Wednesday, 12 August 2020

New VCP track - Modern Applications

VMware have added a new certification track - Modern Applications - a reflection of the strategy to help customers Build, Run, Manage, Connect, and Protect any app on any cloud.

The new VCP for Modern Applications is Spring Certified Professional - it remains to be seen if there will also be higher-level VCAP and VCDX options.

The VCPs for Digital Workspace and Desktop & Mobility have also been consolidated into a single Digital Workspace category on the Certification page - both individual certifications and exams remain, they've just been regrouped.

So there are now 5 categories with a VCP (or higher) level of certification:

  • Data Center Virtualisation (vSphere)
  • Network Virtualisation (NSX)
  • Cloud Management & Automation (vRealize Automation)
  • Digital Workspace (Workspace ONE / Horizon)
  • Modern Applications (Spring)

In addition to the "headline" products for the certifications, every category also includes one or more specialist badges - don't forget to check those out too!

For the Modern Applications category, VMware Certified Master Specialist - Cloud Native 2020 tests Certified Kubernetes Administrators on deploying, securing, and operating a VMware-based applications cluster.

Friday, 31 July 2020

July 2020 Update

Here's my monthly update on the latest news with VMware training and certification!

vSphere 7 exam for VCP-DCV 2020
The Professional vSphere 7.x exam is now live and available for testing. This exam will be key for those taking the most common VMware certification - VCP-DCV.

A few things to note about how the release of this exam affects you if you're working towards your VCP-DCV 2020:

1. If you already hold VCP-DCV 2020 from completing the older vSphere training and exams this year, passing this new exam on vSphere 7 will NOT result in you being awarded any additional certification
2. If you pass this exam as part of working towards your VCP-DCV 2020, you WILL NOT also need to pass a vSphere Foundations exam
3. If you ignore this exam and are working towards your VCP-DCV 2020 with the Professional vSphere 6.7 exam, you WILL also need to pass the vSphere 6.7 Foundations exam
4. The vSphere 6.7 Foundations exam and Professional vSphere 6.7 exam will both be retired at some point, but don't worry yet as there is no date set for their retirement

Read the official news on the exam release.

VMWorld 2020
For the first time, VMWorld goes virtual - and you can attend most sessions for FREE! There are some sessions reserved for those who buy a Premium event pass, but a FREE General pass gives you access to most sessions.

As if that's not already enough of a reason to register, you will also get access to special sessions from the Education Services team AND exam voucher discounts too!

So you really have NOTHING TO LOSE by registering and attending...

More new exams and courses
The Advanced Deploy vSphere 6.7 exam is also now available - this is one of the advanced-level exams for the VCAP-DCV 2020, the older exam based on vSphere 6.5 retires on November 30th.

On demand courses are now available for vCloud Director and vSphere 6.7 > 7.0, plus some new courses for NSX-T and VMware Cloud Foundation - the July announcements page has more information and links.

Regular readers will already know about VMware Learning Zone and the special Premium subscription promotion currently running, new content is released all the time - here's the most notable content for July.

Local and remote testing - COVID-19
For the latest information on testing centre re-opening and remote exams, read this blog post.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

June 2020 Update

Here's a summary of all the June 2020 news from VMware Education Services.

Exam Releases
New exams are available on NSX-T for the VCP-NV 2020 and VCAP-NV 2020, plus there's a new exam on vRealize Automation for the VCP-CMA 2020.

Check this blog post for links to the exam guides.

Course Releases
Lots of new courses are now released on products such as Tanzu, vSphere 7, NSX-T, VMware Cloud on AWS, Horizon, vSAN, and vRealize Lifecycle Manager.

This blog post has details and links of all new courses.

New content in VMware Learning Zone
I mentioned in a previous post about the promotion offering a free 6-month Premium subscription for VMware Learning Zone, this blog post highlights the latest content available.

In addition to the VLZ offer, there are other promotions running within each of the geographical regions - free exam vouchers when you attend certain courses.

Check this blog post for full details.

Remember you can always check the latest promotions on this web page.

Monday, 1 June 2020

VCP/VCAP infographics, updates on courses and exams

Where are all the VCPs and VCAPs?
VMware have created 2020 infographics showing the spread of VCP and VCAP holders around the world.

Read this blog post to access the data.

New courses and exams in May 2020
VMware released 8 new courses and 1 new exam last month, check this blog post for details.

Latest VMware Learning Zone content
As mentioned in a previous blog post, the Premium subscription for VMware Learning Zone is now free for 6 months thanks to a special promition.

This blog post from VMware highlights the latest content in VLZ.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Spring 2020 Update

Wow, the world has changed a LOT over the last few months! I hope you're all keeping safe and well during these incredible times...

VMware have been excellent in their response - lots of additional support for employees, contributions to charities, and unlike some in the market we are still hiring!

While it may be harder in some ways to work when offices are closed, the Education Services team at VMware seem to be creating just as much training and exam content, and are being creative in delivery and accessibility - the posts below give more detail...

VMware Learning Zone - Premium Subscription now FREE for 6 months
The Premium Subscription is usually a paid-for service, and includes a LOT of additional content which is not available with the Basic Subscription (which already offers 1300+ videos for free)

Find out more about this offer here.

Remote Exam Testing
Proctored exams that you usually HAVE to take at a Pearson VUE testing centre, such as those required for VCP and VCAP certifications, can now be taken from home or another private location.

Learn more here.

vSphere 7 Training
vSphere 7 was announced in early March, and made available for download a few weeks later - the full set of training courses was released at the same time as the software.

Read more here.

March and April Course Announcements
VMware released 16 new courses in March and another 8 in April!

March announcements

April announcements

Promotions and Special Offers
In addition to the VLZ Premium offer mentioned above, there are other global and region-specific promotions - discounts, free exam vouchers, and more...

All official promotions are kept together onto a dedicated page:

Bookmark this page.

Friday, 17 April 2020

Remote Exam Testing for Proctored Exams

VMware have announced that remote testing will be available for "proctored" exams such as the VCP exams from April 20th.

Proctored exams previously HAD to be physically taken at a PearsonVUE testing centre, but with many countries in some state of lockdown due to COVID-19 this change has been made such that you can now take your VCP exam from any location.

This uses the OnVUE functionality, and will be a permanent arrangement - a great benefit to those of you who have always had to travel to a testing centre.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

vSphere 7 Training

With the release of vSphere 7, VMware Education have already announced and the full set of official training for their flagship virtual infrastructure platform.

I remember the times when new courses would only be made available 6-8 weeks after the software was made available for download, this time around it looks like the training will release almost simultaneously!

Here's the full range of vSphere 7 courses:

  • Install Configure Manage
  • What's New (from 6.7)
  • Optimize and Scale
  • Troubleshooting
  • Design
  • Fast Track

Plus there's a new course on vSphere with Kubernetes - Deploy and Manage

To review the content and delivery options for all of the above, and to watch overview recordings, read this blog announcement.

I would expect to see VCP exams based on vSphere 7 soon, moving then up the certification stack to VCAP and eventually VCDX submissions and defences.