VCP-DCV 2023 PASSED!


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Happy Friday Community!

And an even better Friday for me after passing the VMware VCP-DCV this morning. Whew! What a challenge, but with some patient studying, practical experience, and hard work, it’s passable. 

Review

As I shared in my Study Guide post from a few weeks ago, the exam has 70 questions and is 135 minutes long, which is 5 minutes more allotted time than the prior version. Unlike previous exams, I really needed most of the time to finish the questions and review my answers. I still had about 45-50 minutes left after my review. But on the last 2 VCP exam versions I’ve taken, I was able to finish and review in a little over an hour.

I think part of the reason for the extra time it took me to finish was the question format. They were normal questions but several sentences long (long for sure, but not book-length). As such, those took a little time to read, and verify whatever requirements were asked for. Thankfully there was also what I call ‘standard’ questions consisting of just a sentence or 2, which helped me make up time. It evens out. But as you know, when taking a cert exam, if you spend too much time on a few questions, you can lose track of time and fall a bit behind. So what I recommend is read the question, look at the answers, then re-read the question to verify what is asked for, then make a guess if you don’t definitively know the answer right off the bat then move on. As you know, you can go back and review it later.

Yes, the new items I discussed in my previous post are covered. With the VCP, there’s little which isn’t. But thankfully, you don’t have to dive full on into the weeds as it were, and need to know every nook and cranny about everything. There’s so many features and layers to vSphere now, you can’t possibly be expected to know every detail about all parts of VMware’s products. And I think VMware is well aware of this, and devises questions with this in mind. That being said, you still need to study. You still need to have hands-on experience. You still need to put in time. You do those things, and you should be able to pass. I passed with a little cushion, but not much. But, a pass is a pass 😊

Summary

Overall, this was a rewarding exam. VMware has done very well in my opinion the past few versions (2020 and 2021, and now 2023) of making scenario type questions requiring you to have knowledge about the feature(s) asked, but not necessarily diving into the details of those features. I say “Well done, VMware!”. They also throw in ‘standard’ questions asking about something without a scenario to even things out. Both question types can be challenging, but are answerable. I hope this review, as well as my Study Guide, help you in your studies if you decide to take the VCP-DCV as well. If you do, let me know how you did.

And a happy weekend to you all! 🎉


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Congrats Shane!

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Thanks @Geoff Burke ...really appreciate it! Happy to get that one out of the way for hopefully another 2yrs 😊

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I passed my VCP-DCV back on v6 (was upset that the class I took didn’t qualify for 6.5 - all back before they switched to using years rather than versions, but still after they changed back to the cert not expiring.  And while my score was passing, let’s say it wasn’t a score I was proud of as there was a very narrow margin to failure.  But I think it’s a great cert to have, but for me, there’s a LOT of features in the platform that most of my clients don’t use in the SMB space and are a bit more “enterprisey”.  Congrats!

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When talking about those VMW ‘features’… yes indeed...they are for sure “enterprisey”. Have been since they came up with the whole SDDC mantra. Drives me insane. That being said, they’re a company out to make $$, so I get it.

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Congrats @coolsport00 

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Thank you @Moustafa_Hindawi 

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Congratulations @coolsport00 

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Thanks @Iams3le 

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Congrats @coolsport00 on passing.  I take the v7 version June 10th then will do v8 later.  Just need to get myself renewed for now.  Using your other v7 study guide too.  😎

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Thanks! Good luck @Chris.Childerhose 

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Nice one!

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Appreciate it @MicoolPaul 

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Also you might want to ask Madi or Safiya to change this post to Content rather than Question.  😉

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This is in ‘Blogs and Podcasts’ already. Should be correct 😊

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This is in ‘Blogs and Podcasts’ already. Should be correct 😊

Yes that is right but the actual post is a Question 😉

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Ah, ok. Ooops! 🤣 @Madi.Cristil or @safiya ...can we get an assist please? (thanks @Chris.Childerhose )

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Congratulations @coolsport00! The VCP is never an easy exam. 👏

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Thanks Max...really appreciate it sir.

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Congrats! @coolsport00 👍

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Appreciate it Victor.

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Nice certification! Congrats for that Shane… 👊🏻

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Thanks! It seems with each new one they get a bit tougher because of more info needed to be known. 

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