While studying for my VCP 5 certification (which I now have :)) I have compiled a ton of notes and thought what better way to help everyone else out with their studies then to share all my notes.  Below I have done just that. 

Follow the links below to see my study notes on each objective or if you fancy yourself an offline version you can download it all in a PDF.

***NEW*** Incase you didn't notice all the massive buttons, I have compiled around 80 or so VCP 5 practice questions.  You can go to each individual section, or if you wanted to go through all 80 of them you can from this page.  I'll try to update with more as I get the time. 🙂

My VCP5 Study Notes (organized by objective)

Section 1 – Plan, Install, Configure and Upgrade vCenter Server and VMware ESXi
Objective 1.1 — Install and Configure vCenter Server
Objective 1.2 – Install and Configure VMware ESXi
Objective 1.3 – Plan and Perform Upgrades of vCenter Server and VMware ESXi
Objective 1.4 –Secure vCenter Server and ESXi
Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions

Section 2 – Plan and Configure vSphere Networking
Objective 2.1 – Configure vNetwork Standard Switches
Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches
Objective 2.3 – Configure vSS and vDS Policies

Section 3 – Plan and Configure vSphere Storage
Objective 3.1 – Configure Shared Storage for vSphere
Objective 3.2 – Configure the Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere
Objective 3.3 – Create and Configure VMFS and NFS Datastores

Section 4 – Deploy and Administer Virtual Machines and vApps
Objective 4.1 – Create and Deploy Virtual Machines
Objective 4.2 – Create and Deploy vApps
Objective 4.3 – Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates
Objective 4.4 – Administer Virtual Machines and vApps

Section 5 – Establish and Maintain Service Levels
Objective 5.1 – Create and Configure VMware Clusters
Objective 5.2 – Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance
Objective 5.3 – Create and Administer Resource Pools
Objective 5.4 – Migrate Virtual Machines
Objective 5.5 – Backup and Restore Virtual Machines
Objective 5.6 – Patch and Update ESXi and Virtual Machines

Section 6 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting
Objective 6.1 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for ESXi Hosts
Objective 6.2 – Perform Basic vSphere Network Troubleshooting
Objective 6.3 – Perform Basic vSphere Storage Troubleshooting
Objective 6.4 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for HA/DRS Clusters and Maps

Section 7 – Monitor a vSphere Implementation and Manage vCenter Server Alarms
Objective 7.1 – Monitor ESXi, vCenter Server and Virtual Machines
Objective 7.2 – Create and Administer vCenter Server Alarms

VCP5 Resources

VCP5 Practice Exams

51 thoughts on “VCP 5

    1. do you have a link to on aline lab just to get familiar with a real VCP exam before to take it

    1. NP, Thanks for the great content and study page! It takes a lot of time and Im having a hard time finding time for my own!

  1. Good site man. Looking forward to future updates.  I am wanting to work on an offline study guide.  Would you mind if I used some of your content here as well?  Thanks! (I will always give credit and take none away – biggest principle in the VMware community)

    1. Thanks, I’m glad you like it….For sure use whatever you want! Thats why I’m tossing it all up here! You’ve got quite the collections of VCP resources on your site as well, I’ll add you to my list 🙂 Thanks again!

  2. I will highly recommend you guide to my colleages and i dont say that lightly.

    Perhaps i should give up my vcp5 prep and just read your guide 🙂

    Thanks for the good work

  3. it’s so kind of you. I’ve downloaded the PDF as well as the sample questions. although I’m not going to take the exam very soon, but I’d like to update my VCP4 knowledge since I’ve already been using vSphere 5 at work. Thanks again!

  4. Thank you for your time and effort compiling all this information. I like the way you have organised it too. 

    I will take the exam soon and after studying the general subject with a good book, now it is time to learn the particularities of what is going to be specifically asked in the exam.

    1. Your welcome and good luck on the exam! I didn’t find the exam that much different than the later revisions of the VCP4 that I wrote. Certainly real world or lab experience will help you! Good Luck

  5. Awesome, Thanks a lot. Keep up the good work. Very useful for exam preparation. 

  6. I am so happy I ran into this website, great stuff…  This should help me tremendously for my exam prep. 

  7. In your notes it states that the vsphere client is required for vCenter appliance. however isn’t it true that one can access the web client on vcenter appliance?

  8. Thank you very much for putting all the effort into this site, and the practice tests and for making it available to the public! With the help of this blog and several other resources I passed the VCP5-DV today!

  9. I will be taking VCPD 510-DT Exam soon . I know it test you both Vsphre and View . Appreciate a lot if anybody know wheter the test Questions are from VCP 510 +VCP 510 DT test engine or VCPD Questions are entirely new Questions .

    Thanks .

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  11. after installing vcenter server appliance 5.5 me access web client in brwoser but page blank can any one help me

  12. Legend thanks very much really useful – my exam is in a month and even though I work with vmware in a fairly large environment daily, there is so much extra that you need to know !

  13. Thanks for all this great study material. Got my VCP-DCV booked for next month and hoping to get it nailed at the 2nd attempt!

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