As part of my VCDX preparation I’ve read lots of books, blogs and other documents to expand the knowledge and fill the gaps. That was partially one of the most valuable parts of the journey where I learned a lot. Without that I wouldn’t probably even read half of those great books.
I can’t say this is something that every candidate must read, but I decided to share this list as a VCDX BoM as I found it valuable for my VCDX-DCV prep.
At some point I used the list to define priorities and also track the timing but lost count at some point 🙂
The list presented here is in pretty much random order.
IT Architect: Foundation In the Art of Infrastructure Design: A Practical Guide For IT Architects
IT Architect: Designing Risk in IT Infrastructure
IT Architect: The Journey
IT Architect: Stories from the field vol.1
VCDX Bootcamp by John Arrasjid, Ben Lin, Mostafa Khalil
Storage Design and Implementation in vSphere 6: A Technology Deep Dive, 2nd edition
VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit 3.1
VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit 5.0
Clustering Deep Dive
vSAN 6.7 U1 Deep Dive
vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive
Mastering VMware vSphere 6 by Nick Marshall
Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5
VMware vSphere Design 2nd edition by Forbes Guthrie and Scott Lowe
Networking for VMware Administrators by Christopher Wahl, Steven Pantol
Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments by Harley Stagner, Sean Crookston
vSphere High Availability deep dive 6.0 by Duncan Epping
VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide by Paul McSharry
Site Realiability Engineering – O’Reilly
Disaster Recovery planning – preparing for the unthinkable by Jon Willtiam Toigo
Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A Corporate Insurance Policy by Preston de Guise
Designing a Storage Performance Platform by Frank Denneman, Todd Mace, Tom Queen
Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware – Doing IT Rght by Michael Corey, Jeff Szastak, Michael Webster
Mission critical applications on VMware PDFs – Oracle, SAP HANA, SQL, Exchange, etc.
I also attended tremendous amount of training, here are a few that I studied ebooks for quite extensively.