This post covers all the learning resources and material I’m going to consume and recommend regarding my VMware certification journey for 2020!
The year 2019 was a great year for me regarding my Veeam certifications! In April 2019 I managed to achieve the Veeam Certified Engineer certification and was very happy with it !
Step 1/2 done !!
Just got my Veeam VMCE badge today!
Thanks to @vfraack @HammondRhys @VeeamyMcVeeamy @coolsport00 @haslund @bpellegrino for your study guides, VMCE Practice exams and the community love ! It helped a lot !#VMCE #Veeamhttps://t.co/I5WUduAi7E
— Falko Banaszak (@Falko_Banaszak) April 11, 2019
After the completion of my Veeam Certified Engineer certification, I took the Veeam Certified Engineer – Advanced: Design & Optimization course in April 2019. I scheduled the exam for the 15th of July just to make sure I have enough preparation time, and fortunately I passed J !
— Falko Banaszak (@Falko_Banaszak) July 15, 2019
The next step is to set the focus on my VMware certification journey for 2020 and the learning resources I’m consuming !
The goal of my VMware certification journey for 2020 !
Now that I have gathered all my Veeam certifications in 2019, I’m focusing on achieving the VCIX-DCV (VMware Certified Implementation Expert) certification in 2020. That is the goal ! Since VMware dropped the 2-years renewal of their certifications, you can really take your time and focus on your preparation. So I prepared myself with some links, resources, blog posts and so on for preparing as good as possible.
For achieving the VMware Certified Implementation Expert, I need to pass both, the VCAP6-DCV Design and the VCAP6-DCV Deploy exam for achieving the milestone of the VMware Certified Implementation Expert. Melissa Palmer did some very nice blog posts regarding the VCP, and VCAP exams, which I can definitely recommend:
Since I know that these exams are not easy, I wanted to share which resources I will take into account for preparing and studying.
Preparation and learning resources for the VMware certifications
First, If I get the opportunity, then I try to attend a “Design and Deploy” course from VMware. I believe that classroom training and interaction with a trainer will give me greater learning success. Also talking to other attendees from a course gives great insights to me!
Second, If I prepare and study for exams I’m always writing a study guide / extract for myself to concentrate all the information I need. Therefore I extract the exam guide of the Design and the Deploy exam and write down all the information I need to learn!
Learning and preparation resources for the VCAP-Design certification
As you may know, the VCAP-Deploy exam consists of a lab exam only, whereby the VCAP-Design exam is a multiple-choice one. Regarding the VCAP Design exam I’m going to study as much as possible to pass the multiple-choice exam. My past actions to learn and study for my VCP exams were quite good, so I adapt these into my learning actions for the VCAP Design exam. In addition to that I already picked some resources from other bloggers and their experiences with the exam to prepare. I really enjoy reading those blog posts and really appreciate all these tips and tricks which have been shared!
Here are all the VCAP Design experiences blog posts, which I already read and going to re-read:
Learning and preparation for the VCAP-Deploy certification
Regarding the Deploy exam, I will use the information provided in the exam guide and take these into the lab! I know that you will need a lot of hands-on experience and troubleshooting experience for the VCAP-Deploy exam.
Therefore I’m going to work with the “unofficial” study guides provided by Kyle Jenner and Matt Callaway. Thank you for these outstanding contributions to the community ! Here are the direct links to the study guides: Matt Callaway’s Study Guide & Kyle Jenner’s Study Guide.
In addition to the study guides, I will spend a lot of time in the VMware Hands On Labs. For example in the Challenge lab.
For the VCAP-Deploy exam there are also a lot of exam experience blog posts which i definetely recommend !
Here are all the VCAP Deploy experiences blog posts, which I already read and going to re-read:
Conclusion to my VMware certification journey
There is a lot of work to do regarding my VMware certification journey for 2020. But I want to bring my knowledge regarding the VMware products to a new level. Again, I want to thank everyone in the vCommunity who has put together an exam experience or a study guide. You are helping other people in so many ways ! Furthermore, I’m going to add the resources to my already existing “Tools and Links” page in the future, to make them better visible for the visitors of my blog.