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  • Chris 2:40 pm on July 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: VCP 5, , vSphere 5   

    Quick note here is a link to a… 

    Quick note .. here is a link to a really nice list of vSphere 5 links . This will really come in handy .

    Click here !

    Enjoy …

     

    Chris

     

     
  • Chris 10:01 pm on July 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: VCP 5,   

    vSphere 5 is here ! 

    There has been plenty of blogs already written about vSphere 5 so I will just try to link to what I think is cool or most important. I will be trying to  get my VCP 5 certification . Hopefully this time I can get the certification and have time to spare before the next version of vSphere X comes out .

    If you are like me then your a contractor . Your company basically doesn’t send you to training . Let me be clear (Don’t I sound like the President ?)this is totally acceptable to me . I never asked anyone for anything in my life and that holds true for training . If you want it bad enough you will get it . I find if you pay for something yourself then chances are your going to do better because you know what you invested in it. It was not given to you.

    If your like me you already hold a vcp 4 certification . If you don’t then the decision to get your VCP 4  is a personal one . Check out this blog post which might help you . Take a realistic view .Some or maybe most shops still run 3.5 and have yet to upgrade to 4.X . What are you running at your company  ? If you are very close to getting your 4.X certification then go for it and DO NOT look back. Once you have your VCP 4 you will jump right into getting your VCP 5.

    Now if your like me then where do you start ? You basically start a square one . Read as much as you can .Read on a train,Bus,Lunch break but don’t read while driving (Do you want to live LOL) A good thing to do is to print out the Blueprint for the exam . (In this case though its for the beta exam ) To download the blueprint go to VMware site under education services … You should already have your login for this site . Then download the blueprint just like you did for the VCP 4.

    Another thing to do is gather your list of bloggers .. these are people who do this stuff 24 /7 . They are your inspiration sort a speak . Chances are they are going to be covering a lot of material . If they work at VMware then chances are the stuff that they are blogging about is prime material (not that the other bloggers don’t have prime material .. That is not what I’m saying !)

    Here is a list of whats new in vSphere 5 (Again another link ).

    If your like me your busy with your life and your work . In order to achieve this goal your setting for yourself there is going to be some sacrifices to be made . An hour a day of studying is reasonable. Prepare for that mentally . It is harder then your think and NO TIME OFF on weekends . On weekends or your days off you should be building your lab,testing and learning . That is the goal .

    But your saying “Chris really come on that is the only time I get to relax “.. My answer is …”Do you really want this ?”

    Now if your like me your a VCP 4 and in order to become VCP 5 you can take the exam without taking the What’s New Course (This is until February 29th 2012).  Then it becomes compulsory in order to update your certification. This is something to think about really . I might just go ahead and take the what’s new course will see .

    Here is my list of links to some things I have seen so far :

    http://vmwaretraining.blogspot.com/2011/07/blog-posts-related-to-vsphere-5-release.html (a bunch of links here )

    http://www.yellow-bricks.com/ (If you are serious about VMware then follow this blog . )

    http://www.boche.net/blog/

    Scott Lowe (I bought his Mastering vSphere 4 book and it was awesome I will be buying his new book too)

    Hopefully I got you thinking about VCP 5 and maybe got you interested in it as well . Remember if your like me your company is not sending you to training . The What’s new Class is feasible possibly and we have to rely on blogs ,books and trial software . Luckily there is a ton of data on the internet . Choose wisely and be dedicated .. Now would be the time to start putting a plan in place to study .

    Till next time …

    Chris

     
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