First off, there are a lot of good resources out there available to help you prepare for and pass the VCP4 exam (vcp-410).  I am going to give you a few pointers that have helped me prepare for the exam and that will ultimately help to be successful in passing the exam and becoming a VMware Certified Professional.  VCP-410 is the ground level or foundation certification exam from VMware.  With the recent announcement of the new advanced VMware certifications, there is going to be more opportunity for you hard chargers out there to advance your career and gain further recognition for your expertise in VMware.  For now, let’s focus on how to best prepare for the VCP-410 exam:

MOST IMPORTANT!! – Study the official VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 Blueprint, this is an excellent indicator of what you will be tested on and what VMware expects you to know as a VCP4, study this like your life depended on it!!!

  1. Read and memorize all of the VMware vSphere PDFs that you can find on VMware.com, much of the information contained in these PDFs will be referenced in the “tools” section under each of the objectives in the exam blueprint.
  2. If you were stopped on the street and asked to recite verbatim the vSphere 4.0 Configuration Maximums Guide, you should be prepared to do so, you will need to know this, plus it is valuable info to know off the top of your head!
  3. Check out the vSphere 4 Reference Card, vSphere 4 Documentation Notes, and Firewall diagram all put together by Forbes Guthrie on vReference.com… amazing stuff Forbes, thanks so much!
  4. Find as many practice exams out on the Internet as you can, from a valid source of course (and make sure it is for vSphere 4, and not VI3!).  Here are links to a few that have been very helpful:

Of course I would be remiss not to mention that having at least 6 months of hands on vSphere 4.0 experience (per VMware) is extremely valuable.  Build your own lab, tinker with your infrastructure at work (carefully!!!), download eval copies of ESX or go with ESXi and get a feel for the vSphere suite of products.  Of course you must have some sort of storage set up, we’ll cover home labs in another post.

Repeat steps 1-4 as many times as you can.  I’ll be taking the exam on June 30, 2010, good luck to all you VCP hopefuls out there.  I’ll be sure to post my exam experience here when it’s all said and done.

-GStuart

Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of vDestination.com. He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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