After a long day of VMworld activity I didn’t have the energy for any more downtown SF, so I decided to come back to my hotel room for the night and check out the details of the new VMware VCA certifications. After taking a quick look at the blueprint for the VCA-DCV, I signed up for the free 2.5 hour course: VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals. The course goes over basic virtualization concepts and how the vSphere product line fits in. For anyone who has been working with VMware for a while, there will not be much new territory covered in the course.
After completing the course, I headed back to the VMware site to request authorization for the exam, it took about 30 minutes and I got an email stating I could register. The exam is administered by PearsonVUE and the registration process is the same as any other VMware exam. There is a 50% off discount code (VCA501) available right now taking the fee down to $60. The major difference between this exam and the higher level exams is that this one is administered via your browser and does not require a trip to the testing center. The exam is 50 multiple choice questions and has a time limit of 75 minutes. The format is just like that of the VCP, very intuitive.
I finished the exam in about 30 minutes or so and scored a 460/500. As someone who works with VMware products every day, I think I could have done just as well without the course, but it was a nice way to end the day.