Mike's Virtualization Blog

Fourth time was the charm, VCDX

Yesterday I received the news I’ve been working towards for nearly two years, I have finally obtained VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification.  I don’t know my number yet, but by looking at the VCDX Directory there are now 75 VCDX’s so I’ll be somewhere between 69 and 75.

I’d like to thank my family for believing in me through this process, without my wife’s support this wouldn’t have been possible.  The VMware Twitter community has also been great at keeping me motivated through this process, the support I received from you all was awesome.  Scott Lowe, Jason Boche, Matt Cowger and Rick Scherer thank you again, you all went above and beyond in helping me prepare for my last defense and I owe you big time. Brian Rice, you were great to work with through this process and your successor has some mighty big shoes to fill.

In the end it took four attempts, but each one was a great learning experience and I wouldn’t change any of it, it’s made me a better architect and improved my confidence in talking with my peers and customers.  Anyone else going through this process that may have been unsuccessful, don’t give up, this is one journey no matter how long it takes it’s well worth it when that congratulations email finally arrives.


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  • Jason boche says:

    Fantastic job. A model for determination and positive attitude. Confidence is one of the primary keys in the defense and you nailed it. Enjoy whatever it is you do to relax.

    February 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm
  • Hugo Phan says:

    Congratulations, you are the embodiment of perseverance and a great example to others.

    February 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm
  • Chris Colotti says:

    Mike, I think you make a great point that this is not a one time thing. The fact you did it four times, just shoes you grew with each defense. Well done and congrats for finally getting to the end!

    February 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm
  • Michael Webster says:

    Mike, fantastic perseverance and determination to continue until you were successful. This should give others that are on the journey confidence to keep pushing until they make it.

    February 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm
  • Dave Convery says:

    Congratulations, Mike! If I had been through what you went through, I would have given up long ago. Welcome to the club of the best and brightest of all of the VMware Nerds!

    February 26, 2012 at 8:34 am
  • Harold says:


    February 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm
  • Simon Hamilton-Wilkes says:

    Well done for persevering & congrats.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm
  • Matt Winstanley says:

    Congrats on a job Well Done! You are a great example to others and your dedication and perseverance has finally paid off! Again, many congrats to you Mr. Brown!

    March 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm
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    March 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

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