Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Cool new VCP geographic distribution chart

VMware have published a new infographic showing where in the world the thousands of VCPs are.

As a Brit, I'm glad to see the UK right up there with over 4000.

No surprise that the USA has the highest number though!

Have a look here.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Cisco certification path to NV certifications extended indefinitely

VMware brought in a policy some time ago such that those holding certain Cisco certifications would not have a mandatory NSX training requirement in order to achieve VCP-NV and VCIX-NV certifications - you'd just have to pass the relevant exam and confirm your Cisco certification to VMware.

There was an initial deadline set for this, which had been extended out to January 31st 2016 - VMware have announced today that this path to the NV certifications will remain available indefinitely - great news if you're Cisco certified and you want to get certified in NSX!

Read the announcement here.

Latest VMware Training & Certification News

September 2016
The exams for VCAP5-DCA and VCAP5-DCD both retire at the end of November, as does the older VCIX-NV exam - more here.

August 2016
VCAP6 Deployment exams are available now for DCV and NV solution tracks - read more here, and look here for some great tips!

July 2016
VCAP6 Design exams available for DCV and CMA solution tracks - read more here, and get some tips here.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Horizon / Desktop & Mobility Certifications

There are 4 levels of certification for Horizon in the Desktop & Mobility category:

VCA6-DTM
VCP6-DTM
VCIX6-DTM (coming soon)
VCDX6-DTM (coming soon)

Latest news:

NSX / Network Virtualisation Certifications

There are 4 levels of certification for NSX in the Network Virtualisation category:

VCA6-NV
VCP6-NV
VCIX6-NV (coming soon)
VCDX6-NV (coming soon)

Latest news:
If you have achieved VCP-NV you will automatically be awarded the VCP6-NV.

The deadline for holders of certain Cisco certification holders bypass the NSX training requirement for NSX certifications is now extended indefinitely.

vRealize / Cloud Managment & Automation Certifications

There are 4 levels of certification for vRealize Automation in the Cloud Management & Automation category:

VCA6-CMA or VCA6-HC
VCP6-CMA
VCIX6-CMA (coming soon)
VCDX-CMA (coming soon)

Latest news:

vSphere 6 / Data Center Virtualisation Certifications

There are 4 levels of certification available for vSphere 6:

VCA6-DCV
VCP6-DCV
VCAP/VCIX6-DCV
VCDX6-DCV

Latest news:
VMware announced that the beta of the 2 exams for VCAP/VCIX level will be available in January 2016.

They also confirmed that there will still be 2 distinct VCAP Design and VCAP Deployment certifications to go with each exam, with the status of VCIX being awarded to someone who passes both.

Version 5 Certifications

Here's my archive of version 5 VMware certification pages:

Data Center Virtualisation
VCP5-DCV
VCAP5-DCA
VCAP5-DCD
VCDX-DCV

Cloud
VCP-Cloud
VCAP-Cloud - now fully retired
VCDX-Cloud

Desktop
VCP5-DT - now fully retired
VCAP5-DT - now fully retired
VCDX5-DT

Network Virtualisation
NSX Training and Certifications

VCP6-DCV Information and Preparation

VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualisation (VCP6-DCV) is the latest version of the most popular VMware certification, focused around compute virtualisation with vSphere 6.

If you are new to VMware training and certification, and to compute virtualisation, this is the most likely path you will follow:

2. Pass the vSphere 6 Foundations exam (code 2V0-620)

Install Configure Manage is just one of the qualifying training courses for VCP6-DCV - at the time of writing you can actually take any of these vSphere 6 courses:
  • Install, Configure, Manage
  • Optimize & Scale
  • Bootcamp
  • Fast Track
  • Design and Deploy Fast Track
  • Troubleshooting
  • Install, Configure and Manage plus Optimize and Scale Fast Track

Alternate paths to achieve VCP6-DCV are available for those who have previous or other VCP level certifications - you can find those under the Existing Candidate Requirements tab of the VCP6-DCV page.

In terms of exam information and preparation - the links above will give you costs, numbers of questions, amount of time, the exam topics that you will be tested on - for previous version exams this information was found in a PDF known as the "exam blueprint".

The exam pages will also tell you whether that particular exam is "proctored" or "non-proctored". Only the "proctored" exams need to be taken at a testing centre, "non-proctored" exams can be taken from any location/system with an internet connection.

As well as the preparation resources available on the exam pages, the VCP community forum page can also give you some great ideas and help from others, plus there are some great unofficial resources available too: