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VMware Exams Retiring August 30th 2019

A number of VMware exams will be retired on August 30th 2019. The table below shows the exams to be retired and the exams taking their place:

Retiring ExamReplacement Exam
2V0-620 / vSphere 6 Foundations Exam2V0-01.19 / vSphere 6.7 Foundations Exam
2V0-602 / vSphere 6.5 Foundations Exam2V0-01.19 / vSphere 6.7 Foundations Exam
2V0-631 / VCP6-CMA Exam2V0-31.19 / Professional vRealize Automation 7.6 Exam 2019
2V0-731 / VCP7-CMA Exam2V0-31.19 / Professional vRealize Automation 7.6 Exam 2019
3V0-633 / VCAP6-CMA Deploy Exam3V0-31.18 / Advanced Deploy vRealize Automation 7.3 Exam 2018
2V0-621 / VCP6-DCV Exam2V0-21.19 / Professional vSphere 6.7 Exam 2019
2V0-621D / VCP6-DCV Delta Exam2V0-21.19 / Professional vSphere 6.7 Delta Exam 2019
2V0-622 / VCP6.5-DCV Exam2V0-21.19 / Professional vSphere 6.7 Exam 2019
2V0-622D / VCP6.5-DCV Delta Exam2V0-21.19 / Professional vSphere 6.7 Delta Exam 2019
3V0-623 / VCAP6-DCV Deploy Exam3V0-21.18 / Advanced Deploy vSphere 6.5 Exam 2018
3V0-625 / VCAP6.5-DCV Deploy Exam3V0-21.18 / Advanced Deploy vSphere 6.5 Exam 2018
2V0-51.18 / Professional Horizon 7.5 Exam 20182V0-51.19 / Professional Horizon 7.7 Exam 2019
2V0-651 / VCP6-DTM Exam2V0-51.19 / Professional Horizon 7.7 Exam 2019
2V0-751 / VCP7-DTM Exam2V0-51.19 / Professional Horizon 7.7 Exam 2019
2V0-761 / VCP Digital Workspace 2018 Exam2V0-61.19 / Professional WorkspaceOne Exam 2019

These retirements are due partly to the end-of-life of some products (vRA 6.x for example), but also to the alignment of certifications with year branding.

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VCP-NV: Getting Started

So, you’ve decided to take the VCP-NV exam that VMware launched just recently. If you haven’t been living and breathing VMware NSX for the past few months, you’re probably going to need to do some preparation so that you don’t waste the exam fee. Even if you’re an expert, it’s sensible to at least look over the blueprint first and make sure that you have all of the bases covered.

Either way, if you want to get this certification then there are three routes that you can take to do it.

1. You’re new to VMware certification

Before you can earn the certification, you MUST attend the VMware NSX: Install, Configure and Manage course. Then to earn the VCP-NV certification, simply register for and pass the VCPN610 exam.

vcp-nv-route1-option

2. You have any other valid VCP certification

VMware recently implemented a recertification policy. It may change over time (or go away completely) but you need to check and see if your existing VCP is still valid. If it isn’t then you need to go back to option 1.

There are optional courses that you can take but to earn the VCP-NV certification, simply register for and pass the VCPN610 exam.

vcp-nv-route2-option

3. You have a valid Cisco certification

If you have one of these four certifications and you’re reading this before 1st March 2015, you fit in here.

  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNP Data Center
  • CCNP Routing and Switching

There are optional courses that you can take but to earn the VCP-NV certification, simply register for and pass the VCPN610 exam.

vcp-nv-route3-option

Exam Blueprint

As far as the VCPN610 exam itself goes, your first step is obtaining the exam blueprint from VMware. This can be found on VMware’s certification page dedicated to the VCP-NV.

Depending on your comfort level, you can now either work through the exam topics by yourself, with colleagues, as part of a study group or make use of other online resources. One that I’ll recommend now is the #vBrownbag EMEA webinar. There’s a series starting tonight covering Objective 1 of the exam blueprint. Register via the link on the #vBrownbag website. (The webinars are recorded an usually available to watch offline later the same week as they are broadcast.)

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VCAP-DCA… done!

Where do I begin?

I am so glad it’s over. It’s been a long time since I took an exam where I had to wait for the results. Maybe even 14 years! Even then though, I knew the exact date when the results were due. With the VCAP-DCA, VMware say that you’ll get your score within 10 business days. That’s not too precise (although thankfully not too long either) and in the end it was more like 13 business days since I actually took the exam.

So, what’s it like?

There’s a limit to what I can and will say about the exam. Three and a half hours didn’t seem like nearly enough to get through it all – I ran out of time. A contributory factor in that though was the equipment / environment used to deliver the exam. I am used to working with a certain amount of screen real-estate and I lost a bit of time working with the 1024 x 768 display that I had. If you’ve ever tried using the vSphere Client on such a display you’ll appreciate what I mean.

I can’t say much about the content of the exam. Cover off as much of the exam blueprint as you can and you should be ok.

Next up for me is the DCD exam. Or maybe the Desktop exams. There’s plenty to do!