I’m a VCAP4-DCA

October 14th, 2010 by jason Leave a reply »

I couldn’t have asked for a better night:  I attended the Minnesota Wild home opener with VMware, EMC, Tom Becchetti, Scot Joynt, met Paul Hokanson (TC with EMC), great customers, and the Wild defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 in convincing fashion.  However, this was not the end of the evening coolness.  I checked my email when I got home and received the following notification from VMware:

Congratulations on passing the VMware Certified Advanced Professional vSphere4 Datacenter Administration exam!

I’m now a VCAP4-DCA.

On short notice, I was offered a chance  to sit the VCAP4-DCA BETA exam before it closed.  I drove 220 miles back in June to sit the exam.  I found the test to be extremely difficult and wasn’t expecting a passing score based on my experience.  I won’t go into the details now about the exam since I’ve already written about that previously.  Oddly, I sat the exam on 6/21/10, yet the date on the transcript shows 21-Jul-10.

I am pleased to have this exam in the books after previously thinking I would have to retake it.  It will allow me to focus on the VCAP4-DCD exam which will uplift my VCDX3 certification to VCDX4 certification.  Yes John Troyer, I am collecting them all.

Update 12/15/10: VMware has notified me that my transcript has been updated in the portal.  When I took a look, I saw I was awarded VCAPDCA-14.  I’m guessing this means #14.  If you don’t know what I’m referring to, VMware assigns sequential numbers to candidates who successfully meet the certification requirements, much like Microsoft did or still does (My MCP # from 1997 is 423097).  My VCP # is 2712 and my VCDX # is 34 (still not reflected in the portal).  On a podcast a few weeks ago, Jon Hall stated a new number would also be assigned for the VCAP4-DCD track.  I haven’t gotten the results of that BETA exam yet.

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11 comments

  1. Awesome news, congrats!!

  2. Congrats Jason, that is great news! Hopefully I can follow in your footsteps soon.

    -Greg

  3. Aaron Delp says:

    Congrats Jason! You are the Pokemon of VMware certs!!

  4. Rick Boyett says:

    Congratulations. Looks like we all got our results last night. I managed to pass as well..

    On to the VCAP-DCD!

  5. Dave Convery says:

    Great job Jas! I got mine too. That had to be the toughest test I have ever taken.
    Dave

  6. Russell says:

    I took it earlier this month and I’m awaiting my results. I think I outright bombed 7 of the questions as I was poorly prepared walking in the door.

    Did they give you a scoresheet or anything or just a pass/fail?

  7. jason says:

    I received a score. The scoring is similar to the current VCP and the old Enterprise Admin and Design exams: 300 out of a possible 500 needed to pass.

    Jas

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