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VMware Certified Professional (VCP) exams

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Stig, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. Stig

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    I know this probably belongs in the Certification forums, but this is the closest I could find!

    Has anyone got any experience of the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) programme, the exams or the courses? Obviously, I've looked on the VMware site.

    I'm up to date with my Microsoft Certifications, but I'd like to give VMWare a go!
     
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  2. zimbo
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    ummm ryan will be along shortly im sure... so get all your questions ready... 8)
     
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  3. Phoenix
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    One of the main things to consider with the VMware exam is that it requires attendance of the course, this helps them maintain the integrity of the course at the expense of a few experts not bothering with it

    The Installation and configuration course is four days long and covers a lot of the material required for the VCP exam, that said it alone will not get you a pass, you will need some hands on experiance and a bit of self study reading of the ESX library and such


    ESX is an all together different beast to VMware Server and/or Workstation, so its also worth bearing in mind
    that said, any job reference asking for VMware is not likely interested on if you know Workstation or Server, its likely pure ESX experiance they are looking for (and those instances are up 75% on last year!)

    If you have any more specific questions feel free to ask
     
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  4. Stig

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    Thanks! It sounds like Citrix used to be, with the courses and exams very closely tied together.

    Has anyone been on the courses who can comment on the content/quality? What kind of money are we talking?
     
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  5. Phoenix
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    Quality of the course varies greatly on the instuctor, as does any course, the content is fine, it covers what its supposed to, what a lot of people think is thats all you need, thus think the course is lacking

    average price for a 4 - 5 day course is 1200 - 1500 quid
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    Holy crap! :ohmy That price doesn't just keep the experts out...
     
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  7. Phoenix
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    well depending on class size, it's not that suprising, as a consultant my rates can go as high as 2000 a day
    thats 10000 for a five day course, so 10 students and you have paid for the instructor with a bit left for venue, food, materials, etc

    not THAT ott
    although a lot of the instructors i have worked with (not talking about vmware ones) dont nearly warrant 2000 a day ;)
     
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  8. Stig

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    Actually, that's a bit cheaper than the £2500 for some Microsoft courses!

    They do mention Online courses US$ 2995 + Tax. Is there any other way to get access to training resources?

    It might be cheaper to try the exam, and then retake it!
     
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  9. Phoenix
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    As stated above
    you cant actually attain VCP status without having a course certificate saying you attended the course (much like the old Compaq ASE courses)

    and that 2500 for a microsoft course is often a whole MCSA which is multiple courses :)
    never heard of a single moc course being that high, woah!
     
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