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VCP5 exam/course

Discussion in 'VMware Certifications' started by Beerbaron, May 10, 2012.

  1. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    My current job has me becoming more involved with our VMware setup. At the minute I'm having to learn things as and when but i have decided i need to be a little more pro active.

    Can anyone recommend a good text book?
    I would also be interested in any courses/providers


    Thanks

    BeerBaron
     
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    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  2. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Mastering VMWare vSphere 4/5 is a good book to start with.. Also, how familiar are you with virtualization in general?
     
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    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  3. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I did my vSphere 4.1 course with Global Knowledge and thought they were very good. I passed my VCP so cannot complain what so ever. Similar to Thomas, I recommend Scott Lowe's books on 4 so I would imagine his book on 5 is equally as good.
     
    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
  4. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    I have ESXi installed on a Dell 2950 at home to mess about with other than what I do at work. Not really spent much time on this since I moved house though. I have a fairly good understanding of virtualization in general. I'm looking to make my life easier in the event something happens in the future.

    Thanks for the recommendations.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  5. Gingerdave

    Gingerdave Megabyte Poster

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    Beerbaron, I used Scott Lowe's VSpehere 5 book and the course from QA to pass my VCP 5. The Scott Lowe stuff is very good.
     
    Certifications: A+,MCP, MCDST, VCP5 /VCP-DV 5, MCTS AD+ Net Inf 2008, MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  6. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    A few old text books to trade in with Amazon and then I'll hopefully pick this textbook up.

    I will be looking to do this course; VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage V5.0 with the exam included. How much did your courses cost roughly?
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  7. Gingerdave

    Gingerdave Megabyte Poster

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    My employer paid for it, but I think it was in the 1.5K -2K region. If you use Vmware alot however you may get more out of the fast track course, which goes into more depth and is a day shorter I believe.
     
    Certifications: A+,MCP, MCDST, VCP5 /VCP-DV 5, MCTS AD+ Net Inf 2008, MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  8. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    I don't use it a lot as its only a small part of my job but is essential that I get a better understanding of it.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  9. Gingerdave

    Gingerdave Megabyte Poster

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    You only need the course if you want to sit the exam, all of it and more is covered in the Simon Lowe books.
     
    Certifications: A+,MCP, MCDST, VCP5 /VCP-DV 5, MCTS AD+ Net Inf 2008, MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  10. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I would also recommend that you read blogs on virtualization. It will help you a lot with future projects and keep you updated with the virtualization industries.
     
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    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  11. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    i want to sit the exam
     
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    WIP: CISSP
  12. ThomasMc

    ThomasMc Gigabyte Poster

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    I love the Trainsignal troubleshooting video training, not sure if it will help you with a VCP but if your going to be fixing anything you'll find the info invaluable, tis more for the VCAP-DCA lvl
     
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  13. SimonD

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    Definitely read the Blueprint and whitepapers as well, I would also suggest Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman's book on Clustering.

    There are a few things over on my blog that can help (including links to whitepapers etc).

    Getting hands on experience ever if only via workstation will only help more.
     
    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).
  14. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    I'm currently getting hands on experience but want the theory to go with it
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  15. scott28tt

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    I trained jk2447 when I was working as a VCI for Global Knowledge ;-)

    They have a VCP5 bundle which includes the Install Configure Manage course, an exam prep workshop day (which I wrote!) and the VCP5 exam voucher - and the list price for the bundle is less than the list price of the course on it's own... Look under the "special offers" area on their site: Cisco Training, Microsoft Training, ITIL Training, VMware Training, Citrix Training, PRINCE2 Training

    I also run a blog which you'll find useful for VCP5 and other VMware certifications: VMware Training and Certification
     
    Certifications: VCP2, VCP3, VCP4, VCP5, VCAP4-DCA, VCI, MCSE (NT-2003)
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  16. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    Thanks scott28tt, I didn't notice is was cheaper as a bundle. Do Global Knowledge let you take the test after the prep course or do you have to go to another test centre to do it?
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  17. scott28tt

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    The exam prep workshop is a full day of content, mostly practice questions, so the actual exam is taken on a separate day. I would advise you take the real exam a week or two later, use the workshop as a real-life mock exam and a chance to talk to your peers and a VCI/VCP.

    You can do the exam at the same location, Global Knowledge run Vue exams in London, Leeds, and Wokingham. They also deliver the exam prep workshop via Webex sometimes too...
     
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  18. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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  19. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Thats a great book, I use it myself!
     
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    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  20. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    I have read about 1/4 of the book so far and have to say its a fairly easy read. I would definitely recommend it.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP

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