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Passed the VCP5

Discussion in 'VMware Certifications' started by jk2447, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi All

    Passed the VCP5 exam today, just, with 322. I am a VCP4 so did the 2 day upgrade course which fitted in well with my work. I work as a server engineer so always around all things server related (except Unix), so I didn't do a great deal other than watch the CBT's, attend the course and do on the job training. I of course read the Blueprint but this time did not buy any additional books, which is perhaps why I only just scraped a pass. Oh I also read VMware blogs on various subjects daily, as you do.

    I'm a 2012 MCSA so just the further two MCSE exams to go and I'll be done (again) for a year or two (famous last words).

    Cheers
    Jim
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  2. madman045

    madman045 Kilobyte Poster Premium Member

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    Congratulations Jim! Would you say the VCP is passable with just a home lab for practice?

    Thanks

    Andy
     
    Certifications: 70-270, 70-290, PRINCE2 Foundation, VCA-DCV & VCA-DT
    WIP: MCSA 2008, VCP5-DCV, ITIL V3
  3. Sparky
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    Congrats mate :)
     
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  4. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Cheers guys.

    Hi Andy, to be honest I would say most certs are passable with a home lab, the trouble comes with knowing how and what to setup. If you are a server engineer you would have a good idea of how things are setup in work. You don't need to work in IT but it will help massively. If you don't work with VMware products then it would be difficult to pass the VCP but nothing is impossible. Don't forget that you need to have sat an official course otherwise the exam won't get you certified.

    You are in the right place to pass any IT certification, when you get stuck just ask us lot. Do you have any kit at home or are you looking to get some?
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  5. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Good stuff, onto the VCAPs ? :)
     
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    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I'm a bit scared mate, is there much study material knocking about do you know? The last time I checked it was a bit thin on the ground which put me off
     
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  7. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Yup, but it would have to be more than one book plus maybe some CBT's to cover the objectives.
     
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  8. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Congrats ! :D
     
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  9. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Well done Jim, really pleased for you.

    As far as VCAP material is concerned, there is more Admin than Design content around to help you study but it's certainly possible to pass both with lots of time (I have a work colleague who currently has 3 VCAPs done in the last 6 months (2xAdmin 1xDesign). He's looking at going VCDX this year.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  10. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Thanks all.

    Cheers Simon. I would love to do the next level but I don't know, I passed the VCP5 with 322, so I clearly need to go away and focus on my weaknesses. I'm good at retaining info but I blame the nature of my job. I don't get to play with as many features as I'd like. I don't touch Storage DRS for instance because not all of the hosts I look after have enterprise plus licences. I'm fully aware of what it's all about obviously but it means I don't have to troubleshoot it. That's just an example, possibly a poor one but you know what I mean.
     
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  11. madman045

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    Hi Jim, I have a machine with ESXi 5.1 running on it, i7 920, 12gb ram and local storage i can dedicate to it, but its not ideal for nested ESXI, the alternative is to use my desktop as I have vmware workstation 9 installed, again i7 with 32gb ram (intended for VM), however lacking available disk space, perhaps i'll set up a storage VM and then use iscsi for disks for the nested ESXI

    The Blueprint is fine to look at, but need some guidance, I think i'll give the ESXI course on the Pluralsight website a go

    Thanks

    Andy
     
    Certifications: 70-270, 70-290, PRINCE2 Foundation, VCA-DCV & VCA-DT
    WIP: MCSA 2008, VCP5-DCV, ITIL V3
  12. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi Andy, I'd not heard of Luralsight before, just had a look, it looks awesome nice one mate. Don't forget though you will need an official course to be a VCP, sure you know that, sorry if I'm repeating. Good luck mate, Jim
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  13. danielno8

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    Congrats :)
     
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  14. SimonD

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    Pluralsight purchased Trainsignal last year, they were predominantely a coder based training provider but have expanded their offerings with their Trainsignal acquisition. Actually a very broad range of subjects there and well worth a subscription.
     
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    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  15. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    I've been a Pluralsight fan for about 3 years now and its mentioned in 11 of my posts here going back to 2011...

    Their admin courses are newer though.

    Selective memory i guess :wink:
     
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  16. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    How come you've kept this secret to yourself Dave? bit selfish innit......? ha ha

    Cheers guys just goes to show how out of touch I am. I better get back to my NT4 Nuggets.... ha ha
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  17. AvalonX

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    Hi Jim, where did you get 322? Or did you just get it legit?
     
  18. procommtech8128

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    This question might have been answered elsewhere, but i can't find it. In order to be certified for any VCP title do you have to take or be a VCA?
    Or can I skip the VCA and go directly for the VCP5 class and exam? Thanks
     
  19. scott28tt

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    The answer is on the VCP pages on vmware.com - you don't have to be a VCA first.
     
    Certifications: VCP2, VCP3, VCP4, VCP5, VCAP4-DCA, VCI, MCSE (NT-2003)
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  20. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi sorry I don't understand your question. What testing center did I go to? You can find a list of sites on PearsonVUE mate
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV

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