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Over the past several months, I have really taken a interest in…..THE CLOUD!

With all the talks about automation this and automation that…I figured it was about time for me to jump on board and start learning. More and more these days, businesses are taking advantage of a hybrid cloud model for their data center.

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I’ve always liked to position myself to be valuable and with the rapid speed that NSX and vRealize Automation are going forward with, I needed to stay on top of both products. So taking advantage of the resources in my homelab, I deployed a vRealize Automation environment and integrated NSX with it to begin my studies about the product. Let me start by saying that vRA is MASSIVE. The possibilities really are endless with what you can do with it. One thing I found out soon in my studies was that there really aren’t a lot of good books on vRA 7. The best one that I found also came with the best price….FREE! As a wonderful service to the community, Jen Soldner, Dr. Guido Soeldner, and Dr. Constantin Soeldner created a online copy of the Mastering vRealize Automation 7.1 book that they wrote. This, along with the Eric Shanks’ PluralSight course, got me to a good start at learning the product.

So after months of reading, breaking and fixing the product in my lab, and some late nights studying….I’m proud to say that I passed the VCP6-CMA exam at VMworld US 2017. Now on to the next cert…I’m thinking VCAP6-NV Deploy or AWS. Who knows….maybe both!


It’s that time of year again…VMworld US! While the conference officially kicks off on Monday…that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty to do to get you in full VMworld mode for the week. First off….for me it was time to take care of some business first. I’ve been studying for my VCP6-CMA for some months now. I scheduled my exam for Sunday so that whether it was win, lose, or draw (not sure how that could happen yet) I’d have the exam out of the way and not have it looming over me for the entire week. Well I’m happy that I got it out of the way and with good results! Read Full Article

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Each year that I’ve gone to VMworld, I always have in mind a certain product path that I want to focus on. With all the great content, there’s just no way that you can attend all of the sessions that you want (thank goodness for on-demand recordings). In 2015, I focused on vSphere and vCenter, as I was taking my VCP6-DCV test during the conference. Last year, all of my sessions were on NSX, since I was taking the VCP6-NV exam during the conference. So following suit, this year, I will be taking the VCP6-CMA exam during the conference. Can you guess what my sessions will be focused on? AUTOMATION…with a dash of NSX! 🙂

So here’s a list of my top 10 sessions that I plan to attend at this year’s conference.

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VMWorld 2016 for me started off on a good foot! Let’s start of by just saying location, location, location….Vegas is definitely a great location for VMWorld this year. A little hot….well a lot of HOT…but it’s a fun place to be for a conference. On top of that you’re surrounded by about 25,000 VMware/virtualization geeks that share your same interest for virtual technology. What a great environment for networking opportunities or just meeting up with old friends!! Read Full Article