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    I signed up yesterday. Got back my details 2 minutes after sending all of the information! The email I got says that there is no time limit to take the exam.
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    Hp_Guy - There is no time limit once you get the login details for the exam.

    Once they are ready to give the exams at a cost you will no longer be able to get a new login.

    I spoke to Patrick who is heading the Cert program regarding the time limits etc.

    Hope you post your feedback of the exam and the results in this thread so that everyone knows how the exam went and what extra resources you have used to ace the exam !

    Wishing you the best of luck !

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    Sent an email yesterday. Got the full credentials a couple of hours ago. Took the exam (what the heck, I had three attempts). Passed with an 80%. Not the best score ever, but there was also absolutely zero preparation. I have used their software for the past 6 months or so. I don't want to offend anyone, but I'm not sure how giving away 3 exam attempts for a test that can be taken online is going to give a certification any value at all, especially when it is that easy.
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    I agree with nkillgore, I would have really liked to see a lot more Orion based questions and less networking stuff. More on Alerts, reports, ect oh well.
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    I have my share of knowledge of networks
    I also work A LOT with Nagios
    would this (nagios) be relevant with solarwinds?
    I dont know how similar are the tools
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    I think all the same theory type questions would be the same, or transfer from nagios. I had a few Config/account management questions. But honestly I had never even seen/done any account management stuff in SW and I felt like I could make educated guesses and pick the right answers.

    I say just sit down and take it.
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    nkillgore - Congratulations on the pass !

    I see that you have already updated your bio with the cert !

    Did you get a print cert or do you wait for the mail ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kurosaki00 View Post
    I have my share of knowledge of networks
    I also work A LOT with Nagios
    would this (nagios) be relevant with solarwinds?
    I dont know how similar are the tools
    It can't hurt to take it once. They give you three attempts. 60-70% of it is on SNMP/Netflow. The other is on the basics of the Orion interface. The answers are usually fairly obvious on those sections.
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    Any others write the exam ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nkillgore View Post
    Sent an email yesterday. Got the full credentials a couple of hours ago. Took the exam (what the heck, I had three attempts). Passed with an 80%. Not the best score ever, but there was also absolutely zero preparation. I have used their software for the past 6 months or so. I don't want to offend anyone, but I'm not sure how giving away 3 exam attempts for a test that can be taken online is going to give a certification any value at all, especially when it is that easy.
    Yeah, I basically agree. Though it cost me nothing and only an hour of time. I do know Solarwinds well, this might help prove it to HR. I don't understand why the test is so networking/protocol specific either. There is A LOT of very important Solarwinds knowledge that is not tested on, like how to created advanced alerts for X scenario, how to create meaningful alert emails using variables, how to create alert dependencies, how to properly setup a view/report given a list of criteria, how to add a specific OID to be tracked and create the proper view for it, how to create and use Custom Properties to meet a specific guideline, etc. That is the stuff I think about when I visualize a Solarwinds test. I wasn't imagine questions about what port does xy or z use, what is in the header of these flow packets, etc. While the Solarwinds guy is typically also a network guy, I don't really think he has to know stuff like that. Or at the very least, he needs to know the other things I mentioned before worrying about that.
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    I believe there are certs that are of levels. This is only the start.

    The advanced ones though are not going to be free like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chanakyajupudi View Post
    I believe there are certs that are of levels. This is only the start.

    The advanced ones though are not going to be free like this.
    That's entirely not the point, the point is the certs has little to do with Solarwinds NPM, and its a cert for Solarwinds NPM.
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    Oh. Misunderstood the previous post.

    The questions are not entirely pertaining to SolarWinds.
    That has to change.

    Lets hope they come up with that change soon.
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    For those of you who don't feel like the questions are geared towards NPM enough, here is what they were trying to accomplish:

    As most of the SCPs can attest, the SolarWinds Certified Professional program was designed to validate a network engineer’s skillset in network management, but only in part with NPM (Orion). The primary focus of the exam is on industry standard technologies and best practices around network management skills; hence validating an SCP’s expertise in both.


    So think of it as Network Management+ exam.
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    Any other success stories ?
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    Greetings to all.
    Just sent an email for this cert.
    I will take the exam after going through the resources, especially on orion.
    Knowledge is more important than just having the cert. So i suggest to learn first and then go for the exam as they are providing more than enough time.

    @chanakya, Thanks buddy for sharing about this exam. Will see you around.
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    @wireshark : Best of luck to you !
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    I am now a Solarwinds Certified Professional... and I still have not touched Orion. As Zartanasaurus pointed out, the cert is mostly about network management and not as much about using their products. Ironically, this exam is almost vendor-neutral, much more so than some officially "vendor-neutral" exams out there.

    The exam has a typical multiple-choice format, 75+ questions, 70% to pass. There are 5 subject areas, of those one is on Orion, and the rest are on network management concepts. Tested topics include SNMP, WMI, ICMP, NetFlow, TCP/IP, Syslog, pulling vs pushing, design and performance considerations, etc.

    All in all, I thought it was a great exam. It covers a variety of topics on network management, things that NOC techs and sysadmins typically work with in real life.

    Quote Originally Posted by kurosaki00 View Post
    I also work A LOT with Nagios
    would this (nagios) be relevant with solarwinds?
    It is relevant. I am a 100% Nagios person and passed the exam based on that knowledge. I scored sufficiently high in 4 domains that bombing the Orion section did not matter.
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    Took this exam a few weeks back. Pretty decent, very relevant for network management, only a small portion of the exam was actually SolarWinds specific.

    I did a quick write up concerning my experience with the exam.
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    Congratulations on the pass! Great write up too.
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    Congrats! and thanks for the feedback
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    I took this exam a few weeks ago and it has some teeth. I've put this on my resume and most really like that I have it. Its well worth the price of free. So any of you who haven't really should get this while you can for free.
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    Congratulations
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    This is good news, thanks for the info!
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    And best of luck to you !
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