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VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5! – My Experience

On January 31, 2012 I officially passed my vSphere 5 exam and I am now a VCP 5. The test was very interesting indeed. You hear all sorts of rumors and things of that nature before you take it. I have made a post previously HERE. This pretty much covers everything you need to know. I don’t think I can discuss testing material but what I can tell you is learn a lot about the components of vSphere 5 clustering. Also learn about the Pros and the Cons centered around all the vSphere 5 features.

The test in of itself was actually harder than the vSphere 4 test I took over a year ago. I was also a lot more prepared and had some pressure on me to get it done because I wouldn’t have to pay for training. I would encourage that if any of you are familiar with vSphere 5, Been running it in a lab, and constantly learning new features, know vSphere 4.1 well, then I would go ahead and go take the test. Reason being is that you can end up spending more money waiting to take it later when you can possibly pass it now. Most companies are also going to be more willing to reimburse the expense of an exam then to actually spend money on an course.

Notice my comment on 4.1. Previous VCP were based off of 4.0 only. If you are really familiar with 4.1 then you already have a good lead into the knowledge base of 5.0. If you are a VMware partner then head to the partner portal and take some other course ware related to “What’s New” in vSphere 5. I did pretty good considering the amount of time and the pressure. I would definitely vote on subscribing to the latest VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 brown bags over at Cody Bunch’s site.

Either way, now that I have my VCP 5 out of the way I can hopefully attempt to get some advanced certifications around vSphere 4 taken care of.

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VCAP-DCA – Uber Awesome Study Guide – xMind

UPDATE: I have uploaded the links for the Study Guide to MegaUpload.  I plan on creating a torrent a bit later on.

Yeah the name says it all. Of Course this is an xMind file so first you will need to head over to the xMind website and download the application. You can get that HERE!

Now 1st off I want to thank the following people for their contributions to the VMware Community and for their excellent study guides which they have graciously allowed me to combine within this awesome guide. This guide is for the VMware certified advance professional – Datacenter Center Administrator.

Official Props:
Damian Karlson: (VCAP-DCA Guide and Brown Bag Videos)

Cody Bunch (VCAP-DCA Brown Bag Videos)

Sean Crookston (VCAP-DCA Guide and Mock Questions)

Chris Dadswell (Original Xmind)

Kendrick Coleman (Kendrick Coleman VCAP-DCA zipped Study Guide!)

Christian Mohn (Lab Guide Virtual Edition Parts 1-6)

Ed Grigson (VCAP-DCA Study Guide)

Update: I added the online version!

Offline Version (Currently finding another download location)
Alternative (DropBox and could be offline depending on traffic)

Online Version (Video Links only)

Now there are a few things to note:

  1. This was completely gathered with their permission!
  2. If you want to distribute this file you will need to ask before doing so and adhere to the SAME copyrights that they themselves are covered by. (Creative Commons and etc.)
  3. This file is Gi-normous (1GB download)
  4. I am working on a “on-line” version it will be up soon.
  5. If you don’t want the videos you can use links within the xMind to locate the video on the website and delete them in the xMind.
  6. The lab by Christian Mohn is complete – If you want to provide links for the following and permissions for use I will add it. This is a nested lab only set up involving vSphere 4.0 currently I need the following:
    Shared Storage (open filer and what not)
    Creating a HA/DRS Cluster
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