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Come annunciato qualche mese fa, si è concretizzata l’opportunità di avere un Bootcamp sia VCDX che VCAP in Italia e precisamente a Milano il giorno 7 aprile 2014.

La mattina sarà dedicata al VCAP Bootcamp che analizza questo tipo di certificazione e le particolarità soprattutto della parte “Design”.

Il pomeriggio sarà dedicato al VCDX Bootcamp e saranno spiegate le varie fasi per la certificazone VCDX ed in particolare quelle relativa all’application (il progetto da inviare) e alla difesa vera e propria (che poi si articola di diverse sotto-fasi). Secondo me è un must per tutti i candidati VCDX visto che può non solo fare chiarezza su questi aspetti ma anche realmente aiutare (e probabilmente non è un caso che vi sia stata di recente un’impennata nel numero di VCDX).

Nota: al momento i posti si sono esauriti e chi si iscrive verrà messo in coda di attesa.

Tra l’altro è diventato anche un libro: VCDX Boot Camp: Preparing for the VCDX Panel Defense. Ma volete mettere avere direttamente l’autore del libro che vi racconta in prima persona oltre che la possibilità di scambiare opinioni con altri candidati? Ho anche avuto modo di seguirne una sessione al recente VMworld di Barcellona e devo ammettere che sono ore veramente ben spese. Tra l’altro l’evento è pure gratuito (ma con iscrizione ed approvazione dei candidati).

Al momento non vi è ancora un link di registrazione, ma il mio consiglio è di contattare direttamente John Arrasjid (nel caso di dubbi su come contattarlo, chiedete direttamente a me o ad un membro del VMUG.IT), come del resto lui stesso ha scritto su Twitter:

Di seguito un dettaglio per ogni singolo bootcamp (che saranno ovviamente in inglese).

VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) Administration Boot Camp

This session is designed to help candidates achieve the following VCAP certifications:

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional  – Desktop Administration (VCAP-DTA)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Administration (VCAP-CIA)

VCAP Administration exams are equivalent to the Cisco CCIE certification in terms of hands-on rigor, but they are focused on the advanced administration and engineering of VMware technologies supporting the software-defined data center. This interactive boot Camp, led by veteran VCDX-and-VCAP- certified instructors, provides a review of the blueprints and knowledge areas that must be mastered for each exam. The session also includes examples of the question types, scenarios, and live lab environments the candidates will encounter during testing. VCAP Administration certification is a pre-requisite for the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) credential and candidates who attend this session will also have an opportunity to discuss preparation strategies for VCDX with their VCAP and VCDX certified instructors. This boot camp is 1.5 hours.

Pre-requisite: VCP certification and admin experience with VMware technologies.

VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) Design Boot Camp

This session is designed to help candidates achieve the following VCAP certifications:

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Design (VCAP-DTD)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Design (VCAP-CID)

VCAP Design certification is for IT architects who design and integrate VMware Data Center Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization and Mobile Computing, and Cloud solutions in enterprise environments. This interactive boot Camp, led by veteran VCDX-and-VCAP- certified instructors, begins with a review of the blueprints and knowledge areas that must be mastered for each design exam. The session also includes examples of questions, a demonstration of drag-and-drop items, and a guide to the in-exam design tool candidates will encounter during testing. The VCAP Design exams provide validation of design experience as a pre-requisite to the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) credential and candidates who attend this session will also have an opportunity to discuss preparation strategies for VCDX with their VCAP and VCDX certified instructors. This boot camp is 1.5 hours.

Pre-requisite: VCP certification and design/admin experience with VMware technologies.

VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Design Defense Boot Camp

VMware Certified Design Experts are an elite group of architects leading virtualization implementations around the world.  Certification is achieved through the Design Defense where all candidates must submit and successfully defend a production-ready VMware Solution before a panel of veteran VCDX-holders. This popular boot camp led by John Arrasjid (VCDX001) and Mostafa Khalil (VCDX002) is now in its 6th year of preparing candidates to face the VCDX Defense Panel.

This highly interactive session is a complete and engaging deep dive into the VCDX Design Defense providing tips and success strategies for:

  • Solution design selection and development
  • The VCDX application and supporting documentation
  • Creation and delivery of the design overview
  • The VCDX design scenario
  • The VCDX troubleshooting scenario

The boot camp also includes a complete exam blueprint review with strategies for maximizing scoring opportunities in each knowledge category, time management strategies, and a mock defense session with VCDX Panelists asking questions candidates can expect to field during their Design Defense.
All 9 of the VCDX candidates who achieved VCDX at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco attended this boot camp and provided feedback on the value. This boot camp is 4 hours.

Pre-requisite: Candidates preparing to sit for the VCDX Panel Defense.

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Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2718 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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