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VCP550 - Training resources

Discussion in 'VMware Certifications' started by madman045, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. madman045

    madman045 Kilobyte Poster Premium Member

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    Hi All,

    Going to crack on and get my VCP550 (VCP5-DCV) and i was wondering if anyone can recommend any training resources or which ones i should use?

    I have the following books so it would seem i have a little too much choice

    VMware Press - VCP5-DCV Official Cert Guide (VCP550)
    VMware vSphere Design 2nd Edition
    VCP5-DCV Study Guide by Sybex (5.5)
    Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5 by Sybex

    Thanks
    Andy
     
    Certifications: 70-270, 70-290, PRINCE2 Foundation, VCA-DCV & VCA-DT
    WIP: MCSA 2008, VCP5-DCV, ITIL V3
  2. scott28tt

    scott28tt Byte Poster

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    Wow that's a lot of books! Don't forget the exam blueprint, the documentation, and the software ;-)

    The blueprint is the single source of truth for the exam objectives, the documentation is how items in the exam are validated, and you'll only be able to answer some items if you've done what's being asked about.
     
    Certifications: VCP2, VCP3, VCP4, VCP5, VCAP4-DCA, VCI, MCSE (NT-2003)
  3. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    VMware Hands On Labs, you don't need the Design book at this stage, I would leave that for VCAP study.

    I would also consider a Pluralsight or CBTNuggets subscription for a month just to brush up.
     
    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).
  4. madman045

    madman045 Kilobyte Poster Premium Member

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    Thanks guys, Simon is the content on Pluralsight still current enough as its mainly 5.1 content, CBT Nuggets has 5.5

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

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Andy.

    I have used the PluralSight material for a couple of my recent VCP study periods, sure their main VCP 5 material is 5.1 but they do have the What's New in 5.5 videos.

    CBTN offer a free trial, I would probably go for that and use it for the 5.5 material first, using the PluralSight material as a chaser should you need it.

    As a side note, I used the 5 material from PluralSight for my 5.x VCP (I didn't do the 5.5 one), I also used it for the NV and VCP 6 certs as they were rock solid.
     
    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).
  6. scott28tt

    scott28tt Byte Poster

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    Have you taken the required authorised training?

    I've never been one for buying loads of extra things - keep it simple and let the blueprint dictate everything else you do or use to prepare.
     
    Certifications: VCP2, VCP3, VCP4, VCP5, VCAP4-DCA, VCI, MCSE (NT-2003)
  7. madman045

    madman045 Kilobyte Poster Premium Member

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    Hi Scott, yes I've done the authorized training already, i find books and the blueprint a little dry for learning from... i prefer the classroom / video training as you interact with it etc.

    I've used Pluralsight (Trainsignal) for years and found their content very good

    Andy
     
    Certifications: 70-270, 70-290, PRINCE2 Foundation, VCA-DCV & VCA-DT
    WIP: MCSA 2008, VCP5-DCV, ITIL V3
  8. scott28tt

    scott28tt Byte Poster

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    All I'll add is: don't get distracted.

    I've met too many people who learn things that aren't relevant for the exam, because they use resources that are designed to help you learn the product - not prepare for the exam.

    And of course, good luck :-)
     
    Certifications: VCP2, VCP3, VCP4, VCP5, VCAP4-DCA, VCI, MCSE (NT-2003)

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