VCP 410

These are my exam notes for preparing for the VMware VCP 410 exam. I have taken this exam in april 2010 and passed it. On this page I will post links and information that helped me to prepare for the exam.

Exam blueprint guide, download the latest version here. http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-10074

These are the sections and objectives.

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

Posts on my blog.

VMware VCP410 passed: http://blog.mrpol.nl/2010/04/07/vmware-vcp-410-exam-passed/

Important documentation links.

VMware vSphere 4.0 documentation : http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vs_pages/vsp_pubs_esx40_vc40.html
VMware Consolidated Backup Documentation : http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcb_pubs.html
VMware vCenter Update Manager Documentation : http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vum_pubs.html
VMware vCenter Converter Documentation : http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcc_pubs.html

Important document links.

Configuration Maximum Guide : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_config_max.pdf
ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40_u1/vsp_40_u1_esx_vc_installation_guide.pdf
ESXi and vCenter Server Setup Guide : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40_u1/vsp_40_u1_esxi_i_vc_setup_guide.pdf
vSphere Upgrade Guide : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_upgrade_guide.pdf
ESX Configuration Guide : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_esx_server_config.pdf
Fiber Channel SAN Configuration Guide : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_san_cfg.pdf
iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_iscsi_san_cfg.pdf
vSphere Basic System Administration : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_admin_guide.pdf
vCenter Converter Administration Guide : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsp_vcc_41_admin_guide.pdf
Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Services : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_mscs.pdf
vSphere Availability Guide : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_availability.pdf
VMWare Data Recovery Administrator’s Guide : http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vdr_10_admin.pdf