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Getting started with VMware Certifications

Discussion in 'VMware Certifications' started by Boxrick, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Boxrick

    Boxrick Bit Poster

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    Over the past 12 months my job has involved more and more virtualisation and I am looking to get certified and gain some extra knowledge and am looking at doing a VMware related course.

    Simply put what should I be looking at taking ( VCP 510? ) in addition to this is there anything to look out for.

    I appreciate this is fairly easily accessible knowledge but I am just looking for a quick answer along with peoples experiences and perhaps estimated time frame baring in mind it is a major part of my job now.
     
  2. scott28tt

    scott28tt Byte Poster

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    That's the usual starting point, unless you work for a VMware partner.

    Official page is here: VCP-Datacenter Virtualization

    Some useful info and links on my blog: VMware Training and Certification
     
    Certifications: VCP2, VCP3, VCP4, VCP5, VCAP4-DCA, VCI, MCSE (NT-2003)
  3. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    You need to attend an approved course and then sit and pass the exam. Hands on is key because the courses don't cover 100% of the exam requirements.

    The VCP Blueprint is definitely your friend as well.

    Have a look at a couple of the books around (Scott Lowes Mastering vSphere 5 and the VMware Press Certification book) for some more insight.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  4. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    Setup a test lab at home and start practicing more of what you read from the official blue print. I would also highly recommend the trainsignal CBT videos as well.
     
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  5. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    Although I used VMware vSphere at work I still found it easier to setup my own lab at home and have a play before I attended the course.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  6. Boxrick

    Boxrick Bit Poster

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    I have a N40L sat at home with ESXI 5.0 currently installed, should do for my lab I guess. May even use an extra spare system for it since I don't want to ruin my backups machine.

    Cheers for the guidance btw! Much appreciated!
     
  7. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    I would suggest installing 5.1 instead of 5.0, more specifically getting used to the SSO installation that's required with 5.1
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).

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