VMware recently announced vSphere 6.5 along with certification and exams, but vSphere 6 certifications and exams are still active. In this post, I’ll explain four steps to be certified in world’s renown data center virtualization program.
This post will be helpful for the newbies or entry level IT Pros who are interested to learn modern data center technologies. Remember, VCP6-DCV certification is not easy but the following steps can help you to become a certified professional in data center virtualization technologies.
Gain Experience with vSphere 6
To become a certified professional in data center virtualization technologies, you need to gain some experience, minimum 6 months hands-on is recommended. For a newbie, if you don’t have infrastructure available, you can configure nested virtualization in a home lab using VMware Workstation 12 Pro or Fusion 8.5 on a laptop or a PC. For complete setup of how to configure a home lab, you can follow Manish Jha’s blog post vSphere-6: Part 2-Lab Setup, and Vladan’s complete vSphere Nested LAB after entering your email address.
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Attend Required Training Course
Second step that require for certification is to attend VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [v6] course. VMware ICM [v6] features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size and forms the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.
This course is also available in an On Demand format. For more information, select this link: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] – On Demand.
Complete the vSphere 6 Foundations Exam
vSphere 6 Foundations Exam validates you have the fundamental skills necessary to understand and begin deploying VMware vSphere environments. This exam consists of 65 MCQs with 300 passing score.
Recommendations: vSphere 6 Foundations Exam Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-620): VMware Certified Professional 6 is recommended for preparation of vSphere 6 Foundations Exam. vSphere 6 Foundations (Exam #2V0-620) Complete Video Course is also available for exam preparation.
VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam
The last step for earning a VCP6-DCV certification is to appear in VCP6-DCV exam. This industry-recognized certification validates that you know how to administer and troubleshoot vSphere V6 infrastructures, leveraging best practices to provide a scalable and reliable virtualization platform for your company. This exam consists of 85 MCQs with 90 Minutes duration (additional 30 minutes will be allowed to candidates who are not belong to native English language countries) with 300 passing score. You can find more details here.
Recommendations: VCP6-DCV Official Cert Guide (Exam #2V0-621) is recommended for preparation of VCP6-DCV certification.
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