VCP slam dunk
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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