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2015.11.19 - NC WIVMUG Preparing for the VCP

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My presentation on preparing for the VCP certification exam, presented at the North Central WIVMUG Super VMUG on 11/19/2015.

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2015.11.19 - NC WIVMUG Preparing for the VCP

  1. 1. © 2010 VMware Inc. All rights reserved Preparing for the VCP Without Losing Your Mind
  2. 2. 2 Introduction • Paul Woodward Jr. • Systems Engineer, Netech Corporation • @ExploreVM • 5 Active VMware Certifications: • VCP5-DCV • VCP6-DCV • VCA5-DCV • VCA6-DCV • VCA6-NV
  3. 3. 3 Exam Overview • VCP6 – DCV •85 Questions •100 Minutes •VMware Authorized Training Course Required • VCP6 – DCV Delta •65 Questions •90 Minutes •Active VCP Required • Passing Score – 300/500
  4. 4. 4 VMware Certified Professional Stats
  5. 5. 5 Just Taking the Course is Not Enough! Then How Can YOU Do It?!
  6. 6. 6 Two Tiered Offensive! Studying • Create a Plan of Attack • Books • Mastering VMware vSphere 6 • Nick Marshall • Blogs • Podcasts • vBrownBag • Video Training • CBT Nuggets • Pluralsight • 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 Environments
  7. 7. 7 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!
  8. 8. 8 Studying Tactics • Read, Read, Read! • Dedicate uninterrupted time to studying • Optimize Time Otherwise Spent • Listen to Podcasts while commuting to/from work • Schedule the Exam for Monday • Utilize the entire weekend preparing • 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 one year • 7 Day Waiting Period Between Exam Attempts
  9. 9. 9 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 @ChrisWahl
  10. 10. 10 Tomatoes In IT?
  11. 11. 11 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?
  12. 12. 12 Other Exam Thoughts • Read Through the Wording and Answers Carefully • “Select All that Apply” with No Indication of How Many to Choose • What I Can Tell You About the Exam (Without Violating the NDA): • Read The Blueprint! • You’ll Encounter: • Management • Configuration • Minimums/Maximums • Troubleshooting • Licensing and Features • ESXi, vCenter Server, and Other VMware Products
  13. 13. 13 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 first time • 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 pass
  14. 14. 14 Resources and Links My Blog: ExploreVM.com Slide Deck: slideshare.net/PaulWoodwardJr/20151119-nc-wivmug- preparing-for-the-vcp Chris Wahl’s Blog: wahlnetwork.com/2015/10/22/picking-up-new-skills- tips-and-tricks-to-build-your-technical-tool-chest/ VMware VCP6-DCV Blueprint: mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=64180&ui=www_cert VMware Hands On Labs: labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/catalog/123
  15. 15. © 2010 VMware Inc. All rights reserved Thank You! Any questions?