After receiving a friendly reminder from VMware that my VCP5-DCV was due to expire in December, my first thoughts was to take the VCP6-DCV exam, but with less than two months to go and a busy schedule for the rest of the year, I decided to take the easy option and opt for the VCP550 delta exam.
Seeing that the closing date for the exam was 30th September and the fact that I had a spare hour, I sat the exam on 26th September. A quick flick over the exam blue print and there was mention of VSAN and vCOPs.
I dusted off my Essential VSAN and VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials books and downloaded the Whats New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Platform pdf. I was ready time to click proceed.
The exam itself was a lot tougher than I expected, but I guess that’s because it is focused towards administration and my daily job is around design. After around forty five minutes I received a ‘congratulations’ you have passed.
The purpose of this exam was simple, to give me some breathing space before I attempt the VCP6-DCV.
As with all things, the day after I pass the exam, VMware announce that the VCP550 delta exam is to be extended until 31st December 2015. If I had known this then might have taken some time out to prepare, but I guess a pass is a pass.