My VCP5-DCV certification was due to expire at the beginning of March 2017. In order to retain the VCP status, VMware requires that you recertify every two years. The reasoning for me to take the VCP6-DCV was due to work commitments and to keep on top of my current skill set.
The resources I used, have been similar to what I have used before.
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First place as always, is to review the exam objectivies to get an understanding on what the exam covers. I used the following additional resources to have all bases covered:
VCP6-DCV by TheSaffaGeek
Mastering vSphere 6 by Nick Marshall
Pluralsight – VMware vSphere 6 Data Center Virtualization by Don Jones
- Review the exam objectivies
- You can book the exam via perarsonvue.com, make sure your name on your PerarsonVue account matches the ID you’re bringing
- Make sure you have two forms of ID as per PearsonVue requirements
- Get a good nights sleep
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early
- The exam is ~120 minutes and consists of around 85 questions
I took the exam at Nexgenn Consulting Limited, as it was close to where I work. What I was really intrigued by is how thorough they were in ensuring you are not carrying any materials, they asked for all pockets to be pulled out, sleeves rolled up, asked me to pat my trousers down! I’m surprised by what lengths people will go to! The exam centre also provide lockers to store your personal belongs. More than happy to use this test centre again, being close to work is a big convenience.
I decided to go for the full exam (2V0-621) rather than the delta, main reasoning being is that I had a voucher to use, otherwise I would have taken the delta path.
I’m glad to report I passed the VCP6-DCV exam, further renewing my VCP status for another two years. What’s next? At the moment my focus is completing my degree with the Open University, which finishes around September and then I shall decide on what path next!