I spent a fair amount of time studying for my VCP-510. After taking the VCP-510 I realized I hadn't spent my time in the best manner based on the content I encountered in the test. This tip is designed to "guide" you to study the right stuff.
I am not advocating ANY form of cheating. However often the materials available are much too broad leading you to extensively study things that you would never see on the test NOR actually need to know or do on a real environment. My purpose here is to document how "I" would study for the VCP-510 if I had to take it again.
- http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/vcp5-practice-exams/ - Useful. Great questions, great answers. Not a lot of these were on the test though.
- http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrCourse/quiz/ask.cfm?a=4446000&ui=www_cert - Also useful. Great questions, great answers. Not a lot of these were on the test though.
- http://quizlet.com/6938793/vmware-vcp510-flash-cards/ - Many of the questions were representative of the questions on the test although I wouldn't trust the answers are given.
- https://www.aiotestking.com/vmware/category/vmware-certified-professional-on-vsphere5/ - Seemed like a good resource but site performance was pathetic.
Personally I'd run through sites 100 and 101 to get a feel for the topics. Once I got a decent score I'd dig deep to focusing on site 102 with special attention to what the correct answers.
- Know about how you would install the different products and add-ons. Know if those products are installed as a plugins to vCenter or as a virtual appliances, or require both. Somethings like the VSA or DR require a virtual appliances as well as a plugin to vCenter. Just familiarize yourself with what components are needed and how you would go about installing it. I think if you just go through each of the products and read just one page from the Administrator's guide like the "Understanding VMware _________" it would help a lot.
- Know what the metrics are and how to interpret the real time graphs, like %CPU RDY (the machine is waiting for more processing time)
- Know things about the storage paths like MRU, Round Robin, Fixed, etc. How many paths are taken at any given time, etc.
- Definitely know Update Manager, Storage, DRS (resource pool behavior), HA, Vcenter server, and switching.
- Know about how Update Manager works. Know things like you can only upgrade from ESX 4.0 and higher. I was glad I had read the upgrade guide this morning.
- Some teammates studying off the VCP5 Blueprint. Personally I didn't. - http://communities.vmware.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadBody/16726-102-7-23055/VCP510%20Exam%20Blueprint%20Guide%201.4.pdf
- Understand updating 3.5 and 4 to 5. What settings transfer, what doesn’t. What features are new, what are gone (Serivce Console).
- Understand what each storage type is capable of, i.e. NAS, iSCSI, VMFS. Which support boot, snapshots storage, etc.
- Focus on what VMware features are installed default versus option or are plug ins.
- Understand what settings are migrated when you upgrade an ESX host. Understand what has to be re-setup.
- Don't spend a lot of time memorizing limits. I had heard this from others so I didn't bother with it. I knew some of the major ones but didn't really need any of them.