Only 9 days until VMworld kicks off, the 5k run is on Sunday the 29th, as well as a couple of pre-VMworld parties, counting down the days. The other day I posted my official VMworld 2010 schedule, there is just so much to do and only 4 days. They actually added a fourth day this year, which in my opinion is much needed. Today’s “VMworld, I’m most excited about…” covers the training aspect of VMworld. I recently passed my VCP certification exam, and I am really looking forward to learning more about the new advanced VMware certifications that just recently came out.

Here is a rundown of the two new certs from VMware:

VMware Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 4- Datacenter Administration

The VCAP4-DCA is directed toward System Administrators, Consultants and Technical Support Engineers who can demonstrate their skills in VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter technologies in relation to the datacenter, as well as their knowledge of application and physical-infrastructure services and their integration with the virtual infrastructure.

In order to become a VCAP-DCA, you will need to follow the required path: 1. Be a VMware Certified Professional 4 (VCP4) and 2. Pass the VCAP4-DCA exam

VMware Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 4 – Datacenter Design

The VCAP-DCD is directed toward IT Architects and Consulting Architects who are capable of designing VMware solutions in a multi-site, large enterprise environment. They have a deep understanding both of VMware core components and their relation to storage and networking, and also of datacenter design methodologies. They also possess knowledge of applications and physical infrastructure, as well as their relationship to the virtual infrastructure.

In order to become a VCAP-DCD you will need to follow the required path: 1. Be a VMware Certified Professional 4 (VCP4) and 2. Pass the VCAP4-DCD exam

This year at VMworld 2010, they actually have a session entitled “VMware Certified Advanced Professional Certifications Are Here.” This should hopefully go more into depth on the suggested coursework that would aid you in obtaining these certifications, as well as insight into the actual exams themselves. This is the session synopsis:

This session provides details on VMware’s two new Advanced certifications, the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration (VCAP-DCA) and the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Design (VCAP-DCD) certifications. These certifications allow a VMware Certified Professional to demonstrate advanced mastery of two areas of expertise: Datacenter Administration and Datacenter Design. The VCAP-DCA candidate demonstrates advanced abilities in implementation and administration of large and/or complex vSphere environments, while the VCAP-DCD candidate demonstrates advanced abilities in designing vSphere solutions. This session will further describe the purpose of these two certifications, along with the requirements, recommended courses and objectives for obtaining each.

This session is led by Technical Certification Developers, Jon Hall and Russ Henmi from VMware, Inc. It is labeled under the Virtualization 101 track, and is 60 minutes long. Register for it if you haven’t, it is scheduled Monday 03:00 PM, or Wednesday 12:00 PM, Moscone West Room 2007.

Are you a VCP4 yet? If you haven’t taken your VCP exam yet, you can register to do so at VMworld and save $90!

Become a VMware Certified Professional
Take your first step toward gaining expertise in virtual infrastructure and the industry recognition that goes along with it by becoming a VMware Certified Professional (VCP). Register to take your VCP exam at VMworld 2010: and take advantage of the $90 discount. Seating is limited so register today!

Well, there you have it. Plenty of opportunities to get certified with VMware and further your career in virtualization. If you are going to take your VCP4 exam at VMworld, or wherever you are, read my post on passing the VCP exam, I promise it will help you get by.


Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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