VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0]. After the deadline which was fixed by VMware for 29th of February, administrators with VCP 4 willing to became VCP 5 (VMware Certified Professional) on vSphere 5, must pass VMware Official Training Course, again.
But you do have a choice:
Or you attend the VMware vSphere: Install, configure, manage [V5.0] course. Or If you're experienced VMware admin and you're VCP 5, and don't want to “waist your time” on going through the 5 days class again, like you did for vSphere 4, you have the possibility to attend the What's New [V5.0] Course.
I had prepared myself and managed to pass the VCP-510 exam before the deadline – you can read my VCP 5 preparation blogpost – Ressources to prepare your VCP Exam – VCP-510, where I put other user's experiences from that exam. So I was quite luck that I had time to study and play with the product long enough in my lab. But depending of your schedule, people sometimes are taken too much on different projects and do not have the time to prepare for the exam, or do not even have the time to go to the exam center to spend half a day. So I'm sure there is many of VCP 4 admins out there who actually missed that chance to pass the VCP 5 without going through the training class again. That's why I think for those people, the What's New course is the good way to go.
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0]
This course is only 2 days long. You can attend the course online too, without the need to travel to the nearest training center. This course gives you many good information and teaches you about the different upgrade paths from vSphere 4, explains the new master-slave architecture of vSphere HA, new Autodeploy functionality and much more. It seems to me just tailored perfectly for experienced people with VCP 4. Read more …
Here is the graphics from VMware showing the different paths.
The course outline:
– Course Introduction – Introductions and course logistics, Course objectives, Other vSphere 5 learning resources
– Introduction to VMware vSphere 5.0 – Key enhancements in ESXi, vCenter Server, and VMware vSphere® Update Manager, Upgrade vSphere components from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.0, including vCenter Server, Update Manager, and ESXi
– Virtual Machine Management – Describe new virtual machine version 8 hardware features, Explain virtual machine snapshot consolidation, Describe the vCenter Solutions Manager, Upgrade a virtual machine to version 8 hardware, Install, register, and use the vSphere Web Client.
– Network Management – Describe the ESXi firewall, Describe new features of vNetwork distributed switches including NetFlow, port mirroring, and Link Layer Discovery Protocol, Describe enhancements to network I/O control, including 802.1p priority tagging and user-defined virtual machine resource pools, Configure the ESXi firewall, Configure and test port mirroring
– Storage Management – Describe new storage features, including VMFS-5, Fibre Channel over Ethernet software adapters, policy-driven storage vStorage API for Storage Awareness, and VMware vSphere® Storage Appliance, Describe enhanced features, including snapshot support for vSphere Storage vMotion, solid-state disk support, and new primitives in the vStorage API for Array Integration
– Upgrade VMFS-3 to VMFS-5 – Create user-defined storage capabilities and virtual machine storage profiles
– Scalability – Describe scaling enhancements to resource pools and VMware vSphere® vMotion®, Describe Storage DRS operation, Create a datastore cluster, Configure Storage DRS,
– High Availability – Describe enhancements to VMware Fault Tolerance and Enhanced vMotion Compatibility features, Explain the new master-slave architecture of vSphere HA, View the new informational displays to monitor vSphere HA cluster activity
– New VMware vSphere Deployment Alternatives – Configure and use the Linux-based vCenter Server Appliance, Use Image Builder to create an installation image profile, Use Auto Deploy to deploy a stateless ESXi host
Source: VMware Education