The last couple of years, I’ve been taken on new customer assignments that took placed me in new roles. No more administration of existing Citrix XenApp environments, but I was given the assignments to design new Citrix XenApp environments and be the one to decide how they would be implemented. After commenting on improvements I saw as an administrator, I was now in charge of making those design calls from the start. So I’ve spent the last years reading about a lot of features, new version improvements and design consequences for Citrix XenApp and XenServer environments.
And even though I’ve been complimented by customers on the quality of my design documents and seen my designs grow into production environments, I still miss some recognition as a Citrix Architect by my peers and some colleagues.
So it is time to take my CCA certifications to the next level and go for the CCEE and CCIA certifications and ensure my level of expertise is reflected by the right set of certificates.
Due to the financial crisis, the focus at work is still at making those billable hours (as will be the case for most consultancy companies, I presume), so I do not have the luxury of signing up for some boot camps to be quickly prepped to nail the required exams. I will have to invest private hours to study for the exams. And with my assignment in Eindhoven coming to an end (which keeps me at hotels for half the week) I should have even more hours available to read through all the materials and test cases in my training lab.
Thanks to the many evaluation versions that Citrix has provided to partners, I am able to quickly setup the required test servers in my own training lab. With two whitebox servers available as XenServer hypervisors and even a new desktop with virtualBox installed, I should have enough resources to test different scenario’s and cases to prep for the exams. So everything is set up to support this new quest.
With not alot of financial and training means available I will have to rely on the information that is available on the internet, which fortunately covers almost all steps of the way:
- Citrix eDocs and Whitepapers
- The Study Guides from @citrixxperience
- The Hitchhikers guide to Citrix CCEE and CCIA certification from @dnyvandam
Luckily I already have a valid CCA status for Citrix XenApp and XenServer, so I only need these remaining exams to pass:
A08 Advanced Administration for Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008passed! A19 Citrix XenDesktop 5 Administrationpassed! A15 Engineering a Citrix Virtualization Solutionpassed!
- !!! Mission Accomplished !!!
So if you have more tips & tricks to support my quest, please let me know!
The following sources have be used to create this post:
Citrix CCEE for Virtualization
CX Study Guides
Danny van Dam – The Hitchhikers guide to Citrix CCEE and CCIA certification – Part 1 (updated)
PaperShare for Virtualization & Cloud
This article was originally posted at Aug 14th, 2011 @ 18:34 *** Last update: passed A15 exam, mission accomplished, I’m a CCEE now. ***
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