08-23-2011 08:34 AM
I have completed most of the exams required to becoming as BDA. my next exam is BCAF.
I have never worked with mainframe and FICON, and study materials look very unfamiliar to me.
just want to know, is the existing materials (The Web based free training and nutshell document) are enough for passing this exam?
what is the passing score of thie exam?
any hits appriciated.
08-23-2011 09:33 AM
The study material alone would not be enough. You should enroll in the CAF 200 WBT course and have familiarity with mainframe technology. This is not a certification that can be book-learned. You may want to start with the FICON accreditation, Brocade Accredited FICON Specialist, and enroll in the free FICON 101 course. That will give you an entry point into the FICON world. It will take a lot of reading and study, and some hands-on time to master FICON skills.
08-23-2011 10:34 AM
To prepare for BCFP you should take the current CFP 380 instructor-led class, or the web-based version. However, that depends on your experience. If you were a BCFP or a BCFA already, the Nutshell Guide and practice exam would be enough. We typically recommend 6 months of hands-on experience with equipment in SAN, doing switch administration. For BCFP, the topics cover FC-FC routing, FCIP, virtual fabrics and distance extension, as well some of the more advanced administration topics. BCFA is the basic administration certification. A BCFA should be able to take a switch out of the box so to speak, install, configure, maintain and perform basic troubleshooting, as well as establish zones.
I may have given you a bigger answer than your question required, but I wanted to ensure you were clear on the expectations. Please visit the exam objectives on the certification page on our website, by using the drop-down box to select an exam. If you have any other questions contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.