Some of you may have read my original post back in November, The VCP-NV is your ticket to escaping the VCP “Class requirement” for VCP-DCV! which had basically stated that until February 28, 2015 you’d be able to get your Cisco CCNA/CCNP and then take the VMware VCP Network Virtualization with no course requirement, and that made you eligible for taking ANY other VCP (Such as Data Center Virtualization (DCV) or Cloud) without having to pay for the Course requirement applicable to those other certifications.
Then within the last week, an Asterisk appeared OUT OF NOWHERE, LIKE WTF?! Which prompted this blog post #AsteriskGate VMware feels the ‘pinch’ and “invalidates” the VCP-NV as a “valid VCP Certification” #AsteriskGate – And the general gist was, all of a sudden the stance appeared that the VCP-NX wasn’t as valuable as the other VCP Certifications (This prompted outrage from the community, to where people were being told by VMware Education that no, the VCP-NV did not ‘count’ basically) among other things.
Well, the latest on this trend of things is… This is no longer the case! I don’t want to say our community outreach and outrage respectively was the ‘cause’ of this resolution but it likely was. :)
Here is an email I received from VMware Education when I contacted them on this matter;
As I understand, you need to know if a VCP-NV certification taken through Cisco credential, can take certification in different track.
I would like to inform you that, yes, you could take VCP certifications in any track based on the VCP-NV certification taken through Cisco credential. There in no course requirement.
So there we go! Mission Accomplished. Oh and might I add an update from my original blog post which mentioned that the CCNA/CCNP route would expire 28FEB2015…
You can go this path until 31JAN2016!!!
So my dear friends, colleagues, network junkies and other industry brouhaha’s… Go out there, Get Certified! Whether that be by getting your CCNA R&S / CCNA DC, then getting your VCP-NV and on to VCP-DCV or you choose another path, the power is in your hands… Don’t let it pass you by! <3
Tags: #AsteriskGate, CCNA, CCNP, Data Center, VCP-DCV, VCP-NX, vmware, VMware Certification
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Wait, what what what?! Are you just trolling? What the hell is this post supposed to mean?!
Interesting point, I’ve gotten some (justifiably) upset emails from some people who had read one of my previous posts; The VCP-NV is your ticket to escaping the VCP “Class requirement” for VCP-DCV!
For those who haven’t read it, the gist is (or well, was) If you have a valid VCP credential you’re eligible to take ANY OTHER VCP Certification without being required to have the expensive (time and cost) classroom requirement. That’s pretty awesome, especially for people who already had their CCNA/CCNP and were invested in the ‘family’ but didn’t want to pursue the classroom because your employer wouldn’t pay for it, or give you up for the time required to take the class (A common issue which plagues MANY) Thus (until 28FEB2015) this was an awesome opportunity that VMware had left available for people to pursue!
Apparently this wasn’t an opportunity!
I mean, I haven’t seen VMware directly come out and SAY this but we’ll assume for the moment this was a ‘loophole’ or an opportunity they presented without realizing that OMG WE’RE CUTTING OFF ALL OF THIS CLASS REVENUE BY PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THEIR ADVANCEMENT. Yea. Thanks VMware Education or whoever we have to thank for introducing THIS little gem. And just to give you a little context… I’ll quote some elements from the VCP-DCV Certification page…
BAM! Right there it says, if you have a valid VCP Certification* – You can just go on ahead, request authorization and take your exam! Bam, done! No problem! This is very similar to what it was back in November, minus the *.
Scroll on down to the * section though, and lo and behold this beautiful little IN YOUR FACE NETWORK PEOPLE rears its ugly head.
I’m sorry, but WHAAAAATT???!
So, let me get this straight. I can take the VCP-DCV without requiring a Classroom requirement IF I have a valid VCP Certification, and I could have gotten my VCP-NV without a classroom requirement (until 28FEB2015) if I had an existing CCNA/CCNP, yet of all of the VCP’s available, the VCP-NV suddenly isn’t a “Valid Certification” ? AM I BEING PUNKED?!? I mean, let’s be honest here, this isn’t the first time that VMware Education has done something which is perceived and rightly so by the community to screw us over, so I doubt this will be the last time.
That said, I do apologize for those who (Post Asterisk) pursued their VCP-NV via the CCNA path (which was only available for a few months) and found themselves screwed by VMware here. Having known several people who pursued their VCP-DCV through the Network Virtualization path, I know it to be a reality and for them I’m glad they got it before the ‘man’ has abruptly put us down.
It just goes to show, we can’t have nice things.
Tags: #AsteriskGate, certification, Network Virtualization, NSX, VCP-DCV, VCP-NV, vExpert, VMware Education
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#Update# This is no longer valid – Please check out my #AsteriskGate post for details;
VMware feels the ‘pinch’ and “invalidates” the VCP-NV as a “valid VCP Certification” #AsteriskGate
So you’re a long time virtualization user. You’ve worked with the systems, you love VMware! (You might even have a bumper sticker on your laptop stating as such) Yet… You never got your VCP.
What?! Why aren’t you a VCP?
This is a problem which plagues many an Admin who will often be multi-skilled and can justify the $225 price-tag to take the exam but whose employer will NOT pay for you to be away from the office, nor the hefty price tag often associated with the VCP course itself. Yea, we get that, so what?!
The VCP-NV will be your savior! (Until 28FEB2015)
So for those of you who are familiar, VMware has introduced the VCP Network Virtualization an exam which is focused heavily on the Nicira product (Named NSX, and occasionally vCNS related stuff for you vCloudy’s out there!) Also for a limited time they have introduced a unique ‘program’ with this which is…
If you have a Valid CCNA Data Center or CCNA Routing & Switching or CCNP Data Center or CCNP Routing & Switching certification you are eligible to take the VCP-NX without having to have a classroom requirement! Full details can be found at VMware’s site here on the VCP-NV.
Wait, how does this help me with my VCP-DCV?!
I knew you were going to ask that question. Well, take a journey with me, shall we?
- Earn your CCNA Routing and Switching (It’s the cheapest of the options available)
- (Unless you already have a CCNA R&S then you’re on the way!)
- Submit verification of Cisco Certification to VMware (Details here)
- Study for and pass the VCP-NX
- Now you’re officially a VCP, which grandfathers you into the ability to pass ANY VCP Exam and earn the VCP designation without classroom requirement!
- Schedule and pass the VCP-DCV (and/or VCP-DT, VCP-Cloud)
- If you schedule your exam BEFORE 1JAN2015 you can use VCPRECERT25 for 25% off! (See link)
- If you schedule your exam BEFORE 19DEC2014 and are located in APJ/APAC get 50% off! (See Link)
- BOOM YOU’RE CERTIFIED!
Some of you might feel this is a lot of work. I don’t think any of us didn’t say it WAS, however it is also NOT having to take the classroom requirement and get around this little issue which quite frankly is awesome! :) For a lot of us, it is really about principle and anything we can do to avoid an arbitrary classroom will work, that and in many cases it is quite cheaper AND expands your possible horizons! <3
Tags: CCNA, CCNP, Cisco, VCP-DCV, VCP-NV, VMware Certified Professional
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Whoa whoa whoa, wait a minute. You just put out a blog post for 15% off Microsoft Exams and 25% off VMware Exams and countless OTHER forms of free training and certification and now you’re telling me we can get 50% off on VMware Certifications?!?!
What I am saying is that if you’re in APJ / APAC, or more specifically the following countries;
- Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Korea
THEN you get 50% off Certification. Those of us in the US, Canada, LATAM and Europe… not so much. But hey, at least SOMEONE is getting a discount, right? (I wish it were me! :))
The full scoop of details can be found here at Save 50% off All VMware exams but the really important parts you can get here…
One nice thing is this is Multi-Use and Multi-Person, so if you’ve been planning to knock out your VCP-NV or update to add Cloud, you can!
And there you go! Go out there and enjoy something which the rest of us cannot. :)
Tags: APAC, APJ, certification, Discount, Free, VCAP, VCP, VFADV1450, VFVCP1450, vmware
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Whoa, wait a minute there, are you serious? Yea, After the recent debacle with not even noticing the 25% off VCP Exams Update your VCP for 25% off (Including the latest VCP-NV also!) Expires 1JAN2015 I decided to walk through a list of ‘discounted’ certifications I had published back in August… Free, discounted, and reduced Certifications and Training! and lo and behold I discovered that some of the discounts (a lot of which were set to expire in June… Had been EXTENDED!)
So taken from the Microsoft Learning Exam Discount Page: Act now to save 15% on your MCP exam
Here are the highlights!
- Register to take an MCP exam by December 31, 2014, and get 15 percent off of your exam price. This discount is available at exam providers Prometric and Pearson VUE.
- To receive your discount, when you register for your exam, simply enter the discount code 15OFF or STU15OFF at checkout.
- Browse through available exams. Note that only those which begin “70-,” “72-,” or “73-” are eligible for this discount.
Offer available October 1, 2014?December 31, 2014, or while supplies last.
Blah blah other details, which you can see at the Act now to save 15% on your MCP exam link. So check it out, and go pay less! :) <3
Tags: 15% off Microsoft Exams, Discount, Education, Microsoft Exams, Microsoft Learning
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