Thursday, August 24, 2017

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6.5 - Data Center Virtualization Design Released

Yes, the VCAP6.5-DCV Design has been released on 7th Aug 2017.  I was fortunate to be part of the exam creation, and experience the process to understand how much effort and time is put into creating an exam, is never simple.

You can find out the requirement to take this exam. Do read the exam guide to make sure you are up to the level to take this exam.

The exam is targeted at an advanced level that is someone who has the experience above VCP.  I have seen many try to attempt this exam and failed right after their VCP exam.  There is a difference for a reason.  Some have attended the recommended vSphere Design Workshop and mention the exam is not covering what is covered in the workshop.

Do note that this is a certification exam and it is to assess your level of expertise and not your memorize work on a particular course like what we study in schools.  In all certification exams, it is to test on your know-how and knowledge level.

This year, there is a catch, unlike the past version 5.x certification.  If you check out the requirement, you would need VCP6.5-DCV in order to take VCAP6.5-DCV.  It seems that VMware Certification classifies vSphere 6.5 as a major release rather than a minor release.

For those who just passed your renewed your VCP by taking VCP6.0, you are not allowed to take VCAP6.5-DCV.  If you do like to take VCAP6.5-DCV, you will need to pass your VCP6.5-DCV-Delta exam.

I am sure this will create some questions from the ground.  Am not sure the reason behind this but it could be that there are just too many changes between vSphere 6.0 and vSphere 6.5.

Let just hope that VCAP6.0-DCV will still be available 2 years from the last availability of VCP6.0-DCV since tester can still use a VCAP to upgrade within his 2 years of passing VCP.

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