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VMware Certification - Preparing for Success

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Presented at the London VMware User Group event on 10th February 2011.

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VMware Certification - Preparing for Success

  1. 1. VMware Certification – Preparing for Success Scott Vessey Lead Virtualisation Instructor Global Knowledge UK
  2. 2. Session Overview
  3. 3. Session Overview <ul><li>VMware Training and Certification Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for Datacenter Certifications </li></ul><ul><li>General Reference Sites </li></ul>
  4. 4. VMware Training and Certification Programs
  5. 5. VMware Training
  6. 6. Datacenter Certifications - Overview <ul><li>Certification for vSphere 4.x: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VMware Certified Professional (VCP4) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VMware Certified Advanced Professional – DataCenter Administration (VCAP4-DCA) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VMware Certified Advanced Professional – DataCenter Design (VCAP4-DCD) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX4) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Datacenter Certifications - Training
  8. 8. Desktop Certifications - Overview <ul><li>Certification for vSphere 4.x and View 4.5: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VMware Certified Associate – Desktop (VCA4-DT) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VMware Certified Professional – Desktop (VCP4-DT) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Architect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop (VCAP4-DT) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Desktop Certifications - Training
  10. 10. Preparing for Datacenter Certifications
  11. 11. General Preparation Tips (1) <ul><li>Exam Blueprint – THE most important document for any VMware exam! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defines the exam format (eg. number of questions, style of questions, time allowed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defines the specific objectives tested on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggests learning methods for each objective </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mock Exams and Demos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to experience the format first-hand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>vSphere Documentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All exam answers are validated against it </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. General Preparation Tips (2) <ul><li>vSphere Lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60-day evaluation mode for vSphere components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical lab or virtual lab </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unofficial blogs and websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Study guides, practice questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Study guides, reference books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Braindumps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be wary of them, they are frequently inaccurate, can be counter-productive, and are a form of cheating! </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. VCP4 Exam <ul><li>85 multiple-choice questions in 90 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Some questions require multiple answers </li></ul><ul><li>Scaled scoring system, from 100-500 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>300 or higher required to pass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exam scored immediately on completion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Answers will be either things you know, or things you don’t know </li></ul><ul><li>Exam items are consistent with vSphere 4.0 and 4.1 </li></ul><ul><li>Available at all PearsonVUE testing centres </li></ul>
  14. 14. VCP4 Exam Preparation Resources <ul><ul><li>Exam Blueprint and Mock Exam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.vmware.com/go/vcp </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The SLOG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>vSphere Reference Card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.vreference.com/vsphere4-card </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exam Preparation Workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.globalknowledge.co.uk/vmware </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. VCAP4-DCA Exam <ul><li>40 live lab activities in 210 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Same scoring system as VCP4 exam </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lab assessed and scored within 10 working days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Score is based on the end result of the lab activities, rather than the method used </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Access to vSphere Client, an SSH client, and vSphere documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Lab systems include vCenter Server, vSphere Management Assistant, ESX hosts </li></ul><ul><li>Only available at selected PearsonVUE testing centres </li></ul>
  16. 16. VCAP4-DCD Exam <ul><li>Mixture of multiple-choice and drag-and-drop design questions </li></ul><ul><li>Same scoring system as VCP4 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exam scored immediately on completion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Only available at selected PearsonVUE testing centres </li></ul>
  17. 17. VCAP4 Exam Preparation Resources <ul><ul><li>Exam Blueprints and User Interface Demos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.vmware.com/go/vcap </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sean Crookston </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.seancrookston.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kendrick Coleman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.kendrickcoleman.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TheSaffaGeek </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://thesaffageek.wordpress.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. VCDX4 <ul><li>Available only to those who hold VCP4, VCAP4-DCA and VCAP4-DCD certifications </li></ul><ul><li>Complete and submit a design </li></ul><ul><li>Defend the submitted design </li></ul><ul><li>Program Overview, Defence Overview, Handbook and Application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.vmware.com/go/vcdx </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Yellow Bricks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.yellow-bricks.com/?s=vcdx </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. General Reference Sites
  20. 20. General Reference Sites <ul><li>VMware Training & Certification blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://vmwaretraining.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Global Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.globalknowledge.co.uk/vmware </li></ul></ul><ul><li>VMware Education Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.vmware.com/education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>VMware Certification </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.vmware.com/certificaiton </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Email: [email_address] Twitter: @vmtraining Facebook: vmware.training

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