VMware admins obtain a VMware Certified Professional certification -- in ever-increasing numbers -- for many reasons. This certification is designed to prove that an IT pro has a working knowledge of VMware's virtualization products and how to implement them. Success depends on what you do before going into the VMware VCP test.
Check out the top five articles and news from SearchVMware in 2012, covering topics such as the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) test, VMware's certifications and educational resources.
5. Bolster your VMware education with a VMUG Advantage membership
The VMUG Advantage technical membership is an up-front investment that can pay off when you need to learn more about VMware products and managing a VMware environment. While the VMUG Advantage membership isn't a coupon for VCP test costs, it does garner you free all-access eLearning courses from VMware.
4. Is VMware developing too many specialized certifications?
There's more than one VMware VCP test subject, and the company is churning out new certification options in end-user computing and cloud computing. The IT industry is undecided on the value of "more, more, more" when it comes to certifications.
3. The holes in VMware's certifications lineup
VMware offers the VCP, VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) and VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certifications, each tailored for a different level of VMware admin. However, there are some glaring holes in VMware's certification lineup.
2. Head to the library at VMware Labs
Most VMware admins know to consult the VMware Labs website for great new projects and fledgling products. What you might not know is that VMware Labs is home to a wealth of free educational materials, including research articles.
1. How to prep for the VMware VCP exam
Learn what to expect on exam day, whether you are pursuing a VCP or the higher-level VCAP title. If your New Year's resolutions include passing the VCP 5 exam, start preparing for the certification here.
This was first published in December 2012