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My VCP 5 Exam Experience

Well, with one day to spare before the "return of the class requirement" I have wrote and passed my VCP 5 exam. I thought,  just as many others have,  I would share my experience and thoughts around the exam.

First off I have read countless blog posts about how the VCP 5 was much harder and more difficult than the VCP 4. Personally I did not find this to be the case. Now maybe its the fact that I have another year of experience with vSphere under my belt or maybe I was simply better prepped this time around but I didn't see too much of a difference between the exams.  No, I don't know when VMware released different revisions of the VCP 4 exam, but I thought the style of questions that i seen on my VCP 4 last summer to be similar to the style that i seen yesterday on my VCP 5. And by style i mean more of a type of questioning revolving around experience with the product than just spitting out configuration maximums, In fact I cant remember one config max question at all!

So that being said my advice for those pursuing the VCP 5 would be to get as much experience with the product as you can, whether that be real world experience or lab experience. Also, use the resources that the community has created. Their is some absolutely awesome material available for free along with some that can be purchased.  Aside from all of the official vSphere 5 documentation the resources that I mainly used are listed below…

  • My own OMG Study Guide – This was probably the most useful to me, as it kind of forced me to study every aspect of the blueprint.  If you are studying, I would recommend using all these resources and creating your own blueprint notes
  • Jason Langer's and Josh Coen's Study Guide – Again, this is an awesome resource!  I've praised it many times!  Go through this before you write.
  • Forbes Guthrie's notes – This guy is a note/reference machine!  Check out his VCP notes along with all of this reference cards.
  • Andrea Mauro's VCP Study Guide – Similar to al of the other study guides but each one has a different take.
  • Simon Long's Practice test – you can't think of a practice test without thinking of this guys blog.  Great to see where you are at in terms of knowledge.
  • Damian Karlson and Cody Bunch's Brownbags – get these and watch them.  They did a great VCP 5 series with each webinar focused on a section of the blueprint.
  • Trainsignal's VMware vSphere 5 Training – David Davis and Elias Khnaser do an awesome job at breaking down every single thing vSphere 5 has to offer.  I would recommend picking this up.
  • Scott Lowe's Mastering VMware vSphere 5 – This is a great book not only for your VCP 5 studies but for your day to day management of vSphere.  Get it!

Again, these are just a few resources of thousands that are out there.  Get connected with the community and get certified!  Good Luck!

At last it’s done – My VCP 5 Study Notes (and a sexy PDF)


After 6 months of spending most of my spare time flipping through pages of VMware documentation, sorting through different community blog posts and pages, and deep diving into whitepapers I have finally completed my dissection of each individual learning point in each indiviidual objective of each individual section of the VCP 5 blueprint.  Wow that's a mouthful!

Honestly, I didn't ever think I was going to get through it all and I probably wouldn't have if it wasn't for the greatness of the community surrounding VMware and virtualization.  Without your feedback and comments I probably would have quit long ago and went back to my chicken scratch notebook style of studying.  So hats off to the community and the bloggers that put out and share all of their information.  I'm beginning to realize just how much dedication and effort it takes to keep a consistent blog with relevant information to readers.

Anyways, it's done, so you can check out the online version or if you fancy yourself a 130 pages of awesome sauce you can also download the pdf version below.

Thanks to everyone for their help and here's hoping for a pass for come Feb 28th.  And good luck too all of you as well….!


Top Virtualization Blogs Voting Is Now Open (and little ol’ mwpreston is on the list)

Once again Eric Siebert has put in the time and effort to coral a ton of VMware/Virtualization blogs and opened up the polls to find the top 25..  This is something that I have participated in before but never as a blogger.  To be honest when I first started this blog I never expected it to grow as big as it has.  Although it's not that big when compared against the rock star blogs that are on the list, it's definitely receiving more traffic than I have anticipated and never did I think I would be sponsored this quick.  I know that I received one vote for the top 10, but completely understand that this is probably the only vote in that category that I will get.  I'm still new to this and am trying to do my best to at the very least have consistency on this blog.  So, nonetheless, get over to Eric's blog post on vsphere-land and cast your vote and while your at it have a look at the 'Best New Blog' and 'Best Independent Blog' and see if you can't find mwpreston.net amongst all the other giants.  Not that I expect to receive a lot of votes, really, it's an honor just to have my blog listed amongst the giants that are there.

Looking back from now I'm happy with the content I have provided over the last 6 months.  When I started I had no idea how much work this actually is.  I've tried to put together relevant and accurate posts with walkthroughs and information centered around all that virtualization has to offer.   I've put countless hours into trying to put together a somewhat deep-dive of the VCP 5 Exam Blueprint in efforts to help myself and others achieve their certification as well as lobbied for a giveaway of Trainsignal's VMware vSphere 5 Training.  Blogging certainly takes up a lot of your time, your spare time at that.  That's why its important that you vote and show the bloggers that dedicate their time to providing you with great content that it is appreciated.   Happy Voting πŸ™‚  And if you get a chance, thank Eric for putting it all together.  He not only stops at a voting system, but he puts together RSS feeds and Twitter lists.  The vLaunchPad is truly a work of art and a one stop shop to the Virtualization/VMware blogosphere!

VCP 5 – The Final Push

For those VCP 4's who are looking to upgrade to a VCP 5 there is only a little over a month now to book and pass your exam.  February 29th is the last day that VMware is waiving the course requirements that normally are attached to the VCP certifications and it's starting to come down to the wire for a lot of people.   I myself and in the middle of my studying for the exam and let me tell you there is a lot of information to cover on the exam blueprint.  Of course all of it might not be on the test, but the fact of the matter is that any of it could be, so you best know it inside out.  From what I've heard and read about exam experiences is that the VCP 5 is a bit more difficult than the VCP 4 and that real-world experiences and knowing how to do is certainly giving people a huge advantage when it comes to the exam.  Below you will find a bunch of resources that I'm using to prepare for my exam…

Study Notes

  • My own VCP 5 page – I'm in the process of creating my own study notes for each initiative and section on the blueprint.  I should hopefully be completely finished in the next couple of weeks.
  • Jason Langer and Josh Coen have done an AWESOME JOB at doing the same thing on their respective blogs Virtual Langer and Valco Labs – of course, theirs is complete πŸ™‚
  • Forbes Guthrie's vSphere 5 documentation notes. – AWESOME AGAIN!
  • There are countless other resources that I've used, but these are the main ones.  I will try to add all of them to my VCP 5 page (Time is of the essence right now)


  • Damien Karlson and Cody Bunch have done an awesome and timely job at lining up some great speakers to go over a section of the blue print each week.  Sections 1 and 3 have already been covered, with Scott Lowe covering Section 2 this week.  This is an awesome complement to your own studying.  It's always nice to hear someone else's take on the items included on the section.  Don't miss these!  All the info can be found here.


  • Scott Lowe's Mastering VMware vSphere 5 is an awesome source not only for VCP preparation, but for general administration in your day to day job.  I wrote a full review on the book here and would certainly recommend it to anyone!
  • Trainsignals VMware vSphere 5 Training also covers everything on the blueprint.  This is also a huge complement to your studies.  Along with the slides and information the tasks are actually carried out before your eyes which is certainly as close as you can get to  the 'real-world experiences' without actually doing.