VCDX Preparation index

Posted by on September 19, 2013 in VCDX | 0 comments

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


VCDX Demographics

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


VCDX Application

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


VCDX Preparation

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

Running a VCDX Study Group


VCDX Stories:

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




About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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