VCP5-DCV Delta Recertification Exam

Updated 2014-12-10


The delta exam period has been extended to March 10, 2015 and the certification information page is available here.


As i guess most of you are aware of the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certifications now (since March 10, 2014) includes an expiration date. This counts towards all your VCP certifications e.g.:

  • VMware Certified Professional – Cloud
  • VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Professional – Desktop
  • VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization

Even the old VCP certifications as the below mentioned once are included:

  • VMware Certified Professional 4 – Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Professional 3 are included.

Since there is an option, available until end of November, to take a VCP5 Delta exam to extend the validation period i decided to sit the exam yesterday. This is an online exam, less expensive compared to the traditional VCP exams and it took only 20 minutes from the time i registered for the exam here until i started the exam which is pretty nice. You don’t need to start the exam immediately when you register, you have a 48 hour window from registration until it has to be completed.

The exam focuses on the differences between the vSphere 5.0/5.1 and vSphere 5.5 and the certification blueprint can be downloaded here.

The blueprint outlines, as usual, what you need to know and what material you should read. I read up on vSphere Data Protection, vSphere Replication and vSphere Flash Read Cache since i haven’t worked with these products/features for a while. I learned a few thing that was actually included in the certification so that was well invested time (about 1 hour).

Another topic included in the certification that was not included when i sat the VCP5 a few years back was vCenter Operations Manager.

The actual exam contained 65 questions so obviously not all of them were questions about the differences between 5.0/5.1 and version 5.5.

You’ll get the result immediately when finished and it was a pass.

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So now i’m a VCP-Cloud, VCP5-DCV, VCP4 and VCP3 until November 27, 2016:)

If you’re not planning on taking any new VCP or VCAP exam before your existing VCP certifications expires i recommend you sign up for the delta exam today and take it before December 1 2014.

Good luck.


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