Last Friday, I sat the VCP-IaaS exam and passed. The exam was something I’ve been working towards for the last few months. As a VMware Certified Instructor, I have to become VCP-Cloud certified before I can officially teach the vCloud exams. I’ve attended the vCloud: Install Configure Manage 5.1 course and went through the labs several times. I also have had vCloud running in my home lab for a while now.
There are two ways you can take to get the VCP-Cloud certification, take the VCP-Cloud without the VCP5 and take a qualifying course or if you’re already a VCP5, you can take the VCP-IaaS exam. I am a VCP5, so the IaaS exam is what I sat.
The questions in the VCP-IaaS exam were all multiple choice, with some requiring multiple answers (choose 2 or more). There were in total 85 questions in the exam. The exam is really heavy on vCloud Networking. You need to make sure that you know this stuff to have any hope in passing and I’ll be honest, I had to spend significant time learning the vCloud lingo. It doesn’t come easy and is different from vSphere. Knowing your way around the product (aka setting up a lab) will help you immensely.
There are a few good “fundamental” courses VMware has.
- NOTE: The VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1] course is your best option. It covers the most data and covers a lot of data in the exam blueprint. The classes below only cover a few pieces of what the exam expects you to know. This particular one is not free though however.
- VMware vShield Edge Fundamentals [V5.X] (free)
- VMware vShield App Fundamentals [V5.X] (free)
- VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager Fundamentals [V2.5] (free)
- VMware vShield Endpoint Fundamentals [V5.X] (free)
- VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals [V5.1] (free)
- Shane Williford VCP-Iaas Study Notes
- Paul Grevink VMware Iaas Study Notes
- vCloud Director Ultimate Resource Guide
Take the mock exam. (This gives you a feel for the exam. If you’re already VCP, you probably know how VMware writes exams.)