As an instructor, I like to have all the material referenced in a class manual available as I prepare for the class and/or when I am preparing to implement the “stuff” we cover in class. So I have gone through the manual and created a page with all the online resources, papers or articles mentioned in the VMware NSX: Install, Configure and Manage [6.4] course in one place.
Recently, I have been busy preparing to teach an online vRealize Automation: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.2] course and working with clients on SDDC/Automation projects. As a result, I have been looking at VMware resources for class and customers and have put together a page with the items referenced in the student manual and other useful links. Among the usual items like the online documentation and KB articles, VMware has excellent product walkthroughs and free elearning courses. The vRealize Automation 6.2 Install, Configure and Manage class resources page is here.
In preparation for teaching an early access vSphere: Install, Configure and Manage [v6] course this week, I have collected all the web resource links from the student manual onto a single page. Every web link is included, though none are repeated as they are in some sections of the course materials.
The web resources are here.
Yesterday, I got a message from VMware Education that they are offering an online VCP5-DCV recertification exam for a limited time. For any of you who have a VCP5 that is set to expire in the spring (that is most of you!), this is a terrific way to get recertified!
Here is the information from the VMware education site: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=51919&ui=www_cert
Download the exam blueprint here. After a quick review of the exam blueprint, it appears that the objectives are approximately the same, however the VCP550D exam has 65 questions with 75 minutes to complete, while the VCP550 exam has 135 questions and a time limit of 120 minutes.
Here is a link to the Pearson Vue VCP550D exam page: https://www2.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/registration/ExamSeriesDetailPage/VMWAREINC/200140.
VMware Education’s Recertification Policy has other avenues for recertification for those of you who are interested in advancing to the Advanced Professional level (VCAP) or may be interested in broadening your certification with additional Professional level (VCP) certifications in Cloud, End User Computing or Network Virtualization.
Note that the offer is only good through November 30, 2014.
As a VCI, I regularly get asked about free exam vouchers or course discount deals… VMware education has a promotion running now through June 20, 2014 that includes a free VCP exam voucher, a 15% discount on a qualifying course and an additional gift.
If you have been waiting for a “deal” to afford the VCP certification, now is the time to save an get certified!
Various weblinks from the vSphere: What’s New [V4.x toV5.5] course-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l6T7bHNKeo – Flash Read Cache
vSphere tags – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQnSzP7kj7E
VDP Direct to Host restore – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF7TnFncsgk
Today, VMware Certification announced a change to the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) program with the institution of a recertification policy. The recertification policy is posted here:
In the policy post, it states that any VCP certification earned before March 10, 2013 needs to be recertified by March 10, 2015. Here are the three options for recertification:
- Take the current exam for your existing VCP certification solution track. For example, if you are a VCP3, you could take the current VCP5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam.
- Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. For example, if you are a VCP-Cloud, you could recertify by earning VCP5-Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification.
- Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification. For example, if you are a VCP5-DCV you could earn VCAP5-DCA certification.
As is described in the recertification policy, VMware has added a note to our Mylearn transcripts:
In my case, I earned my VCP5-DCV in September of 2011, so I need to recertify within the next year. My transcript shows the expiration date:
Here are use cases for recertification that were provided by VMware education:
I also have a VCP5-DT and a VCAP4-DCD that were earned in 2011. For me, I am looking at this as motivation to get my VCAP-DCD updated and make good on a goal of getting a VCAP-DCA before March 2015.
I support this kind of recertification requirement and appreciate the value of keeping in touch with the current technology.