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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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  • 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: #742,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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While this covers version 5, and I am studying for version 5.1, there is a lot of overlap. I use the book to learn the steps and skills I will need to use the software and prepare for the exam. After the exam, I will have a handy reference.
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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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This is a great book that follows the test objectives pretty much verbatim as they appear from VMWare. There are good labs to help you with the material being discussed as you are going through the book. You will have to do a bit to get a lab environment set up depending on the hardware you have to work with, but it is not impossible. Only criticism that I have of this book is that the last sentence in most sections says what will be covered in the next session which in most cases is on the same page. It is redundant and only adds to the amount of reading.
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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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Took the training course and the instructor said that this is the ONLY solution for preparing for the certification exam. It is quite dense. I wish it came with a CD that I could use to take more practice tests on the computer. It does have exam-style questions at the end of each chapter that are fairly comprehensive.
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