Today I took my first VMware certification exam in 7 years and happy to report that I successfully passed the Professional vSphere 6.7 Delta Exam 2019 (2V0-21.19D) to become a VMware Certified Professional again!
The VMware hypervisor hasn’t had significant changes in 7 years since I took the VCP 5 exam and I never stopped working with vSphere so it didn’t require a tremendous amount of time to prepare. The topics I spent the most time on were reviewing vSphere HA/DRS updates, vCenter HA and PSCs, content libraries, SSO domains, and security enhancements. It’s especially helpful that VMware created the Delta Exam as it allows professionals to test and re-certify only on the information that is new or has changed since the previous exam and not require candidates to sit through the complete VCP exam.
Now that I’ve been at VMware for 6 months, I felt it was timely to get my VCP-DCV updated. It was also helpful that all VMware employees receive three free exam vouchers per year! In the bigger picture, I want to become more versed with the major components of VMware Cloud Foundation that I’m not as familiar with: NSX, and vRealize. In 2020 I will focus on completing the VCP-NV and VCP-CM certifications to get deeper knowledge of these technologies and the value they bring to organizations.
About the Exam
The exam’s foundation is focused on a candidate who already has a VCP-DCV 6.5 and has 6-12 months of experience installing, configuring, and managing vSphere. The exam consists of 40 single and multiple choice questions covering a wide variety of topics such as:
- Architecture and Technologies
- Products and Solutions
- Planning and Designing
- Installing, Configuring, and Setup
- Performance-tuning, Optimization, and Upgrades
- Troubleshooting and Repairing
- Administrative and Operational Tasks
The full exam prep guide can be found on VMware’s Education site here.
Since it’s been such a long time since I held an active VMware certification, I want to help others who may be on a similar journey. In upcoming blog posts, I will comprehensively cover the biggest and most complex additions/changes to vSphere since vSphere 5.5. If you have topics you’d like to see covered, drop a comment!