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Common VCDX-DTM Questions Answered by a Double VCDX

Travis Wood

 

By Travis Wood

Last year the VCDX-DTM track was released and Simon Long, Ray Heffer and myself became the first to be certified in this new certification. Since then I have sat on several panels and fielded a lot of questions specific to the desktop certification track, so I wanted to answer some of those frequently asked questions here on how to prepare for this track.

I have a View design, should I submit for VCDX-DCV or VCDX-DTM?

If your design is focused on View and EUC then you will likely be better prepared if you submit for a VCDX-DTM. Whilst you can, and people have in the past, use a View design for DCV, you still need to demonstrate mastery of skills applicable to DCV designs. The criteria for VCDX-DTM is specifically designed to evaluate desktop designs, so this is likely the better option for a View design, and if this is where your core skills are then this will give you better preparation for your defence.

What products are in-scope for VCDX-DTM?

As specified in the VCDX-DTM Blueprint, VCDX-DTM is focused on the VMware Horizon suite to deliver end-user computing solutions. Within this product suite there are a number of products that may be utilized to meet your requirements including Horizon View, Mirage, Identify Manager and vCenter Operations for Horizon. Also vSphere makes up a key component of a desktop virtualization design.

Does the design have to be based on Horizon View?

Whilst the blueprint does not specifically say that Horizon View must be used, it would be extremely difficult if not impossible to cover the required solution areas without it.

Do I need to use ThinApp or AppVolumes?

Application integration is important to a VDI design but may be achieved in different ways depending on your requirements and constraints. These specific products are not required, but you might want to consider how you will demonstrate the application integration that is in your design, and be prepared for questions that may arise in the design or troubleshooting scenarios.

Do I have to use a VMware product for profile management?

Not necessarily – there are many ways to handle profile management and the best solution for your design should be used. But if you do include third-party profile management, do not simply mention it – ensure ALL documentation includes the detail required to design and implement the solution correctly.

Do I need to know about products other than Horizon View?

Even if your design does not use products such as Mirage or AppVolumes, prepare yourself for being presented with business requirements that could be solved using these products – or in other ways. Having a breadth of knowledge of the VMware EUC portfolio will give you greater capability to solve problems presented by the design and troubleshooting scenarios.

Is AirWatch in-scope of VCDX-DTM?

VCDX-DTM is focused on the Horizon Suite, and AirWatch is not a part of Horizon Suite.

Is my design large or complex enough?

There are no specific size or complexity requirements, but the design must be “enterprise-scale.” This is the same requirement that was specified by both DCV and DT; neither size nor complexity at either end of the scale will guarantee success. The panellists are looking for the candidate to demonstrate mastery of the solution areas defined in the blueprint. Choose a design that allows you to do this.

Can I modify my design?

Absolutely! The most valuable advice I got when preparing for my first VCDX is that you can modify your actual design to better demonstrate mastery. This may be adding or removing elements to achieve a better design that will demonstrate your ability to design a solution across all of the solution areas.

Hopefully these answers will help clear up some questions. If you have any further questions please tweet me at @vTravWood.


Travis Wood is a VMware Senior Solutions Architect

The Tao of IT Transformation

Taken from Chinese philosophy, “tao” refers to a “path” or guiding principal. With the exciting range of new technologies available (such as software-defined storage and network virtualization), it’s important that IT organizations establish that over-arching strategy for integration with the existing architecture.

In this short video, Wade Holmes (VCDX #15 and VMware Staff Solutions Architect) outlines the “VCDX Way,” which emphasizes an integration plan that is closely mapped to business priorities.

How are you approaching the integration of new technologies? Are you mapping updates to business strategy? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments.

Are You Ready To Get The Most Out Of VMworld?

Since the sessions for VMware 2013 were announced, we’ve been highlighting a few favorites from our Professional Services Consultants and Service Architects each week. The planner will be launching soon, and with 350+ sessions this year, we imagine you’ll be carefully laying out your schedule in the coming weeks.

This week we recommend you check in with David Hill about building a hybrid cloud and Wade Holmes about software-defined storage. And don’t miss our earlier recommendations in the End-User Computing and Virtualization tracks.

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How to Build a Hybrid Cloud in Less than a Day

With David Hill (VMware)

In this session you’ll hear how you can build a hybrid cloud in less than a day. We will look at the multiple technologies available today enabling the hybrid cloud and how you can use them to turn your current vSphere infrastructure into a hybrid. This helps businesses lower total cost of ownership and operational costs.

Attendees will leave the session with:

  • An understanding of how to deploy vCloud Connector in a vSphere infrastructure
  • Clarity on the potential pitfalls and mistakes real customers have made in the past
  • Knowledge of how to move workloads seamlessly between clouds

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Software-Defined Storage: The VCDX Way

With Wade Holmes (VMware)

Storage is one of the key pillars within every datacenter. Leveraging software-defined storage is key to unleashing the full benefits of the software-defined data-center. But, as with any new technology, you must understand how software-defined storage fits into your current datacenter architecture.

VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs) utilize an architectural methodology that eases the adoption of new technology to meet your business needs. Join us to learn how to design, implement, and integrate software-defined storage solutions—the VCDX way.

At this session you’ll learn:

  • How the VCDX architectural methodology can assist you in adopting new technology into your data center
  • How leveraging software-defined storage can assist in meeting your business needs
  • Key features and capabilities of VMware’s software-defined storage offerings

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