Questions regarding the VCA-DBT certification

Hi r/vmware,

I want to invest in my career and get out of my shitty “one it guy does everything” sysadmin position. I searched around and a lot of nearby companies search for vmware experience. I would like to spice up my resume and think getting the VCA-DBT would be a good first step.

Coming from the CompTIA “world” the whole vmware education ecosystem is a little bit unintuitive and I can’t find a lot of info online so here are my questions:

– Are there any study guides, video courses, Anki flashcard decks, practice apps or other resources you would personally recommend to get the VCA-DBT certification?

– How long does the learning take? Vmware says two weeks but I would love to hear some personal anecdotes (and hope to hear it took you just a couple of days)

– Any additional story you can share about your experience getting the VCA-DBT? I am really in the blue here and would greatly appreciate getting a broader “overview” of this enterprise by reading your story 🙂

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  1. I’m not really familiar with that cert but it sounds like an overview of everything vmware. What do you want to do? Do you still want to do hands on infrastructure? If so, then I’d suggest starting with the datacenter track. This will start you from the core of what everything else is built on. Check out some hands on labs and get a feel for things. Once you get datacenter down you can look at the rest of the vmware ecosystem.


  2. You’re right. It’s confusing as hell for someone new to VMware. The best place to start is this PDF, it lays out the cert tracks and their requirements pretty clearly: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/certification/vmware-certification-tracks-diagram.pdf

    A lot of people will argue to skip the VCA-DBT and just cut straight to a VCP. None of the VCPs require you to have the VCA-DBT first. However, you must pass a Foundations exam to qualify to sit a VCP exam. So it’s technically unnecessary, costs $135, and hence ignored. My opinion is that it’s a cert and more certs never hurt. If you have time and can spare the exam fee, do it.

    Review the exam guides for a rubric of what to study. It does look like there’s a class for VCA-DBT now, not sure if it’s fre or paid: https://vmwarelearningzone.vmware.com/oltpublish/site/program.do?dispatch=showCourseSession&id=cb9ca5fd-de3d-11e7-a6ac-0cc47a352510

    My experience – I was studying for the VCP-DTM, which requires passing the Foundations exam. After passing Foundations, I read over the VCA-DBT exam guide and saw that it was very similar to Foundations. So, I took it for shits ‘n giggles. In my opinion, it was more difficult than Foundations and the exams overall don’t get truly difficult until you reach VCAP. Both Foundations and VCA-DBT are online unprotected.

    Also, In addition to passing Foundations, VCP exams require you pay for and sit 5 day official VMware training. Few circumstances would lead me to advise paying for VCP training out of pocket. My employer has flipped the bill for 100% of my training and certs.

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