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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: VMware Press; 1 edition (Aug. 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789749319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789749314
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.3 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Bourgeois on Dec 14 2012
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I'm surprised noone else has provided a review on this book which is both a great and concised guide, focused on the VCP5 exam "Key topics" aka Objectives.

I was attracted to this book when I downloaded Chapter 1 from Internet (freely available). It's easy to read and shows a lot of screen shots with many step-by-step procedures. I do not regret my purchase as the rest of the book is presented in the same way.

The author has done a great job in clarity and I would recommend this Certification Guide to anyone who is serious about passing the VCP5. It's well worth the money.
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This cert guide is well written and will provide a good base for the topics that are covered in the VCP5.1 examination, however it alone will not enable you to pass if you do not have hands on experience with ESXi and vSphere.

If I didn't have 4+ years experience administering an ESX cluster, I would have surely failed the VCP5 exam if this was my only source of study material. The benefit to this book is its ability to providing a quick reference for configuration maximums and a brief technical outlook to the topics that are on the exam but lacks the technical verbosity and "real-world" scenarios that help administrators tackle virtualization.
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You will need some hands-on experience before and after reading the book, but yes, it is worth it to buy this one... this book is good for all levels of expertise, lot of details and images...
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Scope is vastly underwhelming Dec 10 2012
By Steve - Published on
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The text covers a lot of topics and would be good on it's own, but the title is horribly misleading. This text does not prepare you for the VCP exam and leaves a lot of topics uncovered, or loosely covered, which are key elements to passing the exam. It follows the blueprint and that is accurate, but the blueprint itself does not aptly cover the categories needed for the exam. Get a more comprehensive book and take a LOT of practice exams as well. DO NOT count on this book being a "one stop" text to obtain your VCP.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Has everything I needed Aug. 22 2012
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I passed the VCP510 exam this morning and this book was my primary preparation tool.

I'd taken the vSphere 5 Fast Track several months before but foolishly didn't take the exam right away and didn't have a vSphere 5 system to work on to stay sharp. Then I realized I needed to take the exam and had forgotten a lot of the material from not using it.

The material in this book tracks extremely well to the exam material. I particularly liked the "Do I already know this?" questions at the front of each chapter and the practice questions at the end of each chapter. The latter were extremely helpful in final prep, since good practice tests are hard to find for this exam. The Premium Edition comes with a test engine and 270 practice questions, which would be awesome. (It wasn't out yet when I bought the book.)

In addition to this book you absolutely need a practice lab. The exam is full of picayune questions and you won't learn it well enough from just reading. But this is the book to read while you practice.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Written for the purpose of a certification but surpasses the objective by miles Nov. 22 2012
By Christos Partsenidis - Published on
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Another Impressive title we at [...] were lucky to review.


The moment we find a book that gears us for a certification, straightaway we get into `I need to achieve' mode. With it comes the urge to use shortcuts and randomly ignore things that you might think are irrelevant. I have said this before and I will say it again: a certification is just one milestone in the journey to attaining expertise, it is not the endgame. In spite of the fact that this book is written for the purpose of a certification, it does much more than that. This is tailored to make you competent on vSphere 5. I would, however, tip my hat to the author for making that task much more manageable and entertaining. He has given careful attention to the goals and has kept the journey as simple as possible. I would not waste your time extolling the need for virtualisation. That is a well established fact.

What this book does is prepare you to extract the best out of some really efficient virtualisation tools brought to us by VMware, which holds the position of being pathfinder in the virtualisation industry.

Salient Features

To ensure that the readers are not overwhelmed by the information the author has made some subjective assumptions, which are as follows:

1.This is not a `virtualisation for dummies' book. You will need prior exposure/experience with virtualisation

2.You should have access to a vSphere 5 environment. Workstation 8 with the VMs will suffice.

3.You are looking to be the `One Ring to rule them all' once you complete reading this book. The approach is `What is Important?'. You don't become an overlord in VMware virtualisation, but I reckon this book will get you on that path pretty much!!

4.The author Mr. Ferguson says, and I quote, "My job is to know this material so well that I can make it easier for you to learn than it was for me to learn". I couldn't agree more. Time and again, I have implemented this same ethic when I have written tutorials or designed training courses.

The book has its own flow and order of chapters. This has been done diligently to maximise output in terms of learning.

There are 8 chapters to contend with and each chapter has a nice preamble of the topics it covers. That is followed by a Cisco style `Do I know this already?' style quiz. This is among best practice in the field of writing books geared for any certification. The chapters are interspersed with Notes sections, which are repeated at the end of each chapter. Each chapter ends on a review and a questionnaire. This is a watertight arrangement when the goal is to make the learning more streamlined.

The first 3 chapters mainly deal with planning, installing and configuring the vCentre Server and the ESXi. I am throwing the jargon in as well assuming that by now you would know what an ESXi is i.e. a hypervisor. You also learn how to install and configure the network and storage side of vCentre.

Chapters 4 and 5 talk about the administration of the setup. Readers get a feel of how to manage all those VMs and the associated virtual applications. They get introduced to the concept of cloning and exporting VMs as well.
Further on, it is all about how to keep your VMs fit and healthy. The topics cover disaster recovery and failure management. Readers learn how to make lean, mean virtual machines that can pick themselves up should they stumble, and get going with minimum fuss.

Chapter 6 is like a biology lab running a dissection session. Instead of a specimen, you have the core components of vSphere opened up to give a better understanding of how they all work together to deliver a virtual environment. Once you conceptualise that, you can spot an issue and pre-empt a problem with a fix. Hence it is called `troubleshooting', you spot a trouble and you virtually shoot it!!

Chapter 7 talks about the four major resources that are critical for a virtual system: CPU; memory; disk; and network. They need to be monitored and managed for any sign of stress or impending failure. Any problems need to be sorted out so that there is no adverse impact on the service level of the VMs.


I wanted to include Chapter 8 as part of the conclusion itself. Not just because it is obviously the last chapter. More so because by its own virtue, it ends the revision phase that highlights the key topics important from the certification point of view. Frankly I have not seen a final chapter more inspirational and motivating. It has a very positive appeal about itself. I relished the fact that the author does not try to work up the readers to a feverish pitch towards the exam. Instead, what he does is summed up perfectly by his own line, and I quote, "Let your mind relax, it's not life and death after all".

This is one of the few books, by my estimation, that has been written for the purpose of a certification but surpasses the objective by miles. It also carries, and quite easily at that, the label of being a reference guide and a `how to' guide, even when the certification objective has been achieved. This is a must have for all VMware qualification aspirants who wish to further their career into the realms of virtualisation.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
great book - and great instructor Aug. 24 2012
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I had the privilege of taking the Fast Track vsphere 5.0 class in preperation for the VCP5 exam. In an amazing luck of the draw, Bill Ferguson was the teacher for my class! He does an amazing job of teaching, and I appreciate the emphasis on teaching the material. So many books just try to get you to learn the exam, but you never come away truly understanding the material. Bill does a great job in the book of teaching you how to apply what you learn, and his method of teaching the class was no different. I am confident I'll be able to pass my VCP5 on the first try!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Already confident of passing! Aug. 15 2012
By TonyG - Published on
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Although I have not finished this book yet, I feel I am well on my way to better understanding the many features and options of this latest version of the VMware product. I am currently talking an online course with Bill Ferguson and am very impressed with his knowledge of not only VMware, but of other technologies, that all play a part in getting to know VMware better. For instance... Networking, Active Directory, hardware details like memory, disks, cpu... You need to know how all these fit together to wrap your head around this product...and Bill lays it out all very well. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone planning to further their education and especially interesting is getting certified. Good work Bill!!... looking forward to your next book!

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