I recently had the opportunity to pass another VMware exam, this time it was the VCP5-DT. The exam itself was pretty straight forward, nothing out of the ordinary, in fact I found it a bit easier than the VCP5-DCV, but I did lab a lot so maybe that helped me.
I actually found the preparation experience a little more fun, I guess its because I don’t work with VMware View all that much or maybe because it’s a nice little change from my day to day stuff. Regardless, I’ve always approached exam preparation with lots of lab work and reading other bloggers posts around View, just to name a few:
In terms of time for preparation, it took me roughly 2 months to prepare. I pretty much read and watched a lot of videos! I used mainly PluralSight for the CBT content, If you’re interested, they’ve got quite a bit of content around VMware products in general.
- VMware View 5 Essentials: ThinApp and Troubleshooting
- VMware View 5 Essentials: Installing and Configuring
For reading material, I found the following books to be really helpful in the preparation for the exam:
- Implementing VMware Horizon View 5.2
- VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions
- VCP5-DT Official Cert Guide
If you’re going to be practicing in the lab, which I recommend you do! You can download the free trials from VMware and get your lab going. It does not cost all the much to get a VMware Workstation environment setup and spend a month or two just practicing the stuff that is covered in the videos or the books.
I think for now, this will the last VCP exam I take before pursuing the VCAPs. I was considering taking the VCP-Cloud, but I don’t really work with the technology aside from what I have in my lab so I will most likely stick to View/Datacenter track for the time being. There are also other certifications that I am looking to pursue on the storage side such as the EMCCA.
Going to be a busy year! Good luck to those who are pursuing the exam!