New VMware Skill, VMware Practitioner – NFV Operations, and you can get it for free!

A few days ago I saw a tweet from Eric Sloof about a new VMware Skill badge one could earn for free.

So I decided to go for it. Followed the also free online courseĀ VMware vCloud NFV Foundations with vCloud Director [V8.x]

And sat theĀ VMware vCloud NFV with vCloud Director [V8.x] Test, I failed it the first time, you need to score at least 80%. But you do have 3 attempts, so the next day after reviewing my mistakes, I tried again, and I passed!

I must say the test is more trying than the course made me expect, the course doesn’t tell you allot, you need to have some knowledge of vCloud Director, vSAN, NSX and of course vSphere. Resource management and update/migration of (vCloud) infrastructures are very important topics in the tests I’ve done, however you will need solid knowledge of NSX and vSphere/vSAN! Allot of detail questions, the course focuses on NFV stuff that I really couldn’t match with the questions in the test. There is a module in the course outlining some basics about vSphere, NSX and vSAN, but not nearly detailed enough to pass the test.

For those of you who have done VTSP tests, this is much the same, it is using the same test engine, and you cannot go back to a previous question. With the score report, you will get a list of questions you got wrong, with your answers, but only those! There are some multi select questions which won’t tell you how many ‘right’ answers you need to pick from the list. So you won’t know if the question is wrong because of a wrong answer, or if it is due to many or to few selected options… Only that you didn’t receive it as 100% correct…

For some reason I wasn’t issued the badge, contacting VMware Education support didn’t really help, however they pointed me to Acclaim’s support, who seemed very willing to find out what went wrong. Today I finally received notice of the badge being issued.

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