Study Material for vSphere 5 .. What is and isn't released yet

jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
Especially annoying for us who need to renew it for "free" until February 29th considering the lack of trainings material.

Anyway, I pre-ordered quite a few books but pretty much all release dates are being pushed back so here I thought I compile a list for you who are interested.

Released

Trainsiginal vSphere 5 CBT: Order here - $397
VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive ; Available in various formats / prices

Unreleased

Mastering VMware vSphere 5 : Amazon, by Scott Lowe - pushed back to October
Professional vSphere 5: Implementation and Management : Amazon, by John Hales - pushed back to January 2012
Storage Design and Implementation in vSphere 5.0 (VMware Press) : Amazon, by Mostafa Khalil - pushed back to February 2010
VMware vSphere 5 Administration Instant Reference : Amazon, by Christopher Kusek - pushed back to December

Your best bet to prepare for the exam really is

1. Download the official documentation (now in Kindle format too) HERE
2. Download the product and labs, labs, and more labs HERE

Some details in how to run vSphere 5 nested (vSphere on vSphere), have a look HERE

Another good resource, with a lot of useful information, is Yellow-Bricks, run by VMware's very own Duncan Epping. Or also informative, NTPRO.nl, run by Eric Sloof.
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Comments

  • QHaloQHalo Posts: 1,488Member
    Wow David and Eli put out that training quick!
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    QHalo wrote: »
    Wow David and Eli put out that training quick!

    Thank God they did, otherwise we'd be on "the dry" until exam time in Feb. ... Having said that - as VCP3/4 holder "all" we really should have to learn are the "what's new" part - that is the theory anyway lol .. I am already through 5 lessons on the trainsignal ones .. nice .. as usual ...
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  • scott28ttscott28tt Posts: 667Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I should add to this thread that the official vSphere 5: What's New training course is available now, whilst it's not mandatory for a VCP4 holder to take this training until the end of February 2012 it is still a valuable resource. It also gives VCP3 holders an "upgrade" option today too...
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  • bcairnsbcairns Posts: 280Member
    I just passed VCp4 and cramming for 5 - thank you VERY much for this post!
  • aordalaordal Posts: 372Member
    I'd like to add the following website to your collection. He has a pretty good blog about VSphere 4/5 and makes some of his own study questions (Config maximum etc..)

    The SLOG – SimonLong/Blog
  • jmritenourjmritenour Posts: 565Member
    The Kindle Edition of Mastering vSphere 5 by Scott Lowe is available for purchase and download as of 9/29. At $47.99, it is significant more expensive than the paperback edition. So much for digital distribution lowering prices.
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    jmritenour wrote: »
    The Kindle Edition of Mastering vSphere 5 by Scott Lowe is available for purchase and download as of 9/29. At $47.99, it is significant more expensive than the paperback edition. So much for digital distribution lowering prices.

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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Got pointed to another reference by colleague

    http://www.vreference.com/wp-content/uploads/vsphere5-notes1.0.1.pdf

    Very nice indeed
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  • ITdudeITdude Posts: 1,183Member
    Thanks for the link. Good stuff!icon_wink.gif
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  • jmritenourjmritenour Posts: 565Member
    jibbajabba wrote: »

    I agree. It really sucks, because all things being equal, I'd rather have all my books in Kindle format where available. It's great to have my entire tech library at my fingertips, plus the text to speech function is awesome. I have a hour + commute to work, so it's great to have the Kindle read to me. I've been able to cut through Shon Harris's CISSP All-In-One book pretty quickly thanks to being able to make use of that 2 hours of road time a day.

    But I'm not going to pay significantly more for the convenience of having it on Kindle. I'm not sure if this is a publisher gaffe, or Amazon, but either way, I don't feel like I need this book that badly.
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    jmritenour wrote: »
    text to speech function is awesome. .

    A shame kindle on the ipad / iphone doesn't do that - that would be awesome - my commute is about 1hr40 per way so that would be nice .. not going to buy a kindle now too - but interesting none the less.
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Mastering vSphere 5 now pushed back to the 2nd week of November and VMware vSphere 5 Administration Reference (Christopher Kusek) to December 29/31 ..... Going well icon_sad.gif
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  • meadITmeadIT Posts: 581Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    jibbajabba wrote: »
    Mastering vSphere 5 now pushed back to the 2nd week of November and VMware vSphere 5 Administration Reference (Christopher Kusek) to December 29/31 ..... Going well icon_sad.gif

    Amazon is showing it in stock and shipping on 10/18: Amazon.com: Mastering VMware vSphere 5 (9780470890806): Scott Lowe: Books
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I know, however
    Hello,

    Unfortunately, the release date for the item(s) listed below was changed by the supplier, and we need to provide you with a new estimated delivery date based on the new release date:

    *Scott Lowe "Mastering VMware VSphere 5"
    ***Estimated arrival date: November 09 2011 - November 11 2011

    One of Amazon's aims is to provide a convenient and efficient service; in this case, we have fallen short. Please accept our sincere apologies.

    You have not been charged for this item. We do not debit money from your payment card until just before your items are dispatched. We will send you a dispatch confirmation email on the date of dispatch.

    Sincerely,

    Customer Service Department
    Amazon.com
    http://www.amazon.com

    Well, I cancelled the order, bought the Kindle edition and put it through as expense or something :)
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  • meadITmeadIT Posts: 581Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    jibbajabba wrote: »
    I know, however


    Well, I cancelled the order, bought the Kindle edition and put it through as expense or something :)

    Weird. I ordered mine yesterday. It shipped yesterday and it's due to be delivered today.

    Edit: Oh nvm, just realized you are from the UK.
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    meadIT wrote: »
    Weird. I ordered mine yesterday. It shipped yesterday and it's due to be delivered today.

    Edit: Oh nvm, just realized you are from the UK.

    I did order it from the US though as there is always a very long delay until books are available in the UK ..

    Ah well .. My manager doesn't care when / if I put it through as expenses so I don't really care about the premium for having the kindle edition - still think a $20 increase compared to the hardcopy is daylight robbery....
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  • skinsFan202skinsFan202 Posts: 87Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I just got my copy of Mastering VSphere 5 today from Amazon. Coming from someone who knows diddly squat about virtualization, I like the way the first few pages are written. It's very easy to digest
  • QHaloQHalo Posts: 1,488Member
    Mastering 4 was a very easy read as well. I only assume this will follow the same format.
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I am already VCP 3 and 4 and I also started to read it at page 1 and couldn't put it down.
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  • meadITmeadIT Posts: 581Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I received mine yesterday too. I'm trying to hold off reading it so I don't confuse v5 details with v4.x and screw up my DCA exam.
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  • tbgree00tbgree00 Posts: 553Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I started reading my mastering vsphere 5 this weekend as well. I'm going through it very easily, trying to pick up on stuff that may be on the test. I have the study guide above printed out as well. I have two weeks until my test and am starting to feel the pressure. I hope to have it finished before my vacation in November, so I have a day for a retake in there if I fail. Hopefully not though!
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