Month: February 2012

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...

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Skewed Usage Reports in VCops 5 – No problem!

A couple of years ago I downloaded and installed a trial of CapacityIQ.  It wasn't necessarily the capacity planning for the future capabilities that I was looking for, but more for the under/over sized VM reporting that it included.  Honestly, I didn't get a lot of time to evaluate it and all I really did was run a few reports and determine that we were heavily oversizing our VMs.  Although I found it useful, I couldn't justify a recommendation to gain budget for just the functionality that CapacityIQ provided. Fast forward to last year.  I now find myself participating in a beta for VCops 1.0. I was extremely excited about this product the first time I seen it at our local Toronto VMUG.  Ever since then I've been using VCops on almost a daily basis to monitor and keep track of events and changes within our environment.   And now here we are today with the recent release of VCops 5.  This release, now including CapacityIQ reporting and metrics has taken me back in time to those days I was evaluating CapacityIQ by itself.  And so I find myself once again looking at those under/over sized VM reports (with a little more time and focus this time around) and kind of scratching my head a bit.  A lot of the recommendations it was making around over provisioning vCPU's were correct, however...

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VCops 5 – IP Changes and IP Pools – Huh?

So I finally decided to to decommission my old VCops 1.0 install and run fully on VCops 5.  I've had VCops 5 monitoring our environment for a couple of months now and during my initial install had set it up to use DHCP just due to the fact that I didn't (and still really don't) know that much about IP Pools and how they interact with the VMs.  So I went about the task of switching both VMs that come with VCops to a static IP.   Honestly, I didn't think this was going to take much, and really it isn't…so long as you read the required documentation 🙂  (which of course, I didn't!)  So, the following is basically derived from a couple of great blog posts;  Duncan Epping's post about IP Pools and William Lam's post regarding 'vcops-admin'. So as I said, my first problem was skipping  the documentation and thought I would be 'smart' and just go and change the IP's from within both of the consoles.  Not knowing much about IP pools and how they function this was probably a bad decision.  I changed the IPs of both the UI and and the Analytics VM, restarted the networking services and quickly realized that I had lost connectivity between the two.  A first I thought it was simply an advanced setting somewhere within the UI VM that specified the...

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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….! DOWNLOAD THE OMG MWPRESTON.NET VCP 5 STUDY GUIDE...

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