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With this first post, I will start a collection of link and notes about the VCP5 exam prep. I will use the official blueprint (the actual version is 1.2, and is still related to the beta exam, but probably it will remain the same).

Let’s start from the part that is not included in the blueprint (something is in objective 1.5): the VMware products and solutions overview and some concepts about cloud computing.

Section 0 – VMware Vision (not included in the blueprint, but required)

Objective 0.1 – VMware Products

This part is really simple and I’ve listed only some products (but probably the most important). Apart vSphere (where of course a complete knowledge is required), just an idea of product purpose could be enough.

Objective 0.2 – Cloud Concepts

This part it’s not obvious… Apart the definition and difference between private, hybrid and public cloud (as written in objective 1.5) it’s also needed a knowledge of the type of services.

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A new blog about virtualization has been started…

For more info see also the why page.

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Official news are still missing,  but something is moving for the new exam VCAP5-DCA. There are works in progress for the blueprint (whit also the feedback from a restricted survery that will close on Jul, 26). Seems confirmed that the exam will be 100% lab based.

So could be possible that VCAP5-DCA certification will be announce during the VMworld USA at the end of august. Maybe in the same period will start the beta? What I quite sure is that the beta cannot run before… most VUE testing centers are closed in August.

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After two year I’m again on the VCP beta exam… (on July, 14 2009 I’ve take the VCP4 beta exam, that was the first beta exam from VMware).
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The beta exam

As written in the official blueprint (v1.2) the beta exam (code VCP511) consist of 180 questions (with a short pre-exam survey of 8 questions).

Beta exam period will finish on July, 24 (I never though that some VUE testing center were open also on other day than Mon-Fri) and can be schedules in any VUE center (depending on available seats). Note that each people can see both VCP510 and VCP511 exams in their profile, but the official will be available only on late Aug and the beta is only on invite… so I think that without the invite voucher (that is individual) is not possible book the exam.

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With the official announce of VMware vSphere 5 an historical era has ended: vSphere 5 will be based only on ESXi… ESX in no more available.

VMware ESX Server was probably the first bare metal hypervisor for x86 architecture and its first release was in 2001… Now, after 10 years, it has been retired. But this does not mean that there isn’t any support of existing ESX… support will be available still for several years, as reported in the official document:

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After  the launch of vSphere 5 on July 12th, also the new VCP5 has been launched!

The VMware Certification portal has already been updated with the VCP5 exam blueprint and even a VCP5 mock exam, and there is a substantial amount of information about the training requirements on the VCP5 homepage.

The final exam will be available to take after August 29th 2011, but there was also be the usual beta period until Jul 24.

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At a live event today, VMware CEO Paul Maritz unveiled VMware vSphere® 5 and a comprehensive suite of cloud infrastructure technologies built to help customers transform IT to drive greater efficiency of existing investments and improve operational agility.

See the official announce:

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What is vExpert?

From the vExpert Landing Page: The VMware vExpert Award is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. vExperts are book authors, bloggers, VMUG leaders, tool builders, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others. These vExperts have gone above and beyond their day jobs to share their technical expertise and communicate the value of VMware and virtualization to their colleagues and community.

You can notice that it isn’t a new type of certitication but a award (quite similar to Microsoft MPV).

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About VCP-DT

The VMware Certified Professional 4 – Desktop Certification is the second step of the Desktop Technologies Certifications paths.

To become a VCP4-DT: Basically the two requirements are: VCP4 and VCA4-DT certifications… no course is mandatory, but some courses are recommended.

Sound strange, but I’ve not found the offical price of this exam. In the web site there is only this sentece “Register for the VCP4-DT exam before September 1, 2011 and take advantage of the $50 discount”. So I have to assume that the price that I get from VUE site is already the dicounted price. If it’s true… then the exam costs more than the VCP4 exam!

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