The Start of a new Journey: Becoming a vSAN Specialist

Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to read that VMware has announced their first certification for vSAN, which comes in the form of a VMware Specialist Badge. The VMware Specialist Badge will be given to those who know how to successfully design, deploy, and administer vSAN environments. Since I have a great interest in vSAN, I have decided to make it a personal goal of mine to obtain this new VMware Certification, which will align perfectly with my passion for DataProtection and vSAN. Since I have already obtained my VCP, I will only need to lab, study, then take the test! Now, the fun part; plan, execute, and obtain!

According to the article, this is what’s required to obtain VMware’s newest certification.

How to earn the badge

The vSAN Specialist badge can be earned after meeting the following criteria:

  1. Earn any VMware VCP6 or later version (e.g. VCP6-DCV, VCP6.5-DCV, VCP6-NV, VCP6-CMA, VCP7-CMA, VCP6-DTM, VCP7-DTM). Details are available at
  2. (Recommended) Complete the latest Hands-On Lab (HOL) for vSAN, including the minimal viable add-ons, available at
  3. Pass the VMware Specialist: vSAN 6.6 exam (2VB-601), available at any Pearson VUE test center. The supporting course for the exam is vSAN Deploy and Manage [6.6] (ILT or Live Online), available at The exam has a set of technically challenging vSAN questions, requiring a high pass score. Although the Deploy and Manage course is not required, it is highly recommended for those who do not have extensive experience with vSAN.


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