Towards the end of last year, I had passed VMware Certified Professional (VCP DV 2021) exam. As I shared my experience on other 2 exams I had passed i.e. VCF specialist and vSphere with Tanzu specialist, I wanted to even share my experience around VCP certification exam as well but due to various reasons my blog post focused on it got delayed. Today I thought let me complete this series with this post. Lets get going!
Tips for passing this exam as per my experience
- As I did for other 2 posts in this series, first thing you must be clear in your mind is that why do you want to write this exam? As I posted in my earlier posts, I love going through learning journey and exam/certifications are just one of the milestones in that journey. Of course, I align them with my short term or long term goals. I had written about Why I choose to target exams. I highly recommend you read that 7 line section. Let us now focus on VCP certification.
- One of the key things forced me to write VCP 2021 exam was the fact that even I had passed VCF and vSphere with Tanzu specialist exams “VMware Certified Specialist – vSphere with Tanzu 2022” as well as VMware Certified Specialist – Cloud Foundation 20, we do not get respective badges if we do not have VCP certification (any one of the tracks)
- While I was forced to write VCP exam (I chose to go with VCP DCV track as that is what I have been more experienced), I am 100% glad that I did. Since my earlier VCP was on vSphere 5.0 release, going through official courses on vSphere 7.0, I realized that so much is changed over the years.
- As per the VCP DCV certification criteria posted on official site, we are required to undergo one of the trainings but since official site recommended 2 courses (while one is enough), I decided to complete 2 courses i.e. VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V7] – On Demand and VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V7] – On Demand . As vSphere has been one of the primary products I work on, I thought let me deep dive on the few areas of the vSphere those I did not get enough on the job experience. If you are new to vSphere, joining live class is better over on demand class as you can focus 100% all the time over 5 days but if you have time constraints, then on demand works well.
- Since I completed both the courses, it was quite comprehensive preparation. Both of these courses have many modules and lessons, going through them required lot of patience but I enjoyed. In fact, it was very close to how I run half marathon or 100 km cycle ride, I think its same mindset and resiliency required during such learning journey. If you are already familiar with particular modules, at times you can speed up with 1.5x or 2.0x speed.
- I was fascinated by the amount of details each module around vSphere. In fact, being one of the senior engineers in my team, it has been helping me lot as more often than not I now need to think vSphere as a complete product and not few components within it as it was the case in the past as a junior engineer. Comprehensive preparation helping me when I work on other integrated solutions/offerings such as VCF, vSphere with Tanzu, VMC as well.
- Apart from going through 2 courses I mentioned, solving small mock tests at the end of each module and my existing experience working on vSphere platform, I need not have to go through anything else.
- After passing the exam, I personally felt both courses are not required. If you have some hands on experience on vSphere platform, you should be good with either VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V7] – On Demand or VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V7] – On Demand .
- If you have read my blog post series on VCF, Tanzu exam, tips posted there could be handy as well. I would suggest to skim through them as both of these posts are very well received by VMware community i.e. VCF specialist and vSphere with Tanzu specialist
- When I passed VCP DCV exam, within few days VMware issued all the badges i.e. VCP DCV, VCF specialist & vSphere with Tanzu in one go and it was great feeling to have these badges. You can view all the VMware badges I have received so far.
What is next
Below are few of the certifications I am looking forward to achieve.
- Newly launched VCP-AM : i.e. VCP on Application Modernization
- Certified Kubernetes Administrator i.e. CKA
- VCP NV
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Vikas Shitole is a Staff engineer 2 at VMware (by Broadcom) India R&D. He currently contributes to core VMware products such as vSphere, vSphere with Tanzu and partly VCF & VMware cloud on AWS. He is an AI and Kubernetes enthusiast. He is passionate about helping VMware customers & enjoys exploring automation opportunities around core VMware technologies. He has been a vExpert since last 10 years (2014-23) in row for his significant contributions to the VMware communities. He is author of 2 VMware flings & holds multiple technology certifications. He is one of the lead contributors to VMware API Sample Exchange with more than 35000+ downloads for his API scripts. He has been speaker at International conferences such as VMworld Europe, VMworld USA & was designated VMworld 2018 blogger as well. He was the lead technical reviewer of the two books “vSphere design” and “VMware virtual SAN essentials” by packt publishing.
In addition, he is passionate cricketer, enjoys bicycle riding, learning about fitness/nutrition and one day aspire to be an Ironman 70.3