4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 12, 2019 4:08 AM by imfaisal87

    VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist - Worth in 2019 or wait?

    imfaisal87 Lurker

      I was planning on getting this cert for sometime but didn't went through.

      We are planning to finally deploy vSAN in our environment.

       

      Considering that preparing for on-premise management, it would be good to evaluate the skills over giving the Specialist exam as well.

       

      Question: Is it worth to certify a 2017 version in 2019 or should I wait for a 2019 edition (not sure if it will come or when)

       

      Different answers from experts out there will be a good decision to take then.

       

      Thanks & Regards

        • 1. Re: VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist - Worth in 2019 or wait?
          sk84 Expert
          vExpert

          It's been a while for me, but as far as I remember that most of the questions were about design, best practices, and configuration maximums. So I think this certification is less suitable for operational use, because then the vSAN cluster is already in operation and doesn't change much. But maybe my memory is misleading and I only remembered these questions because I found them the hardest.

           

          Generally, I don't think that much has changed on the basic concepts and best practices between vSAN 6.2 and 6.7 either. Just a few features were added. I therefore think that more than 50% of the questions do not need to be changed and also applies to vSAN 6.7.

          • 2. Re: VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist - Worth in 2019 or wait?
            TheBobkin Master
            vExpertVMware Employees

            Hello imfaisal87,

             

             

            "Question: Is it worth to certify a 2017 version in 2019 or should I wait for a 2019 edition (not sure if it will come or when)"

            In my opinion this exam is well worth studying for if you want to get a better grasp of the fundamentals and many specifics of vSAN - there will likely be a delta for any new exam anyway. From a user/administrator perspective, most of the fundamentals concepts and mechanics are fairly agnostic for all of 6.x other than core changes like Unicast/Multicast, so whatever you learn studying for this exam will make any future exam easier.

             

            "It's been a while for me, but as far as I remember that most of the questions were about design, best practices, and configuration maximums. So I think this certification is less suitable for operational use, because then the vSAN cluster is already in operation and doesn't change much. "

            sk84, I feel that (where possible) any administrator of any environment should understand as much as they can about the products their workloads rely on - this helps make them more capable and efficient administrators. Thus I would tend to disagree that the content is only useful before deploying/designing vSAN as the blueprint covers a lot of topics:

            https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/certification/vmw-vsan6x-badge-exam-2vb-601.guide.pdf

             

            It is of course entirely possible your exam had more questions from the design perspective than average, I recall mine (2 years ago) being quite varied - but then again it's not that long an exam so it is potentially more possible to be (or seem) skewed.

             

             

            Bob

            • 3. Re: VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist - Worth in 2019 or wait?
              sk84 Expert
              vExpert

              TheBobkin, I agree with you and I may have expressed myself in a misleading way.

               

              Of course the knowledge about concepts, basics and designs is always useful and helps to be a better admin in the daily work. I also didn't want to say that imfaisal87 shouldn't do this exam or that it's a bad exam at all.

               

              But if you look at the exam blueprint, you can see that out of 9 sections, only 3-4 focus on daily operations (4, 5, 7 and maybe 8). That's what I wanted to say. But that doesn't mean that the other 5-6 sections are useless, because the knowledge about vSAN fundamentals and design concepts helps to make better decisions as administrator. Like you said before, Bob.

              • 4. Re: VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist - Worth in 2019 or wait?
                imfaisal87 Lurker

                Thanks to both of you for your feedback.