Wow! Results came in seven days from the day I wrote this exam. I expected my wait to be the normal 14+ days so I was stunned when I woke up this morning to see the email from VMware with my VCAP5-DCA Exam Report. And it arrived in my mailbox last night!! How could I have missed that?! I was naturally very hesitant to open the report especially after feeling the way I described in my last post. However, my hesitancy quickly turned to elation as I opened the report and saw those four golden letters: P A S S !!! What a way to start off my day! And what a way to kick off the year!! Technically this was accomplished in 2013, but I’m also putting this up as my first accomplished goal of 2014 since I didn’t get the results until today. Hey… whatever works to get you pumped for the new year, right?! It’s just awesome!
I listed off my study resources in my VCAP5-DCA Preparation post and I listed off some recommendations in my VCAP5-DCA Experience post, so I won’t go into those again. I do want to offer a big thanks to the vCommunity as a whole for providing the resources, encouragement and support for tackling a daunting goal like this. And I also must thank my employer, UNICOM Systems and my team at the office for giving me the opportunity and support needed to pursue and ultimately knock this goal out. It is a huge win for my team at the office and my organization as a whole.
Now on to the next goal! I would quickly start working on my VCAP5-DCD certification, but it looks like my next target recommended by the boss is my NetApp NCDA certification. My organization, UNICOM Systems, is a commercial IT consulting arm for UNICOM Global, and we just recently strengthened our partnership with NetApp. To have a strong VMware and NetApp engineer on staff will be a big asset for our Raleigh office. And yes, VCAP5-DCD is most certainly still on the hit list for later this year!