VCP slam dunk

undomielundomiel Posts: 2,818Member
After two previously failed attempts at the 410 I passed both the 410 and 510 today. That is a rough exam if you don't study the right stuff. I don't like all of their questions either, I feel the Microsoft exams do a better job of testing whether you can administrator or design. I started off using the Sybex VCP on vSphere 4 study guide and found that to be worthless (read the reviews later unfortunately) and then used Mastering vSphere 4 which came highly recommended. I wasn't quite as impressed with it, I felt that it really glossed over some areas i.e. boot from SAN config and requirements. After the first 2 fails I got smart and broke out the white papers. That's definitely the best resource out there. Plenty of detailed information. Works best when combined with a good lab environment. Now back to enjoying a celebratory bowl of ramen before getting back to work.
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  • blargoeblargoe Self-Described Huguenot NC, USAPosts: 4,170Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Congrats on the pass!

    I totally agree about some of the questions being more trivia and less about being able to understand and manage the environment. After experiencing the previous two versions, this time I pretty much exclusively used the white papers and the exam blueprint. Best resource out there to tie up those loose ends.
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  • EssendonEssendon Posts: 4,548Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    That's quote an achievement Jeffy. Well done bro!
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  • tgfndotcomtgfndotcom Posts: 37Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    wow , i am impressed.... 2 in the same day is a difficult challenge
  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 664Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    undomiel wrote: »
    I feel the Microsoft exams do a better job of testing whether you can administrator or design.

    Wait til the VCAP5-DCD and VCAP5-DCA are released, then you might change your mind about that...
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  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    undomiel wrote: »
    After two previously failed attempts at the 410 I passed both the 410 and 510 today. That is a rough exam if you don't study the right stuff. I don't like all of their questions either, I feel the Microsoft exams do a better job of testing whether you can administrator or design.

    Interesting. I always felt Microsoft exams were extremely artificial and didn't relate to production environment.
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  • dalesdales Posts: 225Member
    Congrats on the pass your a very brave man doing both those exams on the same day .
    Kind Regards
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  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    scott28tt wrote: »
    Wait til the VCAP5-DCD and VCAP5-DCA are released, then you might change your mind about that...

    Any word on when they'll be released?
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  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 664Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    dave330i wrote: »
    Any word on when they'll be released?

    The DCD exam is being taken by beta takers at the moment, in theory it should be 6 weeks or so until it goes live. DCA has not had it's beta process yet, nor do I know when that begins.
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  • snapdadsnapdad Member Posts: 50Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats!
  • undomielundomiel Posts: 2,818Member
    scott28tt wrote: »
    Wait til the VCAP5-DCD and VCAP5-DCA are released, then you might change your mind about that...

    Unfortunately I'll probably never have a chance to do them. I currently work in a XenServer and Hyper-V world. Very little VMware.
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  • bertiebbertieb Posts: 1,031Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Thats quite an achievement Jeff. Well done. I just hope it was a sufficiently big bowl of ramen!
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  • undomielundomiel Posts: 2,818Member
    Just got my confirmation that I really did make it in at the last minute. My transcript now shows both VCP 4 & VCP5 now!
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  • odysseyeliteodysseyelite Posts: 500Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    undomiel wrote: »
    After two previously failed attempts at the 410 I passed both the 410 and 510 today. That is a rough exam if you don't study the right stuff. I don't like all of their questions either, I feel the Microsoft exams do a better job of testing whether you can administrator or design. I started off using the Sybex VCP on vSphere 4 study guide and found that to be worthless (read the reviews later unfortunately) and then used Mastering vSphere 4 which came highly recommended. I wasn't quite as impressed with it, I felt that it really glossed over some areas i.e. boot from SAN config and requirements. After the first 2 fails I got smart and broke out the white papers. That's definitely the best resource out there. Plenty of detailed information. Works best when combined with a good lab environment. Now back to enjoying a celebratory bowl of ramen before getting back to work.

    Good information to know. What filters did you use for searching for white papers for VCP 5?
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  • undomielundomiel Posts: 2,818Member
    Just went to their site and started downloading documentation: VMware vSphere Documentation
    And from the technical papers section I grabbed everything from vSphere 5, vMotion, vCenter and maybe a few others.
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