I just earned my VCP5 today!

Posted by Paul Braren on Feb 29 2012 (updated on Mar 17 2012) in
  • Virtualization
  • vcp510

    Phew, I did it, I passed the VCP-510 test today, glad that's done.

    For me, it all began with "kicking the tires" on ESX 1.5 & GSX Server in August of 2002, using some server gear I had lab access to, an IBM eserver xSeries 440. Remember floppies for NIC driver installs?

    In 2005, things got more formal, here's my transcript, VCP #2681:

    2005-Sep VCP-101V:VMware Certified Professional ESX Server 2.5 and VC1
    2007-Feb VCP-310: VMware Certified Professional 3
    2009-Nov VCP-410: VMware Certified Professional 4
    2012-Feb VCP-510: VMware Certified Professional 5

    If I hadn't completed this test today, the last day where VMware allowed VCP4s to move to VCP5 with just one test, I would have had faced an expensive, time-consuming update class.

    No great words of wisdom at the moment, but I can say it was challenging, and I'm just happy it's done at the moment, and that I got home safely through the snow.

    I now also know that you most certainly do need a lot of lab hands-on time to prepare ;-) .

    Time to reward myself for the rest of my day off, "playing" with both Windows 8 versions (Consumer Preview, and Server Beta). Then revisiting Microsoft Hyper-V.

    Well, right after some snow shoveling...

    Update May 17 2012:

    Here's my tip:  read mind-numbing pdfs, spending the most time on stuff you never tried before, then try them in a lab, much as I did on vZilla, giving myself some months to study during any time I could spare.

    Here's the sites I found helpful in my studies, in no particular order:

    VMware Communities: VCP5 Exam Blueprint Guide
    communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-16726

    VCP5 | vInfrastructure Blog
    virtual-infrastructure.it/certifications-on-virtualization/vcp/vcp5

    My Prep Guide for VCP5.0
    vcp5.wordpress.com

    Cosonok's IT Blog: VCP510 (VCP on vSphere 5) Exam Cram Notes Part 1/3
    cosonok.blogspot.com/2011/10/vcp510-vcp-on-vsphere-5-exam-cram-notes.html?showComment=1318435044145

    VMware Training and Certification: Studying for the VCP5 exam
    vmwaretraining.blogspot.com/2011/10/studying-for-vcp5-exam.html

    vSphere 5 Card | vReference
    www.vreference.com/vsphere-5-card

    vSphere 5 notes | vReference
    www.vreference.com/vsphere-5-notes

    Eric Sloof's VCP5 exam experience - Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL
    www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/1865-Eric-Sloofs-VCP5-exam-experience.html

    VCP 5 Exam Thoughts and Experience « vPrimer
    vprimer.com/2011/09/26/vcp-5-exam-thoughts-and-experience

    Create online tests - ClassMarker
    www.classmarker.com/online-test/start/?quiz=kmh4e272723524e2

    VCP5 Practice Exams - The SLOG – SimonLong/Blog
    www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/vcp5-practice-exams

    Practice Questions | Elastic Sky
    www.elasticsky.co.uk/practice-questions