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VMware Exam Blueprint dissected

The VMware Exam Blueprint is by far the more comprehensive document about VMware virtualisation, and a must read if you ever wish to attempt a sitting for the exam VCP5-DCV (VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization). After you register on the VMware site, you can download the exam blueprint from here:

 

The current version of the Blueprint dissected on this page at the time of writing is 2.8 released 16 May 2013

The exam blueprint is only over 20 pages long and nicely presented, but it could be somehow deceived as it contains dozens on links with hundres of pages. What I have done here is analyse those important links and classify them according to the exam objective they are more focused on.

 

VCP5-DCV Exam Objectives

The following table list the objectives that are refered in the exam:

 

Objectives Related Tools (pdf documents)
1.1 -- Install and Configure vCenter Server [1] [2] [3]
1.2 -- Install and Configure VMware ESXi [1] [2] [3]
1.3 -- Plan and Perfom Upgrades of vCenter and ESXi [1] [2] [4] [5] [6]
1.4 -- Secure vCenter Server and ESXi [2] [3] [5] [7]
1.5 -- Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions [1] [8] [9] [10] [11]
2.1 -- Configure vSphere Standard Switches [2] [12]
2.2 -- Configure vSphere Distributed Switches [2] [12]
2.3 -- Configure vSS and vDS policies [2] [12]
3.1 -- Configure Shared Storage for vSphere [2] [13] [5]
3.2 -- Create and Configure VMFS and NFS datastores [2] [13]
4.1 -- Deploy and Administer Virtual Machines and vApps [14] [15]
4.2 -- Create and Deploy vApps [14]
4.3 -- Manage Virtual Machine Clones and Templates [14] [5] [16]
4.4 -- Administer Virtual Machines and vApps [14]
5.1 -- Create and Configure VMware Clusters [3] [17] [18]
5.2 -- Plan and Implement VMware Fault Tolerance [17]
5.3 -- Create and Administer Resource Pools [18] [14]
5.4 -- Migrate Virtual Machines [18] [14] [5]
5.5 -- Patch and Update ESXi and Virtual Machines [19] [6] [20] [5]
6.1 -- Perform Basics Troubleshooting for ESXi hosts [3] [21] [22]
6.2 -- Perform Basic vSphere Network Troubleshooting [12] [22]
6.3 -- Perform Basic vSphere Storage Troubleshooting [13] [22]
6.4 -- Perform Troubleshooting for HA/DRS/vMotion/Storage vMotion [17] [18] [21] [22]
7.1 -- Monitor ESXi, vCenter Server and Virtual Machines [3] [18] [21]
7.2 -- Create and Administer vCenter Server Alarms [3] [18] [21] [5]

I have classified the font of the pdf documents according to the occurance that they appear in the different objectives in the blueprint

  • [n] Appears in 7 or more objectives, you have to know these documents like the palm of your hand
  • [n] Appears in 5-6 objectives, critically important documents
  • [n] Appears in 3-4 objectives, the cool stuff of vSphere
  • [n] Appears in 2 objectives or less, don't underestimate those and read them at least once

 

VCP5-DCV Tools and PDF guides

The following are the pdfs that are referenced in the blueprint document. As you know the blueprint document (version 2.8) is only 22 pages long, but the pdfs that are linking together sum a total of 2,669 pages!

Have fun reading!

 

[1] VMware vSphere Basics guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-50-basics-guide.pdf

38 pages long, present in 4 objectives

 

[2] vSphere Installation and Setup guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-installation-setup-guide.pdf

316 pages long, present in 9 objectives

 

[3] vCenter Server and Host Management guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-host-management-guide.pdf

228 pages long, present in 7 objectives

 

[4] vSphere Upgrade guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-upgrade-guide.pdf

222 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[5] VMware vSphere Examples and Scenarios guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-examples-scenarios-guide.pdf

56 pages long, present in 7 objectives

 

[6] Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-update-manager-51-install-administration-guide.pdf

190 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[7] vSphere Security guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-security-guide.pdf

164 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[8] VMware vCloud: Requirements for a Cloud

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/cloud/VMware-vCloud-Requirement-11Q1-White-Paper.pdf

8 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[9] VMware vCloud: Service Definition for a Public Cloud

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/cloud/VMware-ServiceDef-Public-Cloud-11Q1-White-Paper.pdf

12 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[10] VMware vCloud: Service Definition for a Private Cloud

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/cloud/VMware-ServiceDef-Private-Cloud-11Q1-White-Paper.pdf

9 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[11] vSphere 5.x Licensing, Pricing and Packing Whitepaper

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf

10 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[12] vSphere Networking guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-networking-guide.pdf

172 pages long, present in 4 objectives

 

[13] vSphere Storage guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-storage-guide.pdf

272 pages long, present in 3 objectives

 

[14] vSphere Virtual Machine Administration guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-virtual-machine-admin-guide.pdf

300 pages long, present in 6 objectives

 

[15] Installing and Configuring VMware Tools guide

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmware-tools-installation-configuration.pdf

54 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[16] OVF Tool User guide

https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/ovf/ovf301/ovftool-301-userguide.pdf

54 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[17] vSphere Availability guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-availability-guide.pdf

66 pages long, present in 3 objectives

 

[18] vSphere Resource Management guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-resource-management-guide.pdf

154 pages long, present in 6 objectives

 

[19] vSphere Host Profiles guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-host-profiles-guide.pdf

30 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[20] Reconfiguring VMware vSphere Update Manager

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-update-manager-51-reconfig-guide.pdf

18 pages long, present in 1 objective

 

[21] vSphere Monitoring and Performance guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-monitoring-performance-guide.pdf

196 pages long, present in 4 objectives

 

[22] vSphere Troubleshooting guide

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-51-troubleshooting-guide.pdf

100 pages long, present in 4 objectives

 

VCP5-DCV - Most crititcal reading

The following are the pdf documents linked inside the blueprint ordered by how often they appear on different objectives

  • [2] vSphere Installation and Setup guide
  • [3] vCenter Server and Host Management guide
  • [5] VMware vSphere Examples and Scenarios guide
  • [14] vSphere Virtual Machine Administration guide
  • [18] vSphere Resource Management guide
  • [1] VMware vSphere Basics guide
  • [12] vSphere Networking guide
  • [13] vSphere Storage guide
  • [17] vSphere Availability guide
  • [21] vSphere Monitoring and Performance guide
  • [22] vSphere Troubleshooting guide

And this final list are the pdf documents that are linked to only one or two objectives maximum

  • [4] vSphere Upgrade guide
  • [6] Installing and Administering vSphere Update Manager
  • [7] vSphere Security guide
  • [8] VMware vCloud: Requirements for a Cloud
  • [9] VMware vCloud: Service Definition for a Public Cloud
  • [10] VMware vCloud: Service Definition for a Private Cloud
  • [11] vSphere 5.x Licensing, Pricing and Packing Whitepaper
  • [15] Installing and Configuring VMware Tools guide
  • [16] OVF Tool User guide
  • [19] vSphere Host Profile guide
  • [20] Reconfiguring VMware vSphere Update Manager

 

 
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