During the last VMUG UserCon in Milan I had the pleasure to
meet Andy Cary , VCI  Program Enablement Lead at VMware.
Since I begun months ago to study for my VCAP-CIA and in the while it “disappeared”, I was wondering which was the best between switch to VCAP-DCV and waiting for VCIX (still DCV since the Cloud path doesn’t include anymore vCloud Director – vRA took its place, and I’m really not confident with it).

vcap vcix

His advise was to go ahead with VCAP for 2 reasons:

  • first of all VCIX will not see the light before new year, and even though, it will pass through a testing/beta period;
  • second, if you pass even just one of the 2 VCAP (DCAdministration or DCDesign) you’ll earn a certification. And this exam will be converted in “half” of VCIX when it will be issued, so it won’t be time wasted, you’ll have to pass just the other exam to earn VCIX.

So, back to my old lab for VCAP-DCA, maybe I’ll invest some money on Ravello Systems. No chance to have anything at home, if I care my marriage, I just could borrow some unused stuff in our Datacenter, but more time wasting.

ravello autolab

I had the chance to test Ravello Systems deploying Autolab, and I must say they’re amazing, I needed support for a little trouble and had it solved in minutes.

Moreover, there are tons of study guides in the net, in my opinion the most complete is the Paul Grevink‘s VDCA550 Study Guide among the free ones plus the Chris Wahl‘s study sheet.

But the imperative is – lab, lab, lab, and don’t forget the blueprint !

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