which VMware cert to get first?

slee335slee335 Member Posts: 124
i was thinking about getting vmware cert. i was thinking vcp5-dt desktop or vcp550 vsphere 5.5. was looking at system admin job and they are looking for vmware and powershell. oops meant to post in Virtualization forum.

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  • EssendonEssendon Member Posts: 4,546 ■■■■■■■■■■
    What do you have experience with? Generally, people do the VCP550 as it is more mainstream. Do the test on the product you are most comfortable with.
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  • slee335slee335 Member Posts: 124
    don't really have experience in vmware. i was looking at vmware website i don't see vcp550 as a cert path. the cert path is really confusing.
  • VeritiesVerities Member Posts: 1,162
    VCP-DCV is what most people go for. Its based on the foundation of ESXi and vCenter using the vSphere suite. I highly recommend VMware vSphere for Dummies if you're not familiar with VMware. Also keep in mind, the VCP certification is not entry level.
  • slee335slee335 Member Posts: 124
    ok thanks, do people skip the VCA-DCV and just go for the VCP-DCV. i might go for the desktop or associate to show i have working knowledge of vmware. i don't want to go to crazy yet just want to get my foot in the door once i get working experience i'll go for the pro. i was just doing a quick google of VCA they said its way to basic might not be worth it.
  • alias454alias454 Member Posts: 648
    I think the VCA is primarily used to help you learn the products and differentiate between the marketing stuff. It isn't a technical cert at all but with no prior VMware experience, the information may be helpful.
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  • dave330idave330i Member Posts: 2,091 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Verities wrote: »
    VCP-DCV is what most people go for. Its based on the foundation of ESXi and vCenter using the vSphere suite. I highly recommend VMware vSphere for Dummies if you're not familiar with VMware. Also keep in mind, the VCP certification is not entry level.

    VCP is an entry level cert, since VCA is a sales cert.
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  • scott28ttscott28tt Member Posts: 686 ■■■■■□□□□□
    slee335 wrote: »
    don't really have experience in vmware. i was looking at vmware website i don't see vcp550 as a cert path. the cert path is really confusing.
    VCP550 is an exam, not a certification.

    VCP5-DCV is the certification you can gain if you pass the VCP550 exam - you'll also need to meet the training requirement for the certification too.

    Have a look here: (VCP5-DCV) VCP-Data Center Virtualization
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  • VeritiesVerities Member Posts: 1,162
    dave330i wrote: »
    VCP is an entry level cert, since VCA is a sales cert.

    You're right, VCP it is an entry level cert. My point was it would be a bad idea to head towards it with absolutely no experience before hand.
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Verities wrote: »
    You're right, VCP it is an entry level cert. My point was it would be a bad idea to head towards it with absolutely no experience before hand.

    Gotta start somewhere ... No harm in heading towards the VCP - doesn't always have to be a smooth ride :D
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  • VeritiesVerities Member Posts: 1,162
    jibbajabba wrote: »
    Gotta start somewhere ... No harm in heading towards the VCP - doesn't always have to be a smooth ride :D

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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Verities wrote: »
    Need to learn how to crawl before you can walk.

    "heading towards it" - means read a book, official documentation, lab, sit the course, think about the exam eventually. Have the VCP as a goal in your mind .. that is all I mean - not to expect to go from 0 to VCP in a week ..

    You need to have a goal in mind - same reason people say not to waste your energy on a Network+ if you intend to go for the CCNA eventually anyway ...
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  • slee335slee335 Member Posts: 124
    i found the course is 4000$ expensive.
  • DeekyDeeky Member Posts: 9 ■□□□□□□□□□
    slee335 wrote: »
    i found the course is 4000$ expensive.

    Stanly course is reasonably price. Cost me about 300 Australian all up
  • Dragon KillerDragon Killer Member Posts: 12 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'd totally skip VCA, I've got it when the test was free, but only for that reason.

    If you doesn't have previous sys admin or server experience, go for MCSA or Linux cert - which you like most. And after that look for virtualization knownledge and certs. IMH server exp/knowledge is a must for a good virtualization admin.
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