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1 VMware Certifications A Deep Dive Discussion Chris Wahl, VCDX

2 First The Boring Intro Bit Feel Free To Check Your 2

3 Who is this Chris guy?  Not just a pretty face  Recently held all GA VMware certifications  missing the brand new ones   Recovering Certification Junkie 3

4 So, What’s New? VMware Certification Explosion (You can stop checking now) 4

5 The Old Workflow 5

6 Since We Have Those Tests Anyway… 6

7 Hey, What About The Other Stuff? 7

8 The New Certification Gist  Three tracks for certification:  Data Center Virtualization (DCV)  Desktop  Cloud  Some tracks “bleed” into one another to some degree  DCV is still the foundational pillar 8

9 For Those Paying Attention  You may have noticed that the “classic” VCP changed names  Formerly: VCP  Then changed to: VCP-DV  (Datacenter Virtualization)  And now it’s: VCP-DCV  (Data Center Virtualization) 9

10 Exam Types and Experience How The Sausage Is Made 10

11 Some Common Info  All exams are proctored via Pearson VUE  Register with Pearson  You’ll get a VCP-ID# (ex VCP######)  Ones I recommend:  NetXperts (North Burbs)  MicroTrain or CoD (West Burbs)  Nexum Inc (Downtown, few blks from Union)  Get Cold? Sweater OK, Hoodies Not OK 11

12 Associate Level 12

13 Professional Level  VCP-DCV, VCP-Cloud, VCP-Desktop, and IaaS  Multiple Guess Choice  Matching  Some Visual Identification (Graphic Aids) 13

14 Advanced Professional - Admin  Requires authorization by VMware  100% Live Lab Exam – You have 3.5 hours  Assigned tasks to complete  Some tasks depend on one another  During the exam, you get:  RDP Client  Calculator  PDFs of publicly posted VMware documentation  vSphere Client 14

15 Advanced Professional - Design  Requires authorization by VMware  Mostly written exam with multiple choice  3.5 hours (feels like forever)  Some “visio-like” questions to solve  Simulation available on VMware cert site  During the exam, you get: Nada 15

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17 Expert Level – To Apply  Must be a VCP, VCAP-Admin, and VCAP-Design for respective track  Create an enterprise-grade architecture design  Architecture, installation, implementation, testing, and procedures – usually 300+ pages  Submit a very detailed application regarding your certifications, experience, and brief biography  Pay $300 for VMware VCDXs to perform a technical review  Wait anxiously and refresh inbox like crazy 17

18 Expert Level – To Defend  If design is accepted by technical review  Pay design defense fee of $800  Travel to defense location (global)  Spend about 3 hours defending (with breaks)  Design presentation and defense in front of 3+ VMware VCDX panelists (75 minutes)  Mock design session (30 minutes)  Mock troubleshooting session (15 minutes)  Refresh inbox like crazy some more 18

19 Certification Resources Wrinkle Your Brain 19

20 VMware HOL Online (NEE)  Next-Generation Education Environment  Free Hands On Labs (HOL)  Tons of labs available (40+) updated often  Request Access  reg-now-open.html reg-now-open.html  Login  https://www.projectnee.com/HOL https://www.projectnee.com/HOL 20

21 Books  Check out VMware Press (& Others) 21

22 Common Questions & Answers  How many courses do you need to take to get all the certifications?  What is the difference between the IaaS Exam and VCP-Cloud Exam?  What's the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? 22

23 Discussion / Q&A Includes Bribes Giveaways For Participation 23 Special Thanks WahlNetwork.com


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