Friday, 9 August 2019

New Digital Badges on vRealize, vSAN, and VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware have released 4 new "digital badges" - their specialist accreditations for those technologies that don't have dedicated certification tracks - each of which has it's own specific requirements:

VMware Specialist - vRealize Operations 2019
You'll need a current VCP, and to pass a dedicated exam on vRealize Operations 7.5

VMware vRealize Operations – Cloud Management Automation 2019
This is the baby sibling of the specialist badge above - the exam to pass is the same, but there's no VCP requirement

VMware Specialist – vSAN 2019
You'll need to hold a VCP in Data Center Virtualisation (DCV) based on vSphere 6.0 or later, and to pass a dedicated exam on vSAN 6.7

Master Specialist – VMware Cloud on AWS 2019
This one is for VMware partners - most likely those that offer services around VMware Cloud on AWS, and the bar is set high!

As well as holding VCP-NV 2019, you will also need to complete some on-demand training and a workshop, and pass a dedicated exam - phew!

Best of luck if you decide to follow any of the above paths...

Friday, 2 August 2019

Summer 2019 Update - New courses, Exam prep, Brain dumps, and more!

Summer is here (in the UK) and there's plenty of activity from the VMware Education and Certification teams to update you on - so here goes...

VCP-NV 2019 and NSX-T
VCP-NV 2019 now offers distinct options for those working on NSX-V or NSX-T - with the launch of a VCP exam for NSX-T 2.4.

You can find the relevant training and exam requirements on this NSX-V page and on this NSX-T page.

8 new courses, with 3 more coming soon!
The new courses cover these technologies:

Workspace ONE
vSAN with Horizon
vRealize Automation
vRealize Operations with vSAN integration -

The courses offer a mix of instructor-led and on-demand delivery/consumption options.

Coming soon is a new course on VMware Cloud on AWS, plus on-demand versions of popular Site Recovery Manager and vRealize Automation courses.

Learn more about each new course on this blog page.

Exams and certifications will now have names AND versions
Historically, VMware exams and certifications were tied to product versions, then from around the middle of 2018 we had certifications based on the calendar year

Now it seems we will have both - so you can demonstrate WHEN and on WHAT you validated your expertise. More on this blog page.

Brain dumps are BAD!
OK, so this isn't exactly news - but is often something I've been asked about.

My stance has always been: Created by cheats, used by cheats

Here is VMware's view on brain dumps and how they work to combat them.

VMware Learning Zone exam prep
In case you've not heard of it, VMware Learning Zone is the home of official video-based learning content - offered to customers on a subscription basis - VMware Education's very own Netflix!

In addition to the hundreds of technical product videos, there are some specialist exam prep videos to help people with VCP and VCAP exams.

Head to VMware Learning Zone to check them out.

That's all for now folks - have a great summer!