VCP510: Exam Tips

vcp5_logoWell, I think it’s finally time to do a blog post. I have been really busy with a couple of projects and preparation for VMware Partner Exchange next month, but those responsibilities are starting to wind down. The fruits of my labor will be publicly released or presented in the coming months, then on to more new and exciting projects!

By coincidence, VMware is offering the VCP and a couple other certification exams this year at PEX, so I decided to attempt an upgrade to VCP5 during the conference. I am allowing myself just enough time to reschedule the exam before end of February in case the unforeseen happens.

Since I haven’t taken a VMware certification since late 2009 (VCP410) I feel as though I am a bit rusty when it comes to certification tests and haven’t had as much hands-on product time as I would like. As such I would like to list here the study materials and resources I am using to prepare for the exam.

The first go-to resource (one I have used in the past) to prepare for VMware exams is courtesy of TrainSignal (disclaimer; site sponsor). They have an updated series of vSphere 5 training videos available that I’ve been viewing to get myself back up-to-speed on the features of the newest vSphere release. David Davis and Elias Khnaser are experts on vSphere and present the material in a concise and easy-to-understand manner. I am going through one lesson every day to get me ready for the exam next month.

The second resource that I have found to be quite valuable is Forbes Guthrie’s vSphere 5.0 reference card which you can find here. I plan to use this as a form of quick review whenever I have a few minutes to commit some pertinent information to memory and the information on his reference card is perfect for this type of consumption.

Finally, I was going to prepare a list of links to my fellow bloggers’ websites who are offering material to prepare in some way for the VCP. Instead of doing that, I am posting a link to Damian Karlson’s blog post as he has an excellent list of links to all the required study material. Thanks Damian! Amazing job…

In the back of my mind, I am always thinking about my studies in the context of the VCP Exam Blueprint, which, for me, serves as an outline to ensure that I am covering all of the exam objectives and making sure that I haven’t left anything out that might show up on the exam, so ensure that you read this over and check-off the objectives as you move through the study materials.

Please feel free to share any other links you have found useful here. I think a multi-pronged approach is valuable in preparing for this exam, especially given the limited time before I sit the test and the breadth of the new material that will be covered in this rendition of the exam.

Good luck to everyone else out there that has yet to re-certify. Only just over 30 days left until the upgrade window expires!

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