My VCAP5-DCD exam experience

Two days ago I sat for the VCAP5-DCD exam and I’m happy to say that I passed it finally! I’m not going to write about all the details, about the number of questions or the time you have to complete the exam because there already are some good blogs about it and you can find all the info in the exam blueprint. Instead, I’ll try to give you some useful tips on how to prepare […]


VMware vSphere: Design Workshop day #3

OK, the last and final day of the VMware vSphere Design Workshop covers the VMware vSphere Storage design, the Virtual Machine design and the Management and Monitoring design modules. These topics look interesting so let’s have a closer look. 1.   VMware vSphere Storage design: Storage Design Guidelines: the storage design should provide several benefits to the enterprise. It should reduce costs, ease administration, improve availability and should not decrease performance. Storage Network Technology (NFS, iSCSI, […]


VMware vSphere: Design Workshop day #2

Here is a recap if the second day of the VMware vSphere Design Workshop, which contained the following two modules: VMware vSphere Virtual Datacenter design: which included the vCenter Server, Database Systems (vCenter & VUM), HA/DRS/DPM, Clusters and Resource Pools. VMware vSphere Network design: including the network design requirements, number of networks and why to separate or segment them, (P)VLAN’s, virtual and distributed switches (incl. Cisco Nexus 1000v), security, overview of the Fiber Channel over […]


VMware vSphere: Design Workshop day #1

The upcoming posts that I will be posting here, will describe my experience of the VMware vSphere Design Workshop that I was participating at Xpert Training Group (XTG) in Gouda. The instructor was Marcel van Os. Today, day one of this three day course. After some coffee and quick introduction of the students, we jumped into the course material, which consisted of the following topics: 1.  Course introduction and the modules overview. 2.  Design Process […]