May 5, 2014

#vBrownBag VMware Certified Professional Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV) Track

This series is designed to help you pass the VMware Certified Professional 5.x Foundation and Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exams. The series is loosely modeled after the Install, Configure and Manage course from VMware to help you prepare for the topics covered on the exam. The links below will take you to the videos for each section.

VCP5-DCV Track

Introduction to vSphere components:  hosts, vCenter, datastores, virtual switches
Introduction/Navigation to the vSphere C# and Web Client
Introduction to virtual machines, VM hardware versions and review of virtual machine files
ESXi requirements (HCL review), installation, configure management interface, setup ESXi AD auth
Review ESXi services, what they are used for (FDM, SSH, etc…)
Configure ESXi firewall
Install common add-ons; dump collector, syslog server and configure ESXi to use these services
Introduction to vCenter:  What is is, what are the requirements (Windows, SQL, DNS, AD etc..) and components
Installation of vCenter and vCenter components (SQL, SSO, etc)
Setup permissions, review and add new roles
Installation of the VCSA
Introduction to storage:  Storage protocols, RAID options, performance, considerations, configuration
Create datastores, rescan datastores, PSPs, datastore clusters
Virtual machine management & resource utilization:  Virtual CPU and virutal memory
How to configure VMs, various options, impact on VM and host performance (multi-vcpu, memory, overhead)
Reservations, limits, shares, resource pools
VMware High Availability (HA) and Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) configuration and consideration for HA/DRS.

Additional Preparation Materials

There are several great resources available to help you prepare for this series and the exam:

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