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Further Improvements in the VCAP Deployment Exams


This past year, we’ve begun to share some of our behind-the-scenes work that have an impact on improving your testing experience (such as the blogs on time extensions and benefits of the new beta process). In that spirit, here’s something else we’re rolling out that’ll make the VCAP lab exam experience better and the interface easier to work in.

Today, candidates who register for a VCAP Deployment exam receive information about the current interface, which describes ways to work around lower resolutions and non-functional keys, which were necessary to maintain the security required by the browser.

Good news…most of those limitations have been resolved!

For 2018, Pearson VUE is deploying a new version of a driver that better supports the VMware lab exams. This driver allows higher screen resolutions and enables additional keystrokes:

  • Screen resolution, formerly set at 1024 x 768, is now set at 1280 x 1024.
  • The following keystrokes are enabled:
    • Ctl + Alt (Escapes Console Windows when using VMware Remote Console)
    • Alt + F1 (Login directly to ESXI console)
    • Alt + F2 (Exit direct ESXI console access)
    • F2 (Customize System / View Logs / Shutdown Host)
    • F11 (Restarts Host)
    • F12 (Shutdown / Restart)

We continue to work on overall improvements in test delivery, and these recent changes will positively affect the way our candidates complete these exams and lead to a better, more efficient experience in completing all the required tasks in the exam.


4 comments have been added so far

  1. Sounds good.

    Are there any plans to dictate minimum requirements for testing centers, such as bandwidth and screen size ? In one center I did a VCAP I had to complain about latency and they told me that they will ‘wait with the downloads then’ – same with screensize – higher resolution is great if the local infra allows it – some centers still using small screens making it necessary to move things around a lot of the times, wasting a lot of time.

    1. Hi Michael, there are minimum requirements mandated for these exams (which is why every test center is not able to deliver them, but only those meeting the equipment and bandwidth requirements). I know it’s not perfect and we’re continuing to improve. However, it’s probably not a bad idea to contact the test center previous to your exam and request or state the need for a larger monitor if desired.

      Thanks as always

  2. Are these changes already implemented?

    I run through the exam today, and I was unable to get in any of the ESXi consoles, using F2 or ALT-F1?

    Thank you,
    Ricardo Adao

    1. Hi Ricardo,

      These changes have been rolled out. The fixes are dependent on updated software that each test center needs to apply, so it’s possible the specific test center you went to had not yet updated their testing client software. We will follow up again with Pearson on their software roll-outs, to verify that the sites are implementing the updates. I also asked our lab manager, and he will conduct another QA to confirm on those roll-outs as well.


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