The APAC edition of the vBrownBag podcast is taking a walk on the network side. A new series will cover the fundamentals of Cisco’s ACI, which is their Software Defined Networking product. This series will be presented by Lauren Malhoit, a member of the vBrownBag crew and a host of the Size Matters tech podcast. Lauren also works for Cisco in the ACI team. The shows will run alternate Thursday evenings, at 9 PM in New Zealand time. You can subscribe to the podcast here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3823028688718766593
The (subject to change) current schedule is:
|26 November||Getting started with ACI
|10 December||VMM Integration
|28 January||ACI Automation and Orchestration
To assist with preparations for VCAP qualifications we are running a series of interactive webinars covering the subject areas of the VCAP certifications. The webinars are part of the ProfessionalVMware Brownbag series.
Along with my friend Andrea Mauro (and anyone else who volunteers) I will be covering the new parts of the VCP6-DT blueprint. In the first episode in this series I looked over the blueprint and identified the major areas of new things, they are:
- HTML5 access
- Hardware 3D
- SAML Auth
- Workspace Portal
- Operations Manager for View
These are the areas I plan to cover, if there are other areas that we should cover then let me know, @DemitasseNZ on twitter
Register for the live Podcast https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/885241632
APAC Storage Debate
Here in the ANZ region we are known for trying anything new. The APAC vBrownBag podcast is hosting the Storage Debate. Each episode I will propose a controversial idea about storage in enterprise IT and two teams of storage experts will tell us why the idea is right or wrong.
Starting in May 2014 I’m being joined by Irfan Ahmad to look at a few performance related topics. You may recognize Irfan as @VirtualIrfan on twitter and as one of the founders of CloudPhysics. This should be a great series with some useful knowledge, I know I learned a bit when I listened to Irfan at Virtualization Field Day.
|8 May||Diagnosing Performance with Storage Workload Shapes|
|22 May||Diagnosing Performance with Storage Workload Shapes (Continued)|
|5 June||Finding storage performance culprits and victims|
|19 June||To SSD or Not to SSD|
As always the schedule is subject to change, good questions can make the sessions run long & Irfan has lots of knowledge to tap into.
You can register for the series here https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/885241632
I spent a few sessions looking at the VCAP5-DTA exam, there wer a couple of breaks but I covered a fair amount of the content.
The APAC Edition of the vBrownBag podcast is currently focused on Desktop Design for VMware View and the VCAP5-DTD exam that has just been released.
The sessions will be less formal than previous Design vBrownBags, more of a discussion about the process with consultants who have been there.
At present the consultants are myself and Grant Orchard, I’d like to add another person to that conversation, if you have View design experience and are available 9pm Sydney Australia time on alternate Thursdays then drop me an email.
For financial reasons I have put my VCDX on hold, I may revisit later in the year.
Having passed both VCAP5-DCD and VCAP5-DCA certifications I now have two options. I can head into the cloud certifications or attempt VCDX-DV. I have chosen the VCDX path as I think that will have some benefits to me professionally. The cloud stuff will still be there when I’m done and that will be my next area of study.
I am aiming for the defense at PEX in Sydney at the end of April. This means I need to have my design completed and submitted by the end of March. Joi n me each fortnight to see how I’m progressing. I plan to have a mock defense live on the podcast and am also going to interview people behind the program as I understand there will be some changes to the program this year, maybe the Desktop and Cloud VCDX paths will become clear.
The US sessions of the vBrownBag have started covering the VCAP5-DCA, head on over to ProfessionalVMware Brownbag to find out more about that. We will cover the VCAP5-DCA in an APAC timezone, I plan on only covering material that’s new in V5 since I did plenty of study for my V4 certification and know a few people in the region who are also well studied. If you don’t have VCAP4-DCA don’t worry, we won’t be assuming you know all that material. You can register for the series here https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/885241632
If you’d like to present something DCA then give me a holler. Preparing for these sessions is a great way to force yourself to study and know one area really well.
In addition we will look at the real world use of some of VMware’s other products.
|5 July||Michael Webster – VCDX||Virtualizing Business Critical Applications|
|19 July||Grant Orchard||vCenter Operations Suite|
|2 August||Alastair Cooke||VCAP5-DCA What’s New in Storage|
|16 August||Tim Gleed||Something from the VCP5-IaaS Blueprint|
|APAC vBrownbag is continuing it’s VMworld Hiatus as I’m organising Tech Talks for Barcelona|
|8 November||Alastair Cooke||Basic Storage Math|
|22 November||Alastair Cooke||More Basic Storage Math|
We have finished the live sessions, however the recordings and slide decks are all online to help you prepare.
|2 Feb||Alastair Cooke||Overview, Methodology and Business Requirements|
|9 Feb||Hee Teck Tan||Storage Design|
|16 Feb||Wee Kiong Tan||Network Design|
|23 Feb||Alastair Cooke||Availability & DR Design|
|1 March||Iwan Rahabok||Security Design
vSphere Design Document
|8 March||Wee Kiong Tan||Network Design continued|
|15 March||Jon Hall||Exam registration and environment|
|22 March||Alastair Cooke||Host Design|
|29 March||Grant Orchard||Cluster Design|
|5 April||Alastair Cooke||Implementation Planning|
|19 April||RJ Ratan||Management Design|
|26 April||Tim Gleed||VM Design – Part 1|
|3 May||Tim Gleed||VM Design – Part2|
|10 May||Nick Marshall||Performance Design|
|17 May||Alastair Cooke||VCAP5-DCD Series Wrap up|