I have set a lofty goal for the first part of 2015 – obtain CCNP Data Center before Cisco Live 2015. The certification requires that I pass four exams out of a possible six. I will be taking the following exams –
- 642-999 DCUCI
- 642-035 DCUCT
- 642-997 DCUFI
- 642-980 DCUFT
The other option would be to take one or both of the design exams, however I am going to stick with troubleshooting for two reasons – 1) It relates to what I do on a daily basis and 2) CBTNuggets has the DCUCT and DCUFT series available already. Because training material for the Data Center track is so limited right now, it is best for me to use what resources are available.
You may have noticed that I’ll be starting with the UCS side of the exams. With the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator available for free, this again comes down to making use of what I have. I should have plenty of Nexus gear or a copy of VIRL by the time I get to the Unified Fabric exams so, for now, I will let those rest.
- Cisco Unified Computing Systems
- Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals
- NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching: Next-Generation Data Center Architectures
As for a test schedule, the current plan is something like this:
- 642-999 DCUCI – 2/6/15
- 642-035 DCUCT – 3/6/15
- 642-997 DCUFI – 4/10/15
- 642-980 DCUFT – 5/8/15
That will leave about four weeks of play before Cisco Live. I find it best to alway leave a little bit of wiggle room, but setting these dates (and posting them online!) will hold me accountable.
So, not a ton of meat in this post, but you can at least get a feel for how I lay out my certification studies. As my studies progress, I will have a series of posts summarizing topics from the exam outline. Are you studying for the CCNP Data Center? Leave a comment below and share how it is going!