Dave's VCDX journey

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  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Hit the big send button. Submission was 6mb in size. Hopefully it won't bounce. My trial Visio expires in 15 days, so I guess I should start working on my presentation.
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member
    Good luck :)
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  • kriscamaro68kriscamaro68 Senior Member Posts: 1,186Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Hope everything goes well. Good luck.
  • EssendonEssendon Posts: 4,548Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    You got this one bud! Good luck!
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  • TheProfTheProf Posts: 331Users Awaiting Email Confirmation ■■■■□□□□□□
    Good stuff! Good luck!
  • kj0kj0 Posts: 767Member
    That's awesome dude. Best of Luck!
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  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Just got an e-mail from VMware. I'll be taking part in VCDX defense at this year's VMworld.
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • QHaloQHalo Posts: 1,488Member
    Solid. After your submission I'd have been surprised had you not been asked.
  • meadITmeadIT Posts: 581Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Awesome! Congrats! That was a fast turnaround. Are you going to attend VMworld also, or just going for the defense?
    CERTS: VCDX #110 / VCAP-DCA #500 (v5 & 4) / VCAP-DCD #10(v5 & 4) / VCP 5 & 4 / EMCISA / MCSE 2003 / MCTS: Vista / CCNA / CCENT / Security+ / Network+ / Project+ / CIW Database Design Specialist, Professional, Associate
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Sigh.... jumped the gun. It's been forward to panelist review. They can still reject it. Guess more waiting.
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  • meadITmeadIT Posts: 581Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Here's my timeline of events to give you an idea of how long each step took.

    1/4: Submission Deadline
    1/9: Application "administratively complete." Meaning I filled in all the blanks. "Now pay me money to review your design."
    1/26: Invited to defend at PEX. "Now pay me more money for your defense."
    2/1: Received defense time slot.
    2/28: Defense date.

    I somehow "lucked" out and received the final slot of the week, which meant I spent most of the evenings after the sessions in my hotel room studying and revising my presentation.
    CERTS: VCDX #110 / VCAP-DCA #500 (v5 & 4) / VCAP-DCD #10(v5 & 4) / VCP 5 & 4 / EMCISA / MCSE 2003 / MCTS: Vista / CCNA / CCENT / Security+ / Network+ / Project+ / CIW Database Design Specialist, Professional, Associate
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    @meadIT,

    Thanks for the schedule. Guess I'll sweat it out for another 2 weeks.
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    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    My design was rejected. It seems I didn't spend enough time explaining 'why?'
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    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • cgrimaldocgrimaldo Posts: 439Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Im sorry to hear that!
  • EssendonEssendon Posts: 4,548Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Curious, did you pay anything to have your design looked at? Going by Brent's timeline, did you get to the end of 1/9?
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member
    Dang ... Sorry to hear that .. just shows how hard this one is - First thought on my mind when I saw your design "damn, that looks solid and I couldn't have done that myself" ...
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  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Essendon wrote: »
    Curious, did you pay anything to have your design looked at? Going by Brent's timeline, did you get to the end of 1/9?

    I got past the adminstrative review. Didn't pass the technical review.

    The way things are shaping up I would have had to pay for the defense out of pocket, so maybe it was a blessing to fail. Not planning on traveling internationally to defend, so my next chance is 2/14, I think.
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member
    "Why" is usually a biggy - alongside "Why Not" .....
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  • blargoeblargoe Posts: 4,165Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Sorry to hear that Dave, though as you said it may be a "blessing in disguise".
    IT guy since 12/00

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  • meadITmeadIT Posts: 581Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Sorry to hear Dave. Paying for the SFO defense out of pocket would have been pretty pricey. Heard the SF area hotels are running around $600 per night due to demand. I believe you can still submit your design for one of the international dates, but defer your defense to a later one. May give you additional chances for getting your technical review passed if needed.
    CERTS: VCDX #110 / VCAP-DCA #500 (v5 & 4) / VCAP-DCD #10(v5 & 4) / VCP 5 & 4 / EMCISA / MCSE 2003 / MCTS: Vista / CCNA / CCENT / Security+ / Network+ / Project+ / CIW Database Design Specialist, Professional, Associate
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    @meadIT,

    Thanks for the info. I'll have to look into deferring defense.
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • druiddkdruiddk Posts: 4Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    I would love to take a look at the design Dave.
    Is it available at a Dropbox as suggested earlier?
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Need to start working on this again. Debating if I want to build a new design based on the new job. Also, so much to do with the new job, it'll be tough finding time to work on this.
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Crap. Applications are due 12/20. Need to stop goofing off and get serious. PEX is at SF this year.
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • TheProfTheProf Posts: 331Users Awaiting Email Confirmation ■■■■□□□□□□
    Good stuff, I am sure you can manage to put something together! If you need some peer reviews, I'll be happy to help!
  • EssendonEssendon Posts: 4,548Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Hey Dave, are you able to tell what made the panel reject your design? Was it a lack of something or your design wasn't done the VCDX-way, though I'm sure it must have been a resounding success with your customer. Reason I ask is so I (and other folks here) tailor mine accordingly.

    On a side note, are you not able to submit the same design again after making the changes the panel would like to see like having lots of those "why's" the panel's after?
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  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    @Essendon

    Mainly lack of detail. The big mistake I made is I wrote it like a customer facing design. I should have wrote it to pass a certification.

    You're allowed to resubmit a design after making changes. I chose to abandon the design because I didn't find it interesting.
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • EssendonEssendon Posts: 4,548Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Thanks for the reply mate. You are right about them wanting the design the "VCDX way". The VCDX Bootcamp book provides some valuable insight into the panelists' way of thinking and it's quite different from the way one would write it for a customer.
    NSX, NSX, more NSX..

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  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Hmmm.... May end up revisiting this Q1 next year.
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • EssendonEssendon Posts: 4,548Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Great! Going with a new design or improving on the first one?
    NSX, NSX, more NSX..

    Blog >> http://virtual10.com
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