VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – DCV Deploy
I wanted to drop a quick note on the (3V0-623) VCAP6-DCV exam.
I sat and passed this exam on the 25th of July, 2017 after multiple test center failures. I will not get too much into those specific experiences with Pearson VUE but lets just say that the facilities had issues on both days delivering the actual exam which resulted in one instance of me not being able to actually take the test and another instance of me being shorted about 30 minutes.
So finally on the first actual and fair attempt I was able to pass the exam.
Some quick background on my previous VMware testing related experience.
I have sat and passed the following exams.
VCP-NV –upgraded to VCP6-NV.
VCAP5-DCA –Upgraded to VCIX6-DCV after my recent pass.
VCAP5-DCD –Upgraded to VCIX6-DCV after my recent pass.
And whatever it took to get to VCIX6-NV.
I also work with the vSphere product line for a living and operate multiple data center locations and manage 1000’s of VM’.
Ok, now on to the (3V0-623) VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – DCV exam.
The test is very similar to the VMware HOL environment. I would strongly urge all potential candidates to get familiar with this interface and complete some challenge labs.
The Control Key and Backspace key are disabled for the exam. You can however use the on screen keyboard. The onscreen keyboard does come in very handy in a few instances where typing a very long string into a field that does not allow for right clicking in required.
You can go forward and back through questions w/o any issue. If I recall correctly, there is only a single question that would be dependent on correctly completing a previous question. The exam calls that out as well. The exam does a very good job of not creating a cascading set of failures if you are not able to complete a specific question earlier in the exam.
You can also drag and drop things from the questions section to the exam section of the screen. So one example may be to name a vDS “TESTDEV”. You can high-lite the word “TESTDEV” and drag that into the field in the vCenter client/webclient. I used this jsut about every single opportunity I had. Why? To eliminate typos. The last thing you want in a test of this nature is to be docked points for a typo!
You can get a feel for this in VMware HOL as well. The same functionality exists there.
Past VCAP tests were horrendously bad with lag, jumping in and out of RDP sessions, etc and were just plain difficult to work within. This was especially frustrating under a time constraint. The new format based on HOL is really good. I did not experience any over exaggerated lags or issues. I am very pleased that VMware went this route with the exams and use the same familiar and functional HOL interface. Now that I think about it, I believe my VCAP-NV test was in the same HOL format as well.
One notable change from past exams is the presence of vSphere Replication, VDP, VSAN and the VMCA. Of course some of these are new with 6.x and beyond.
All items in the listed blue print are covered in some form with a few exceptions. I will not call out those exceptions but will say I was surprised not to see them based on emphasis on previous exams.
With the ever-changing road-map I wonder if we will see future testing or tracks based on things such as AWS integration, containers and photon.
I really do not have any magic words for anyone wishing to take and pass this exam. It is simply a time commitment to study whats covered in the Blueprint (listed below). VMware provides all the documentation for everything you need to know.
Pluralsight is awesome and a lot of Nash’s older videos are still relevant to topics listed in the Blueprint.
The VMware HOL environments are great and you can use them for a lot of testing as well. You do not have to stick to their HOL curriculum while inside the lab. You can get silly and modify syslog and coredump settings. There is nothing stopping you from using HOL as a lab in the Cloud for many aspects of the Blueprint.
Of course having your own lab or nested lab is helpful as well.
But the most important thing you will need is time and desire. If you take the time to understand each topic laid out in the Blueprint, you can pass this test.
Good luck to all planning on taking this soon or at a discount at VMworld 2017 this year. See ya’ll in Las Vegas soon.