2018 Goals

Goals A Happy New Year to you all!

2017 was a crazy busy year and one quite quiet on the blogging front. The biggest achievement for myself was completing my BSc in Computing and IT & Business with the Open University, it’s been an incredible 7-year journey where I have learnt so much from my studies and also about my self.

I was also promoted to Technical Executive at IPsoft, looking after the technical aspect of the clients I manage and then put in charge of leading a small team.

Review of goals set for 2017:

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VCP6-DCV – Data Center Virtualization | Exam Experience

My VCP5-DCV certification was due to expire at the beginning of March 2017. In order to retain the VCP status, VMware requires that you recertify every two years. The reasoning for me to take the VCP6-DCV was due to work commitments and to keep on top of my current skill set.

The resources I used, have been similar to what I have used before.

I took the vSphere 6 course with 360GSP – Dai, their trainer is excellent and knows the subject inside out, I would highly recommend, especially if a weekend course is more suitable!. Read my review here of the vSphere 6 course with 360GSP.

First place as always, is to review the exam objectivies to get an understanding on what the exam covers.  I used the following additional resources to have all bases covered:


Virtual Langer VCP 6 study guide

VCP6-DCV by TheSaffaGeek


Mastering vSphere 6 by Nick Marshall


Pluralsight –  VMware vSphere 6 Data Center Virtualization by Don Jones

Exam tips:

  • Review the exam objectivies
  • You can book the exam via perarsonvue.com, make sure your name on your PerarsonVue account matches the ID you’re bringing
  • Make sure you have two forms of ID as per PearsonVue requirements
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early
  • The exam is ~120 minutes and consists of around 85 questions

I took the exam at Nexgenn Consulting Limited, as it was close to where I work. What I was really intrigued by is how thorough they were in ensuring you are not carrying any materials, they asked for all pockets to be pulled out, sleeves rolled up, asked me to pat my trousers down! I’m surprised by what lengths people will go to! The exam centre also provide lockers to store your personal belongs. More than happy to use this test centre again, being close to work is a big convenience.

I decided to go for the full exam (2V0-621) rather than the delta, main reasoning being is that I had a voucher to use, otherwise I would have taken the delta path.

I’m glad to report I passed the VCP6-DCV exam, further renewing my VCP status for another two years. What’s next? At the moment my focus is completing my degree with the Open University, which finishes around September and then I shall decide on what path next!


The first London VMUG for the year kicked off on Thursday 19th January 2017 at Tech UK.

This is my fourth year of attending the VMUGS and they keep getting better and better!

The schedule was:

The event started off with Byron Berrisford one of the sponsors from Rubrik talking about backup complexity and how Rubrik can span multiple clouds using a software fabric.

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360 GSP Blog awards – Top 50 Blogs in IT

50 must-read IT Blogs by 360 GSP is a compiled list of top IT blogs that their students can use as further resource material to develop their knowledge and achieve their goals. I like this approach and feel it is important for training providers to go that extra mile to help students.

Head on over to the list on the 360 GSP site to discover some interesting IT blogs!

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640-911: Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking DCICN – Exam Resources

A little over a week ago I took and passed the 640-911: Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking DCICN by Cisco. I had a month to study and achieve this as my CCNA Routing and Switching was set to expire.

After much discussion and thought, I felt the CCNA Data Center was more relevant to the job I currently do. I can confirm once passed the 640-911 does extend the life of the CCNA Routing and Switching by a further 3 years.

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[Review] HP ProLiant ML10 v2 – Home Lab Server


This is a quick review on the HP ProLiant ML10 v2 server. I have been seeing lots of cashback deals lately with the HP Microserver Gen8 and HP ProLiant ML10 v2. I took this as an opportunity to grab one of each and was excited to get my hands on the HP ProLiant ML10 v2, having owned both a HP ProLiant ML115 G5 and a HP ProLiant ML110 G6, both of which still have some uses.

The HP ProLiant ML10 v2 can be had for around £110 when on offer and makes a good server for a home lab environment. I am currently using mine as a ESXi 6 host along side the ML110 G6, getting to grips with vSphere 6 ready for the VCP6-DCV exam. The best place I find for keeping an eye on deals is HotUKDeals (based in the UK).

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