VCP 5 Upgrade without class until 29 Feb 2012...

jayc71jayc71 Posts: 92Member ■■□□□□□□□□
I'm contemplating cramming really hard and trying to knock out this exam in 9 days... I wouldn't mind taking the class since I'm sure I would learn from it, but I plan to find a new job within the next year and don't want to owe my company for the cost of the class (that's how our education fund works). I've been working with ESX since 2.5, and for the last 1.5 years have been deploying 4.1 clusters, but only have a little lab experience with vSphere 5. I've got the CBT nuggets vids, a lab, and can tear through a vSphere 5 book in that time if necessary.

Thoughts on whether this is feasible?
-Justin

Next up, CCSP.

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  • leefdaddyleefdaddy Posts: 405Member
    I'm doing the same thing... just started the CBTs yesterday... we'll see what happens. I figure I should at least give it a shot to not have to take the class again.
    Dustin Leefers
  • jayc71jayc71 Posts: 92Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    leefdaddy wrote: »
    I'm doing the same thing... just started the CBTs yesterday... we'll see what happens. I figure I should at least give it a shot to not have to take the class again.

    That's where I'm at, it's a gamble that I can learn enough to pass it in a short period of time basically. My alternative is to start the new job and try to get them to pay for it.
    -Justin

    Next up, CCSP.
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Should be doable. Just focus on the new stuff like VCSA, Storage appliance, how HA works in vsphere 5, etc.
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  • jmritenourjmritenour Posts: 565Member
    I'd take a crack at it. I "studied" for a month, and most of that was setting up my lab, which I only got one solid weekend to play with. I've deployed vSphere 5 a couple of times for clients at work, but all of them were using the enterprise license so I never got to put any of the cool new features like sDRS or storage profiles into production. I went in with my general vSphere/VI background knowledge, and passed. But I will say this was a fairly difficult exam.
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  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 664Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    As always with a VMware exam, the blueprint document says it all... You can potentially be asked questions about literally any topic/objective in the blueprint. I have some decent VCP5 tips on my blog: VMware Training and Certification
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  • jayc71jayc71 Posts: 92Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    scott28tt wrote: »
    As always with a VMware exam, the blueprint document says it all... You can potentially be asked questions about literally any topic/objective in the blueprint. I have some decent VCP5 tips on my blog: VMware Training and Certification

    Hi Scott, I've used your site often, thanks for all the help! There is a lot that can be asked on the VCP exams... it's tough to get familiar with all of it without a fairly extensive lab.
    -Justin

    Next up, CCSP.
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 664Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    jayc71 wrote: »
    Hi Scott, I've used your site often, thanks for all the help! There is a lot that can be asked on the VCP exams... it's tough to get familiar with all of it without a fairly extensive lab.

    You're welcome icon_smile.gif And yes, you're right about there being a lot that can be asked, there will be some questions you can only answer if you've physically done what's being asked... Best of luck icon_smile.gif
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Nothing to lose (apart from the fee obvilously) - I didn't have time to study at all, haven't even looked at vSphere 5 and passed with 304 - passed JUST - but pass is a pass - if you are familiar with previous VCP exams then you might just make it - if you crack open a book then you already have an advantage over me :D
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  • tzoumboytzoumboy Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Quick question, I have the vcp4, can I go and give the exam on the 29th or do I have to do it before that?
  • QHaloQHalo Posts: 1,488Member
    jibbajabba wrote: »
    Nothing to lose (apart from the fee obvilously) - I didn't have time to study at all, haven't even looked at vSphere 5 and passed with 304 - passed JUST - but pass is a pass - if you are familiar with previous VCP exams then you might just make it - if you crack open a book then you already have an advantage over me :D

    Wow, nice. I'm going with over-preparation as I haven't taken a VMware test yet.
  • QHaloQHalo Posts: 1,488Member
    tzoumboy wrote: »
    Quick question, I have the vcp4, can I go and give the exam on the 29th or do I have to do it before that?

    February 29th is the deadline. I would venture that means completing before February 29th, 11:59:59pm.
  • tzoumboytzoumboy Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks QHalo, that's what I assumed as well, just want to verify it so I don't have any surprises. The test centers around me have only 24 or 29 available.
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 664Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    tzoumboy wrote: »
    Quick question, I have the vcp4, can I go and give the exam on the 29th or do I have to do it before that?

    The 29th is the last date where VCP4 holders can gain VCP5 if they pass the VCP510 exam only, from March 1st onwards vSphere 5 training becomes an additional mandatory requirement for a VCP4 holder.
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  • tzoumboytzoumboy Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thank you Scott.
  • ZentraediZentraedi Posts: 150Member
    It's absolutely doable. I took the exam today and all the v5 specific stuff was a piece of cake. I just couldn't believe the amount of overlap with the VCP4 exam that I took last month...pretty much the same exam.

    Basically, if you're solid on the VCP4 material and could still pass the VCP4 exam with high score, then you should have no problems with VCP5. It shouldn't take more than a week to review any "What's new" material.
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Zentraedi wrote: »
    It's absolutely doable. I took the exam today and all the v5 specific stuff was a piece of cake. I just couldn't believe the amount of overlap with the VCP4 exam that I took last month...pretty much the same exam.

    Basically, if you're solid on the VCP4 material and could still pass the VCP4 exam with high score, then you should have no problems with VCP5. It shouldn't take more than a week to review any "What's new" material.

    Yepp, I am the best example lol ... You'll pass .. not pretty .. but you pass :D
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  • powerfoolpowerfool Senior Member Posts: 1,623Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    If worse comes to worse... you can take the CCCT&I "What's New" course for $500. It is online, so no travel necessary.
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