Certifications

VCP6-DCV Certification Blueprint

  • simon 

I’ve been asked to change direction a little on the certifications that I had been following.  Having completed my TOGAF and MCSE in cloud and infrastructure already this year,  I was originally working toward a VCP-CMA.  However, that has now changed and I’ll first be undertaking the VCP-DCV.  So I need to familiarise myself with the DCV blueprint and other resources that will hopefully help me pass.

In addition to studying the blueprint, I’ll be following Greg Shields excellent Pluralsight course “VMware vSphere 6 Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)“, taking advantage of Pluralsight’s link up with Transcender, following the track on vBrownBag and also attending the compulsory ICM course.   My hope is to actually take and pass the VCP6.5-DCV, however in the absence of a published certification blueprint, I’ll have to follow the VCP6-DCV Certification Blueprint and study the what’s new guide!Read More »VCP6-DCV Certification Blueprint

MAPA – Microsoft Association of Practising Architects

MAPA – Microsoft Association of Practising Architects

Now this flew under my radar until recently.  Through ‘The-MAPA’, Microsoft have setup a place for a community of architects to develop.  Providing valuable resources to architects who are building IP and solutions utilising the Microsoft Cloud, platforms for community interaction and a channel to communicate directly back to Microsoft.Read More »MAPA – Microsoft Association of Practising Architects

vSphere Foundations Exam – 2V0-620

  • simon 

Why vSphere Foundations:

It’s been the case for a while now that in order for those new to VMware certifications to obtain any variant of VCP, they need to take and pass the vSphere foundations exam.  As those of you that have been reading along, would have noticed I’ve been focused on validating my Azure skills over the past few weeks and months.  However, the majority of my career has been spent within data centres working with the VMware stack.Read More »vSphere Foundations Exam – 2V0-620

Exam 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

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Azure Exam 70-534

Following the path I’ve been taking to validate my Azure skills to it’s natural conclusion, I recently took and passed the Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam 70-534.  Traditionally I allow myself a short period of revision. With this exam, I felt confident and with the massed array of Azure possibilities for the exam to call upon, I wasn’t too sure how useful revision over experience might be.  So again in hope of passing more than expectation, I decided to sit the exam – if nothing else I would learn where I needed to focus more effort.  I’ve been working as an architect and have spent much of my career infrastructure focused.  This proved to be a good combination for the infrastructure exam and I was banking on it being a good combination here as well.Read More »Exam 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Exam 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

  • simon 

Azure Exam 70-532

Continuing the path I’ve been taking to validate my Azure skills, I recently took and passed the Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions exam 70-532.  After a very short period of revision, to plug some of the gaps in my knowledge, I felt confident enough to sit the exam, in hope more than expectation of passing.  I say that because I’m not primarily a developer, the past 18 months I’ve been working as an architect and prior to that I was very heavily infrastructure focused.  Whilst that was a good combination for the infrastructure exam, I wasn’t going to assume it would be so good here!Read More »Exam 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Exam 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

  • simon 

Azure Exam 70-533

After a short period of study that included writing these, i’m pleased to say I’ve passed Exam 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions.  Taking advantage of the offers Microsoft have made available here. I decided the time had come to validate some of the Azure skills I’d been picking up.Read More »Exam 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions