On Friday, I sat the VMware VSAN Specialist 2VB-601 Exam. I’ll be deploying more VSAN soon, so I used this recently released 2VB-601 exam as a guide to thoroughly learn the product. Passing 2VB-601 along with a VCP6 version of a VMware certification grants you the VMware VSAN Specialist 2017 badge. This isn’t a full certification, but it acknowledges candidates with VSAN knowledge and skills.
2VB-601 Exam Format
The 2VB-601 exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions, and you have 105 minutes to complete the exam. It is very comparable to VMware VCP exams as far as format goes. If you’ve taken VCP exams before, you certainly know the drill here. The top score for the exam is 500, and passing is 300, just like VCP exams.
2VB-601 Exam Resources
There aren’t a ton of affordable learning resources out there for this exam as far as books and what not go unfortunately. However, if you follow the exam guide and read the documents provided in VMware’s study guide, along with hands on experience, you can certainly pass 2VB-601. I also highly recommend the VMware hands on labs pertaining to VSAN. You could also build your own lab using EvalExperience included with VMUG Advantage.
- VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist Badge Info
- 2VB-601 Exam Preparation Guide
- VSAN Documentation
- Mandatory reading:
- VSAN Design and Sizing Guide
- VMware VSAN Network Design
- iSCSI Target Guide
- Operations Guide
- Proof of Concept Guide
- Mandatory reading:
VSAN 6.6 Deploy and Manage training isn’t necessary, but I did attend it to fulfill a partner requirement. If you’re a partner and need to do the same, this will definitely help.
2VB-601 Exam Experience
The 2VB-601 exam is very straight forward. VMware VCP exams are notorious for sometimes asking rote memorization type questions, such as the exact word for word options for configuration choices. I did not find that to be the case generally speaking with this exam. Most questions are fair and are generally more conceptual in nature. You do need to know what needs to be done or what happens in various scenarios. I also generally didn’t find myself wondering to which exam objective questions were related, like I often do on VCP exams for more questions than I’d like. Virtually every question I felt was fair game on.
With that said, the exam I found wasn’t nearly as difficult as every other VCP exam I’ve taken, which are numerous at this point. If you look over the exam guide and feel you know them, have hands on experience with VSAN, I would recommend reading over the substantial documents in the guide prior to sitting the exam. Otherwise, you should be in good shape.
I passed it on my first attempt with a 456, which is the highest I’ve ever gotten on any VMware exam. I finished the exam with 45 minutes to spare, so time won’t be an issue. I found the questions mostly fell in the category of “you know it or you don’t”.
I’ll be posting resources to help study for the exam for those of you who wish to take the exam.
Hope this helps!