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VCP5 VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 Study Guide: Exam VCP-510 1st Edition

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Includes Real-World Scenarios, Hands-On Exercises, and Access to Exam Prep Software Featuring:

  • Custom Test Engine

  • Over 300 Sample Questions

  • Electronic Flashcards

The Ideal Product to Prepare You for the Leading Virtualization Certification

As the demand for virtualization skills continues to grow, you need to earn the newest certification to stand out from other IT professionals. This guide gives you the tools to pass the VCP-510 exam so you can highlight your capabilities. It walks you through all of the requirements, including planning and installing ESXi, configuring vCenter Server, deploying and managing virtual machines, and much more. Inside these pages, you'll also find:

  • Full coverage of all exam objectives in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you're getting the instruction you need for the exam
  • Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned in the context of actual job roles
  • Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day
  • Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam
  • A handy tear card that maps every official exam objective to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective
  • Sybex Exam Prep Tools

Go to www.sybex.com/go/vcp5 and download a full set of electronic test prep tools to help you thoroughly prepare for the exam. These include:

  • Custom Test Engine

  • Over 300 Sample Questions

  • Electronic Flashcards

  • Glossary of Terms in PDF

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About the Author

Brian Atkinson is a senior systems engineer with 15 years of experience in the IT field. For the past six years, he has been focused on virtualization and storage solutions. Brian has been awarded the VMware vExpert designation from VMware for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He is a VMware Technology Network (VMTN) moderator and guru. He maintains his personal blog in the VMTN communities at communities.vmware.com/blogs/vmroyale/.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118181123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118181126
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Josh on October 6, 2012
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It's a good book that covers the Blue Print of the VCP5 exam in order however it could have been proof read much better, Chapter 4 (Plan and Configure vSphere Networking) has many errors when talking about vSwitches and DvSwitches, there are numerous times when the two are confused and he's referring to one type while the book is written with the others name. It's quite confusing for someone trying to learn from this book.

Example: Page 195 "Note that in steps 6 and 7 of Exercise 4.18 you are choosing the options to move all virtual machines connected to the virtual machine port group on a vSwitch to a dvSwitch. In steps 13 and 14, you are choosing the options to move all virtual machines connected to the virtual machine port group on a vSwitch to a dvSwitch. In other words, you are reversing steps 6 and 7."

This is just one example where it's confusing all over in this chapter. Definitely should have been proofread more and I can count at least 10 instances in this chapter where he's confused the two in writing. I hope there is a version 2 of this book that fixes these problems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brent Kenreich on July 27, 2012
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The content of the book is great. I was worried this book would have a lot of overlap with the Mastering VMware by Scott Lowe. I'm glad I bought both books. Both of these books are much better than the books provided by VMware in their official training classes.

The on-line test is clearly half-updated from vSphere4. For example, the practice test claims RAID 10 is the only supported level for the storage appliance. VMware documentation says the appliance supports RAID 5,6, and 10. The questions were clearly not proofread by a native English speaker.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Gee on June 18, 2012
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I have been using VSphere 5 Enterprise Plus for several months so I've had significant experience with it. I discovered that this book had been released a week before my scheduled exam. I sat down in my apartment and read the entire book and did all of the review questions over about 15 hours. When I took other practice exams I found that the book had got me about 90% of the way to passing. I used the excellent exam cram outline from Vidad Cosonok's blog and it filled in the gaps that I needed to pass the exam. I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 for the gaps and the fact that the book format expected me to do long involved "labs" that seem to add little value. I recommend it for exam prep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian Mohn on August 30, 2012
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This is a great resource for anyone looking to pass the VCP510 exam. The book is divided into chapters, with review questions at the end of each chapter.

Just like the required VMware training courses (VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]) does not cover all the topics required for the actual exam, just studying this book will not guarantee a pass.

However, unlike the training courses, the book does cover all the areas required, and the step-by-step exercises it contains helps you build the hands-on experience that is required to pass the exam.

Neatly divided into chapters, this book not only helps you study, it also helps you build your own environment from the ground up! The chapters correspond with the objectives laid out by VMware in the Exam Blueprint, and this makes it easy to track your progress and relate it to the actual exam.

Clearly a great resource for anyone looking to obtain the VCP5 certification, especially those just starting out with VMware certifications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pfrixion on August 27, 2012
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I loved this study guide as it is concise and straight to the point. The author does a good job of covering all of the topics that will be covered in the exam. I thought that the flow of the material was logical and well organized. There was a distinct direction that the guide is working towards and that is getting you as ready as possible to get your cert. As with any of these guides, this book is meant for people that have some exposure to vSphere and VMware. Thinking that you can come in blind to any OS or computer framework, read a book and pass an exam is foolishness. This guide, coupled with some studying and some real world experience will get you passed every time.

Well done!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TD on May 23, 2012
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The book seems to basically cover what the VCP 5 exam will go over. However, it skips simple stuff and just expects you to know how to do it. For instance, Chapter 2 shows you how to install ESXi. Then Chapter 3 expects that you've already added it to vCenter. However, it doesn't go over how to add it or even tells you to actually do it.

I did learn some stuff, but not a lot since there is not much in depth detail.

Just seems to skim the surface of the basics of vSphere and I don't think with this book alone you'd pass the exam.
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The book was very informative and I did learn a lot... however it doesn't cover all of the material for the newest exam which I just took (and barely passed). It comes down to one thing and this is uniform for all certs: never solely use one source for studying. I got the bulk of the newer material from another source. Overall the information was good but it could have been shortened by like 50 pages. For example, in the Troubleshooting chapter it takes a long paragraph in each section to tell us that we need to "get to the root source of the problem and figure it out." Well no s*** dude... thanks for telling me. Practically every section in that chapter had that section repeated with almost the exact same syntax in it. Those little wastes of half of the page sections reminded me of my high school days trying to squeeze a 3 1/2 page paper into a 5 page paper.
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