Like most military plans, sometimes things never go the way you want and therefore you need to be able to change and revisit the plan again. This applies here too!
It looks as though my focus now needs to shift from looking at 5.0 and 5.1 to the 5.5. And the reason if not obvious from the title is that I can now see that there is a new exam for the latest vSphere 5.5 available. I was warned via the nice people in the Twitter community (thanks guys!) that it was coming soon but not given any particular date. Sure enough as I was just about to book it on the Pearson Vue Website this morning to get some target exam dates, there it was a nice shiny new exam for 5.5.
Now for me this is a bit of a ball ache. The reason is that my hands on experience for real world goes back to 5.0 and 5.1 but not 5.5. The good news is that my lab is 5.5 and I’ve been mooching through it, seeing what’s new and change and breaking things, learning how to fix them in the process so all good relevant stuff.
However the other ramifications of this is that looking a little further ahead, I will also need to revisit all that I’ve learned for the Data Center Design exam too to make sure that I’m up to date with the recommendations for designing here too. To be fair you could argue and quite rightly say I should be doing this anyway but I was hoping to be able to do this at “leisure”. I guess I’ve had metaphorical boot up the arse and reminder from VMware is that training is never finished and an endless cycle. I do feel for the existing VCDX guys and my peers as we all need to dedicate time to learn these new skills and sometimes it can and will take vast amounts of time be it personal or company time.
My other concern here is that looking forward even more still; is that my design for VCDX submission could be based on one version and by the time it’s finished and submitted a new version be released like a version 6 and I’d have to answer questions on that too in relation to my defence. I best get cracking otherwise the road will get longer harder and with more twists and turns so I’ve downloaded the new Blueprint and will start again. One thing I was surprised at was that you are allowed to look at documentation for the exam?! They actually are giving you the answers to the questions???? Sweeet! However does this mean they are going to chuck in some real nasty configuration questions remains to be seen…..I’ll be keeping a good look out Twitter seeing if people fed back to the community about their experiences…..unless I’m going to be one of the first????? – note to self. I really need to stop with the doing lots of ????? it’s doing my head in and I shall refrain in future. Maybe???
Noted moving on.
Just been told by Josh Andrews on Twitter @SOSTech_WP that I’m a little behind the curve on this as this old news as it was released two months ago. Just goes to show how fast things can move on! Thanks Josh for the heads up and I urge you all to take a look at his post http://sostechblog.com/2014/04/07/vcap5-dca-update-for-vsphere-5-5/