Last Friday morning I sat and successfully passed VMware’s VCP5 Desktop exam (VCP5-DT). VMware states that the exam is “Directed toward Virtualization Systems Engineers who seek to demonstrate their ability to install and configure VMware View environment and enable View Client users.” This was my first time taking and studying for one of VMware’s VDI focused exams as through the years I have been primarily focus on server virtualization and consolidation tasks, but as View and EUC (Finally, the year of VDI!) has become more common and the challenges around storage I/O design being addressed with solutions from Fusion-IO, Atlantis, and others I thought it was time to get more involved with View.
To prepare for the exam I used several resources from blogs, books, videos, and personal lab time. All listed below and in no particular order:
- Building End-Use Computing Solutions with VMware View – This books is 558 pages of View awesomeness. Written by VMware vExperts Mike Laverick and Barry Coombs I used this book as my main source for studying and completed my View installation in my lab following their steps/process
- VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions – Written by Andre Leibovici and Jason Lagone. Great book that covers not only the key components of a View environment, but also design and architecture elements
- VMware View 5 Essentials – Again, as I have with all of the VMware exams I have prepared for I leveraged training videos from the great folks over at Trainsignal.
- My study guide – Though not completed and a shameless plug, it was a resource I used nonetheless.
The last couple of exam I have taken on VMware have down the various VCAP tracks, it was a nice change of pace to sit the VCP5-DT exam. The exam consists of 85 multiple choice questions and you are allowed 90 minutes to complete the exam. I found the exam to be fair and if you study based off of the blueprint objectives you won’t be in for any surprises.