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Monthly Archives: December 2015

December Exam Processing Delay

We have discovered that exam results beginning Dec 20th are not processing through our systems correctly. Our support team is diligently and urgently working to resolve this issue and we appreciate your patience.

Due to limited support staff around the New Year’s holiday (December 31, 2015 – Jan 4, 2016) we ask that you please do not call our Certification Department or submit a case regarding missing exam results.

As soon as the support team resolves the issue, your exam will automatically appear on your transcript.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Where in the World are VCPs? [Infographic]

As 2015 wraps up another great year for VMware certification holders, we thought it would be interesting to illustrate where to find VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs). Hint: they are everywhere.

Which country do you represent?

VMWare VCP Infographic 2a_010416

 

Ed. Note – thanks to some of you for pointing out that some of the country shading looked off. We double checked the numbers and updated the image above. 

 

New vRealize Videos in the VMware Learning Zone

221x125_learningzoneVMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts, including all the new videos we release, like these:

  • vRealize Operations Reporting: Distribution View – Ellis Paul shares specific details and options available to you in the “Distribution View”.
  • vRealize Operations Reporting: Trend View – Watch Ellis Paul share specific details and options available to you in the “Trend View”.
  • vRealize Operations Reporting: Summary View – Ellis Paul shares specific details and options available to you in the “Summary View”.
  • vRealize Operations Reporting: List View – Ellis Paul reviews specific details and options available to you in the “List View”.

 

Network Virtualization Certification Volunteers: Tell Us Your Story

Calling all VCA-NV’s, VCP-NV’s, VCIX-NV’s and VCDX-NV’s!

Tell us about your network virtualization certification journey and how it has enhanced your technical knowledge and your career. We are looking for volunteers around the world for a short phone interview. Your perspective and advice could be featured in our marketing content. Take a few minutes to share your experience with your fellow peers around the globe.

Contact Jill Liles by January 4, 2016. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Know What Your Expertise is Worth

VMware Education Services is proud of the successes achieved by IT professionals with VMware certifications.

To showcase these achievements to a wider IT audience, please help us accurately represent VMware IT certifications by participating in Certification Magazine’s annual Salary Survey before the end of 2015.

Every year, Certification Magazine conducts a comprehensive Salary Survey of IT certifications across multiple categories.  This year, they are giving away free digital subscriptions to the magazine for those who complete the survey!

See how your salary compares — don’t miss the results in Certification Magazine’s 2016 winter edition.

Thank you for participating.

What is a Fast Track course?

fast trackWhen you see Fast Track in a course title, it means the course covers more content than will fit in a regular, weeklong, eight-hour-a-day class. We cover that extra content by extending the class hours per day beyond eight. That’s it.

Fast Track classes are a very efficient way to consume training. We extend the hours and pack in more content so you can learn as much as possible in just five days.

Are you ready for the Fast Track experience? Here’s a list of our currently available classes:

 

 

Extending the Cisco Certification Credit for Network Virtualization Certification

We spend a lot of time talking to our community of certification-holders about our programs, their structure and their future. One of the more common conversations we’ve had lately is around the “credit” that Cisco certification-holders get towards a VMware Network Virtualization Certification.

Currently, if you hold certain CCNA or CCNP certifications you can use that as credit to bypass course attendance requirement when you earn VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV) certification (you still have to pass the exams). Also, if you have certain CCIE certifications, you can apply it towards our VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX-NV) certification. Both of these options are scheduled to expire on January 31, 2016.

However, after talking to a number of candidates we have decided to remove the deadline and make this an ongoing streamlined route to VMware Network Virtualization certification. By keeping this path and policy in-place we believe that we can continue to enable networking professionals with existing networking skills in the latest cutting-edge networking technologies from VMware and help them continue to build upon and drive their careers.

This new policy is effective immediately.

Thank you!

Paul Sorensen

 

 

Three Free eLearning Courses Released

NEW CoursesVMware offers training on a variety of subjects, in different formats to fit your schedule and budget needs. Last month we add three new courses to our library of free self-paced eLearning offerings:

  • Architecting Desktop Virtualization Solutions Fundamentals – This course describes the architecture and design considerations of VMware Horizon View, VMware Mirage, VMware User Environment Manager, and VMware App Volumes, and identifies different use cases for each.
  • Horizon FLEX Fundamentals – This course overviews VMware Horizon FLEX and explains how it helps IT administrators maintain security and compliance with centrally managed, containerized desktops. The course also explains the architecture of Horizon FLEX and provides a fundamental understanding of the installation and deployment processes.
  • VMware Site Recovery Manager [V6.1] Fundamentals – This course introduces you to the challenges of traditional Disaster Recovery (DR), the capabilities of Site Recovery Manager, its business use cases, terminology, and core components.

We also have released a free Sneak Peek of our newest On Demand class Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage [V6] that will be released in January. Get a preview of that course now. 

VCIX6 Certification Announcement: Part 3 of 3 (Exam Guides)

VCAPIn this three-part blog series (see parts one and two) I told you the news about the continuation of the VCAP brand for our advanced v6 certifications and the addition of the VCIX6 designation for those who earn both VCAP6 certifications (Design and Deploy). Now, I want to give you the information that you need to start getting ready to take the exam (and hopefully participate in the beta exams).

Below are links to downloadable Exam Guides for each of the upcoming VCAP6 exams. Please realize that these are advanced copies of the Exam Guides (Drafts), but Jon H. and this team worked very hard to get these into a near-final state. The absoute final versions, along with new web pages will be posted on our website in early January, so please make sure to check back the VMware Certification website for the final versions.

In addition to the Exam Guides VMware offers training courses that will help you prepare for the exams. Both Design and Deployment functions/roles are covered in these courses so there is one course aligned to each Certification Solution track. You should definitely consider taking one of these courses as a part of your preparation.

Now just a few tips and strategy  on preparing for the exam:

  • Review the Objectives in the Exam Guide and conduct a Gap Analysis on your own skills. For each objective give yourself a grade from 1-5, depending upon your skills, knowledge and/or level of comfort with each topic.
  • Based upon the Gap Analysis, build a personalized study plan that will help you close the gaps (focusing more effort on the largest gaps). At a minimum this should include study, training and plenty of hands-on practice.
  • Set a reasonable timeline and set a deadline by scheduling the exam – this will provide motivation. Don’t be unreasonable, give yourself some time.
  • Execute on your study plan, with your test date firmly in mind.

I hope that all of this information is useful in helping you prepare.

Thank you!

Paul

VCIX6 Certification Announcement: Part 2 of 3 (Updates to Certification Structure and Paths)

(This is part two of a series: see parts one and three)

Since we first started rolling out the first v6 certifications we’ve been asking a lot of questions about the new structure. Based upon the feedback that we have received from you we have decided to update the structure of our advanced credentials.

These updates are as follows:

We had originally planned to retire the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification altogether. However, based upon customer feedback we are reversing that decision (refer to the diagram below). For v6 the VCAP level will not be going away. You will be able to earn a VCAP6 Design and/or a VCAP6 Deployment certification when you pass the corresponding Design exam or Deployment exam (lab).

Furthermore, in addition to the individual VCAP6 certifications, we want to give special recognition to those that earn both Design and Deployment certifications as this is a significant achievement. So, beginning with v6 those who earn both VCAP6 Design and VCAP6 Deployment certifications will be awarded the VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 (VCIX6) certification for that track. There are no additional requirements – earn both VCAP6 Design and VCAP6 Deployment certifications and you will automatically receive VCIX6 certification.

Because both Design and Deployment skills are critical, our goal is to get as many people as possible to upgrade to the VCIX level. For that reason, VMware’s Design and Deploy training courses will cover both skills, the VCIX6 certification will be the prerequisite to becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX), and special benefits will be awarded to those who achieve VCIX6 certification.

v6_track_structure_left_to_right

Upgrade Paths

For those of you with existing advanced certifications, the upgrade or migration paths will be the same as previously discussed:

  • From VCAP5 Design to VCIX6 → Earn the VCAP6 Deployment certification by passing the VCAP6 Deployment Exam (lab).
  • From VCAP5 Administration to VCIX6 → Earn the VCAP6 Design certification by passing the VCAP6 Design Exam.
  • From VCAP5 Administration and VCAP5 Design (both) to VCIX6 → Earn either the VCAP6 Design or the VCAP6 Deployment certification
  • From VCAP5 Administration to VCAP6 Deployment → Pass the VCAP6 Deployment Exam (lab)
  • From VCAP5 Design to VCAP6 Design → Pass the VCAP6 Design Exam

One last note: The VCIX6-NV certification will continue to be a little different for the foreseeable future (there is not a Design Exam component). There will only be a VCIX6 Deployment exam and a VCIX-NV certification can be earned by passing the related Exam. In our current framework the Design component for Network Virtualization is covered at the VCDX level. This will likely change in 2016.

Coming in the next post: Exam Guides (drafts),  links to recommended training and tips on preparing for the exam.

Let us know what you think about these changes by replying to this post.

Thanks!

Paul