Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Spam - it ain't what it used to be!

When I was a kid, this was Spam:
















Even if you've never eaten it, you might have seen the famous Monty Python video.

Nowadays, it seems this is spam:














SSDN Technologies seem to be my biggest fans - they just won't stop posting spam comments.

I've asked them to stop - they never appear to you guys anyway, as I moderate all comments first (for exactly this reason).

SSDN ignore my emails, and when I tweeted them they just blocked me - charming eh?

They're not alone of course - plenty of SEO companies and other training companies try too.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

New exams, new training, new badges, new certifications - November/December 2016

It's been a hectic few weeks for me, so I'm a little late with some of these announcements - but I thought it was worth collating them together for you.

New course option for expired VCPs
First up, a new course option for people who've let their VCP expire - rather than having to take a full 5-day class as part of stepping back into VCP world, you are also now able take a What's New class to meet the training requirement.

The example given is for gaining VCP6-DCV by attending the What's New class for vSphere 6.5 - you'd still have to pass the same vSphere Foundations and VCP exams as a newbie, and you still won't get your expired VCPs renewed, but you'd save over £2000 (approx $2500) by taking only the 2-day What's New class.

VCAP6-CMA Deployment exam now available
A quick update from the beginning of November, the final exam for VCAP6-CMA Deployment is available - it's a live lab exam, focused around the vRealize Suite.

New training courses for vSphere 6.5, vRA 7.1, vCD 8.10, vRO 7.1, Horizon 7, and NSX 6.2!
The core training courses for vSphere 6.5 were launched as the product went GA, plus there's a bunch of new courses for other products too.

VCP7-CMA exam released
If you want to get VCP certified on the latest vRealize Suite, now you can.

VMware Certification Badges
A new way of sharing your v6 (and later) certifications - a digital badge that you can use online - on social media, a blog/website, your CV, or in your email signature.

Help the Certification team, give to the community, get certified
VMware are looking for Certification SMEs to help design and write exams - in return for giving back to the community, you'll be awarded the certifications you help with.

VCDX6-DCV is go!
And what a way to finish - the "big daddy" of all VMware certifications, the VCDX, is now available. VMware have published the blueprint and a handbook, and you can begin the application process for VCDX6-DCV now.

Phew! I'm off to make a cup of tea, while you click away and read up on these annoucements...

Monday, 17 October 2016

Retirement of VCP5-DCV exams - March 2017

The VCP550 and VCP550D exams for the VCP5-DCV certification are both set to retire at the end of March 2017.

Both exams are open for registration up to and including March 15th 2017, and the final date to take either exam is March 31st 2017.

You can read more about the retirement on this blog post.

If you need to take either exam, it's time to act - head to this VCP5-DCV page to check eligibility and to find the details on both exams - or check my VCP5-DCV page.

These are the final retirements in the v5 exam-based certifications (excluding VCDX) - it's v6 and beyond now!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

VCAP6 - tracks and inheritance

VMware have cleared up the "rules" for existing VCP/VCAP holders around the requirements for earning VCAP6 certifications, and also whether earning a VCAP6 will mean inheriting a VCP6.

Rather than explain it all here, you can read more on their blog post.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Exam retirements - September 2016

VMware have now set a final retirement date for these 3 exams:

Exam VDCA550 for VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)

Exam VDCD550 for VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)

Exam VCXN610 for VMware Certified Implementation Expert — Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV)

If you still want to attempt these exams before they retire, the last date for making a booking is October 31st 2016, and the end date for scheduling/taking the exams is November 30th 2016.

Each retiring exam now has an equivalent newer exam/certification available:

VCAP5-DCD > VCAP6-DCV Design

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

VCAP6 Design exams - tips, tricks, and scoring

Jordan Roth from the Certification team at VMware has posted a couple of great articles about the VCAP6 Design exams on his blog The Cloud JAR.

These 2 specific articles give a great insight into the build and scoring of the VCAP6 Design exams that Jordan himself has worked on:

VCAP6 Design Tips, Tricks, and New Features

Scoring for VCAP6 Design Exams

I'd consider both articles to be "must reads" for anyone preparing for a VCAP6 Design certification - in any of the 4 solution tracks.

VCAP6 Deploy exams are go!

VMware have released 2 of the VCAP6 Deploy exams, specifically for the Data Center Virtualization (DCV) and Network Virtualization (NV) tracks:

VCAP6-DCV Deploy

VCAP6-NV Deploy

Both exams are available to schedule now, at participating Pearson VUE testing centres globally - use the links above to find out more about each exam, and to begin the registration process.

Read the official announcement here on the VMware Education & Certification blog.