Join Rick Crisci for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting certified, part of VMware vSphere 6.5 Essential Training Part 1.
- [Instructor] In this video we'll learn a little bit about getting your VMware certification. Now you're here to learn about the topics related to the vSphere 6.5 foundations exam. And here we see VMware's certification home page and if we browse to data center virtualization, here you can see the requirements to get a certification in data center virtualization. And so what we're primarily concerned with here is things above the associate level. You can get the VMware certified associate as well, that's kind of an entry level certification but if you're taking the vSphere 6.5 foundations exam you're probably looking to achieve a professional level certification.
So let's focus on that, the VCP 6.5, data center virtualization. And if we take a look at the requirements here, if you're new to VMware data center virtualization, if you don't have any existing certifications, you have to number one, attend one of their required training courses. Now there are a couple ways around that that I'll talk about in a little while, but if you're brand new to VMware certification you have to attend one of their classes.
An official VMware course. And then you have to pass the vSphere 6.5 foundations exam. And then if you want to move on from there you have to pass the VCP exam as well. Now if you have already had training from VMware you don't need to take another class. As long as it's been vSphere 6.0 training. And if you already have a current valid VCP5 or VCP6 you don't even need the foundations exam. Now that being said, there are some ways around this.
If you want to get your VCP6 in a different track, like network virtualization. There are some little ways that you can go around the requirement to attend an official VMware class. So here we see the network virtualization track and let's just take a quick look at the VCP6-NV exam. And you can see for that particular exam, if you're going for network virtualization you have to pass the vSphere six foundations exam and of course the VCP exam as well.
But if you already have a CCNA you don't actually need to attend an official VMware class. So there are a couple ways around that official course requirement. So let's take a look at the vSphere 6.5 foundations exam. Here we see some information on the exam itself, it's 105 minutes long with 70 questions. And the price for the exam is $125. And you can simply click on the link to schedule an exam. That's not really what I want to look at here.
We want to look at the exam guide. So this is going to break down exactly what you can expect to see on the certification test. It'll tell you about the exam, it'll tell you about what you need to know in order to pass the exam as well. And here we can see all of those exam objectives. You'll find all of this content is covered in the vSphere 6.5 foundations part one and part two courses and you can find a lot of great free hands on labs at hol.vmware.com if we click on the launch button here you can see some of the free labs that are available.
Things like VMware cloud foundation, or build your own software defined data center. And you can see here all of the counts of different types of labs that are available for all these different VMware products. If you're focused on vSphere, you want to go to software defined data centers and here you can see all kinds of topics related to VMware's vSphere and one of the good ones you might want to start with is introduction to vSphere, and what's new. vSphere 6.5 what's new.
These are some great hands on labs that will definitely help you build that knowledge that you need in order to pass the exam. So I strongly recommend completing a few of these hands on labs as well. Just to help you get some real hands on experience to go with all of the courses that you've just completed.
- vSphere editions
- Installing and configuring ESXi
- Virtual networking with vSphere
- Working with distributed and standard switches
- Virtual storage
- Creating NFS data stores
- iSCSI storage
- Creating virtual machines and vApps
- Duplicating machines with templates and cloning