VCP4 Exam Blueprint Study Notes

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

Objective 1.1 — Install VMware ESX/ESXi on local storage Knowledge

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Objective 1.2 – Upgrade VMware ESX/ESXi Knowledge

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Objective 1.3 – Secure VMware ESX/ESXi Knowledge

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Objective 1.4 – Install VMware ESX/ESXi on SAN Storage Knowledge

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Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions Knowledge

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Section 2 – Configure ESX/ESXi Networking Objective 2.1 – Configure Virtual Switches Knowledge

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Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches Knowledge

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Objective 2.3 – Configure VMware ESX/ESXi Management Network Knowledge

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Section 3 – Configure ESX/ESXi Storage Objective 3.1 – Configure FC SAN Storage Knowledge

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Objective 3.2 – Configure iSCSI SAN Storage Knowledge

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Objective 3.3 – Configure NFS Datastores Knowledge

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Objective 3.4 – Configure and Manage VMFS Datastores Knowledge

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Section 4 – Install and Configure vCenter Server Objective 4.1 – Install vCenter Server Knowledge

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Objective 4.2 – Manage vSphere Client plug-ins Knowledge

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Objective 4.3 – Configure vCenter Server Knowledge

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Objective 4.4 – Configure Access Control Knowledge

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Section 5 – Deploy and Manage Virtual Machines and vApps Objective 5.1 – Create and Deploy Virtual Machines Knowledge

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Objective 5.2 – Manage Virtual Machines Knowledge

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Objective 5.3 – Deploy vApps Knowledge

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Section 6 – Manage Compliance Objective 6.1 – Install, Configure and Manage VMware vCenter Update Manager Knowledge

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Objective 6.2 – Establish and Apply ESX Host Profiles Knowledge

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Section 7 – Establish Service Levels Objective 7.1 – Create and Configure VMware Clusters Knowledge

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Objective 7.2 – Enable a Fault Tolerant Virtual Machine Knowledge

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Objective 7.3 – Create and Configure Resource Pools Knowledge

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Objective 7.4 – Migrate Virtual Machines Knowledge

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Objective 7.5 – Backup and Restore Virtual Machines Knowledge

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Section 8 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting and Alarm Management Objective 8.1 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for ESX/ESXi Hosts Knowledge

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

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Objective 8.3 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for Networking Knowledge

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Objective 8.4 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for Storage Knowledge

  • 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

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

  • 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

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Objective 8.6 – Create and Respond to vCenter Connectivity Alarms Knowledge

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Objective 8.7 – Create and Respond to vCenter Utilization Alarms Knowledge

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

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VCP on vSphere™ 4 Certification Overview

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Now we see the VCP on vSphere™ 4:

How can I become a VCP on vSphere™ 4

There are four possible paths to acheive VCP on vSphere™ 4

  1. If you are NEW to VMware
    • Attend the VMware vSphere™ 4: Install, Configure, Manage course; attend the VMware vSphere 4: Fast Track course or attend the VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting course.
    • Take and pass the VCP on vSphere™ 4 exam
  2. If you are currently a VCP on VMware Infrastructure 3
    • VCPs on VI3 must attend the VMware vSphere 4: What’s New class, then take and pass the VCP4 exam in order to upgrade.
  3. If you are currently a VCP on ESX 2.x
    • Follow Path 1.
  4. If you are not a VCP on VI3, but have attended one of the prerequisite classes (Install & Configure; Deploy Secure & Analyze; or Fast Track).
    • Attend the VMware vSphere™ 4: What’s New course.
    • Take and pass the VCP on vSphere™ 4 Exam.

View File for Additional Details (VCP on vSphere 4 paths 4.29.09.pdf)

How many questions are on the exam?

There are 85 questions on this exam.

How much time will I have to complete the exam?

The exam is 90 minutes long. Your total seat time will be 105 minutes. 15 minutes are used for a survey and agreements.

For those in countries where English is not a national language, an automatic 30 minutes time extension will be granted. Please confirm this with Pearson VUE before beginning your exam.

What if I don’t pass the exam?

You can attempt the exam again. There is a 7 day waiting period between attempts. Each attempt will require a new payment. Once you pass the exam you will not be able to take it again.

What is covered on the VCP4 Exam?

Please review the exam blueprint.

View File for Additional Details (VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 Blueprint 8.13.09.pdf)

What is the passing score for the VCP4 exam?

The passing score for the VCP4 exam is 300. The exam is scored on a scale of 100 to 500.

When will the VCP4 exam be available?

The exam is now available through Pearson VUE!