Well I did it, passed the VCP6-NV exam. it’s been an adventure and a journey. After failing the exam in January I was to be honest very disheartened by that loss and I was slow to get back on the bandwagon. Took me nearly 3 weeks to pony up the energy to study again. But study I did, from 2 am til 7 am every morning for 2 months after working out on the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE I would study: labs, watch Pluralsight, read VMware press micro-books on NSX, and the official VCP6-NV book over and over again. Also read all of the NSX guides on the Kindle that I could muster.
I’d like to personally thank Chris McCann who with Eva Leong at VMware the were gracious enough to provide me resources and voucher for me to take the exam, after all they did bestow upon me the VMUG NV package back in May of last year; it’s been a long journey, but fun along the way.
I plan on now finishing up my MCSE:2016 track as I got some more to take, but I’d like to pursue the VCAP6-NV track or is it VCIX? O.o dunno the names keep changing.
So my next goal is the MCSE, the the CompTIA CSA+, then back to VCAP6-NV. I’d like to dabble into VCP7-DTM too. Maybe I’ll aim for all 4 of them. 😉
I will admit, having my Cisco background did help a little bit but more-so having an actual home-lab with Cisco and Netgear switches was even more useful, having those 10G switches and 10G CNA’s really paid off for labbing.
My only advice for anyone planning on taking the exam themselves: study the NSX design guide, get the 5 book bundle of NSX VMware Press mini books, watch videos on Pluralsight and then this is key, after you study take a 23 minute nap to retain the knowledge. Drink plenty of water and eat clean. 🙂
Persistence is key..