VCP Certificate Test Preperation

I am wanting to get my VCP Certification. I have already taken the "VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V4]" course but was wondering if there are any other courses or materials that the experts would recomend as helpfull in achieving this goal.

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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
Hands on paractice in a lab is always better than a course IMO, however Vmware has a mandatory course which you have done.

I would get a lab going, then read articles white papers forums and practice.

Also get some prctice exams.

I have never been able to afford a course so have always done the above for my certs.


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I can not stress enough how you need to read and *know* the Resource Mgmt Guide ( Also, the config max guide is needed as well (  But basically, if you go through those, and the ESX Config and Basic Admin Guide (see doc URL:, you should do real well.

Here is VMware's Resource pdf for you to study by:

Best of luck!
mattolanAuthor Commented:
I do work with esx 4 and vcenter, but we are a smaller set up with only standard version licenses and currently 4 hosts. so I don't get much practice with some of the fancier features.  and becase we are a smaller shop I do not have enough spare hardware to set up a lab that would allow me to play with some of these features (like vmotion for example)

I also was looking at the "  VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting [V4] " course. Have any of you taken this course or heard anything about it? it sounds to me like it would be good to take.

I have been working my way through the list of reading suggested on Vmware's site (its quite a long dry list). I had not come accross the Configuration Maximums Guide, I will add it to my required reading list.
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I took the Install/Configure course and not the Troubleshooting course. I personally can't comment on it's relevance, at least as far as the exam is concerned. Since I do have Enterprise edition in my environment, I get to work with much and when I took the Install course, I just asked troubleshooting questions to the instructors :) And, some of the other class attendees answered when they could as well (btw...I took my course online).

mattolanAuthor Commented:
coolsport00: have you taken the cert exam?
Not for vSphere...but for VCP3. From what I've heard/seen "around", the guides above are critical. Just follow the VCP4 Blueprint and you'll be golden. Best of luck!

vmwarun - ArunCommented:
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List of VMwarevSphere Documentation for Exam Preparation

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<!--[if !supportLists]-->2.       <!--[endif]-->VMware ESX/ESXi andvCenter Server Installation Guide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->3.       <!--[endif]-->Configuration MaximumsGuide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->4.       <!--[endif]-->Product Documentation
<!--[if !supportLists]-->5.       <!--[endif]-->VMware VirtualizationToolkit
<!--[if !supportLists]-->6.       <!--[endif]-->vSphere Host UpdateUtility
<!--[if !supportLists]-->7.       <!--[endif]-->vCenter Update Manager
<!--[if !supportLists]-->8.       <!--[endif]-->vSphere Upgrade Guide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->9.       <!--[endif]-->ESX 4 Patch ManagementGuide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->10.     <!--[endif]-->esxupdate
<!--[if !supportLists]-->11.     <!--[endif]-->vSphere Client
<!--[if !supportLists]-->12.     <!--[endif]-->ESX/ESXi Configuration Guides
<!--[if !supportLists]-->13.     <!--[endif]-->FC or iSCSI HBA BIOS Tools
<!--[if !supportLists]-->14.     <!--[endif]-->FC SAN Configuration Guide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->15.     <!--[endif]-->iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->16.     <!--[endif]-->Introduction to VMware vSphere Guide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->17.     <!--[endif]-->VMware vSphere Editions Comparison Chart
<!--[if !supportLists]-->18.     <!--[endif]-->esxcli
<!--[if !supportLists]-->19.     <!--[endif]-->ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server Installation Guides
<!--[if !supportLists]-->20.     <!--[endif]-->Database Sizing Tool/Calculators
<!--[if !supportLists]-->21.     <!--[endif]-->vSphere Basic System Administration Guide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->22.     <!--[endif]-->OVF Tool
<!--[if !supportLists]-->23.     <!--[endif]-->VMware vCenter Upgrade Manager AdministrationGuide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->24.     <!--[endif]-->Update Manager Database Sizing Tools
<!--[if !supportLists]-->25.     <!--[endif]-->vSphere Availability Guide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->26.     <!--[endif]-->vSphere Resource Management Guide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->27.     <!--[endif]-->VMware Data Recovery Administration Guide
<!--[if !supportLists]-->28.     <!--[endif]-->Backup and Recovery Appliance
<!--[if !supportLists]-->29.     <!--[endif]-->ping, vmkping, tcpdump, nslookup
<!--[if !supportLists]-->30.     <!--[endif]-->DRS Resource Distribution Graph
<!--[if !supportLists]-->31.     <!--[endif]-->Topology Maps
<!--[if !supportLists]-->32.     <!--[endif]-->cpuid, ping, vmkping
<!--[if !supportLists]-->33.     <!--[endif]-->esxtop/resxtop
<!--[if !supportLists]-->34.     <!--[endif]-->Performance Charts
vmwarun - ArunCommented:
List of VMware vSphere Documentation for Exam Preparation

1.    VMware Hardware Compatibility Guide
2.    VMware ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server Installation Guide
3.    Configuration Maximums Guide
4.    Product Documentation
5.    VMware Virtualization Toolkit
6.    vSphere Host Update Utility
7.    vCenter Update Manager
8.    vSphere Upgrade Guide
9.    ESX 4 Patch Management Guide
10.    esxupdate
11.    vSphere Client
12.    ESX/ESXi Configuration Guides
13.    FC or iSCSI HBA BIOS Tools
14.    FC SAN Configuration Guide
15.    iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide
16.    Introduction to VMware vSphere Guide
17.    VMware vSphere Editions Comparison Chart
18.    esxcli
19.    ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server Installation Guides
20.    Database Sizing Tool/Calculators
21.    vSphere Basic System Administration Guide
22.    OVF Tool
23.    VMware vCenter Upgrade Manager Administration Guide
24.    Update Manager Database Sizing Tools
25.    vSphere Availability Guide
26.    vSphere Resource Management Guide
27.    VMware Data Recovery Administration Guide
28.    Backup and Recovery Appliance
29.    ping, vmkping, tcpdump, nslookup
30.    DRS Resource Distribution Graph
31.    Topology Maps
32.    cpuid, ping, vmkping
33.    esxtop/resxtop
34.    Performance Charts

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