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Are certifications important to an IT career?

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything substantial on the blog.  The past couple months have been an incredibly busy season for me.  Week before last, I studied for and passed my VCP5 certification exam, updating my VMware certification to the latest revision just before the deadline for upgrading it without taking class. […]

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Updating VMware Certification to VCP5

One of the additional questions I have had about the introduction of vSphere 5 is how I would update my VMware Certification to the vSphere 5 level, VCP5.  Fortunately, the answer is really simple.  Existing VCP4 holders will be able to take the VCP5 exam and upgrade their certification without any additional course requirements until […]

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Deadline extended for VCP4 upgrade without the class requirement

Somehow I missed posting this, but the deadline for upgrading a VCP to version 4 without needing the required course has been extended through the end of January, 2010.  For any existing VCP3′s, this is a great opportunity to save the $1800 for the official course as long as you are able to pass the […]

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Passed the VCP4 exam

As of 10am today, I am officially a VCP4.  I now have to wait for my official packet to arrive from VMware, but I have done the hard part and passed the exam.  For any VCP3′s out there who still haven’t taken the test, there is still time to take the test without needing the […]

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Planning to update VCP for vSphere 4

Its only been a matter of weeks that I’ve gotten my VCP3.  I did it in anticpation that I’d need it to update my skills and certification for vSphere 4 and today, I found confirmation that I did the right thing.  I found a page on VMware’s site that details the upgrade path for existing […]

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Officially obtaining my VCP

This weekend, I had a nice surprise.  When we returned home from errands on Saturday, I found our mail waiting on the front steps instead of inside the mailbox, as normal.  There was a larger envelope which I flipped over to quickly find it was from VMware.  At last, my official welcome package as a […]

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I passed the VCP310 test, I guess I’m a VCP…

Yesterday morning, I took the VCP310 test at my local PearsonVue testing center and I passed.  I have to say, the test was still extremely tough even with all the studying that I had done.  I knew from attempt #1 that I needed to study system requirements and the configuration maximums document and so I […]

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Studying for VMware VCP certification

I’ve been spending my day in a vacation rental unit on site where my wife is selling art today.  Her art show happened to fall on the weekend before I take my VPC certficiation exam, and I’m feeling very underprepared.  I’ve been studying for most of the afternoon since her show started and I’ve just […]

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Quest for certification: VCP

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I’ve taken the VCP test and didn’t pass.  (ok, not sure how many rungs I’ve just fallen on your ladder…  I’m sure a few).  So let me rationalize make excuses explain. I took the test last year at VMworld without studying much prior.  And, I hadn’t had any hand-on experience with […]

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My one lonely certification

Certifications have always been something high on my list to-do, but something I never seem to get to.  I did all the research and read skimmed most of the Microsoft library in a quest for MCP and MCSE about 8 or 9 years ago.  I never took a single test.  About five years ago, I […]

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