Today I took the VCP6-DT exam. It will be retired on 30th November 2015. And is replaced by the VCP6-DTM exam, as part of the VMware exam overhaul.
So why take an expiring exam?
Well VMware is kindly going to upgrade it to the VCP6-DTM anyway.
I’ve spent a number of years as a VMware customer running a large VDI deployment, from administration to re-architecture of the environment. I never took the exam due to a number of reasons. One being the course requirement, and the fact my employer would not send me on a £2500+ training course. Since then I’ve done my VCP6-NV and my VCP5-DCV, so slowly I’ve chiselled away at going through the topics and preparing myself for the VCP6-DT, so with them offering to upgrade it, and the fact I don’t really touch some of the newer products (app volumes, air watch etc). I decided to stick with the VCP6-DT.
So whats the difference between the VCP6-DT and VCP6-DTM?
There is two reasons as to why you would be taking this exam. The first is because you want to achieve the CCNP Datacenter title, or the second is because your company requires you to, so they can achieve the Unified Computing Technology Specialization.
My reason was the second, but the Cisco Datacenter track is something I am interested in in the long run.
If your going for the partner route like me, you are not required to have the CCNA DC under your belt. But if you want to achieve the CCNP DC, you need to complete the correct pre-reqs, which can be found here.
The exam is 90 minutes with around 70 questions. The recommendation is to undertake the Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing course from an authorised Cisco Learning Partner. Which is exactly what I did, and then sat the exam straight after.
I will blog about the course separately.
So the exam was the usual Cisco, its made of majority multiple choice questions, and I also had two small testlets.
I passed the VCP5-DCV exam at the start of the week.
Why take it now?
Having worked with VMware for many years, I’ve never actually taken a VCP exam, this was due to not realising many years ago you could sit an exam and the course was not mandatory. When I finally looked into taking a VCP exam, VMware had just changed the rules, so that the course requirement was mandatory.
So I spat my dummy out and didn’t bother, as my employer at the time would not send me on a course, and I couldn’t afford it myself.
Fast forward, VMware released the VCP-NV exam, where the course requirement was waived if you had a CCNA or CCNP certification. Brilliant, I jumped onto the VCP-NV and hammered all the material out there I could find, as I was also looking at moving companies to work with NSX full time.
Having passed the VCP-NV, it then allowed me to sit any other VCP exam without sitting the appropriate course. So I finally got around to sitting the VCP5-DCV
I’ve completed and passed the Veeam VMCE v8 exam, having done the v7 exam some time ago.
The official deadline is 15th May, to upgrade from v7 exam to the v8 exam, miss this deadline and you need to take the full course within 90 days and pass the exam to keep your status, anything after this your status will end as a VMCE and you will need to take the full course and exam to re-ignite it. So basically after the 15th May you need to take the full course.
To be completely honest, I wasn’t that impressed by the course and exam for version 7, and had our partner status with Veeam not relied on me doing the exam, I wouldn’t have bothered this time around.
I’ve noticed a lot of activity online about people taking exams before a particular deadline.
VCP Delta Exam
VCP-NV (No course requirement if you’re a CCNA/CCNP)
CCNP R+S Exam (Last 642 Series exams before 29th Jan 2015)
And just exams in general, regardless of a deadline.
I’m writing this post, mainly because I’ve been struggling to revise. And others will too, also being out of education for a number of years, you forget all those great techniques you never bothered to listen to when you did your exams in high school.
But now, you can re-learn and enhance yourself. 😉
I hate it, I always have. Its hard, it’s boring, and I could be doing other stuff I hate like tidying up.