Today I took the VCP510 exam and passed, so I thought I would share my thoughts on this latest certification by VMware. Firstly, I’m in the middle of the VCAP exams, having just completed the VCAP-DCA4 and will soon start studying for the VCAP-DCD4. Why take the VCP exam based on a new version now? Well, mainly because I’ve already been on the VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.0] course and most of the contents are still fresh in memory. Secondly having passed the VCAP-DCA4 exam, with the next one being design focused I can pretty much focus on design best practices regardless of the version (although there are obvious differences).
After spending a week working down-under in Perth, I managed to get some time off this week to recover from the jet lag, so what better way than spending a few days refreshing my memory and doing LOTS of lab work with vSphere 5!
Much of my focus was around the vSphere Storage Appliance (vSA), vCenter Server Appliance and Auto Deploy and I must admit after reading some other comments I didn’t focus too much on configuration maximums (still glanced over them).
I’m actually really looking forward to the winter this year, and it seems that 5 is the lucky number. The new iPhone 5 will be released, rumours suggest this will be on or around 15th October, and then there is the iPad 3 (ok, it’s not 5 but worth mentioning!) which should have a far superior retina display which will be great for reading PDF’s and studying with! I’m still using the iPhone 3GS and iPad 1 so my Xmas list is easy this year, whether I get what I want depends on how good I am!
In the virtual world, at least inside the cloud, VMware have released vSphere 5 and View 5, in addition to many other new products. With the up and coming release of Microsoft Windows 8 with it’s incredible boot time thanks to the way it shuts down in a hybrid shutdown / sleep state, I can only imagine the benefits this will bring to desktop virtualisation and end-user computing as a whole.