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ANNOUNCING THE RELEASE OF THE SCP DIAGNOSTICS EXAM

SolarWinds Academy is pleased to announce the release of the SCP Diagnostics exam— the seventh addition to our suite of SCP exams.

Unlike our product-specific exams, the SCP Diagnostics exam assesses your knowledge and skills of troubleshooting SolarWinds’ products. Because of the broad subject-matter, SolarWinds recommends you have at least one SCP product-specific badge before you participate in the SCP Diagnostics exam.

Take a look at our Diagnostics Exam Prep Guide to learn more about the exam.

When ready, register and take the SCP Diagnostics exam to earn a Diagnose badge!

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Level 8

Awesome

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Level 8

Always love a good deep-dive on a how-to troubleshoot!!

That study guide is certainly not for the weak!

https://support.solarwinds.com/SuccessCenter/s/scp-diagnostics-exam-guide

I'm really happy to see that this cert is covering as wide a range of things as it does.  I was worried it might not be as technically rigorous but it appears like they did a good job with the scope and depth of it.

- Marc Netterfield, Github
Level 12

This sounds like an certification I would be interested in.

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Level 12

I guess it's time to add a fourth SCP certification.

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I haven't looked into the training material yet, but troubleshoot Orion at scale is no joke.   I hope this test is serious because if it covers the real nitty gritty details and underlying architecture then it could be extremely valuable.   If it gets to being on par with a fresh SWI help desk tech then I won't think it's doing any favors to the community.

- Marc Netterfield, Github

I tried the exam when it was still in beta without prior training, there were some question from the A&D exam, but the emphasis is on the word „tried“ here...

Agreed - This is hopefully going to take you above and beyond the basic T1 Helpdesk level of investigation.

- David Smith
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Oh jeeze, this feels like a can of worms

- Marc Netterfield, Github
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Level 10

mesverrum​  Why does if feel like a can of worms?

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W0000t - NEED!

- David Smith
Level 12

Got to have them all.... 😄

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Cool. @David, how many SCP exams have you taken already?

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I currently hold NPM, SAM, NTA & Design. Missing NCM (On my TODO) and now this one....

- David Smith

Question - how did you prepare for the SAM test?  I took it once and did great on some parts and absolutely terrible on others.  Now that I took it once I hopefully know what to actually study up on but looking for any other recommendations. Thanks!

Level 8

I'm studying for the SAM now as well. Have not taken it yet, you have discouraged me

Just passed the NPM (tough) and Arch&Design (tougher!), so hopefully I can ride that wave with the solarWinds at my back

Good luck!

Oh do not get discouraged - I am terrible on certification tests. My only gripe with these is when you get your results at the end and you cannot do a screen shot of the results.  Back when I was doing the MCSE tests you would at least get a print out of what you did bad on so you could focus on those areas.  I have two more months to retake and I have been digging through SAM quite a bit more now so hopefully it will help.  I pretty much did poorly on things that we do not use at all.