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Complete VMware Certification Training Guide

What is VMware?

Technology moves at a rapid pace with demands changing far before most people realize it. It’s easy to be swimming with the stream, only to find months later you are now swimming against the current! Our Complete VMware Certification Training Guide will help you understand a little bit more about where the Tech industry is headed and what Virtualization has to do with that.

For years, solid physical networks and large data center style set-ups have been the bread and butter of large businesses. In the recent years though, changes to how we do server centers and business technology has created a revolution in the sphere of Virtualization.

Virtualization and the cloud have been on the rise for quite some time and this has created a need for people certified in running both VMware and Hyper-V. These mainline systems are used to boot up and deploy virtual machines. Many of the concepts between VMware and Hyper-V are actually quite similar, yet the terminology is vastly different. VMware has a long-history as the de facto program of choice for many businesses that dabble in virtualization and the cloud but Hyper-V is quickly rising to that level as well. Virtualization can save on resources, create secure test environments, functions as the basis for Data Centers and numerous Network set-ups. It simply put, is the future of business IT.

Why get a VMWare Certification?

There are a ton of good reasons to get certified in VMware.

Firstly, success on the job! It’s a stellar choice for making sure you have the skills and the knowledge required to be competitive today as an employee and business. These skills are in HIGH-Demand and make you a valuable asset as an employee.

Secondly, it’s so common to have an up and coming Tech trend hit with devastating force those who are unprepared. By getting trained in VMware, you can be prepared for the increasingly demanding needs of the future as well as make sure you aren’t caught untrained and incapable. Regardless of whether or not you WANT to dabble in virtualization, you MUST. It’s the only way to be current and adapt in this changing world.

And third, Virtualization is a blast. Few things in Tech have so much freedom and potential for unique, challenging, and amazing solutions to different needs. Many of those in the VMware space, just love what they do!

Oh my goodness this is confusing!

The certification world is an interesting one, it’s a little bit like the chicken and the egg. Without knowing technical knowledge, it’s hard to know where to start. Without knowing where to start, it’s hard to learn technical knowledge!

VMware has a breakdown of the main certifications that can be found on their website here. There are 4 main categories and a LOT of confusing titles!

Whether you are trying to take 2VO-620 or 2VO-621D is a bit mystifying! With fancy code names and an emphasis on a dare I say, arcane, realm of computer work, it’s hard to know what to do. There are several different programs, career paths, and focuses that are included in the VMware world. This Complete VMware Certification Training Guide can help break some of this down for you to understand!

How do we begin?

For years, breaking into the Virtualization world required EXPENSIVE classes and training seminars just to begin pursuing Virtualization. As an entry point it usually cost $1500-3000 and wasn’t as widespread of a technology. Recently though, entry level Virtualization Certification has been making the Virtualization path much more affordable and doable.

In just a few steps, you can forge a useful path for a career in VMware. It would take a VERY LONG time to exhaustively go through every certification, so instead we recommend this specific path as it is a good way forward to success.

First, start with the Foundations exam.

The 2VO-620 (vSphere Foundations Exam)

The vSphere Foundations exam, or 620 for short, is a 90 minute exam consisting of approximately 65 questions. This entry level exam can be taken from home (Non-proctored) and has a cheap price tag of $120 compared to the expensive long-form training sessions of more certs. This exam covers the basics of vSphere and gets your feet wet. It is one of the BEST options for seeing what this field is like and getting certified.

The 2VO-620 Exam is the precursor to 4 different certification paths, VCP6-DCV, VCP6-CMA,VCP6-DTM,
VCP6-NV. Each of those paths is a bit more intensive, normally requiring classroom instruction, continuing education, and more. Start with 2VO-620.

Next, Narrow in on a Career Path.

Most people learning about VMware are not attempting to have an exhaustive knowledge of the whole process. Some are continuing education, others are perhaps shooting for the first level in Virtualization. VMware offers 4 Career paths with MANY levels that branch off from a major subject.

VMware Certification GuideThese four areas breakdown into four career paths,

1. Data Center Careers (Working on Server side environments)
2. Network Careers (Implementing the Network aspects similar to CCNA)
3. Cloud and Automation (Creating systems for using a cloud or having a business run behind the scenes systems)
4. Desktop and Mobility careers (Fascinating jobs where you can create virtual test environments using virtualization)

Pick a Career Path and Become an Associate!

There are 3 levels in the VMware Certification system, Associate, Professional, and Expert. The first step after passing your foundations exam is to become an Associate in one of the main four disciplines. We recommend the Data Center path as it is one of the largest growing fields (As are Clouds and Automation as well!) and is a diverse Certification.
Here are the best exams for the next step in getting certified!

2VO-621 and 2VO-621D

So the 2VO-621 is the next in line from the Foundations exam. It covers Data Center certification and associate level training. The 2VO-621D (Or delta) is the following level and oversees the realm of a Data Center Professional.

1V0-642

The Network Virtualization (VCA6-NV) v6.2 covers using Virtualization in a Networking set-up. This is the exam taken to become certified with VMware Network Concepts.

1V0-602 and 1V0-603

The 1VO-602 (Hybrid Cloud Fundamentals Exam) and the 1VO-603 (Cloud Management and Automation Fundamentals Exam) are both entry level certification tests and titles for Cloud and Automation. Since the subject is a little broader, there are actually two entry level certifications!

1V0-605

The 1VO-605 Desktop and Mobility Fundamentals Exam is required to be certified as a VCA6-DTM.

Study with a Free Guide Online!

All this is good and great, but it is a bit impractical. Random numbers and exam codes? The reason we think these are important, is they can help make it a little less confusing when pursuing certification. Without hands on experience in virtualization, it can be a bit hard to grasp what this is all about. I’d recommend going to VMware or Hyper-V and downloading a virtulization program. Normally you can get a free program that allows you to practice Virtualization. Next I’d dive headfirst into studying to get a feel for what virtualization entails and what fits for you!

One great resource is www.Exam-labs.com as it offers HUNDREDS of free tests for certifications and is one of the few testing resources that covers a wide-range of virtualization subjects (They have over 50 FREE exams on VMware alone!). Instead of struggling to grasp the idea, just go to Exam-labs.com, hop into a test or two (I recommend this one right here) and see if Virtualization is for you! You may fall in love with one of the most exciting in-demand industries in the Tech World! Using Exam-Labs you can see whether the 1VO-605 or the SVO-621 are a good match, this means that instead of spending hours going through a course only to realize it’s not a good fit, you can practice on Exam-Labs and get a real, practical version of what these tests actually entail. This in turn can inform your decision! Either way, we know that by pursuing Virtualization, you are engaging a new and emerging technology that is sure to push your career to new heights!

Thanks for joining us on our Complete Guide to VMware Certification. We hope it helped! If you found this useful, please share this with friends and tell us how it helped. We strive here to make our guides easy to read and practical to all. Until next time, good luck and we look forward to hearing your success stories!

Become a CCNA, Cisco Certified Network Associate, In Just Two Weeks!

In the IT world some skills such as programming take years to learn and hone. This creates an intimidating environment for those who year to break in into IT fields. Yet not all skills are that specialized or rigorous.

Often it’s hard to know which skills you should learn to kickstart your career. In tech. One of the more challenging paths is that of a Cisco Certified Network Associate. The CCNA is a certification that shows proficiency in networking concepts and hardware. One of the most sought after skills is networking. It’s challenging, rewarding, hard, and yet invaluable as a skill. Every business needs the internet, and every small business needs a network. Much like CompTia exams, Cisco offers numerous certifications that show potential employers who has put in the work to be considered a certified network technician. As the gold standard for showing skill in networking, the CCNA is an important certification to consider.

The CCNA is a rather basic level in regards to networking because it is such a large concept. Being a certified Network Associate can start you on the path toward several rewarding and high paying jobs. Networking isn’t easy though. It takes a lot of hands-on experience and personal study. Knowing which test to even take can be confusing for people.

What is it?

There are several different certifications offered by Cisco that cover a broad spectrum of concepts and skills. For those who want to get a good foundational course though, we recommend taking the 200-125 Exam.

This exam covers quite a bit of introductory networking and gives a great platform for growing in skill. While networking can be intimidating, with a little preparation and study, you can be certified in a matter of weeks. Granted, this path is not for the wavering. If you want to be certified in a couple of weeks, you need to study, watch videos, and train for a couple hours a day.

Don’t be discouraged though! It’s totally possible! We are here to offer some tips and help on getting ready to take the CCNA Exam in a matter of weeks!

So where do we start?

Pick one of the 9 Certifications

CCNA has 9 subcategories. Routing and Switching is the best “overall” beginning cert though for Cisco work. For the sake of this process, we are going to assume that CCNA R&S (Routing and Switching) is the certification that you are pursing. Many of the concepts will still carry over between sub categories as well, so don’t be afraid to pick one and commit to it.

One Exam Vs. Two

There are two ways to get certified as a CCNA through Routing and Switching. You can take two separate exams or take a combined exam. Regardless of whether you split the test up or take both tests at once, the questions and content would be the same. It’s important to know how you want to take the test though because you can study half the concepts for one week and test then switch and test again or study everything for two weeks and test.

Step 1: Schedule the Exam around two weeks from when you plan to start studying

This incentivizes studying. It can be hard to stay focused if you have nothing to lose. Yet when a significant amount of cash is on the line (The exam is almost $300) then you are motivated to push through tired nights and boring notes. You have skin in the game. It hurts to lose. Start by scheduling your exam. This forces you to commit to this process.

Step 2: Create a Schedule

Studying with an upcoming deadline requires a fair amount of discipline. Schedule your study time and commit to making it a priority. Put the Exam date on the calendar so that you are reminded of the urgency of study. Next take all the exam concepts and divide them by fourteen. Make sure that you master 1/14th of the test each day, while also reviewing previous days.

Step 3: Block out AT LEAST two hours a day, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Getting certified takes a fair amount of commitment. It’s easy to feel discouraged when looking at the time commitment. Still, studying for an exam is all about taking normal time captive. There are 168 hours in a week. If you take 14 of these hours and apply them to learning a new skill, it’s definitely possible.

To be ready to test in two weeks you must be brutally honest with yourself. Do you spend too much time on unimportant things? We have all binge watched a TV show or wasted time doing something inconsequential. Look for little moments that you can redeem for more time. Always be honest with yourself and others about what holds you back from studying and growing. You NEED to find two hours in the day for study at a bare minimum.

Step 4: Take the Exam-labs test

We all enter IT fields with varying levels of knowledge The online tests offered at Exam-labs.com show real questions and offer a great point of entry for the CCNA Exam.

Step 5: Rank the subjects you need to study by importance

Taking a practice exam can give you a good point of reference for where you are at with networking. Most people will know a few rudimentary things, but this can help you hone in on the necessary knowledge to concentrate on for the test. Note the things that you struggle with, these can be used to make a study guide.

Step 6: Create a list of subjects to study

Take the Exam-Lab results and create a guide that helps you see where you are lacking in networking knowledge.

Step 7: Gather Components for a test network

While knowing concepts is great, having a physical place to test your knowledge is invaluable. Testing a network requires several Ethernet cords, a router, a switch, a hub, and two-four computers. There are MANY more parts to a network and as you learn, you will want to buy, borrow, and test these components out. For the sake of connecting computers together on a network though, these basic components can help you get started. Ideally you’ll want several devices to test network set-ups and troubleshoot you own set-up.

Step 8: Build A Network

Murphy’s law states that what can go wrong, will go wrong. Networking is one of the most fundamentally challenging aspects of IT. This is because numerous devices, operating systems, software, data, and more must interact in such a way as to send and retrieve information along a broad spectrum of network setups. It’s almost useless to study for this exam without taking the time to set up a test network and practice some of the basic skills that the exam seeks to show.

Step 9: Study, Study, Study!

There are numerous resources online for free such as this video series by Exam-labs, or free exams such as those, http://www.cntc.org.br/?all=exam/200-120. To be certified in two weeks, you will need to spend at least an hour studying Networking every day and an hour each day practicing both real world test set-ups and digital ones.

One of the advantages of Exam-labs material such as those offered for the CCNA 200-125, is that it is real-world knowledge. The questions found on Exam-Labs tests are similar to those that would actually appear on the CCNA 200-125. Learning to answer these questions can boost your confidence and motivate you to learn more.

Step 10: Take the Exam-Labs test, repeatedly until you have memorized many of the answers

It is a good for those who struggle with confidence to be reminded of how obtainable these certifications are. These Exam dumps cover enough information to help you easily pass your first CCNA test. If you can ace the Exam-labs material, there is a good chance you can pass this exam. Take these concepts to your test network as well!

Step 11: Repeat

For the next fourteen days, study for an hour, test for an hour, write down what you need to improve on and repeat the process. It may seem like a waste to study so much, but it is amazing how quickly the skill-set and knowledge to pass the CCNA exams will start to accumulate.

Step 12: Take the Exam!

It’s ok to be a little nervous but after two weeks and putting in several hours a day of study and recreating a network, you should be ready. So take the Exam! If you have studied and aced the Exam-Labs material, as well as put up your own Network and practiced network concepts, it should be quite easy to pass this exam. So go for it!

Step 13: Pass!

And with that, we hope that you pass the exam! Tests can be intimidating, but they are so rewarding. Certifications open the door to greater opportunity and push you to become a better person to learn a new skill and enter a new industry.

Did this help?

Are you getting ready to take a CCNA exam? Did this guide help? Be sure to comment in on ways we can improve our guide process as well as share your own success stories! We are grateful to help you succeed with the CCNA and hope to see you as a certified CCNA member soon!