VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2019

Update: I tried artificial meat and I can say that it does taste like meat with a weird texture.

My time as a Customer Service Engineer is over, and it is time to move on to bigger and better things, hopefully. Now, I am on my second rotation as a Professional Service Engineer. This role helps bridge the gap between the pre-sales and the post-sales and helps with retention of Customers. The engineers are knowledgeable in various areas in information security and technology such as but not limited to Networking, Penetration Testing, and Virtualization. It is my first week in this role so my judgement is not the best at this moment, but I am loving it! The shift from a CSE to PSE is definitely what I needed because support cases are not my specialty. I am a technical person who needs continual learning in order to feel like I belong, kind of sound like school. This role allows me to work on my certification that was on the back burner: CCNA Security. I am planning on taking the CCNA Security around the end of this month. Overall, I am excited for what the future has stored for me in this role.

Also, I want to share my recent accomplishments in May 2019. My goal was to be VMware Certified. It was a busy month trying to put as much information about ESXi hosts, vSwitches, and the many other features in one head. However, I was able to pull it off and get certified!! I am a VMware Certified Professional for Data Center Virtualization, and now ready to move on to my next goal: Security Professional. If you would like to know more about how I got certified, feel free to post a comment and I will respond in a timely manner.

VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2019

Make to follow me on my journey to becoming a cybersecurity professional. I will try and write more content so that yall can get a better glimpse into my world.

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Artificial meat!?

Lets recap what happened in the first 10 weeks as a Technical Rotational Associate:

  • Week 1:  Soft Skills
  • Week 2: Computer Networking
  • Week 3: OfficeScan (OSCE) Certification
  • Week 4: TCAP certification
  • Week 5: TippingPoint (TP) certification
  • Week 6: VMware vSphere certification
  • Week 7: Deep Security (DS) certification
  • Week 8: Deep Discovery (DD) certification
  • Week 9: AWS Solution Architect certification
  • Week 10: Rotation #1

You are probably wondering: how in the world is that possible? It isn’t. The main objective was to pass Trend Micro’s certifications (OSCE, TP, DD, and DS). Luckily, everyone was able to pass the required exams, with a few retakes. The other certs were up to us to get at their expense, of course. Currently, I am working on the VMware vSphere Foundations exam, so I can take the VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Visualization exam. Who knew there was a pre-exam to the real exam. Sounds like the CCENT to me. Anyhow, this month is dedicated to becoming a VMware professional. I will put the CCNA on hold, for now, but I do want to pick that back up once I get VCP-DCV and AWS Solutions Architect Associate certified. As you can see I will be busy studying my ass off these couple of weeks because I want to start AWS next month.

As for the first week of rotations, the team started as Custer Support Engineers or CSEs. This meant dealing with customers’ cases and troubleshooting any issues that would arise in the wild wild corporate world. I am not too fond of this position, although I do like learning how to troubleshoot problem, so I will take this as a way to see how businesses use Trend Micro products to secure their network infrastructure. The team was split between User Protection and Hybrid Cloud solutions. Since I was last in choosing, I got stuck with User Protection, but I didn’t mind. Trend Micro’s OfficeScan product is easier to understand than Deep Security. Overall, the week was dedicated to shadowing a member of the CSE – User Protection team. He has shown me the ropes, invited me to lunch, and we reminisced about the good ol’ days in California. Not a bad guy at all, but he does like artificial meat. Ew! I will give more update as the shadowing phase commences and we move on to actually working.

Wish me luck on my journey

-JGTechSol