You have a great reason for Celebration,
This is one tough exam. How long did you have to wait for results?
I tested on Feb 1st, and got results on 18th.
Thanks Alex!I tested on Jan 28th, and got results on Feb 18th, so you had to wait a little bit less.Really this is the toughest exam that I have ever taked.
Toughest for me as well, by far, and it is great,
there won't be too many VCAP-DCAs running around....,
How was your test center experience?
I had a room with 5-6 other guys in the room, but foam ear plugs were conveniently provided...
Monitor was just 17 inch...., resolution low, I had to scroll constantly, not just vertically, but horizontally too..,
I was afraid to screw things up, so I did not even try to change any settings.
The most annoying thing was a delay when I was flipping between Lab description and Test Environment, up to 15-20 seconds, could not use mouse nor keyboard during that time....,
Hope other places have better setup.
Don't want to go back there.., but unfortunately, this is the only place here in Calgary..., no choice.
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Well done. I thought it was a brutal exam, and the crappy Pearson VUE lab setup didn't help anything. Tiny screen + slow link + constantly switching contexts = very frustrating. Still, now I know that anyone I hire who has one of these certs really knows what they're doing - that's worth something.
As you said, this exam is brutal! It was very hard and i had to invest a lot of study hours, but finally it worth.I think this exam makes a lot of difference regarding the VCP exam.Alex, i was alone in the room, so it was very noiseless.The lab environmet wasn't too bad, but the screen resolution is to low and this makes you to lose valuable time!There is no Test Center in Chile, so i had to travel to Argentina to take the exam. This wasn't so bad, I took the chance to know a great city as Buenos Aires =)
Great News Patricio!!!, congratulations.
I hope that Argentina was a good place during this experience.
Any suggestions for future VCAP-DCA ...Like what to focus on and etc?
how many questions was there? how much time was given and etc?
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@VirtualSingh, you need to download the VCAP-DCA exam blueprint - you'll find all the official VCAP-DCA resources here http://www.vmware.com/go/vcap and all the VCAP-DCA posts on my blog here http://vmwaretraining.blogspot.com/search/label/vcap-dca
Well done amigo Patricio. You deserved it. Best Regards, J.
Thanks Diego and Jose Maria! I really appreciate your congratsDiego, despite the heat was suffocating in Buenos Aires, the city is a nice place to visit. I really had a good time in Argentina =)VirtualSingh, i can't tell you too much because the NDA. You really have to study and practice all the blueprint. The blogs of Sean Crookston and Kendrick Coleman was pretty usefull.Shaul, the exam is really harder than VCP exam, specially because the time is too short!I built a lab on my job with a Dell R710 and a virtual SAN. There I spent a lot of hours of lab practice, to cover all the exam objectives on the blueprint. I also spent some time with theorical study using the blogs I have mentioned.It's really important to spend a lot of hours with lab practice, specially if your previous experience on VMware is not too wide.It's also important to study all the CLI commands (vCLI, vMA, PowerCLI). You have to be able to complete almost any task using the vSphere Client AND the CLI.I didn't attend to any recommended training course, but i think the Troubleshooting traning course would be really usefull to this exam.Finally, when you are in the exam, in order to complete all the tasks in a limited time, you have to be able to manage the time really well.There is some good reviews of the VCAP-DCA exam on the web (my review is in Spanish )
Thank you everyone!!!