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Virtualization Cert - which one??

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by force1, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. force1

    force1 Bit Poster

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    hi all

    i've been a support all rounder analyst for while now and would like to get into virtualization technology. basically i'm asking the more experienced ppl here what courses i should be looking? i know there a big thing about cloud at the moment so kinda looking in that direction.

    thanks
     
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  2. Gingerdave

    Gingerdave Megabyte Poster

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    It depends on what, if anything, your workplace uses. We are a VMWare shop so I got them to sponsor me through the courses and exams. So if your workplace has some virtualisation in place, go with that as it will benefit your job and make it easier to get buy in from Management for the training time.

    All of the virtualisation platforms have their own strengths and weaknesses.

    The best way to learn is to grab trial versions of the software and give them a go.
     
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  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    As the others have mentioned there are a couple of questions that need to be asked before saying one specific certification route.

    Also not forgetting the likes of Citrix Xen or KVM as possible virtualisation routes as well.

    Personally speaking tho the VCP has done more for me than the MCTS-HyperV did.
     
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  5. force1

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    we use a combination of citrix and vmware. for vmware what cert do you think i should start on as a beginner???
     
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  6. Gingerdave

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    For VMWare the VMWare Certified Professional (VCP) on vSphere 5 was the entry cert.

    They appear to have changed it now and that VCP is now VCP Data Center Virtualisation. as per Certification Roadmap


    It gives you the basics of how Vmware works and how a lot of the products tie together. The other certs use it as a jumping off point so its well worth doing.

    A word of warning, this is not an easy exam and to qualify for the cert you need to do a certified training course.

    This isn't to put you off, but to make you aware of whats required.

    More info on the VCP-DV can be found here
     
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    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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  8. Gingerdave

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    So they are. I misse a letter.
     
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  9. Shellybez

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    Hi guys.

    Im also looking to get into the above, however mainly interested in Cloud optimization. Has anyone done any certificates in this yet?
     
  10. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    VMware do a Cloud track. Also there is the CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam as well as the Microsoft Private Cloud Certification.

    It really does come down to your cloud provider.
     
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  11. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Go for the VCP if you can get on the course as the cert is only recognised when you've sat an accredited course. If you can't get on the ICM course do the XenApp 6.5 exam as you can home study for that. Hyper V is great but if your employer doesn't use SCVMM I would stick to experience with Hyper V personally.
     
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