Guest Presenter on VCAP-DCA Brownbag

Recently, Cody Bunch asked me if I was interested in being a guest on a VCAP-DCA BrownBag on The BrownBag webinar is an innovative, community driven opportunity to get together with like-minded folks to learn about a number of VMware and VMware certification topics.

I had the pleasure of being the guest presenter on August 17th, 2011 covering virtual networking concepts, as it applies to Section 2 of the VCAP-DCA blueprint. Thanks again to Cody Bunch for letting me present on a BrownBag, and many thanks to everyone who attended and participated. I had a great time, and would love to do it again! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pop on over to for the slides, video, and show links.

My Review on TrainSignal’s VMware Troubleshooting course

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me mention that I’m (finally!) preparing to sit the VMware VCAP-DCA exam in about a week. I took the recommended troubleshooting class about a year ago, but recently decided to review the material by taking the VMware vSphere Troubleshooting course from TrainSignal. I’m about halfway into the course so far, and have been so pleased with it that I decided to write up a quick blog post about my experience.

First, TrainSignal has done a great job of identifying courses that VMware professionals need, and delivers them with intelligence. Purchasing the course gives you a number of different options to review the material both online and off. Secondly, David Davis, the presenter/teacher of the Troubleshooting course, does a great job of working through the material in a way that is engaging and insightful. David speaks very clearly and seems to be honestly excited about the topics he’s teaching. There’s no mumbling or boring rambling here, every minute of the course is just as bright and clear as the one before it. Third, David is very down to earth and straightforward. There’s a couple of spots where he’s made a mistake, like when working from the command line as an example, and he takes the time to explain that mistakes happen & no one is perfect. I think little things like that bring a friendly, human touch to the material and adds to the overall engagement. Fourth, and finally, the online presentation viewer does a great job of dealing with Internet connection interruptions (switching between wifi & hard wire, or public to VPN as an example), the fast forward/rewind functions are smooth and seamless, and the chapter separations work great.

Overall, I’ve been extremely pleased with the Troubleshooting course from TrainSignal, and highly recommend it to anyone who’d like to brush up on their knowledge and skills before taking the VCAP-DCA.

Note: I’m under no financial obligation or agreement with TrainSignal to post this review, and have not received any form of financial compensation.

VCAP-DCA Study Guide now available!

As Sean Crookston mentioned in a blog post earlier today, he’s graciously allowed me to take on the task of hosting and continuing to maintain the VCAP-DCA study guide.

For now, I’ve posted the Study Guide PDF as it can be currently found on Sean’s site. In the coming days, I will be posting each objective to its own page to allow for comments from the community and for deeper exploration of each objective. I will be keeping the PDF updated with the same information as can be found on this site.

Many thanks again to Sean Crookston for allowing me this opportunity.