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New Year’s resolution – Some back to basic reading and getting back into the certification game

December 31st, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

I bought a Safaribooks subscription during the black Friday week in my vacation time (who could resist unlimited access to basically every major tech book publisher for less than 300 bucks for a whole year).

As the new year is coming up it’s time for some resolutions as well, mine will mainly include some reading. 🙂

The new “Queue” app from Safaribooks let’s you download more than 3 books at a time for offline reading now, which is just perfect for me, I don’t need to pick and choose anymore. There is about 5 fields I really want to do some reading in and my current Queue does kinda reflect that.

  1. Performance
  2. General Microsoft Technology (Hyper-V, SCCM, Azure in particular)
  3. Staying up to date with VMware technology as much as possible
  4. “Cloudy” stuff
  5. VDI, especially around Citrix

I probably won’t get to deep dive into all the fields that I am planning now as stuff usually creeps up over the year forcing me to push out some of it (I was planning to start with Hyper-V already 2 years ago…).

So let’s try to boil it down to 12 books, 1 book per month.

  1. Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud
  2. Inside the Machine
  3. Operating System Concepts, 9th Edition
  4. The Art of Capacity Planning
  5. Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals: Understanding Techniques and Designs for Highly Efficient Data Centers with Cisco Nexus, UCS, MDS, and Beyond
  6. Mastering Windows Server 2012 R2
  7. Mastering VMware vSphere 6
  8. Virtualizing Hadoop: How to Install, Deploy, and Optimize Hadoop in a Virtualized Architecture
  9. Identity, Authentication, and Access Management in OpenStack
  10. DevOps for VMware Administrators
  11. VMware vRealize Orchestrator Essentials
  12. Production Ready OpenStack – Recipes for Successful Environments

I haven’t found too many Citrix books that are not “Packt”. Unfortunately these tend to be hit and miss and I am happy to take on any recommendations in that regard.

Additionally it seems that VMware is finally serious about releasing the VCIX/VCAP6 exams (more detail in the VMware education blog post. As probably many will jump on the VCAP-DCV Deployment from a blogging perspective (this should be the most popular track from an exam perspective as well) my current plan is to simply sit and pass that exam and then concentrate on the CMA and DTM bits, possibly writing down the study approach I am taking for either as I did for the VCAP-CIA.

I’ll also try to set myself up to at least pass the MCSA and possibly the MCSE Private Cloud depending on how much time I will have left during the year, as I am pushing this for 2 years now. Since it’s in writing now I hope to have some more pressure/motivation to actually follow up on that.

Happy new year to each and everyone out there, it’ll be the year of VDI!

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