VMware has just released 2 weeks ago an updated blueprint (v3.1) aimed at the new VCP5-DCV exam for vSphere 5.5. In the past, VMware has released exams that just add extra questions for the minor releases – However, 5.5 was a bit closer to a major release than a minor, which includes some major differences and therefore supporting the need for a new exam.
The two exams are labeled clearly to make it easy to differentiate between them, VCP510 = 5.x exam / VCP550 = 5.5 exam.
The 5.5 exam brings in many new topics and some that have not been covered as much in previous exams, this now brings the exam to 135 questions /120 minutes (5.x = 85 Questions/ 90 minutes). The additional questions and time bring up in line with the Desktop and Cloud exams.
Some of the focus areas in the blueprint from the previous 5.x (v2.9) blueprint are as follows.
- Web Client
- Single-Sign On
- Data Protection
- vSphere Replication
Pearson Vue will give you both exam options to chose from when booking your test day on their website. If you have sat the vSphere ICM 5.x (Install, Configure and Manage) course with an accredited VMware training provider, you are still able to sit the 5,5 exam, however, you are best to grab a book and other training material to learn the new technology that has been delivered in vSphere 5.5.
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