Random Short Take #43

Welcome to Random Short Take #43. A few players have worn 43 in the NBA, including Frank Brickowski, but my favourite from this list is Red Kerr (more for his commentary chops than his game, I think).  Let’s get random.

  • Mike Wilson has published Part 2 of his VMware VCP 2020 Study Guide and it’s a ripper. Check it out here. I try to duck and weave when it comes to certification exams nowadays, but these kind of resources are invaluable.
  • It’s been a while since I had stick time with Data Domain OS, but Preston’s article on password hardening was very useful.
  • Mr Foskett bought a cloud, of sorts. Read more about that here. Anyone who knows Stephen knows that he’s all about what’s talking about what’s happening in the industry, but I do enjoy reading about these home projects as well.
  • Speaking of clouds, Rancher was named “A Leader” in multi-cloud container development platforms by an independent research firm. You can read the press release here.
  • Datadobi had a good story to share about what it did with UMass Memorial Health Care. You can read the story here.
  • Steve O has done way too much work understanding how to change the default theme in Veeam Enterprise Manager 10 and documenting the process so you don’t need to work it out. Read about the process here.
  • Speaking of data protection, Zerto has noticed Azure adoption increasing at quite a pace, amongst other things.
  • This was a great article on open source storage from Chin-Fah.

VMware – VCP510 exam pass

I passed my VCP510 exam in early February with a score of 400. I’m pleased to have finally gotten it out of the way as it’s been really difficult to get a slot in the testing centres in Brisbane, particularly with the requirement to do the two-day course if you don’t pass it before the end of February. I haven’t done as much with vSphere 5 in a hands-on sense as I would have liked, but Workstation 8 / Fusion 4 helped me get up and running enough to get familiar with the product.

I found the following resources of particular use:

Forbes Guthrie’s vReference.com had a number of useful documents, particularly the vSphere 5 documentation notes and the quite awesome vSphere 5 vReference Card;

Andrea Mauro‘s vInfrastructure Blog also had an excellent summary of the key areas to focus on.

I also recommend you read through as much reference material / admin guides that you can, and remember that what you’re taught in the course doesn’t always correlate with what you see in the exam. As always, I found the storage, networking and performance documents to be of the most use. Good luck!

VCP410 exam pass

I passed my VCP410 exam yesterday with a score of 450. I’m pleased to have finally gotten it out of the way as, even though I had signed up for the second-shot voucher with VMware, there seem to be no free slots in the 4 testing centres in Brisbane this month. After the epic fail of my previous employer to stay afloat, I also had to pony up the AU$275 myself, so I felt a little bit more pressure than I normally would when taking one of these exams.

I found the following resources of particular use:

Brian’s list of “Useful study material”;

Duncan’s VCP 4 post;

Simon Long’s blog and practice exams;

and the VCP4 Mock Examfrom VMware on the mylearn page.

I also recommend you read through as much reference material / admin guides that you can, and remember that what you’re taught in the course doesn’t always correlate with what you see in the exam. Good luck!