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My VCPN610 Experience

This morning I took the VCPN610 Exam according to plan. What didn’t go according to plan was getting a score of 290 when I needed 300 to pass. So near, and yet so very very far.

This one was quite an expensive learning experience for me, so I need to make the most of it and learn what I can.

Lesson the First: VCP Exams are hard. I’ve done Cisco CCNA exams, and MS MCSA/MCSE Exams. I’d put this exam at well above the level of the MCSA, probably a bit above the CCNA, and probably along side MCSE. The exam goes quite deep, and broader than I expected.

Lesson the Second: Time is quite tight. I’m used to getting out of exams well before the end of the time, 30-50% of the allocated time isn’t unusual, even on the harder exams. I’m blessed that English is my first language, and that I’ve sat enough exams through school and uni to just get on with it. This exam took 75% of my time. I had the option to review questions (I wasn’t sure if I would have), but I didn’t have enough time to review them all properly, I’d have barely managed to re-read all the questions. Which leads to:

Lesson the Third: Note questions you are unsure of next time! There is the ability to review a question at a time, and you can jump about. Use it! Many questions you just know the answer to, many could use some thought. Mark and Return.

Finally: There are some areas I really need to look at in some more depth. Things that took more thinking about than they should for me:

  • QoS Where/How it gets applied to work over the physical and virtual networks.
  • The actual GUI process of adding in a logical network.
  • Where do the controllers live?
  • Packet walks for simple (one logical network, two logical network and distributed router) networks.
  • Service Composer
  • Upgrade Paths from vCNS and old versions.

I don’t want to just pass next time. I want a good solid score. I am capable of this, now to get it done.

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3 comments

    • Andre on March 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing Anthony,

    I’m writing tomorrow and also failed the first time 284/500. Did you manage to write it again? Did you feel the second time around was a bit easier? My experience of the exam was exactly as you described, although I lacked on other areas.

    Andre

  1. Hi Andre, I’m sorry to say I had a very similar experience the second time around.

    I don’t think there’s anything else I can add than what I put here. I’m actually taking some time out now to really bottom out the blueprint from scratch.

    Good luck tomorrow! I’m sure you will do better the second time around than I did.

    • Manuel on March 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks Anthony / Andre for sharing your experience. I am barely starting to get my feet wet on this virtual networks. After watching a video yesterday about Defined Networking, I decided that this is a good place to start.
    Thanks for sharing.

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