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VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5! – My Experience

On January 31, 2012 I officially passed my vSphere 5 exam and I am now a VCP 5. The test was very interesting indeed. You hear all sorts of rumors and things of that nature before you take it. I have made a post previously HERE. This pretty much covers everything you need to know. I don’t think I can discuss testing material but what I can tell you is learn a lot about the components of vSphere 5 clustering. Also learn about the Pros and the Cons centered around all the vSphere 5 features.

The test in of itself was actually harder than the vSphere 4 test I took over a year ago. I was also a lot more prepared and had some pressure on me to get it done because I wouldn’t have to pay for training. I would encourage that if any of you are familiar with vSphere 5, Been running it in a lab, and constantly learning new features, know vSphere 4.1 well, then I would go ahead and go take the test. Reason being is that you can end up spending more money waiting to take it later when you can possibly pass it now. Most companies are also going to be more willing to reimburse the expense of an exam then to actually spend money on an course.

Notice my comment on 4.1. Previous VCP were based off of 4.0 only. If you are really familiar with 4.1 then you already have a good lead into the knowledge base of 5.0. If you are a VMware partner then head to the partner portal and take some other course ware related to “What’s New” in vSphere 5. I did pretty good considering the amount of time and the pressure. I would definitely vote on subscribing to the latest VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 brown bags over at Cody Bunch’s site.

Either way, now that I have my VCP 5 out of the way I can hopefully attempt to get some advanced certifications around vSphere 4 taken care of.

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.org and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

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VMware Certification Journey – Where is yours going?

I recall a bit over a year ago I attained my first VMware certification VCP4 and definitely viewed it as a milestone. The company I was working for didn’t make a point to spend a whole lot of cash on getting people certified and I honestly was one of the few lucky ones that got to take part in the class. Then, it was the VMware fast track and I have to say, it was definitely a fun class.

This year it also seems that I am lucky yet again because VMware is offering the VCP 5 without having to take a what’s new class as of now. This will expire early next year in February. With that being said I cannot help but wonder how this would affect the current value of VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5. Although, VMware has potentially saved other corporations, contractors, and consultants thousands of dollars in training it doesn’t mean that at the same time there could be a hit on the value of the VCP5 certification versus the VCP4. I can honestly wonder what would really prevent anyone from just downloading a dump and getting an easy breezy VCP certification for close to nil of what it used to cost?

Though I am thankful for the opportunity many may or may not make a point to really master or learn vSphere 5 before taking that test and getting the VCP5. This would result in a  lower overall value of the VCP certification, IMHO. I personally like the fact that I have to go to training, but there again many businesses cannot always put up that kind of cash.. especially some of the SMB companies out there.

I sometimes cannot help but wonder with all the cool new features if this too also helps SMB’s even further by making the transition to vSphere 5 that much easier. Cheaper training a guess came at the added cost of licensing – yeah pretty ironic right? After all they did set that limit to attain the certification by a certain date and I am sure that not all VCPs will just go study a dump per se.

As of now though you can really get a gage on what the national average is for a VCP currently in the United States:

Image courtesy of Indeed 🙂 – still a good time to be a VCP 😉

As you can see it seems to have steadied out for now but it definitely was on decline up until around the vSphere 5 announcement. Anyways, my only point was really the value of that certification and right now it still seems like a golden opportunity to upgrade this certification and not to mention that sweet little 25% discount as well offered to even make the test cheaper.

With that being said I will kind of share my goals as of now:

  • VCP5 (this month)
  • VCA-DT or VCP-DT (probably VCP since VCA is really not a strong value imo)
  • VCAP-DCA (6 months)
  • re-evaluate certifications (maybe new or old ones)
  • VCAP-DCD (TBD)
  • Eventually maybe VCDX (In the next two years)

Obviously it still more VMware centric, I wouldn’t even mind picking up a CCNA between the VCP 5 and VCAP-DCD just to enforce my network knowledge. Since I know work with CiscoUCS it may not be a bad idea to also look at those certifications if I do get a CCNA.

So what is your certification plan and where are you going?

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.com and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

vSphere VCP 510 Study Guide – Prepping up! (VCP5 resources Updated!)

UPDATED: ( Check out my VCP 5 Experience!  )
Recently heard some things around the rumor mill that the VMware test has recently been changed/updated in December.  I am still getting a lot of feedback that it covers a lot of the things that haven’t changed between vSphere 4 and 5 while at the same time addressing some of the newer features.  The previous one seemed to have more to do with vSphere 4.1.  Again this is just what I hear on random threads and so forth.  I have also updated my resources page and will be working on an offline guide here soon.

So in response to all these opinions I think I have found a solid list to help.  I am also working on a documentation source that could be available offline for others to study as we don’t always have internet access.  These are a bunch of PDF’s from both websites and VMware alike.  If this is a problem I could remove it later. (Click here to get what I have for now)

** Check out my VMware vSphere Lab Series Here! **

vSphere 5 Helpful Study Links:
http://vcp5.wordpress.com/
http://cosonok.blogspot.com/search/label/vSphere5
http://vinfrastructure.it/en/certifications-on-virtualization/vcp/vcp5/
http://damiankarlson.com/category/vcp-5/
http://damiankarlson.com/2011/11/01/vmware-vcp-5-resources/
http://virtuallanger.com/vcp5/
http://blog.mwpreston.net/vcp-5/
http://www.vreference.com/vsphere-5-notes/
http://www.vreference.com/vsphere-5-card/


Blueprint related for VCP5
http://damiankarlson.com/2011/07/13/vcp5-vs-vcp4-comparing-exam-blueprints/
http://virtuallanger.com/vcp5/
VMware Blue Print Download

Test Quizzes:
http://www.kalenarndt.com/vcp-510-quiz/
http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/vcp5-practice-exams/

vSphere 5 Links for Everything:
http://vsphere-land.com/vsphere-links/vsphere-5-links.html

VCP5 Videos:
http://www.trainsignal.com/VMware-vSphere-5-Training.aspx
http://cbtnuggets.com/it-training-videos/series/vmwr_vcp5
http://professionalvmware.com/brownbags/

Networking:
vsphere-5-new-networking-features-enhanced-nioc
vSphere 5 New Networking Features – Introduction
vSphere 5 New Networking Features – NetFlow
vSphere 5 New Networking Features – Port Mirroring

Storage Related Studying:
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 1 – VMFS-5
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 2 – Storage vMotion
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 3 – VAAI
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 4 – Storage DRS – Initial Placement
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 5 – Storage DRS – Balance On Space Usage
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 6 – Storage DRS – Balance On I/O Metrics
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 7 – VMFS-5 & GPT
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 8 – Handling the All Paths Down (APD) condition
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 9 – Snapshot Consolidate
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 10 – VASA – vSphere Storage APIs – Storage AwarenessvSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 11 – Profile Driven Storage
vSphere 5.0 Storage Features Part 12 – iSCSI Multipathing Enhancements

What’s New Documentation
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Platform
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Storage
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Performance
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Networking
What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0 Availability


If you want the complete documentation for vSphere 5 resources to keep offline you can download it from 
here.
If you want to check out my resource page for downloading other files check it out here.


***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.com and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

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