Ive just recently sat and passed the VCP-410 exam and thought Id post my thoughts after the fact.
The exam overall is probably a touch harder then the VCP-310 exam, I felt there were more questions where multiple choices were required, and im sure the number of questions has increased from 70 to 85.
Having taken the exam now, I can say I dont think the 2 day “whats new” course is quite enough to prepare you for the exam so make sure youve spent a fair amount of time familiarizing your self with vSphere and touched up on the basics.
Ill briefly summarize the documentation I used to prepare below, but if you’re looking for a more comprehensive list, then you should check out Simon Longs recommendations on material here, hes even created some online practice exams which are really good.
iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide : Make sure you read up and understand how iSCSI differs from Fibre Channel and understand how CHAP fundamentals.
Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide : Make sure you understand the concepts of LUN masking and also the requirements for booting off a SAN volume.
vSphere Licencing Guide : Make sure you know what changes have been made in vSphere around licensing and how this affects datacenters with a mixture of ESX 3 and ESX 4 systems.
High availability : Like I said early in the post, brush up on basics as questions which involve HA are not vSphere specific and you should definitely have a good understanding of how HA works.
Resource Management : Now resource management covers both DRS and Resource Pools, once again these questions where not so much based on vSphere but more on good old basics. Make sure you have a good understanding of Resource Pools and fairly familiar with reservations and resource shares.
Configuration Maximums: Definitely check out this document as there were a tone of questions based on the information in this document.
Out of the 85 questions in this exam I only remember twice thinking to my self, “ah thats a bit of a tricky question“, overall I think VMware want you to pass this exam and what I mean by this is the questions are nothing like the you would find in a Microsoft exam.
Also something that has been well covered by a number of blogs is the VMware Certified Professional 2nd Shot/Upgrade promotion which gives you a free second shot at the exam if you fail the first time around. Follow the link to register.
If you are an existing VCP on VI3 then you only have untill December 31st to take the VCP-410 exam without needing to attend one of the courses listed below.
- If you are NEW to VMware
- Attend the VMware vSphere 4: Install, Configure, Manage course OR attend the VMware vSphere 4: Fast Track
- Take and pass the VCP on vSphere 4 exam
- If you are currently a VCP on VMware Infrastructure 3
- Take and pass the VCP on vSphere 4 exam. This option will only be available until December 31, 2009. Beginning in 2010, VCPs on VI3 must attend the VMware vSphere 4: What’s New class in order to upgrade.
- If you are currently a VCP on ESX 2.x
- Take and pass the VCP on VMware Infrastructure 3 exam
- Take and pass the VCP on vSphere 4 Exam. This option will only be available until December 31, 2009. Beginning in 2010, VCPs on VI3 must attend the VMware vSphere 4: What’s New class in order to upgrade.
- If you are not a VCP on VI3, but have attended one of the prerequisite classes (Install & Configure; Deploy Secure & Analyze; or Fast Track).
- Take and pass the VCP on VMware Infrastructure 3 exam OR attend the VMware vSphere: What’s New course.Take and pass the VCP on vSphere 4 Exam.