One year ago I’ve written about the VMware exams and related products version but in the past months something has changes in VMware exams and the described criteria is not (completely) valid. Some month ago VMware has release a new VCP5-DCV exam based on vSphere 5.5 and I’ve (later) associated this with the new recertification policy for VCP. But on April 7, VMware released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA) Certification. This new exam (exam code VDCA550) is based on vSphere v5.5, where […]
The available VCDX defense dates (and locations) for 2014 are been recently announced on a thread in the VMware Community. Some were already well know (during the PEX event). The interesting aspect is that there are more locations (basically one per main Region) and that (actually) seems that there is no plan to bring the defence during the VMworld (not a new idea, but this time make sense, considering the better proposal of dates and places).
A VCDX Bootcamp is a half day session (little less) that can really help you in the VCDX preparation, expecially to understand the entire VCDX process with more attention on the application and the defense part. In my opinion could be a must for each new VCDX (I wasn’t so lucky and I wasn’t able to attend it). There is also a book: VCDX Boot Camp: Preparing for the VCDX Panel Defense. But honestly be part at this live experience could be completly different.
I’ve not found any available seats to take the VCAP5-DCA exam during the beta period, and actually I don’t need to take it for my VCDX5 upgrade. But I think that this is one of the best VMware exam and I really like it, so on Jan 10, 2013 I’ve found the opportunity and the time window to take the exam.
The current version of the VCP5(-DV) certification blueprint has been changes in the last months. My study notes are still on version 1.2 of the blueprint, but there still valid also with the version 1.41; but now, starting from version 2.x there are some major changes.
Some days ago I’ve received a new book (VCP5 VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 Study Guide: Exam VCP-510) and this his the review. The author, Brian Atkinson, is a well-know guy in the virtualization field: he is VMware vExpert 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 as also a moderator and guru in VMware community (vmroyale is his nick). This book reflects is experience and also the community contribution (the technical editor was Troy Clavell, another well-know guy in the community), as also the direct experience in the VCP5 exam (Brian passed it in the beta […]
Last week I’ve taken the official VCAP5-DCD, to remediate the failure of the VCAP5-DCD beta and try to gain this certification. The exam is really huge: The VDCD510 exam contains 100 questions (in the beta 131). The total time for this exam is 225 minutes (same of the beta). Candidates who take the VDCD510 exam in a country where English is not a primary language will have an additional 30 minutes added to the exam time. This time extension is automatic, no additional action is required from the candidate. There were jsut a few questions with a […]
The official VCAP5-DCD exam has been released some days ago and there is the relative web page with several information about it and, of course, the blueprint. And also there are other site with useful study guides and notes: VCAP brownbags Gregg Robertson’s VCAP5-DCA & DCD resource page Scott Vessey’s VCAP5-DCD resource page (actually contains only generic information) Ray Heffer’s VMware VCAP5-DCD Study Guide & Notes page Steve Dunne’s VCAP-DCD 5 – Study Pack VCAP-DCD | Objective 1.1 | Gather and analyse business requirements
Finally, after the beta period and a long waiting (first time that beta results were out before the exam goes live), the VCAP5-DCD exam is now available. All information are on the official web page. It also confirmed the rumors that, for a shot period, all VCAP4-DCD could upgrade to v5 without the need of VCP5… Nice but unuseful… I think that most has alreay upgrade before the 29th of Feb… So an exam discount (IMHO) was a better option. As usually, for VCAP exam, you need to require a VCAP5-DCD Authorization, that is still […]
Actually the exam is not yet avaialable. But some people (with the approval of VMware) have already publish the current beta exam blueprint with some study notes and some interesting information: Ed Grigson has highlighted the changes to the VCAP5-DCA blueprint compared to VCAP4-DCA: VCAP5-DCA What’s new Gregg Robertson has started with some notes a the VCAP5-DCA blueprint objectives ProfessionalVMware – #vBrownBags VCAP5-DCA Podcast Vancolab TheFoglite
Seems that the VCAP5-DCA beta period (announced some weeks ago) will now really start. The first limited slots will be open on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The beta exam will be available until Friday, June 8, 2012. Unfortunately the number of available seats and exam kits was really less than the number of invited people and I’ve not found any way to take this exam. Re-scores will be provided as soon as we can after the beta ends. However please expect at least a month on the re-scores—very late June to early July. At this […]