDX defense application.

One thing I noticed tonight which I hadn’t seen before is that VMware posted an Adobe Flash demonstration of the new VCAP-DCD exam.  Take a look.  This will help candidates be better prepared overall for the exam experience.  Exam time is valuable – you don’t want to waste it trying to learn the UI.

Tomorrow we start with Module 6 VMware vSphere Storage Design.  I expect a lot of time spent here as the options for storage are vast.  The instructor hails from EMC and I’m sure he has plenty to say about storage.  On the subject of storage, the instructor passed along some tidbits on a NAS device offerings from QNAP.  In particular, take a look at the TS-239 PRO II Turbo NAS.  At 83.6MB/s throughput, it beats the pants off any other consumer based NAS appliance on the market (even Iomega).  Cisco also rebrands this NAS model as the NSS322 so you can find it there as well.  Lastly, take a look at smallnetbuilder.com.  This site reviews wireless equipment as well as NAS appliances for the public.  They have a nice chart rating most of the NAS appliances out there.  It is here where you can see how fast the QNAP unit above screams compared to the competition.