Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Return of the Delta Exam

VMware made a "delta" exam available (VCP550D) for those who were VCP5-DCV holders and wished to recertify - initially this exam was only available til the end of November 2014, but it's now been resurrected and will remain available til March 10th 2015.

Read more about the exam on this blog post.

Confirmation of the resurrection can be found on the VMware Education & Certification Blog.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

New EUC Certification - VCP6-DT

VMware have released the new VCP level certification for their EUC products/solutions, the VMware Certified Professional 6 - Desktop (VCP6-DT).

This certification validates your skills in deploying a Horizon with View 6.x environment on vSphere, including:

  • creating and administering virtual desktops
  • configuring and administering View, Mirage and the Workspace Portal
  • configuring host networking and storage
  • working with DRS, HA, and other cluster-related vSphere features

Find out more about the certification, it's training requirements or recommendations, and the exam objectives here: VCP6-DT

Monday, 24 November 2014

Landing page for vSphere 4 certifications

Here's an archive of all my posts around vSphere 4 certifications.

VCP4
VCAP4-DCA
VCAP4-DCD
VCDX4

Full range of NSX Training and Certifications now available

Software-defined networking (SDN) is a red-hot topic in our industry for 2014 and beyond, with VMware being the leading visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Data Centre Networking.

There are 3 levels of certification on "Network Virtualisation", all based around the NSX product:

VMware Certified Professional - VCP-NV
VMware Certified Implementation Expert - VCIX-NV (think of this as being at VCAP level)
VMware Certified Design Expert - VCDX-NV

Have a look here for the range of NSX training: VMware Education page

VMware Learning Zone - official video-based training

VMware have launched a new Learning Zone - a subscription-based service offering official training on many different products and topics.

Read more here: VMware Education page

vSphere 5.0/5.1 exams for VCAP certifications are retiring

VMware have announced that the vSphere 5.0/5.1 exams for VCAP5-DCA and VCAP5-DCD certifications will retire on January 31st 2015.

So, from February 2015 only the vSphere 5.5 versions of these exams will be available.

Read more here: VMware Education and Certification blog page

Quickest option to recertify your VCP5-DCV

VMware created a special exam for those wanting to recertify their VCP5-DCV - a delta exam for those who have passed the vSphere 5.0/5.1 exam - the code is VCP550D.

It's only available for a limited time, you can take it from any location, it's a lower cost than a regular VCP exam too.

Find out more here: VMware Education and Certification blog

You can download the exam blueprint and request exam authorisation here: VCP5-DCV Delta Recertification Exam page

Some quick tips:

1. Only request authorisation when you're ready to take the exam as you only get 48 hours from authorisation time to take the exam itself.
2. Focus on the 5.5-specific elements of the blueprint.

Update: The VCP550D exam was originally only available til November 30th 2014, but it has now been made available til March 10th 2015 which gives all VCP5-DCV holders the chance to recertify.