VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 (VCP5) Study Guide

I’ve took and passed the VCP5 exam, some time ago, on November 2011. And I decided now, since I’ve started this blog, to create and share with you my own Study Guide, hoping this information becomes useful to anybody considering to develop into  a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5.

I’ve created this resource, by using VMware’s official exam blueprint,  it describes which aspects of vSphere 5 you will get tested on, the exam format, time limit, number of questions, and the scoring system. The exam blueprint makes references to the official documentation, that I will be sharing links to them also. I will suggest candidates to use the mock exam, it will provide you a preview of the exam format.

All the recommended guides, listed per exam module, can be found at VMware’s vSphere 5 Documentation Center.

Plan, Install, Configure and Upgrade vCenter Server and VMware ESXi

Objectives:

  • Install and Configure vCenter Server.
  • Install and Configure VMware ESXi.
  • Plan and Perform Upgrades of vCenter Server and VMware ESXi.
  • Secure vCenter Server and ESXi.
  • Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions.

Recommended reading material:

  • vSphere Availability.
  • vCenter Server and Host Management.
  • vSphere Installation and Setup.
  • vSphere Resource Management.
  • vSphere Upgrade.
  • vSphere Storage.
  • vSphere Networking.
  • vSphere Security.

Additional reading material:

  1. VMware vSphere 5.0 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging White Paper.

Plan and Configure vSphere Networking

Objectives:

  • Configure vNetwork Standard Switches.
  • Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches.
  • Configure vSS and VDS Policies.

Recommended reading material:

  • vSphere Installation and Setup.
  • vSphere Networking.

Plan and Configure vSphere Storage

Objectives:

  • Configure Shared Storage for vSphere.
  • Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere.
  • Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores.

Recommended reading material:

  • vSphere Installation and Setup.
  • vSphere Storage.
  • VMware vSphere Examples and Scenarios.

Additional reading material:

  1. VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Installation and Configuration.
  2. VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Administration.

Deploy and Administer Virtual Machines and vApps

Objectives:

  • Create and Deploy Virtual Machines.
  • Create and Deploy vApps.
  • Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates.
  • Administer Virtual Machines and vApps.

Recommended reading material:

  • vSphere Virtual Machine Administation.
  • Installing and Configuring VMware Tools.
  • VMware vSphere Examples and Scenarios.

Establish and Maintain Service Levels

Objectives:

  • Create and Configure VMware Clusters.
  • Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance.
  • Create and Administer Resource Pools.
  • Migrate Virtual Machines.
  • Backup and Restore Virtual Machines.
  • Patch and Update ESXi and Virtual Machines.

Recommended reading material:

  • vCenter Server and Host Management.
  • vSphere Availability.
  • vSphere Resource Management.
  • vSphere Virtual Machine Administration.
  • VMware vSphere Examples and Scenarios.
  • VMware Data Recovery Administration.
  • vSphere Host Profiles.
  • Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager.
  • Reconfiguring VMware vSphere Update Manager.

Perform Basic Troubleshooting and Alarm Management

Objectives:

  • Perform Basic Troubleshooting for ESXi Hosts.
  • Perform Basic vSphere Network Troubleshooting.
  • Perform Basic vSphere Storage Troubleshooting.
  • Perform Basic Troubleshooting for HA/DRS Clusters and vMotion/Storage vMotion.

Recommended reading material:

  • vCenter Server and Host Management.
  • vSphere Monitoring and Performance.
  • vSphere Troubleshooting.
  • vSphere Networking.
  • vSphere Storage.
  • vSphere Availability.
  • vSphere Resource Management.

Monitor a vSphere Implementation

Objectives:

  • Monitor ESXi, vCenter Server and Virtual Machines.
  • Create and Administer vCenter Server Alarms.

Recommended reading material:

  • vCenter Server and Host Management.
  • vSphere Monitoring and Performance.
  • vSphere Resource Management.
  • VMware vSphere Examples and Scenarios.

There are also many community resources that could help you. I will be adding links to one. The “vSphere 5 vReference Cards”, created by Forbes Guthrie (vreference.com):

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