Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Guide to Citrix CCEE and CCIA certification – Part 2

Get CCEE certified in 4-5 months and CCIA certified in 6 months
Month 2/next three weeks: CCA XenServer
Apply study rule #1 and #2 from Part1:
Study rule 1#: Book the exam before you start studying, this will make sure that you have a deadline to work to. Do not reschedule the exam unless absolutely necessary, use the time pressure that you might experience to put more effort into studying.
Study rule 2#: Once you get studying and you pass the 1st exam/module then continue with studying for the other required exams/models right away. If you take a break between the exams that is longer than 1-2 two weeks it will take you more effort to get used to studying and you will forget what you learned from the previous exams.
Study XenServer 5.6 or (you can skip this if you already passed the exam for XenServer 5 or passed the exam for XenServer 5.6)
The exam for XenServer 5.6 is the most recent XenServer exam currently available.
The XenServer exam will require basic knowledge about storage solutions, high availability and command line interface (CLI) commands.
  • Book exam 1Y0-A024 (XenServer 5.6)
  • Read the enablement guide carefully and make sure you have sufficient knowledge about all the topics listed in the guide. Also read all the documents and articles that have been listed in the guide, these items have been used during the exam development.
  • 1Y0-A24 Enablement guide
  • Follow the free Citrix XenServer 5.6 Technology Overview and the if you are going to study for XenServer 5.6
  • Use Citrix eDocs and Citrix white papers for more in-depth information.
  • White papers
  • XenServer admin guide for XenServer 5.6
  • Purchase Citrix online e-learning for XenServer course CXS-202 for Administering XenServer 5.6 if you need more training on XenServer 5.6
  • XenServer 6.0 is the most recent version of but most of the guides and whitepapers currently available will be based on XenServer 5.0 or 5.6 FP1.
  • Build a test server with the following components:
    • Citrix XenServer (XenServer requires Intel-VT or AMD-V support from the hardware and CPU. It will work with most onboard SATA controllers and onboard Network cards used in common laptops and PC’s). Although XenServer 6.0 can be downloaded it is recommended to install XenServer 5.6 as this version will match with the exam. See theCitrix XenServer 5.6 installation guide for more info on requirements and how to install XenServer.
    • To Emulated shared storage on XenServer you can use the free OpenFiler appliance for XenServer.
    • You can emulate a NFS or iSCSI NAS/SAN with the OpenFiler virtual appliance
Part 3 / month 3 will describe how to study for Citrix XenDesktop 5
This article is also posted in the Citrix Blogs in the education section

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