iotatec
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I have taken ICM4 course, should I get VCP4 first and then VCP5?

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Greetings to all,

I have taken ICM4 course but not yet have any VMware Certification and I am looking for it. Here are my questions:

Should I get VCP4 first and then VCP5 or just forcus on VCP5?

If I want to get VCP5 without taken another ICM5 course, do I need to pass both VCP4 and VCP5 exam before the end of Feb 2012 or I only need to get VCP4 before that date and I can take VCP5 exam any time later?

If I decide to go direct to VCP5, shoud I just take "what's new in vSphere 5" or "ICM5" couse?

Thanks in advance!

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AndreTheGiant
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All the certification paths are on VMware site:

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=12457&ui=www

IMHO: you can go for the VCP4 and before the end of february take also the VCP5 exam.

Andre | http://about.me/amauro | http://vinfrastructure.it/ | @Andrea_Mauro

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AnthonyChow
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You don't have a choice. To be ceritified ICM4 goes with VCP4.  You cannot take ICM4 class and take VCP5 exam.

If you get your VCP4 and before end of Feb 2012, you can take the VCP5 without needing to take any class such as "What's new in vSphere 5".

Good luck to you.

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AndreTheGiant
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All the certification paths are on VMware site:

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=12457&ui=www

IMHO: you can go for the VCP4 and before the end of february take also the VCP5 exam.

Andre | http://about.me/amauro | http://vinfrastructure.it/ | @Andrea_Mauro

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sorabhk5
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You don't have a choice. To be ceritified ICM4 goes with VCP4.  You cannot take ICM4 class and take VCP5 exam.

If you get your VCP4 and before end of Feb 2012, you can take the VCP5 without needing to take any class such as "What's new in vSphere 5".

2 advantages if you go this path

- you save the cost of attending the ICM5 course, if you clear both VCP4 & VCP5 exam by Feb 2012

- all the study / preperation will be fresh and you wont have to catch up from begining if you start VCP5 immediately after VCP4.

All opinions expressed here are my personal opinions and not of my employer. Thanks #Sorabh [[ http://sorabhk5.in or @sorabhk5 ]]
scott28tt
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

If you want to gain VCP4 and VCP5 you will need to be quick - you will have to pass both exams before the end of February as you said yourself. I would advise to attempt VCP4 before the end of January, and if you pass you still have February to prepare yourself for VCP5. If you don't manage to pass both exams by the end of February you will have to attend vSphere 5: What's New to qualify for VCP5.

If you decide you only want VCP5 and don't attempt VCP4, you will have to attend a vSphere 5 course, I would suggest you would find ICM5 a little underwhelming, it won't challenge you at all, therefore I'd definitely recommend What's New for you.

Scott.


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iotatec
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Since I have some working experience of vSphere 4, I decide to go for VCP4 first. (I have booked the exam on 19/Jan/2012.).

Is one month enough (for an average person) preparing VCP5 exam if I passed VCP4? I am little worry because I haven't start playing around vSphere5 except I have just upgrade my home lab to vSphere5 and build a vSphere4 inside vSphere5.

Thanks a lot!

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iotatec
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Just to make this topic a happy ending.

I managed to pass the VCP4 exam in Jan/2012 and passed VCP5 exam today (29/Feb/2012).

I am now a VCP4 and waiting for my VCP5 cert.

Thanks! Smiley Happy

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aravinds3107
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Congrats :smileycool:

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