I am preparing to take the NS0-158 NCDA exam and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on areas to focus on for the test? Other than of course practiing in the simulator and reading the documentation. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, yes, I noticed the reference document referred to on the NetApp Certificatiosn page has not yet been updated to include NSO159 (https://www.netapp.com/us/media/ncp-reference-document.pdf) - still referring to NSO158. However, since 158 is based upn ONTAP 9.1 and 159 on ONTAP 9.3, the real difference will be the changes and new features. I would definately add the 9.3 Release Notes to your list of material and use that to refer to the relevant areas in the 9.3 manuals that have changed between the versions.
Thank you for the comments and recommendations. I ended up not passing the exam, however I have re-scheduled the exam 8 weeks from now. @Rajmatizer Thank you for the detailed items that you focused on, I will be attempting the same as well as building a 9.1 simulator environment. I will post my results on the exam for anyone that is interested after I take it.
While there is alot of good info already posted, thought I'd just provide a little guidance on the new features of ONTAP 9.1...
So, first port of call should always be the Release Notes. There are sections detailing all the new features and enhancements and is essential reading - Release Notes (however please be aware that the ONTAP 9 Documentation Centre is updated to the most recent release - so need to filer just the ONTAP 9.1 features for the exam).
There is a NetApp University WBT, just 15mins around the main new features found in ONTAP 9.1 - ONTAP 9.1 New Features
Off the back of this below are some links to TR docs relating to the new features, giving alot of info - probably more than you need for the exam, however if you understand it you'll be able to answer any quesiton (in theory!):
Also, I've heard that a lot of the answers are incorrect - indeed the Sample Questions in the link you provided Q10 has the incorrect answer, while this was correct in 7-mode you can no longer change the language of a volume.
The manuals, TR docs and simulator should put you in good stead, if you don't have the exposure to work with the environment everyday.
I'm not a netapp guru, i'm just the guy who manages various types of arrays, various vendors, but i have migrated couple of 7 mode arrays in metrocluster config to Netapp CDOT 8.3 and now manage them on daily basis. Unfortunatelly I didn't pass the exam 158.
5 or 4 correct answers more and i'd pass it 🙂
I thought that just on the basis of couple years of experience with 7 mode and cdot 8.3 i should pass it, but exam was very focused on new version 9.1 features, new CLI commands/outputs, in general although Netapp recommends everywhere using GUI on the exam you will have more CLI oriented questions..
So long story short I will be adding new nodes to my cDot clusters soon and they will be on 9.1 version, so i will give a try to pass that exam when i complete upgrade to 9.1 and have some time to play with that version.
If you're lucky to be on netapp training now ask lots of questions about new features on 9.1 (i assume you have experience with earlier versions ?)