VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide (with DVD): VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Data Center Design (Vmware Press Certification) Hardcover – 15 Aug 2013
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About the Author
Paul McSharry is an independent virtualization consultant and instructor based in the UK. He has been an IT professional for 15 years and now specializes in virtualization technologies and web hosting solutions, working with large retail and financial enterprises. When not working in the field, he is often instructing the VMware-authorized classes for various VMware VATCs. Paul holds a variety of vendor-based IT certifications, such as MCSE, MCITP, VCP, and VCAP, and he is also a qualified IT instructor, holding VMware Certified Instructor (VCI), CompTIA CTT+, and Microsoft MCT credentials. His recent consultancy projects include the following:
¿ Producing a large-scale hybrid cloud platform to deploy and enable secure e-discovery web-based applications for data review
¿ Several large datacenter migrations using various vSphere platforms
¿ Multiple public and private vCloud director platform designs and implementations
¿ Several enterprise-wide VMware view-based VDI deployments
Paul is an active blogger ( http://www.elasticsky.co.uk ) and Twitter user (@pmcsharry). He has also been awarded the vExpert designation for his work in the VMware community for two years running (2012–2013).
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Really liked the pre chapter do I know this and end chapter mini tests.
Not sure if there should be more content? For me it is plenty and I suspect is enough to pass.
Cheers and good luck.
Very useful if you have a background in VMware. The dcd exam is aimed at technical people validating design skills. This will help a technical person move to design in an interesting way.
With real world examples the author makes it more than just a dry academic textbook and has created a book useful for professionals as well as people working towards the exam. Explaining the process needed to undertake designs of new installations and migrations is also a good transferable skill to other areas of IT.
I would recommend this for any IT professional looking to take the VCAP exam or further their career.
The publishers have left a fair few typos in, which is a bit distracting for me.
Im giving two stars because I didn't get the questions from the CD (no download link).
I provide a critical review of the book and 2 days later there are another 4 x 5 star reviews - do not be taken in by what is going on, these reviews are nothing more than could be read off the back of the book - I bought a hard copy of the book, I also paid extra to purchase the electronic version, for the extra 2 exams, so all in all I have parted with nearly £40. I have chosen to cut my losses and taken the option offered by amazon to return the hard copy of the book and get £12 back.
Instead of putting up more unbelievable reviews of this book I would like the author and / or publishers to explain what they plan to do to correct the limitations in this book and the test questions.
ORIGINAL REVIEW 19/10
I decided to hold off on my review until I had attempted the exam. I did find the book to be lacking in certain respects.
The title for the book is misleading, the book is not a guide to preparing to take the exam. The book focuses on a specific area of the exam, mainly project phases and considerations for the design phases of a project. This is less than 10% of the exam and it would need a miracle for anyone to pass the exam using just the contents of this book alone.
The author does make it clear in the book that it would not be possible to cover the full exam blueprint in a single book - so why call the book " vcap5-dcd official cert guide"? I also disagree as cisco manage to put together a series of books for their ccna and ccnp exams which are equally as complicated and challenging as vcap exams. The key for Cisco is the books are written by personnel that work for cisco and their education team.
I bought the book mainly for the test questions - while not expecting to get the same questions as you would find in the exam I thought they would be close enough to at least give you an indication of your readiness to take the exam.
The test questions are nothing like the ones in the exam - far to simplistic and basic. I also found issues with the questions, such as right answers marked as wrong, also some questions have an answer that refers to " chapter X - pulling it all together" - a chapter that does not exist in the book.
To me the book feels incomplete, rushed, cutdown in terms of content and pushed out the door to meet a publishing deadline.
Based on my experience of this book, I have cancelled my order for the vcap5-dca official guide as I do not believe I got what I had paided for. VMware press needs to ensure that any book or books with the title of an official guide to preparing for a VMware exam is exactly that.
I would also be interested to know how many reviewers that gave this book 5 stars actually read the book, more importantly bought the book or were they given a copy to review for free!
My summary is that I can whole heartedly recommend this book, not only as a key component in your VCAP5-DCD study, but as an excellent reference resource for designing vSphere infrastructures out "in the wild".