The updated Data Administrator (NS0-163) exam is now released and available to employees, partners, and customers.
The purpose of this exam is to validate a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and ability to administer NetApp ONTAP solutions.
You will be tested on Storage Platforms, Core ONTAP, ONTAP Storage, Networking, Storage Protocols and Connectivity, Data Protection, Security, and Performance.
You should have six to twelve months of experience with NetApp ONTAP solutions including configuration, storage administration, and data management.
Candidates can earn the updated NetApp Certified Data Administrator ONTAP Professional badge when they pass the exam.
Before taking this exam, although you have studied these areas you may still need occasional assistance or mentoring.
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162 only contains what was in that exam - 162 does not have any of the new questions. Our SMEs updated 162 to 163, adding the newest branding and technology applicable for today. While 162 will still get you the NCDA ONTAP certification, if your exam is scheduled more than 7 days out, I would suggest rescheduling to take 163, so you have the latest and greatest. 🙂 162 will be retiring in 90+ days; however, the certificate and badge for 162 will of course still be good for 27 months after the date you take the exam. Hope this helps!
We are hoping to get the website updated soon, but in the meantime, here are the topics (many the same, but exam contains all new items + product updates since last release):
Describe knowledge of physical storage systems
Describe software-defined on-premises or cloud storage systems
Describe upgrading or scaling ONTAP clusters
Describe ONTAP system management
Describe high availability concepts
Describe Storage Virtual Machine management
Describe logical storage features
Describe NetApp storage efficiency features
Describe network components
Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot network components
Storage Protocols and Connectivity
Describe SAN solutions
Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot SAN solutions
Describe NAS solutions
Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot NAS solutions
Describe ONTAP S3 solutions
Describe ONTAP data protection solutions
Identify ONTAP business continuity concepts
Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot DP solutions
Describe protocol security
Describe security hardening
Describe inflight or at rest encryption
Identify anti-ransomware concepts
Describe ONTAP performance monitoring
Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot storage system performance
Hybrid Cloud Concepts
Identify networking in Hybrid Cloud
Identify consumption models
Identify Hybrid Cloud environment
Determine placement of resources
Automate common workflows
Use system templates
Secure and Protect
Validate IAM policies
Configure access permissions
Identify compliance requirements
Set up security policies
Manage data protection solutions for Hybrid Cloud
Monitor and Troubleshoot
Configure monitoring, alerting, and reporting
Troubleshoot Hybrid Cloud
We don't have practice exams - but there will be exam prep sessions recorded sometime after Insight. They will all be made available on NetApp TV once they are done.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
P.S. If you will be attending Insight, you can attend a prep session live before taking an exam for FREE at Insight.
You can find a list of prep materials here: https://www.netapp.com/support-and-training/netapp-learning-services/certifications/ontap-data-administration/
As well as cert prep sessions at Insight.
Remember, you can take as many exams as you want at Insight - if you worry that you won't pass 163, register for both 163 and 162, take 163 first, then if you don't pass, take 162.
Just want to confirm with you on NCDA exam. If I want to schedule the NCDA exam in December 2023, is it the exam code NS0-162 still can choose? I ask about it because when I check the PearsonVue website, the NS0-162 still available and can still arrange for the exam? Please advise on this matter?
Thank for your response. So, i'm still able to choose the NS0-162 before end of this december right? About the expiration of this cert after successful exam NS0-162, still same as other cert/exam which is 24 month?