Now I am happy to say that I have completed the VCDX Design Exam today - and if you did not know that will probably be because you missed my announcement on Twitter this afternoon.
OK so first what did I use to prepare for this exam?
Duncan Epping's Post has a great list.
Jason Boche's post on his experience.
Joep Piscaer's review as well.
Jon posted a review of the process as well.
I think that the posts above have done a wonderful job of providing the proper resources to prepare and describing the process. I spent the last month going over more than 1,000 pages of manuals, Whitepapers, articles, best practices etc.
You cannot study for the VCDX from a book. There are no brain dumps and no just going over a list of multiple choice questions and memorizing the correct answer.
The VCDX process will test your experience and your knowledge of Enterprise infrastructures. The Admin Exam will test your technical knowledge and the Design Exam will see if you are capable of making the correct design decisions.
But now that there will be a VCAP intermediate Certification, the full VCDX is not for everyone.
What I can advise is the following:
- The VCDX is a long and time consuming process.
- You cannot really study for this exam, but you will need to rely on your knowledge, and your personal experience.
- From what I hear, the easy part is over, now starts the real work - submitting a design and the defense.
Wish me luck!