VCP4 vSphere Study Notes

If you're taking the VCP4 Exam shortly please read on..

As far as I am aware, the VCP4 exam will always be based on the latest Documentation and Exam Blueprint. So this means, that the new features included in vSphere 4.1 will not be in the exam as they as they are not included in the current Exam Blueprint. But things like Config Max/Min's, IF asked, should reference whatever they are in vSphere 4.1.


Due to the release of vSphere v4.1 I have started to change some of the links on the exam blueprint to point to the v4.1 documentation. This is a work in progress, which I hope to have finished soon.

For those of you who don't know anything about the VCP exam have a look below for some further information.

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VCP4 Practice Exams

I have produced 4 practice exam's to help me learn the latest features and configuration maximums available VMware vSphere 4.1 Please feel free to use it as much as you like. If you think an answer to a question is incorrect or you would like to contribute some questions to the exam please feel free to Contact Me. If you want to be notified whenever questions are added to the practice exam Follow Me on Twitter.



VCP4 Exam Blueprint Study Notes

Section 1 – Plan, Install and Upgrade VMware ESX/ESXi

Objective 1.1 — Install VMware ESX/ESXi on local storage

Objective 1.2 – Upgrade VMware ESX/ESXi

Objective 1.3 – Secure VMware ESX/ESXi

Objective 1.4 – Install VMware ESX/ESXi on SAN Storage

Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions

Section 2 – Configure ESX/ESXi Networking

Objective 2.1 – Configure Virtual Switches

Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches

Objective 2.3 – Configure VMware ESX/ESXi Management Network

Section 3 – Configure ESX/ESXi Storage

Objective 3.1 – Configure FC SAN Storage

Objective 3.2 – Configure iSCSI SAN Storage

Objective 3.3 – Configure NFS Datastores

Objective 3.4 – Configure and Manage VMFS Datastores

Section 4 – Install and Configure vCenter Server

Objective 4.1 – Install vCenter Server

Objective 4.2 – Manage vSphere Client plug-ins

Objective 4.3 – Configure vCenter Server

Objective 4.4 – Configure Access Control

Section 5 – Deploy and Manage Virtual Machines and vApps

Objective 5.1 – Create and Deploy Virtual Machines Knowledge

Objective 5.2 – Manage Virtual Machines

Objective 5.3 – Deploy vApps

Section 6 – Manage Compliance

Objective 6.1 – Install, Configure and Manage VMware vCenter Update Manager

Objective 6.2 – Establish and Apply ESX Host Profiles

Section 7 – Establish Service Levels

Objective 7.1 – Create and Configure VMware Clusters

Objective 7.2 – Enable a Fault Tolerant Virtual Machine

Objective 7.3 – Create and Configure Resource Pools

Objective 7.4 – Migrate Virtual Machines

Objective 7.5 – Backup and Restore Virtual Machines

Section 8 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting and Alarm Management

Objective 8.1 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for ESX/ESXi Hosts

Objective 8.2 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for VMware FT and Third-Party Clusters

Objective 8.3 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for Networking

Objective 8.4 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for Storage

  • Identify storage contention issues
  • Identify storage over-commitment issues
  • Identify storage connectivity issues
  • Identify iSCSI software initiator configuration issues
  • Interpret Storage Reports and Storage Maps

Objective 8.5 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for HA/DRS and VMotion

  • Explain the requirements of HA/DRS and VMotion
  • Verify VMotion functionality
  • Verify DNS settings
  • Verify the service console network functionality
  • Interpret the DRS Resource Distribution Graph and Target/Current Host Load Deviation
  • Troubleshoot VMotion using topology maps
  • Troubleshoot HA capacity issues
  • Troubleshoot HA redundancy issues

Objective 8.6 – Create and Respond to vCenter Connectivity Alarms

Objective 8.7 – Create and Respond to vCenter Utilization Alarms

Objective 8.8 – Monitor vSphere ESX/ESXi and Virtual Machine Performance