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    How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam

    jonhall Expert

       

      Hi all,

       

       

      I often get questions on what to study when we update vSphere.    Certification continually reviews the impact of major and minor releases to ensure that all content on the VCP exam is consistent with the latest release of the software.  When a new version of vSphere is released, we may also test on components included in these update releases if the components fall within already stated exam objectives, as they appear on the current version of the Exam Blueprint Guide.  New features unrelated to existing exam objectives would not be tested in the current release of the exam.

       

       

      As a result, when preparing for the exam, always use the latest version of the product documentation.

       

       

      If you have any questions, just post them here.

       

       

      Regards,

       

      Jon C. Hall

      Technical Certification Developer

      VMware, Inc.

       

       

        • 1. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
          TraceIRC Novice

          I have my VCP exam scheduled for 28th of July. Does that mean that i need to start including everything for 4.1 now too? I mean i know vender's like there certs. to update but that seem a little much that the exam does not have a timeframe before it will start including new material. It not really fair that i run the chance now that the day i go set for the exam that i'm going to get a 4.1 exam question. I mean someone correct me if i'm wrong here but is that really going to be the case?

          • 2. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
            jonhall Expert

             

            I stated that we do not include any new material, we only ask questions that are relevent for the existing Exam Blueprint Guide.  You are fine studying the docs you have been studying.

             

             

            What you are maybe not considering is that it would be really wrong for us to force candidates taking the exam to go learn what is now "old" information that may in some cases differ from the current documentation they use, the current software they use, the version of training they might take, etc.  This is why we make sure the exam is consistent with the currently released documentation.

             

             

            Companies that want to make money off of a cert would charge you for every revision (like an upgrade exam to 4.1).  We do not do that.  Any certification you achieve is valid forever and is based on the main version.  So VCP3's were VCP3's before and after 3.5, and you did not need to do anything to maintain your certification when we released VI 3.5.  But after 3.5 was out, we did revise the exam to allow us to test on the features in the new version, mostly because there were many new features in 3.5.  vSphere 4.1 does have some new features, but we are not revising the exam at this time, merely ensuring the exam is consisting with the current product. 

             

             

            Jon C. Hall

            Technical Certification Developer

            VMware, Inc.

             

             

            • 3. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
              TraceIRC Novice

              I do understand the need to keep information update and relevent to the current release of the products. What is is got me concerned is that i have been going over all the documents for 4.0 and now that 4.1 has been released less than a week before my exam, will my exam be all of a sudden based on documentation and a product that i haven't had enough time to look over. I mean i understand that it is bad timing but kind make me feel like i just wasted my money to attempt an exam that is going to get changed the day i'm sit for it.

              • 4. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                DerHesse Novice

                 

                I toally agree with the other poster here.

                 

                 

                I have been delaying my VCP4 upgrade wxam, just to get more time to read through all the vSphere4 Documentations and play with the product as much as I can to make sure I will pass the exam and now I suddenly have to re learn and forget a big portion of what I have learned and start from scratch?

                 

                 

                I am referring to stuff like the Configuration Maximums and all the functionality changes, improvements and in some cases fundamental architectural changes that have been made in 4.1

                 

                 

                VMware really should NOT change the questions in the current VCP4 exam and rather create a new exam that is based on vSphere 4.1 and have something like a deadline until one can take the exam on the old vSphere4.

                 

                 

                That would be fair.

                 

                 

                Everything else only confuses peaople and they might fail in the exam, because of those crucial differences.

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                David Hesse

                IT-Support Professional and Virtualization Specialist

                Tel: +353 87 9716178

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                VDI.com/DaHess

                 

                 

                • 5. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                  jonhall Expert

                  If you are currently using 4.0 materials to prepare for the exam, you are fine.  We expect this situation and plan accordingly.

                   

                  We do in fact announce lead times and revise the exam when new features are added to the blueprint.  We did this when version 3.5 came out.  Version 4.1 is an unusual case because there are new features even though it is not a major release.  We are treating this release like a minor release, which means that we will not add any new exam items for features that are not on the current blueprint.  We do not revise the exam for minor releases, but since even a minor release might impact a few of the existing exam items, we ensure the items remain consistent with the current release.  

                   

                   

                  Jon C. Hall

                  Technical Certification Developer

                  VMware, Inc.

                  • 6. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                    Weatherman Enthusiast

                    I'm sorry but I'm still not understanding what you are saying.  You say that nothing new from 4.1, which you consider a minor release, will be added to the current exam blueprint.  Then in the very next sentance you say, "we do not revise the exam for minor releases, but since even a minor release might impact a few of the existing exam items, we ensure the items remain consistent with the current release." 

                    I'm probably reading this all wrong but it sure sounds like you're saying that some exam items could be different because of the changes in 4.1.  And that would mean that I need to start reviewing the 4.1 differences before my exam this coming Saturday.

                     

                    Could you give us a specific example of what you are talking about so that it is perfectly clear, even for someone slow like me?

                    • 7. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                      chootmang Novice

                      Hello there, brand new to 'communities' and being so and seeing your post I thought I would offer my opinion to it. I took my VCP test and passed this morning, 85 questions but nothing related to verison 4.1. Hmmm let me go one level deeper, there was no questions or answers that '4.1' was written. I agree that it would be a little unfair considering 4.1 is brand new. Going back some time when I got Comptia's A+ or Network + I do remember it clearly stated on their website that after a certain date new material will be added or they changed the test number representing the related information has changed. Judging from what I seen this morning, references to only version 2.x, 3.x and 4 I would feel comfortable studying with what you are doing today.

                      • 8. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                        Weatherman Enthusiast

                        Congratulations, Chootmang!  I hope I have similar news to report on Saturday.  And thank you for the info about the 4.1 issue.  That makes me feel alot better.  Just curious, how did you prepare for the exam?

                        • 9. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                          chootmang Novice

                          Hmmm I don't see my post or your reply, guess I will figure this layout as I go. I took the VMware VSphere 4 course last week, the teacher was awesome with some areas to focus on for the test. And I do have a general background of VMware that dates back to only 2007. (guessing I'm considered a newbie to plenty on this forum) but prior to the course I also signed up for a 6 hour self-paced vsphere 4 course that I went over and noted areas that I was able to get the teacher to delve into a little more to help understand. So with the notes and hanging at the book store reading practices questison from a VCP-410 book they were selling (that I probably put a permanent crease in) it was enough. I don't want to be boo'd off the site by given tips...but to be honest there really isn't one topic or component that i can say you don't have to pay attention too. The questions were pretty straight forward as opposed to tricky/scenario type questions that if you are famialr with some MS's test that you will be happy to hear.

                          • 10. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                            Weatherman Enthusiast

                            Thank you.  I didn't mean for you to give any specifics.  You can't without violating your VCP agreement anyway.  I was just looking for general info like what you gave.  By the way, which VCP410 book did you get the practice questions from?  Was it the examcram book?  And did you find those practice questions to be very helpful?  And accurate?  Thanks again!

                            • 11. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                              chootmang Novice

                              I skimmed through the Exam Cram but don't particularly like that offering from my past expierence. The store had a study guide, white covered book, and the title was VMware ...Vsphere 4 Study Guide with questions and real life scenarios. If you are taking your test tomorrow I wouldn't suggest changing your strategy unless you really wanted too of course. Hope you do great!!!

                              • 12. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                                alexerre Lurker

                                I plan to do the exam in September.

                                Are there any changes on the applications for examination sessions in September with the introduction of version 4.1?

                                I'm using the material reported from blueprints (all on 4.1) and other tools (mock exam, sLog).

                                Is there  other material / documentation that suggested to use for my preparation?

                                 

                                @chootmang

                                 

                                The book you mentioned is this:

                                VCP VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410

                                 

                                Thanks

                                • 13. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                                  chootmang Novice

                                  Good question, one of the biggest reasons I took the test so quick (took vsphere course last week, scheduled the test on Monday and took the test on Tuesday) was I was unable to locate an answer when 4.1 data would be added to the test. My work and the class was centered around 3.5 and ESX/ESXi 4 as well as the study material I was using. Guess if I was being honest I really wanted to avoid being asked something like the difference between 4.0 and 4.1 is... My personal advice if you were taking it in 2 months is to check the site once or twice to see if it announces that new material was added or being planned on being added. Or check out sites like this : http://technodrone.blogspot.com/2010/07/what-new-in-vsphere-41-esxi.html that show the differences that 4.1 offer so you can be familiar with the additions.

                                  • 14. Re: How new versions of vSphere affect the VCP exam
                                    Weatherman Enthusiast

                                    That book that the other poster referenced is not available for order yet.  Is that the same one you were using, Chootmang?

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