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Just Taking the Course is Not Enough!
Then How Can YOU Do It?!
Two Tiered Offensive!
• Create a Plan of Attack
• Mastering VMware vSphere 6
• Nick Marshall
• Video Training
• CBT Nuggets
• YouTube (yes, YouTube)
Hands On Preparation
• Home Lab
• Physical Hardware
• VMware Workstation
• Ravello Systems
• Cloud based ESXi labs
• Low cost
• VMware Hands On Labs
• Real World Experience
• Working with ESXi & vCenter
• Production & Test/Dev
Create a Timeline with Goals
Move to the Next Goal Once You’re Confident
Only Take the Exam Once Your Comfortable
The VMware Exam Blueprints are Your Friend!
Plan of Attack!
• Read, Read, Read!
• Dedicate uninterrupted time to
• Optimize Time Otherwise Spent
• Listen to Podcasts while commuting
• Schedule the Exam for Monday
• Utilize the entire weekend
• Get plenty of rest the night before
• Schedule the exam in the afternoon
• Remember, What Worked for
Me May Not Work for You!
• Mentally Prepare Yourself for
the Possibility You Might Fail.
• I passed on my 2nd attempt, after
working with ESXi in my career for
• 7 Day Waiting Period Between
Studying Tactics from Chris Wahl
“Spend 25 minutes in a highly focused
state with zero distractions (turn off
your alarms and ringers). This will give
you enough time to achieve tangible
results without tiring out your noodle,
because the brain can only stay
focused for short bursts at a time. After
25 minutes, take a breather. I usually
walk around the office, refill my water
glass, check social media, or grab a
snack. Disengage and let your brain
rest. Then, repeat the process.”
2D 3D Chris Wahl
Hands On Experience
No Amount of Reading can Replace Experience
• Clicking through ESXi and vCenter, learning how to locate features through
multiple paths is important
• Actually performing the tasks helps build familiarity with the products
• Why do you think employers want so many years of experience?
Other Exam Thoughts
• Read Through the Wording and
• “Select All that Apply” with No
Indication of How Many to
• What I Can Tell You About the
Exam (Without Violating the NDA):
• Read The Blueprint!
• You’ll Encounter:
• Licensing and Features
• ESXi, vCenter Server, and Other
Touching on the VCAs
• The VCAs are Relatively New
• 50 Questions
• 75 Minutes
• 300+ to Pass
• I have not seen much demand/recognition as of yet
• I took them for exposure to what’s new in vSphere 6 & to touch on NSX for the
• Not Proctored & No Wait Between Attempts
• VMware Offers Free, Interactive Video Training for Each VCA
• Going through the self paced training a time or two should prove sufficient to
Resources and Links
My Blog: ExploreVM.com
Slide Deck: slideshare.net/PaulWoodwardJr/20151119-nc-wivmug-
Chris Wahl’s Blog: wahlnetwork.com/2015/10/22/picking-up-new-skills-
VMware VCP6-DCV Blueprint:
VMware Hands On Labs: