- Series: VMware Press Certification
- Hardcover: 800 pages
- Publisher: VMware Press; 3 edition (May 30, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078975648X
- ISBN-13: 978-0789756480
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John A. Davis, now a product architect at Rackspace, became a VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) and VMware Certified Professional (VCP) in 2004. Since then, all of his work has been completely focused on VMware-based technologies. He has experience in teaching official VMware curriculum in five countries and delivering VMware professional services throughout the United States. Recently, his work has involved designing solutions based on vRealize Operations and Site Recovery Manager. He has authored several white papers and co-authored the VCAP5-DCA Cert Guide (VMware Press). He holds several advanced certifications, including VCAP5-DCA, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DTD, VCAP5-CID, and VCIX-NV. He has been a vExpert since 2014. He is author of the vLoreBlog.com and can be found on Twitter @johnnyadavis.
Steve Baca, VCAP, VCI, VCP, and NCDA, has been in the computer industry for more than 20 years. Originally a computer programmer and a system administrator working on Unix and Windows systems, he migrated over to technical training and wrote a course for Sun Microsystems. After teaching various courses for Sun, he eventually transitioned to VMware about 8 years ago, doing technical training and consulting as well as teaching for NetApp. Currently he lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and does a number of worldwide engagements. He thoroughly enjoys teaching and writing and believes that the constant evolution of the computer industry requires continuously learning to stay ahead. Steve can be found on Twitter @scbaca1.
Owen Thomas, VCI Level 2, VCP-DCV, VCP-Cloud, VCP-DT, VCAP-DCA, has been teaching various VMware classes since 2008. His first major IT position was in an enterprise-level NOC in Louisville, Kentucky, where he started in 2000 as a backup operator and transitioned to the role of NOC analyst. As his experience increased, he was tasked with training new staff. Introduced to VMware as of version 2 and trained in VI3, he became a VMware Certified Instructor at the end of 2007. Since then, he has taught hundreds of VMware classes for open enrollment and onsite classes for customers. Owen is a VMware partner and solutions provider as well as a technical trainer and performs JumpStarts, Audits, HealthChecks, Capacity Planning, and P2V migrations for SMBs.
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As for the production of the book itself... The paper is cheap. Not as white or as smooth as it could, and should be. The print is small. It was a little tough to study from.
On to what I didn't like. It wasn't the easiest book to read. I had to set it down plenty of times because it was so dry. There are not a lot of exercises, just a bunch of text and then quizes. This might be great if you absorb a lot from reading, but if you are more a hands on type of person I would steer away from this. I suppose you could take the steps they provide to do things and do them yourself, but that just wasn't working for me.
There seems to be a good flow to the book, and the overall formatting and included images lends itself to easier reading. I certainly appreciate the pre-chapter quizzes and review questions. Some topical terms and acronyms are brought up before they are defined, which can add a bit of confusion. I was told previous versions of this book contained physical media for practicing, but this appears to have been replaced with a coupon for discounts off digital downloads.
The errors are certainly not unique to this publication and are not a deal-breaker. I'm glad I have the book, but it causes me some mild frustration.
A big issue with this book is that there is a whole lot of spelling errors! And I mean very obvious errors. I read a lot of technical whitepapers and books and I have never in my life read an "official" technical materials book with this much spelling errors in it.
The second issue and one that I have the biggest gripe with is that a lot of the content seems to be copied and pasted from VMware's official Vsphere 6 Documentation website. Like literally, there are parts where word for word it looks exactly the same from the website counterpart. In the VMware's official documentation website, they actually have very good materials that cover all aspects of the exam objectives that you can download in PDF or eBook format. The problem is that it's not organized. The advantage with this study guide is that the authors presented the information so that they all align with the exam objectives so it gives you a sense of what you need to study and what objectives you need to work on if you are weak in that area. I have a feeling that if someone took the time to organize the information from all the study guides gathered from the VMware website and made it in such a way that it aligns with the exam objectives/topics, one could technically could skip this official study guide because you'll still be getting the same information along with some Google'ing around as well.
You'd think that by copying and pasting information from the website would at least somewhat make the information accurate. However, there were several instances where I caught things that did not relate to how vSphere 6 works but instead was for earlier versions! One example was the differences between a vMotion high priority vs standard priority. The book claims that if there is not enough resources to perform the former, the vMotion would fail. However, that was only the case in vSphere 4 and earlier. With vSphere 5 and later, the vMotion process would proceed regardless if enough resources were reserved.
I didn't take the official VCP 6 exam yet but will do so in about two weeks or so after posting this review. Does this study guide help? Sure, of course it did. It pinpointed some things that I needed extra work on and the inclusion of many diagrams help as well, although you should also have a lab at your disposal to see for yourself. Was it worth $45? Not really considering that majority of the information could also be had from VMware's official vSphere 6 documentation website. Basically, don't expect to get too much insider secrets or recommendations from these vSphere authors/experts and you should be fine.