After completing my VCDX recently I thought it was in order to gather up many of the resources that I and others used to prepare. These are helpful blog posts, podcasts and books that will give people insight into the process and possibly help find others that can form a study group.
I am working on making this the go to list for VCDX help and information. If you have a suggestion of a good source that you created or found drop me a note in the comments or send to me. I will keep this up to date to help future VCDX’s prepare.
VCDX Boot camp by VMware Press
Google spreadsheet that shows VCDX counts by Country, Type, Employer and others. (Thanks Will Huber for the jumpstart)
VCDX by the Numbers - Blog post with Charts to illustrate VCDX demographics
These are a collection of links that will help you with understanding the VCDX application process and what to watch our for.
Frank Denneman – Application Form Tips
Josh Odgers – The VCDX Application process
Duncan Epping – Using the vSphere Plan & Design Kit
Read each of this links to gain insider experience on how others have prepared for their VCDX attempt. Each post has a few great tips for someone making their first attempt or someone making another VCDX attempt.
VMware Communities – Example VCDX design document
VMware Communities – FAQs for unsuccessful VCDX Candidates
VMware Communities – Pitfalls of a fictitious design and how to avoid
VMware Communities – Thoughts on VCDX multi-part
VCDX Community in VMware Forums
VMware VCDX instructional videos
Duncan Epping – VCDX Tips from John Arrasjid
Chris Colotti – VCDX Defense Tips
Tim Antonowicz – VCDX Preparation Q & A
Michael Webster – Recommendations for VCDX candidates
Duncan Epping – 5 Tips for preparing for VCDX Defense
Kenny Garreau – VCDX How did you organize?
Tom Fojta – My journey to VCDX-Cloud
These are a list of stories from different community members that have been both successful and unsuccessful with the VCDX process. Read and learn from their past attempts.
Bad News My VCDX design defense experience
Harley Stagner – My VCDX Experience
Jason Nash - My VCDX Defense….Or How I Flew to San Francisco to Choke…
Jason Boche – My VCDX Defense experience
Brent Meadows – VCDX Experience and Tips
Cowger – VCDX Process and Experience
Chris Kranz – VCDX Journey
Tom Fojta – VCDX Experience
Rick Scherer – My VCDX Experience
Kenneth van Ditmarsch – My VCDX Defend experience
Josh Odgers – My VCDX Journey
Fabio Rapposelli – My VCDX Defense Experience
Scott Lowe – On the VCDX Defense
Maish Saidel-Keesing - Journey to VCDX not yet complete
Brian Suhr – Swing and a miss my first VCDX defense panel
Brian Suhr – Twas the night before my VCDX defense
Brian Suhr – vBrownBag path to becoming VCDX and my tips
Chris Wahl – Go Go Gadget VCDX
Joep Piscaer – I’m VCDX 101 (Worth it for Carlton dance alone)
Gregg Robertson – VCDX interviews – Greg has a list of questions he asks all VCDX to answer
Mock defenses and Boot camps
These links are a collection of various resources that will help you with understanding and planning the defense process. An important part of succeeding a VCDX submission is mock or practice defense sessions.
How to plan a VCDX mock defense panel
vBrownBag VCDX Boot Camp Part 1 Mock Defense
vBrownBag VCDX Boot Camp Part 2 Design Scenarios
vBrownBag VCDX Boot Camp Part 3 Troubleshooting Scenarios