Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Network Engineer Jumps into VMware with The Official VCP5 Certification Guide

Assistant Network Engineer Recovering from stressful day dealing with SAN Admins
My Assistant Network
Engineer Margo.
I have worked in the IT industry for 18 years. All this time I have been focused on the Network and Network Infrastructure. I have worked on everything network, from Token Ring to ATM, Frame Relay to MPLS, 10Mbps Ethernet to Fibre Channel over Ethernet, and even Fibre Channel over Token Ring.

I decided I was ready to officially jump into virtualization. I say officially because 1) I have been "touching" VMware for the last two years and 2) I'm ready to earn VCP5 certification.

To start my journey, I recently attended the vSphere 5.1 Install, Manage, and Configure class (the official class is required for VCP5 certification). The class was great for the lecture, lab, and discussion. I needed more. To prepare for the VCP5 Exam I also need a guide to further solidify my understanding.

I am making my way through The Official VCP5 Certification Guide (VMware Press Certification). This book is great! Each section provides thorough details and explanations.

Given my networking background, I enjoyed the section "Planning and Configuring vSphere Networking". I have to admit, I have felt a little out-of-the-loop when the Virtualization guys talk about virtual switches, virtual ports, virtual networks. I'm the networking guy!! I'm supposed to be working on anything with the word "network" in it. Here they are building virtual networks I know nothing about....Rude!

The book has also helped me understand storage (don't get me started on being left out with Fibre-Channel and iSCSI networking). Storage is an area that I felt was surprisingly complicated. I saw an enclosure with a bunch of hard drives connected to a mysterious box called a "Controller" and all was good. Storage admins started talking all "Zone this", "LUN that", "my HBA flogged the target via the WWN". I think the Jets and the Sharks have been replaced with the SANs and the LANs.

Thanks to Bill Ferguson's "The Official VCP5 Certification Guide" my studies in VMware vSphere are flourishing. The book is well written, provides thorough and precise explanations. I will schedule my VCP5 exam in the next few weeks and provide an update.

Thumbs Up, Great Book!!
Billy Carter
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