Is the CCPV worth it?
Citrix was in the Application Virtualization market before that term was commonly used. If you’ve been in IT for a while, you may be familiar with MetaFrame and Presentation Server from the early 90s. Many installations chose to install Citrix instead of the RDP protocol, as it was very buggy at the time of the initial release Microsoft Terminal Server. Citrix has decades of experience in this area, it’s not surprising.
Citrix products allow remote users to access a desktop application or thick client on a server. This was very popular with thin clients that only required a small amount of computing power to connect to remote systems. This allows for more central management of application rollouts and less concern about endpoint connectivity. This trend was further accelerated by Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which allows employees to bring their own devices to work.
What is the CCPV?
Citrix’s current platform for Desktop and Application virtualization is covered by the Citrix Certified Professional-Virtualization (CCPV) certification. Citrix offers three levels of certification. This begins with Associate, and then moves to Professional and Expert. CCP-V’s “P” indicates that it is a Professional level certificate. Citrix Certified is a virtualization certification.
This certification covers Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, or the new Citrix Virtual Applications and Desktops branding. Citrix Provisioning Server is also covered. This product is often used in conjunction with Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop to scale environments that are larger than the base product. This certification requires a broad range of knowledge because it covers the end user experience, networking and storage provisioning, as well as the inner workings of each piece and how they communicate with one another.
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Start trainingWhat is the CCP-V Test for?
There are many exam objectives, but these are the most important.
Workspace Environment Management (WEM)
Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA).
Provisioning Services Infrastructure
Devices to Target
These are great goals to get familiar with and learn more about the installation.
How Much Does the CCP V Exam Cost?
Cost is an important factor in any decision about “Is it worth it?” This exam costs $300 (USD), as are most Professional-level certifications. It is important to note that CCP-V certifications are not available without a CCA-V. The Associate level cost for this certification is $200 USD. This means that the total cost for a new certification will be $500 USD.
What experience do you need for the CCPV?
Anyone looking to obtain their CCP-V should be familiar with the concepts of Desktop and Application Virtualization. This could be older technologies such as Terminal Server or Remote Desktop Server, (RDS), or related products from other vendors.
They should also be familiar with installing and configuring Windows Server, as well as basic network basics. It is essential to have experience in deploying and tuning server operating systems and desktops. This is the foundation image for virtualization. Your work will mainly be focused on tweaking images for rollout. You will need to know the basics of networking. IP ranges must be allocated and components need to communicate with each other, such as the Virtual Desktop Agent to controllers. On the other hand, business applications must still function on the network.
Ideally, candidates should have at least 6 months of experience with XenApp, XenDesktop or Citrix Virtual Apps and desktops, or similar products. This will allow you to be more productive.