Passed VCAP5-DCD!

EssendonEssendon Member Posts: 4,548 ■■■■■■■■■■
Yep, it's done and dusted!

Stoked? Yes! Relieved? Very!!

For those who dont remember or havent followed along, this was my 3rd attempt at this brutal beast of an exam. Like Dave said in another thread, this is a speed reading and comprehension test. You have to be quick. I was very quick off the blocks, I was at question 30 after the first hour. I only had 1 Visio-esque question upto this point, which I believe I had correctly answered. With my confidence up, I was able to race through the multiple choice questions. Got to the end with about 30 seconds to spare. And strangely (albeit thankfully!) the score showed up instantly. When I failed the first two tries, the score takes a while to pop up as if the computer was commiserating!

What did I do differently this time? I ensured I spent more time on the Visio-esque questions because they carry more weight. 6 questions again, only 1 repeated from last time and one from the 1st time. But they were the easier ones. The other 4 were new.

How did I prepare differently? This time I focused more on the not-so-everyday bits such as RPO/RTO (DR type stuff, I mean), Metrocluster solutions, HA/DRS/StorageDRS/vMotion etc from a management perspective. I looked at the exam differently, is what I am getting at. Read more whitepapers this time, more best practices guides (some questions wanted a best practice solution - so read all those guides), more P2V related blogs/whitepapers.

I ended up with a 321, which I'll take very happily. I was confident pressing the Finish button and expected a slightly higher score, but who cares? I dont, for sure! Heading out for a few drinks to celebrate.

Thanks to TE and its members - you guys made this possible with the encouragement and motivation when I failed twice before. I didnt take the first 2 tries failures, they were just stumbling blocks. Passing this time just made it sweeter!
NSX, NSX, more NSX..

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  • IvanjamIvanjam Member Posts: 978 ■■■■□□□□□□
    @Essendon - congrats, man - you finally got that beast tamed! Good luck on your next endeavor icon_thumright.gif
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  • kj0kj0 Member Posts: 767
    Excellent write up. Congrats. As I said, I look forward to reading your books! haha.

    Time to finally update the Signature ;)
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  • ZorodzaiZorodzai Member Posts: 356 ■■■■■■■□□□
  • dave330idave330i Member Posts: 2,091 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Congrats. Now you can attempt the fun filled experience known as VCDX. icon_thumright.gif
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  • TheProfTheProf Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 331 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Dude that's great! congrats!
  • MrAgentMrAgent Member Posts: 1,309 ■■■■■■■■□□
  • QHaloQHalo Member Posts: 1,488
    As if there were any doubts. Nice work bud!
  • tstrip007tstrip007 Member Posts: 308 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Very nice! Congrats!
  • blargoeblargoe Self-Described Huguenot NC, USAMember Posts: 4,174 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment.
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  • Kinet1cKinet1c Member Posts: 604 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass!
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  • azjagazjag Member Posts: 579 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Congratulations on the pass. Are you going to jump into the VCDX or take a break?
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    VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA) (Passed)
    VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
  • EssendonEssendon Member Posts: 4,548 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Thanks guys!

    As for the VCDX, that is the ultimate goal - but it's beyond my reach just yet. I need more experience with the product, both design and administration. I've read many blogs out there about the marathon that is the VCDX, and have formed some idea of the amount of work that'll have to go into preparing for it. I reckon it's akin to Cisco's CCDE cert, another very elusive cert out there.

    I gotto get the MCSE for work though first, will rebuild my lab with Hyper-v soon. Bit of change of pace will be good I reckon.
    NSX, NSX, more NSX..

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  • KonfliktKonflikt Member Posts: 43 ■■■□□□□□□□
    great job, congrats. well done!
    for 2013: [x] 3x VCA, [x] VCAP5-DCA, [-] VCAP-DCD - failed. PASSED in 2014
    for 2014: [x] BACP, [x] SCP, [x] 70-409, [x] VCAP-DCD
    for 2015: [x] VCP6-DCV,
    for 2016: [x] upgrade VCAPs to VCIX6-DCV, [x] CCNA [-]
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  • kj0kj0 Member Posts: 767
    Check out Alastair Cooke's vBrownBag journey to VCDX. He covers a fair bit.
    2017 Goals: VCP6-DCV | VCIX
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