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I passed the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam!

I took the VCP550 exam for VCP5-DCV on 26 Feb 2015 and passed!  Here’s my thoughts on the test and how I prepared for it.

 

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ITIL Foundations Class – March 26-28, 2014

Our organization at SJSU is implementing IT service management based upon ITIL.  To support this, I recently took a ITIL Foundation class from Global Knowledge on site at SJSU from March 26-28, 2014…

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VMware View: Desktop Fast Track [V5.1] Course – Online June 10-14, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of attending VMware View: Desktop Fast Track [V5.1] online.  We bought this directly from VMware, which gives you the (BONUS!) free voucher for the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop examination.  The Fast Track class is actually a 5 day version of 2 standard classes (boot camp style) – it combines View 5.1 Install, Manage, Configure (4 days) with View 5.1 Design (3 days) into one fun filled 5 day week.  VMware says:

This fast-paced, extended-hours training course includes the content of the following courses:
•  VMware View: Install, Configure, Manage
•  VMware View: Design Best Practices
This hands-on training course builds your skills in the VMware® View™ suite: VMware® View Manager™, VMware® View Composer™, and VMware® ThinApp®. The course provides applications-oriented administrators with the knowledge and skills to virtualize Windows applications with ThinApp and to choose the best deployment and updating processes for their environment. The course also presents a methodology for analyzing and designing a View solution for the VMware® vSphere® infrastructure.

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VMware Online Training

I recently attended VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.0] class from VMware.  Normally I prefer to go to instructor led training.  This time, because of tight budgets and schedules, I elected to attend a Live Online class.  It wasn’t bad!  Read more to see what an online class from VMware is like… Read more

Passed the ISC(2) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) today

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UPDATE! CISSP granted to me on Sep 22, 2011!

Security is one of the many things I do.  I chose to go after the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) for a variety of reasons.  One and perhaps the most important is that it is required for many, if not most, upper level IT jobs in the Federal Government, whether you are an actual Federal Employee or a contractor (DoDD 8570).  So having CISSP is one of “those certifications” that are commonly listed on many job announcements.  I got serious about studying for the CISSP at the beginning of 2011, and I took the ISC(2) CISSP examination for on July 23, 2011 in San Francisco.

It takes ISC(2) a while to score the paper and pencil tests, but I received notification today that I passed!  Whew!  I didn’t want to have to take that one again.  (I guess the score reporting times vary, but it took me 17 days, a couple of weeks, to get email notification.  That’s in line with what ISC(2) says…)

I’m not officially a CISSP until ISC(2) processes my endorsement paperwork, I’m working on that. UPDATE! CISSP granted to me on Sep 22, 2011!

Read on for my thoughts about getting ready for the CISSP and what I did to prepare.

To recap ISC(2)’s turnaround times:

Exam date: Jul 23, 2011
ISC(2) notification of pass by email: Aug 09, 2011 (17 days)
Endorsement faxed to ISC(2): Aug 15, 2011
ISC(2) acknowledged endorsement rcvd: Aug 15, 2011 (Same Day!)
ISC(2) awarded CISSP, notified by email: Sep 22, 2011 (38 days)
Cert received via snail mail: Oct 07, 2011 (15 days)

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NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA) – Passed NS0-154 Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode Administrator Today

I passed the new style (single exam) NS0-154  NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA) test today.  I had the good fortune to take some instructor led courses for this from Fastlane – Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode Administration (DOT87M) and Accelerated NCDA Boot Camp Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode (ANCDABC87).  They were good preparation.  The exam was 75 questions, 90 minutes.  I passed it with a 99% (missed one) and it took me maybe 20 minutes.

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Test Centers near San Luis Obispo

computer_testIf you live in San Luis Obispo, CA area, there are no local Prometric or Pearson Vue test centers.  Cuesta College used to run one, but there was some sort of political hoopla over it and they decided to close it.  Your choices now are all like 100+ miles away.

Here’s my thoughts on the test centers I’ve actually been to.  I think that most (all?) of these do both Prometric and Pearson Vue.  I like Vue.  I like their registration process and using their website better.  Prometric’s website is clunky and often hangs and freezes in the middle of enrollment which always makes me wonder “Did that go through?  Should I click submit again?”

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CompTIA Security+ – Passed JK0-015 CompTIA Security+ (2008 Edition) today

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I passed CompTIA Security+ today.  This is not a difficult exam, and if you have some computer security experience, it isn’t too challenging.  The reason I took this, and maybe why you should as well, is that it is one of the required certifications for Federal Information Assurance employees, as recently required by DoDD 8570.  Who knows, maybe you’ll be a Federal employee (or contractor) someday…

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Fastlane Accelerated NCDA Boot Camp Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode (ANCDABC87) in El Segundo, CA

I recently had the pleasure of attending an Accelerated NCDA Boot Camp Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode class in El Segundo, CA, April  March 04-08, 2011.  We purchased the training from Fastlane, one of NetApp’s authorized training partners.  The class was hosted by Microtek in El Segundo, CA.  If you get a chance to go to one of these, do it!  NetApp says:

netappPrepare for success when taking the NS0-154 NetApp® Certified Data Management 7-Mode Administrator Exam. Through lectures and labs, you will learn the essential features and functions of the Data ONTAP® 8.0 7-Mode operating system including network-attached storage administration and storage area networks configuration. This course, paired with the Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode Administration course, will enable you to become a certified NetApp data administrator.

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CompTIA A+ – Passed 220-701: CompTIA A+ Essentials and 220-701: CompTIA A+ Practical Application Today

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I passed the 2 required exams for CompTIA A+ today.  These are entry level exams, and if you have some computer experience, they are not too challenging.  The reason I took these, and maybe why you should as well, is that it is one of the required certifications for Federal Information Assurance employees, as recently required by DoDD 8570.  Who knows, maybe you’ll be a Federal employee (or contractor) someday…

Read more on what they were like and why you should take them…

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