Category : Certification

Written by Christopher Lewis on July 24, 2019

TL:DR - Achievements/Goals are like buses it seems There have been a few Achievements / Goals Unlocked in the last few months. So rather than multiple individual posts I thought I would capture them here: Learn more about vRealize Operations Manager. Speak at a Tech Conference. Obtain vExpert Cloud Management designation. Retain vExpert NSX designation. Pass the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC Management 2019 Exam.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 28, 2019

Introduction I truly believe there is a not-so-exact science behind taking exams. In this post I’m going to share with you the tips and strategies I use to ensure maximum success when taking multiple-choice exams. Note: This post is NOT about minimising study effort, it is about maximising effectiveness on the day of the exam. Every good (400+) score I have achieved has a foundation of hard work and sacrifice attached to it.

Certification Exams VCAP VCP VMware

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 26, 2019

TL;DR Yesterday morning (Monday 25th) I took the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) 6.5 - Data Center Virtualization (DCV) Design Exam (3V0-624) at my local approved Pearson Vue Exam Centre. I’m disappointed with the score but I managed a pass. What this pass does mean, is that I also get the shiny new VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCIX-DCV) digital badge! Exam Preparation I have been putting this exam off for the last 12 months due to various reasons.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on November 27, 2017

Skills and Abilities Objective 4.1 - Configure and Manage Logical Firewall Services Configure Edge and Distributed Firewall rules according to a deployment plan: Create/configure Firewall rule sections for specific departments Create/configure Identity-based firewall (IDFW) for specific users/groups Configure SpoofGuard policies to enhance security Filter firewall rules to narrow a scope Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective: * A working VMware vSphere 6.

VMware NSX-V VCAP6-NV VCIX6-NV HOWTO

Written by Christopher Lewis on November 20, 2017

Skills and Abilities Objective 6.3 - Configure and Manage Universal Logical Security Objects Configure Universal MAC Sets Configure Universal IP Sets Configure Universal Security Groups Configure Universal Services and Service Groups Configure Universal Firewall Rules Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective: A working VMware vSphere 6.x environment with 2 vCenter Servers and 2 Platform Services linked in ELM. A working VMware NSX 6.

VMware NSX-V VCAP6-NV VCIX6-NV HOWTO

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 13, 2017

Skills and Abilities Objective 6.2 - Configure and Manage Universal Logical Network Objects Create/configure Universal Logical Switches Create/configure Universal Distributed Logical Routers Configure local egress Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective: A working VMware vSphere 6.x environment. A working VMware NSX 6.x environment configured for Cross-vCenter NSX Objective Breakdown Create Universal Logical Switches This is essentially the same as the creation of NSX Logical Switches (which is covered in Objective 2.

VMware NSX-V VCAP6-NV VCIX6-NV HOWTO

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 12, 2017

Skills and Abilities Objective 6.1 - Configure Cross vCenter VMware NSX infrastructure components Configure NSX manager roles (Primary, Secondary, Standalone, Transit) according to a deployment plan: Assign Primary role to specified NSX Manager Assign Secondary role to specified NSX Manager(s) Deploy/Configure Universal Controller Cluster Configure Universal segment ID pools Create/Manage Universal transport zones Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective: A working VMware vSphere 6.

VMware NSX-V VCAP6-NV VCIX6-NV HOWTO

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 4, 2017

In my constant strive to learn new technologies I have decided to create an unofficial study guide containing my notes for the VMware Specialist: vSAN Digital Badge exam. The Study Guide can be found here.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on September 25, 2017

I have worked in “the industry” for the last 17+ years, so picking up new technologies and learning as much as I can (or at least as much I need to know to be dangerous) has become second nature to me. If I was just starting out in IT today, I’m not sure where I would start. I know when I started back in the day with software packaging with WISE Package Studio, Networking was a dark art.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on September 15, 2017

I am working away a lot at the moment in Paris, so this week was going to be one of the only opportunities I’m going to get to take exams before Christmas (scary fact - there is only 100 days left!) . So, after a jam packed 4 days at VMworld, I decided to end my week by taking the newly released VMware Certified Advanced Professional 7 - Cloud Management and Automation Design (3V0-732) exam.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on September 11, 2017

I previously attempted the VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 - Network Virtualization and, unfortunately, I wasn’t successful. It was the same old story with most VCAP exams, time simple ran out. As I am at VMworld this week it seemed rude not to take a second attempt for 1⁄2 price. The exam center had a few issues, both with overbooking (it seems the PEX keynote is the ideal time for everyone to take exams!

VMware NSX-V VCAP6-NV VCIX6-NV HOWTO

Written by Christopher Lewis on September 7, 2017

Skills and Abilities Objective 4.2 - Configure and Manage Service Composer Create/configure Service Composer according to a deployment plan: Configure Security Groups Configure Security Policies Configure Activity Monitoring for a Security Policy Create/edit/delete Security Tags Create a Security Tag Edit a Security Tag Assign a Security Tag Detach a Security Tag Delete a Security Tag Configure Network Introspection Configure Guest Introspection Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

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