I wanted to ask about the path to obtaining vcdx and get some pointers from some vcdx's who have gone before. Obviously this takes an extremelly large committment of time, planning, strategy and discipline. I would like to get your tips on what you found helpful as far as obtaining this certification. For example:
1. The kind of work environment that best lends itself to building this kind of knowledge. Is it best to work as a reseller, seeing multiple environments on a regular basis, as opposed to administering one environment? As many vcdxs work for VMware, are there some helps you get from VMware like extra paid training time and resources and other "ins" that they invest to help people get this that might not be available to outsiders?
2. What are some guidelines for studying / certifying in other knowledge areas that vcdx ties closely to like networking, storage, and other areas? For example, you need the equivalent of CCNP level networking knowledge, EMC certified level knowledge in storage, etc?
3. What are some strategies for the practical difficulties of finding enough time to study for a cert like this? Are there companies that tend to pay for training time and classes more than others? Are many vcdx's private consultants that can make their own hours and so can take 3 weeks off at their own discretion through the year to study for a test? Does it help to be a VCT and teach the classes all the time so you have the knowledge always in front of you during your 40 hour a week job instead of trying to do all your studying outside your regular job?
4. Do vcdx candidates spend a lot of time answering questions on communities to build a knowledge base? What other ways besides training classes and books read and home lab should a potential candidate utilize to prepare themselves?
Thanks for any input, pointers, etc.