I’m a VMware vExpert 2016

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Back in 2012, I created this blog. I didn’t stick with the specific goals..it was and is just my notebook which helps to organize my own knowledge. I’ve had my ups and downs, but I’ve always managed to pull myself together and I don’t think I could imagine what I have now.

I was awarded as Microsoft MVP after 2 years of hard-working on forums, WIKIs, blogs, real life.. etc. It was my first award and each year I’m trying to keep one by doing my best.

I’d like to thank once again Microsoft staff and other MVPs  who found me, noticed and decided to open doors to MVPs family. I really appreciate it. It’s a great honor to be part of it.
You guys are awesome. I learned from you there are no any limits, you should never give up and keep always moving forward…no matter what. I’m trying to do that in the right way.

And last Friday I was selected as VMware vExpert 2016. I’m so excited, I’m speechless. It’s priceless to me. VMware has the most advanced technologies in virtualization and clouds. The winning a such recognition is a result of long work from 2012 till now.

Being the holder of both Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert means to have a heavier responsibility , endless self-development and more valuable contribution than what I had before. Well, this is all too much to deal with at once :).

vExpert can be compared to MVP. There are almost the similar benefits:

  • Award certificate and gift
  • vExpert logo to display on website or email signature
  • Access to a private vExpert community
  • Free subscription to conference session materials on VMworld.com
  • Access to exclusive online events and other opportunities to participate in activities
  • …..and etc

All of these benefits will be unclosed after VMworld 2016 (August 28 – September 1).

I think it would be a great time to level up content/blog (design?). Anyway, it’s going to be an interesting part of the year!

Until then,
have a great weekdays!


:: my  deepest thanks go to my blog’s visitors and other followers. It’s also your merit!

VMware Certified Professional

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I’m very proud to announce that  I’ve finally achieved VCP6-DCV certification. It was a long path (more than half a year).

If you are interested in certification, there are some required steps that you have to pass to successfully achieve VCP.

What’s needed

Step 1: You MUST complete one of the official training courses (Microsoft does not require anything of the kind). I finished vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6]

Step 2: self-study (3 –6 months as a minimum, beer included)

Step 3: As a true Hyper-V fan Улыбка, I have never been certified for vSphere, so for completely new candidates you must pass the following exams:

How to Prepare

1) In my case, training course was very ordinary . It I could change it I’d prefer Optimize&Scale . So, If you are have some experience with virtualization and clustering, your choice is definitely “Optimize & Scale” or “Designing vSphere”

2) Hundreds/thousands hours of diving into VMware Documentation Center , Hands-On Labs and your demo. My demo is built on 3 nested ESXi hosts, vCenter Appliance, Replication , Update Manager and vRealize Operations Manager + remote station with PowerCLI/CLI and vSphere C# client (by the way, it’s going to be deprecated with the next major release).
vCloud Air is perfectly covered in hands-on lab which provided by VMware. If you don’t have enough resources you can, for instance,  do not deploy vRealize Operations (In my lab it is a reason of overconsumption and sometimes it’s very sloooow..unfortunately, my little datacenter is also limited by RAM/Storage) and learn one @vlabs as well

3) If you have CBTNuggets or Pluralsight subscriptions, I recommend to watch  their training courses (search for vSphere 5/vSphere 6/designing VMware infrastructure)

4) Free unofficial study guide

5) Official guides and practice tests

What’s next

Wanna free polo shirt or own profile page? Get VCDX certification Улыбка.

VCDX is the highest certification level provided by VMware. I‘m not sure that I will ever get one / dreams..dreams (sometimes they come true).

Let’s back to the real life..If you plan to be more recognized you need to prove your “certified” knowledge in real world (~complex projects). I hope I will have some.

Until then,

have a great weekend!