VCP-DCV 6.5 – Section 5 – Administer and Manage vSphere 6.x Resources

Read:

  1. Resources @uprightvynl.co.uk – Minimum read objective summaries by @vladan.fr (45 mins) OR
  2. Study guide by Shane Williford: pp 43-48 (45 mins)

Watch:

  1. vSphere Resource Pools (4 mins)
  2. Resource Pools Deep Dive (1 hour)
  3. Creating a DRS and HA Cluster (2 mins)

Do:

  1. In HOL, use the search function to find and complete this lab:
  • HOL-1910-01-SDC – (Module 1 selected tasks only – configure cluster settings – HA, DRS and Resource Pools. Try out advanced configurations talked about in “Resource Pools Deep Dive” video) (60 mins)
  1. Practice Questions @TheSlog (18 questions)
  2. Prepare to explain 3 things you learned about Resource management in vSphere this week

Return: VCP-DCV 6.5 Study Group Participant Guide

Next: VCP-DCV 6.5 – Section 6 – Back up and Recover a vSphere Deployment

VCP-DCV 6.5 – Section 3 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Storage – Part 1

The storage topic is easier to digest broken into two parts. Part 1 covers traditional vSphere Storage: SAN and NAS.

See VCP-DCV 6.5 Section 3 –Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Storage – Part 2 for study resources on Software Defined Storage (vVols and vSAN).

Read:

  1. Resources @uprightvynl.co.uk – Minimum read objective
  2. summaries by @vladan.fr (1 hour 30 mins) OR
  3. Study guide by Shane Williford: pp 30-37 (1 hour 30 mins)

Watch:

  1. vBrownbags Storage Part 1 (45 mins)
  2. vBrownbags Storage Part 2 (35 mins)
  3. VMworld 2017 SER1143BU with Cormac Hogan (48 mins)

Do:

  1. In HOL, use the search function to find and complete these labs:
  • HOL-1910-01-SDC – Virtualization 101: Introduction to vSphere – (Module 3 AND practice configuration tasks in the videos above) (1 hour 30 mins)
  • HOL-1911-03 (Module 1 – SIOC) (30 mins)
  1. Practice Questions @TheSlog (12 questions)
  2. Prepare to explain 3 things you learned about vSphere Storage this week

Return: VCP-DCV 6.5 Study Group Participant Guide

Next: VCP-DCV 6.5 Section 3 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Storage – Part 2

VCP-DCV 6.5 – Section 2 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Networking

Read:

  1. Resources @uprightvynl.co.uk – Minimum read objective summaries by @vladan.fr (1 hour 30 mins) OR
  2. Study guide by Shane Williford: pp 12-21 (1 hour 30 mins)
  3. vSphere Distributed Switch Architecture

Watch:

  1. vDS Overview –note that demo is in the old vSphere Client – go to HOL to get the look and feel of the current version
  2. Configuration: Migrate to vDSAdd VMKernel NetworkingSR-IOV, Networking Policies, VLANS in vSphereLoad BalancingNIOC, Link Aggregation Groups, Port Mirroring, Netflow (~ 30 mins)

Do:

  1. In HOL, use the search function to find and complete this lab:
  • HOL-1910-01-SDC – Virtualization 101: Introduction to vSphere – (Module 2 up to completion of configure vDS AND practice the configuration tasks in the videos above) (1 hour 30 mins – including configuration tasks)
  1. Practice Questions @TheSlog (26 questions)
  2. Prepare to explain 3 things you learned about vSphere Networking this week

Return: VCP-DCV 6.5 Study Group Participant Guide

Next: VCP-DCV 6.5 – Section 3 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Storage – Part 1

VCP-DCV 6.5 – Section 1 – ​Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Security

Read:

  1. Resources @uprightvynl.co.uk – Minimum read objective summaries by @vladan.fr (1 hour 30 mins) OR
  2. Study guide by Shane Williford: pp 1-12 (1 hour 30 mins)

Watch:

  1. VMware Docs Videos (Embedded in Page): Roles and Privileges in vSphere, Lockdown Mode, VM Encryption (2-4 mins each)
  2. What’s New in 6.5 Security (45 mins)

Do:

  1. In HOL, use the search function to find and complete these labs:
  • HOL-1910-01-SDC – (Security topics only – Module 2 – starting at p. 220 in the lab manual) (30 mins)
  • HOL-1911-04-SDC – VMware vSphere Security – Getting Started (Whole lab) (2 hours 30 mins)
  1. Practice Questions @TheSlog (20 questions)
  2. Prepare to explain 3 things you learned about vSphere Security this week

Return: VCP-DCV 6.5 Study Group Participant Guide

Next: VCP-DCV 6.5 – Section 2 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Networking

VCP-DCV 6.5 – Day Zero – Before your Study Group – Kick-Off

Read

  1. VCP Exam Blueprint (30 mins)
  2. vSphere 6.5 What’s New (1 hour) – NOTE: some of the videos in the upcoming study materials are based on 6.0. Make sure you are familiar with this document to understand what’s new in 6.5

Watch:

  1. From VMworld 2018: How to Prepare for the VCP Certification (45 mins)
    • Search for session VIN1370BU – By John Davis, Product Architect , Rackspace AND Steven Baca, Senior Technical Instructor, VMware

Do:

  1. Sign up for VMware Hands on Labs (HOL) Online (5 mins)
    • Note: this is a separate account from your MyVMware Account, Partner Central account and any other VMware accounts you may have
  2. In HOL, use the search function to find and complete this lab:
    • HOL-1910-01-SDC – Virtualization 101: Introduction to vSphere (1 hour 30 mins)

Return: VCP-DCV 6.5 Study Group Participant Guide

Next: VCP-DCV 6.5 – Section 1 – ​Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Security

VCP-DCV 6.5 Study Group Participant Guide

If you are considering joining or starting a VCP-DCV 6.5 study group, visit the overview post Tech Exam Study Groups. It covers why study groups help with exam preparation, who can benefit from them, what happens in a study group and some tips for making the most of your valuable time.

Details of the VCP-DCV 6.5 Exam can be found here. If you are looking for materials to study for the VCP-DCV 6.7 (VCP-DCV 2019), note that while the exam structure has been overhauled, much of the technical content in the 6.5 guide is still relevant. The recommended 19xx Hands on Labs are on vSphere 6.7 as of February 2019.

Where study groups fit in:

The study group structure outlined in the post Tech Exam Study Groups is designed to complement (not replace) the official Instructor Led Course and your own study. Figure 1. summarises the time commitment to prepare for the exam based on my own experience and working with others in study groups.

Study Group
Figure 1. Estimated investment in time and $ to achieve certification

If you are putting in the hours, make sure to get the most out of the study groups by participating fully and doing the pre-study.

Discussion Leader – Expectations

Your study group facilitator will ask you to be the discussion lead for at least one session. For the week that you are the lead:

  • Commit to completing the entire set of content for the week you are leading so that you can guide the discussion
  • Prepare to give a short (5 minute) overview of the topic – keep it short and casual. Whiteboarding works better than slides
  • Share 1 thing you learned first then go around the group and ask each person to share 1 thing

If the discussion gets off track it is your job for this topic to bring the conversation back.

VCP-DCV 6.5 Study Group Resources:

1.The below study plan is not endorsed by VMware, but is collected from free resources found online. In particular, Simon Long, Shane Williford, Chris Porter and Vladan Seget have comprehensive study guides on their blogs – the materials are linked to throughout.

2.The Exam Blueprint and the reading materials listed within are the ultimate source of truth. It is recommended that you read the official documentation linked in the blueprint and refer to the study materials in this document to assist with your learning.

3.The official VMware exam prep materials are available here.

4. Nothing beats hands on experience! If you don’t have your own environment, use the Hands on Labs to practice the steps outlined in the study guides (by Vladan Seget and Shane Williford) and in the videos in each module.

Day Zero – Before your Study Group Kick-Off

Section 1 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Security

​Section 2 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Networking

Section 3 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Storage Part 1

​Section 3 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Storage Part 2

​Section 4 – Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x

​Section 5 – Administer and Manage vSphere 6.x Resources

​Section 6 – Back up and Recover a vSphere Deployment

​Section 7 – Troubleshoot a vSphere Deployment

​Section 8 – Deploy and Customize ESXi Hosts

​Section 9 – Configure and Administer vSphere and vCenter Availability Solutions 

​Section 10 – Administer and Manage vSphere Virtual Machines

Additional Resources:

  1. Official VMware Exam Preparation Resources
  2. Official Certification Guide
  3. vBrownbags Series vSphere 6 and What’s New
  4. 3rd party courses online – make sure to check certguard
  5. Study Progress tracker by Chris Porter

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Guide for Study Group Facilitators

This Guide for Study Group Facilitators supports my post on Tech Exam Study Groups. Please read that first if you haven’t already.

If you have decided to take the plunge and start your own Study Group, I hope this guide will help you on your journey. Good luck and have fun!

Who can Facilitate a Study Group

While anyone can run a study group, the best person to do so is someone who is studying for the exam themselves. Attending each of the Study Group meetings is a big time commitment and being a facilitator takes a bit of extra effort in co-ordinating the group and delegating Discussion Leads. The pay-off is well worth it if it means you create a supportive community that helps you stay committed to your studies and pass the exam.

You don’t need to have passed the exam yourself to facilitate a study group. Just be clear to set expectations with your group up front – you are not there to teach, rather to lead and give everyone including yourself an opportunity to learn.

Your Role as a Facilitator

​1. Sit the related official course yourself and commit to passing the exam. E.g. for vSphere Exams, you can find the list of available courses on the VCP-DCV 6.5 page.

​2. Recruit study group members who want to complete the exam within the same timeline as you.

  • Recruit internally within your organization.
  • Recruit from your local user group. E.g. you can find your local VMware user Group here.
  • For VMware exams, contact your local VMware point of contact: VMware Systems Engineer or Technical Account manager and ask for their help reaching out to their network.

Resource: Email template to recruit study group members

​3. Find a venue where you can host your study group – a room with a whiteboard works best.

Resource: Email template to ask for a venue/ sponsorship

​4. Hold a kick-off meeting, use the kick-off deck to set the tone and set clear expectations.

Resource: Kick-off deck

​5. Help the group decide on the the format that works (weekly/ fortnightly), lock in the schedule and assign group members to lead specific sessions.

Resource: Timetable

​6. Back up your Discussion Leads and help them to regain control if they lose it.

Delegating and Setting Boundaries

​To ensure everyone gets maximum value from the study group, including you!

​DO:

  • Set expectations with the group upfront and ask members to commit to getting the most out of the group – see “Your Time is Valuable” in Tech Exam Study Groups.
  • Assign someone else as the first discussion lead and help them prepare. This helps to set the expectation that the group members will take ownership for the discussion (it’s not all on you).
  • Share the full study agenda and materials up front so that each member takes ownership.
  • Assign each member of the study group to lead at least one discussion so that everyone gets a chance maximise their learning. Do one yourself (just not the first one).
  • Identify someone within the group during the kick-off who can fill in for you as facilitator if you are away for a session.
  • Provide feedback on this program – what worked or didn’t work for you?

Other Tips / Lessons Learned

After being involved with around 10 study groups over the last 4 years (I have lost count!) here are some general tips that will help things go smoothly:

  • ​A group size of 8-12 works best for a full and engaging discussion.
  • ​Getting everyone to book their exam at the start of the study group maximises commitment.
  • ​Tailor the timing to your culture: E.g. Running the study groups over lunch time (as a “brownbag” session) in Australia or NZ may help people keep the time commitment, evening sessions work better in Singapore.
  • ​Holding the study groups over a few beers is not recommended. It may be more fun but you will find you need more sessions to be ready for the exam, and people are generally eager to move on to other things after 6-8 weeks of study.
  • ​This entire blog post including schedules, email templates and suggested content are a framework. It is not an official course and can be customised to suit your group.

Share participant content with your group:

Getting Help

There will be times where tough questions come up in the study group or you can’t quite settle a dispute on a definition. For VMware exam study groups, make the most of the VMTN communities here: https://communities.vmware.com/welcome.