Vmware Certified Professional..now called VCP5-DCV

I finally signed up and took the Install/Configure/Manage class for VMware.  This class costs an MSRP of $3850, lasts apx. 40 hours, and is required to take if one wants to take the VCP certification test.
So I kind of new some of this, but it is more clear now.  IMHO, it was more of a Vmware 101-105 class.  It only scratches the surface in preparing one for the exam.  For instance, I took a practice exam, literally only a dozen questions out of the 60 where covered in the class.  Our instructor admitted that in order to truly prepare for the exam one should take the Optimize/Trouble shoot class and the install class will not adequately prepare one for the exam.  Sadly it is another week long coarse; however what it does is it goes deep into the features we don’t use, as all of our customer fall into the SMB category, thusly as do our skill sets.  We never use technologies such as Site Recovery Manager, Fault Tolerance, or the NV1000 to name a few. 

Great article talking about some of the differences in the VCP program and vSphere v5.5 changes.

VMware Partner Exchange…….
-Early registration ends Jan. 6th (save $600)
----exams are 75% off when taken there!
----Boot camp classes are 60% off (the optimize class is not offered, there are some View classes)

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