VampyreUK
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Exam Advice

Hi,

I am taking the VMWare Certified Professional (VCP101 I think) exam on Thursday (6th December) and I would like any advice anyone would care to offer.

As I understand it I need to have done a course and I did a "VMWare Virtual Infrastructure 3 Install and Configure" course in April as part of my qualification. Outside of that I am revising using CBT's on VMWare Workstation & Server and one on VMWare ESX3. I'm not working at the moment and, whilst experienced, I lack paper qualifications (which is why I am so keen to get this one) so what I am looking for is some decent advice on what I need to be studying and any tips on resources.

Thanks

James

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vmroyale
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Hi James,

Go here first:

Take the mock exam and then print out the Exam Blueprint:

The absolute best thing to do is get that blueprint and KNOW those objectives inside and out! Each objective tells you the specific piece of VMware documentation needed to master the objective. Definitely review your courseware again and again, and post any questions you have here at VMTN and they will surely get answered.

Good Luck and don't forget to award points if you feel this info was helpful!

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com
dkfbp
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Read the following PDF's:

- Server Configuration Guide.

- Basic System Administration

- Resource Management Guide

- SAN Configuration Guide

- Virtual Machine Backup Guide

Also read and remember the maximum guide. Know and remember the interface in virtual center.

There is a lot of threads about this, try the search function for more information Smiley Happy

Best regards Frank Brix Pedersen blog: http://www.vfrank.org
esiebert7625
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Here's some good sample quizes:

VCP Study Online Quiz - http://vcp.madpage.com/

VCP Quiz - http://www.vmuser.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_joomlaquiz&Itemid=7

Rob Scmidt's VMware VCP Study Questions - http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=15947

VI3 VCP-310 Exam Preparation Questions - http://www.ozvms.com/component/option,com_quiz/Itemid,34/

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VampyreUK
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Thanks for the replies Smiley Happy

I am going to take one of the practice tests in a moment an, on the basis of that, decide whether I need to reschedul.I admit to being a bit worried ... as I understand it it's 80 questions in 80 minutes which sounds to me like a recipe for disaster (if only on the making-stupid-mistakes-under-pressure front) Smiley Sad

If you fail a MS exam you get a free re-sit opportunity ... does anyone know if VMWare exams offer the same or similar (taking exams when you're unemployed and especially when they cost so much is a problem)?

EDIT: And following the mocks (which I failed though not by much) this is even more important .. is there a really good quick read guide to supplement my course and CBT's (bearing in mind I have less than 30 hours before my real exam)?

James

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JDLangdon
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Read the following PDF's:

Also read and remember the maximum guide. Know and remember the interface in virtual center.

I was surprised on how many times the maximum guide saved my bacon during the exam. Re-reading the maximum guide was the very last thing I did before entering the Exam booth.

Jason

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JDLangdon
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Thanks for the replies Smiley Happy

If you fail a MS exam you get a free re-sit opportunity ... does anyone know if VMWare exams offer the same or similar (taking exams when you're unemployed and especially when they cost so much is a problem)?

I for one did not know that MS offers a free re-sit opportunity. When did this start?

Jason

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VampyreUK
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Thanks guys ... I have downloaded those PDF's. Realistically I don't have time to read them all so I chose to read the Quick Start, Introduction, Memory Config and the Configuration Maximums along with some information about important VMWare ESX files. I wasn't able to find a concise guide on VMWare server command line stuff (seemd to come up in the quizzes) but it's an imperfect world Smiley Happy

James

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rschmidt1300
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Here is a link to the mIcrosoft Second Chance offer: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/offers/secondshot/default.mspx

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VampyreUK
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OK ... the bad news? I failed!

The good news? Not bymuch (I got 66) so I'm diving straight back into it and booking the exam for the same day next week (I hope) and I figure I should have read/researched enough by then to pass.

Again thanks for the help, if you have any more advice to offer please post it here Smiley Happy

James

p.s. I note I called it the VCP101 exam ... it's the VCP310 I'm doing.

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