I already sat the Design one twice and people may still remember my RANT about it – if not – you can read about it HERE.
But today I sat the VCAP6-CMA Deploy Exam or so called …
Once again not much one can actually say without braking the NDA – but one thing I can say – read the Blueprint.
Don’t forget – this exam is based on version 6. Yes it was just released and yes the product is end of life in the near feature and yes there is 7.2 out already – but if you like me are just after some VCDX Pre-Reqs and you sit this one – know the product.
If you are familiar with version 7 then the vRealize Automation specific tasks shouldn’t be a problem but I still highly recommend to lab it as there are some differences in those products which could catch you out.
You can see from the Blueprint that the exam also contains Application Services.
Here is where the big difference is between 6 and 7 .. Don’t mean exam specific – merely product specific.
I think however the exam is fair in content. I knew I have a few things I am weak on – like vRO or App Services – but I hope my strengths in vRA and vRB itself are enough for a pass.
Time Management – important. I got caught out by it properly to be honest.
You have 32 tasks to finish in 160 minutes. That is 5 minutes per task.
I took WAY longer on some tasks. Some tasks I actually knew I am weak on, I tried anyway. Big mistake.
You essentially end up wasting time you could use for tasks you are comfortable with.
What I didn’t do – but will do next time – is probably go through all the questions, note down tasks number and keyword – like
- Build Origami
- Build Lego House
- Build Lego Motorbike
- Build Marshmallow
- Build Cup of tea
Now imagine you know nothing about Lego – no point in trying to fit those little bricks together if you could just crack on with having marshmallows and tea whilst folding some origami.
You get the point (I hope).
Same for tasks I thought I knew. In fact – I hit issues I hit before in a production environment (not that I remembered what the fix was).
But imagine you are tasked to simply put a light bulb into a fitting and turn on the light.
But the light doesn’t come on or the bulb doesn’t quite sit. I tried for too long to make it work even though I know how to put a frikin light bulb into a frikin fitting and know how to turn a frikin light on.
If I fail and re-sit .. I would stop right there and move on. Come back to it… Time permitted.
So time management – very important.
In fact, I never noticed that the timer turns orange and red – never cut it so close – I say close – I run out of time where I clicked OK on a screen in vRA and it disconnected. So no clue if that task still count or not 🙂
Also, I lost about half an hour because of freezing desktops – yes – they still happen – even with the new environment – but that is probably down to the congested internet connection of the test centre – feels like it anyway.
The environment itself is good – they are based now on HOL and like many – I have done a few – so it felt natural (just remember to read the instructions as to what key strokes are blocked). A not working backspace key is mildly annoying but workable.
I can only recommend to have a look at each and every component on the blueprint – I mean REALLY.
If you aren’t able to set this up in the lab – have a look at the following two HOLs (SOON TO BE RETIRED)
I did suggest to Kim Delgado from VMware that those are kept around a little longer – especially given how new the exam, but old the actual product is.
Anyway – now the wait begins .. Apparently it takes up to ten days .. we shall see.