- Make sure you read first my post VMware Certification Paths Updated where you’ll find the latest news about what’s changed recently.
- VCP-Cloud Certification Exam (VCPC510) released
VCP Requirements – VMware Certified Professional on vSphere. VCP5-DCV (Datacenter Virtualization). You might be wondering what are the requirements to become a VCP. The only way to became VCP 5 (if you’re not VCP 3 or VCP 4) is to attend the VMware class for Install and configure vSphere 5 (online or by traveling to the nearest location) and then passing the exam in one of those Pearson VUE Exam Centers. You can also attend the “Optimize and Scale” training course, pass the VCP exam, and be able to receive the VCP.
- VMware Education – public course catalog
- VMware Education – browse class by location
- What’s new in vSphere 5 course
Once sit the VMware Class, you should be ready for the exam. Well, not exactly. You will now probably really need to study for the exam. What I used to pass my VCP5-DV exam? Read bellow.
vSphere 5 Blueprint:
Section 1 – Plan, Install, Configure and Upgrade vCenter Server and VMware ESXi
- Objective 1.1 – Install and Configure vCenter Server
- Objective 1.2 – Install and Configure VMware ESXi
- Objective 1.3 – Plan and Perform Upgrades of vCenter Server and VMware ESXi
- Objective 1.4 –Secure vCenter Server and ESXi
- Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions
Section 2 – Plan and Configure vSphere Networking
- Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches
- Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches
- Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies
Section 3 – Plan and Configure vSphere Storage
- Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere
- Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere
- Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores
Section 4 – Deploy and Administer Virtual Machines and vApps
- Objective 4.1 – Create and Deploy Virtual Machines
- Objective 4.2 – Create and Deploy vApps
- Objective 4.3 – Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates
- Objective 4.4 – Administer Virtual Machines and vApps
Section 5 – Establish and Maintain Service Levels
- Objective 5.1 – Create and Configure VMware Clusters
- Objective 5.2 – Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance
- Objective 5.3 – Create and Administer Resource Pools
- Objective 5.4 – Migrate Virtual Machines
- Objective 5.5 – Backup and Restore Virtual Machines
- Objective 5.6 – Patch and Update ESXi and Virtual Machines
Section 6 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting and Alarm Management
- Objective 6.1 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for ESXi Hosts
- Objective 6.2 – Perform Basic vSphere Network Troubleshooting
- Objective 6.3 – Perform Basic vSphere Storage Troubleshooting
- Objective 6.4 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for HA/DRS Clusters and vMotion/Storage vMotion
Section 7 – Monitor a vSphere Implementation
- Objective 7.1 – Monitor ESXi, vCenter Server and Virtual Machines
- Objective 7.2 – Create and Administer vCenter Server Alarms
Section 0 – VMware Vision – also needed
The highlighted paths are available until February 29th 2012, VCP4 people do not need to attend any vSphere 5 training course in order to pass SVCP 5 and became Certified VCP5. But they might consider to attend What’s new course which can be helpful in preparing for the VCP 5 exam.
The VCP exam has 85 questions with 8 pre-exam survey questions. The passing score is 300 and the maximum is 500. If you’re planning to became VCI – a VMware Certified Instructor, the minimum limit is (as far as I know) 400 poins.
There is 90 min available as a time limit, and for users passing the exam in a country where the primary language is not English there is an additional 30 minutes time added to the exam automatically. I was in that category since my native language is French.
You can get More Information on VMware Courses in general with those following links:
- Vmware Certification – here you should start.
- VMware Education – public course catalog.
- VMware vSphere: What’s new.
- VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting. - lab-intensive, four-day course
- Main documentation link – VMware vSphere
VCP5 Practice Exams:
- Simon Long’s VCP5 Practice Exam
- The official VMware VCP5 Mock Exam (mylearn account is necessary)
- Kalen Ardnt VCP5 Quiz
- Elastic Sky Configuration Maximums
With VMware Workstation - you can run VMware ESXi 5 inside of VMware Workstation (as a VM) without the need of tweaking the VMX configuration file. You can read about the new Virtual Network Editor in my post, which make things even more easy. I have recently published a Free E-book on building a virtual lab (using nested ESXi hosts) on a laptop with limited resources. You might be interested in reading this post. You can download the E-book for Free after subscribing to my Weekly newsletter.
My preferences goes to video learning, especially If you can’t afford to build a home lab with shared storage, it might be a solution for you. I like to learn through Video since it’s complementary learning. Besides that the pros shows you “live” all the little how-to’s and tools they using.. so you save your time by watching those courses. You benefit from their experiences…