As most of you know, I am holding VCDX-DCV (#136) since July 2014 after a successful defence in Frankfurt (Germany). Short afterwards; I had started preparing for VCAP-DTA (VCAP-DTD passed already in 2013), both VCAP exams were prerequisites before being able to apply for VCDX-DTM.
The first attempt for passing VCAP-DTA was in September 2014; it wasn’t successful as I had faced a lot on connection latency and interruptions which led to fail it. after another round of preparation; I had sit it again in October 2014 and passed it successfully.
My first attempt to achieve VCDX-DTM was for PEX2015 VCDX submission, I had just picked up one of my VDI design and submitted it without any modifications; unfortunately it wasn’t successful! The panelists thankfully provided a helpful feedback.
I had modified the design again to cover the areas where my panelists thought that I didn’t cover them enough and resubmitted it again for June 2015 defence. again my attempt wasn’t successful 🙁
This time I had even more detailed feedback from my panelists and I figured out that I wasn’t covering some areas which are required in VCDX-DTM Blueprint, so I worked hard and I did an overhaul to my design including introducing additional fictitious components to fill all gaps and I had submitted it again for October 2015 defence.
Last week on Friday 30.10.2015 and while I was relaxing as it’s weekend over here, I had received an email from VCDX with subject saying: VCDX Defense Results and had the following content:
Congratulations! It gives me great pleasure to award you your 2nd VCDX certification.
After evaluating your application and design, your VCDX panelist peers have granted you the VCDX-DTM credential.
This is an achievement that truly deserves the attention of the entire VMware Community and one that should be recognized as a remarkable feat by your VCDX colleagues. You are one of a few to earn the Elite status as a VCDX, and you will receive new logos for your use that highlights this accomplishment.
You are truly an elite member of a small and remarkably talented group.
I was glad to find out that I have been awarded my second VCDX in Desktops & Mobility (VCDX-DTM) 🙂
From my experience which I made during the preparation of my second VCDX, I would like to summarize important points need to be taken in consideration:
Currently as of today, there are 12 professionals holding VCDX-DTM certificate worldwide and only 7 of them have it besides VCDX-DCV, so we are talking really about a handful of elite professionals worldwide 😉
You could check always our official up to date VCDX Directory to get the right information about the VCDX status for all professionals worldwide.
Unfortunately as Panelist I can’t be a mentor too, however I am happy to answer generic queries about VCDX-DCV/VCDX-DTM.
PS: VMware Education had published a Blog post talking about the newly minted VCDXs and Double VCDXs in October 2015’s Defence.