Monthly Archives: September 2014

Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA): Wider Exam Selection is Here

red hat certified architect rhca, red hat certificates of expertise,  it certification examsAs mentioned last week, Red Hat is rolling out a number of changes to its certification program effective October 1. While 2 credentials are being phased out, Red Hat puts more emphasis on RHCA (Red Hat Certified Architect), company’s most desired certification.

This fall, RHCA becomes more accessible as Red Hat is now switching to a less prescriptive with regards to what exams should be taken to be eligible for this certification. The company provides a wider selection of RHCE exams, so you have better chances of achieving certification through exams relevant to your field.

According to Red Hat, the current requirements were set years ago. Now that the company has been expanding its services and certifications portfolio, it’s natural to expand the list of RHCA-eligible exams.

So, now RHCA can be acquired by earning RHCE plus any five of the following Red Hat Certificates of Expertise or certifications:

  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage
  • Red Hat Certified JBoss Administrator
  • Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Security: Network Services
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Deployment and Systems Management
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in SElinux Policy Administration
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Performance Tuning
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Platform-as-a-Service
  • Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Data Virtualization

Are you planning for the RHCA credential any time soon? What are your preferred exams?

Have You Heard? Red Hat Changes Certification Program on October 1

red hat certified architect rhca, red hat certificates of expertise, it certification exams, updatesAre you a Red Hat certification holder, or plan to become one? Then don’t miss the news below as Red Hat is about to roll out a number of changes to its certification program effective October 1.

The changes cover 3 main aspects: 2 Red Hat credentials are being discontinued; from now on Red Hat Certificates of Expertise will be designated as current and non-current; there will also be more options for earning the RHCA credential. Keep reading to know more.

What is This All About?

Red Hat has decided to seriously revamp its certification program this year. Basically, the company reduces the number of certification titles, making it easier for employers to understand the qualifications and titles they see on the candidate profiles. Needless to say, this is also a good change for certification candidates, since it will be easier for them to come up with their certification strategy and build their career in the long run.

2 Red Hat certifications, Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS) and Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) are being phased out. All RHCSS-related exams have already been discontinued. Instead, Red Hat is expanding more widely-known Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) program and introduces new ways to earn this title.

RH Enterprise Linux 5 Bygone

60 days after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, all RHCE certifications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will become non-current, and as a result, they will no longer meet existing RHCSS or RHCDS program requirements. Candidates who have earned RHCSS or RHCDS won’t be able to recertify those credentials. As an alternative, they are welcome to apply their certificates of expertise towards RHCA if they recertify under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or 7.

Holders of the RHCE credential on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 who have also earned RHCSS or RHCDS will continue to hold these credentials until 3 years after the date the last required Red Hat Certificate of Expertise was earned. It will not be possible to recertify as RHCSS or RHCDS, but the relevant Certificates of Expertise can be applied towards RHCA.

RHCEs earned on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and later will not be eligible to earn RHCSS or RHCDS.


Starting October 1, Red Hat begins designating Certificates of Expertise as current and non-current. As a result, Red Hat Certificates of Expertise earned on or after October 1, 2014 will be considered current for three (3) years from the date they are earned.

Meanwhile, Red Hat Certificates of Expertise earned before October 1, 2014 will be considered current until October 1, 2017, giving the professionals plenty of time to decide on their future certification options.

Stay tuned for our next post which will include the overview of the new paths to become Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA).

Microsoft Exams are Now Available at Pearson VUE

Great news for those living far from Prometric testing centers! Starting this week, you can schedule your Microsoft certification exam at any Pearson VUE certification center. Microsoft is expanding its certification exam network so candidates have an easier access to the testing facilities. Since Pearson VUE is present in over 160 countries across the globe,the change makes things easier for many candidates. And for those who prefer Prometric centers for their certification exams, they are still a valid option with Microsoft. Now, when registering for your exam at the Microsoft website, you will see both testing center networks.

Want to see how Microsoft delivers the news in their news bite? Here’s the video, and happy Friday!

NEW: Microsoft Azure Specialist Certifications, Exams: 70-532 and 70-533

microsoft azure, microsoft certified specialist in azure, new it certification examAutumn is usually the time for new certifications and tracks to be introduced. As Cisco has recently introduced the new specialist certifications, it is now joined by Microsoft who has just launched the new Azure specialist certifications and their respected exams, which should be especially interesting for web developers and IT professionals working with Windows Server and SQL Server technologies.


The latest release from Microsoft includes 2 exams:

  • 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Each of the new exams (70-532 and 70-533) provides individuals with a Microsoft Specialist certification, validating knowledge and skills in a specialized area of technology. For 70-532, the focus is on Microsoft Azure solutions development while the 70-533 targets candidates who are interested in credential in implementing Microsoft Azure infrastructure solutions.

The new Azure Specialist certifications complement existing Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer credentials:

  • For developers, enhance your Web Applications and Windows Store Apps by learning how to build your own cloud services and validating those skills with Exam 532.
  • For IT Professionals, expand your Windows Server and SQL Server on-premises prowess and validate those skills with Exam 533.

Microsoft Azure Exams Preparation

Your preparation for Microsoft Azure exams should ideally cover technical areas including Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks, PaaS (Platform as a Service) implementation for IT Pros, including using PowerShell. You should also have a clear understanding of how to use Active Directory, how to migrate from on premise to cloud infrastructure, and be well aware of all related licensing information. For further guidance, be sure to review the exam objectives.

70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

This exam is for candidates who are experienced in designing, programming, implementing, automating, and monitoring Microsoft Azure solutions. Candidates are also proficient with development tools, techniques, and approaches used to build scalable and resilient solutions. The 532 exam covers the following objectives and percentages:

  • Design and implement websites (15‒20%)
  • Create and manage virtual machines (20‒25%)
  • Design and implement cloud services (20‒25%)
  • Design and implement a storage strategy (20‒25%)
  • Manage application and network services (15‒20%)


70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions:

This exam will be perfect for you if you have the experience in implementing an infrastructure solution in Microsoft Azure. Candidates have experience implementing and monitoring cloud and hybrid solutions as well as supporting application lifecycle management. You should be confident performing the following operations and solutions:

  • Implementing websites
  • Implementing virtual machines
  • Implementing cloud services
  • Implementing storage
  • Implementing an Azure Active Directory
  • Implementing virtual networks

Summing up, if your professional interests and plans lie within the areas related to the Azure, including cloud services, virtual networks, storage solutions and cloud-based business continuity solutions, then the new Microsoft Azure specialist certifications might be exactly what you’re looking for. Visit the Microsoft Learning website to know more.

How Do I Create VCE Files?

vce files, vce exam dumps, vce exam simulator, pdf to vceOver the last few weeks, we’ve started getting a lot more registrations and comments. It clearly shows that autumn has started, so everyone is getting back to studying and career upgrade plans, and we’re excited to see you all! Welcome!!! Most of our new customers contact us with one single yet important question: HOW DO I CREATE VCE FILES?

So, yes… how?

While most of our long term customers know how the VCE system works,  it is very easy for ExamCollection newbies to get confused. So, for the next few posts we’ll be focusing on VCE files, technology, and how you can make the most of your VCE and ExamCollection experience.

To understand what VCE files are about, we recommend that you read this article. This is a nice intro to the subject.

In this post, we’ll focus on creating the VCE files. First of all, VCE files are created and played by the software called VCE Exam Simulator, created by some incredibly smart people in Avanset.

VCE software comes in two options: VCE Exam Simulator BASIC and VCE Exam Simulator PRO. The main difference between them is that VCE Exam Simulator BASIC only allows users to play premade VCE files while the PRO version also supports creation of new VCE files.

So, the short answer to your question is that you need VCE Exam Simulator PRO to create your own VCE files.

Another question: Where do people get content for those VCE dumps?

This question can have a multitude of answers, and most ExamCollection members avoid answering it honestly. Some people, for example, have amazing memory and manage to create accurate VCE files of exams they have taken they come back from the testing center. Many of our users upload exam practice materials that are sold online, like TestKing or Pass4sure. These companies sell training materials that contain a high percentage of actual exam questions. Others have friends or relatives working at the testing centers, so they are able to provide some useful information and etc. The possibilities are infinite!

Do also note that the VCE files you create do not have to be based around IT certification exams. The VCE software allows you to create any interactive tests, so it can be used for any audience or purpose. It is especially popular with IT professionals because it was originally created by IT people and for IT people, but it is currently used by non-IT users, too.

For example, many Avanset customers who buy the software for their IT certification exam practice eventually use it to create some spelling or math tests for their kids. In fact, Avanset has lots of younger customers, starting from middle school, who use VCE files to learn foreign languages, to prepare for school quizzes and simply memorize learning materials through this interactive practice, which many claim to be easier and more fun than traditional learning approaches. VCE software is also used by some companies for HR testing, proficiency reviews, performance appraisals, and other corporate purposes. Here’s an overview of how VCE exams technology can be used.

If I have a PDF file, can I import it into the VCE?

Imagine having a PDF file that you want to turn into an interactive test. You don’t need to retype it manually, since it can be easily imported into your VCE file through ExamFormatter. This is a free tool, specially developed to import PDF files into VCEs.

ExamFormatter is absolutely free, and can be downloaded and installed in less than a minute. The software automatically imports images from the PDF, supports protected PDF files (you don’t need to remove protection before importing these PDFs). The software also has the option of automatic question number format selection, customization of answer choice and correct answer signature, and supports smart line break removing feature. We have compiled a comprehensive ExamFormatter tutorial, which you can read here.

So, now you know the basics of creating your very own VCE files. The process is really easy and takes very little practice. Once you create your very first IT certification exam braindump, be sure to share it with our IT Certification community.