Book Review | VMware Press VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide

As I’ve already mentioned previously on this blog, and as you’ll probably have realised if you’ve started reading my VCAP-DCD study guides I’m due to sit the VCAP5-DCD exam in the next few weeks. Due to work commitments, my study has taken a nose dive, however I’m still planning on posting all my study notes covering off the objectives listed in the blueprint over on my VCAP-DCD study guides page.

I managed to get hold of a copy of Paul McSharry’s new book, VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center DesignVCAP-DCD

I’ve not used a cert guide to prepare for an exam before, normally I will study the exam blueprint, and work through the official vendor documentation whilst reading related books, so wasn’t sure  what to expect before reading this guide.

Firstly let me start by saying that the author obviously has worked on a number of vSphere design projects and is able to backup methodologies discussed in the book with real life scenarios, this for me was one of the highlights of this book.

I found the ‘Do I know this quizzes’ at the beginning of each chapter a good way to judge how well I knew the topics the chapter would cover before we started and this helped give an indication of whether further reading may be required. Alongside this, at then end of each chapter the author lays out some design scenarios for you to complete. Having completed the VCAP-DTD recently, I know how important it is to practice the scenarios so you can quickly pick out requirements and translate them into a design.

Overall the book reads very well, flows easily, covering off the objectives on the exam blueprint. I’d recommend the book to anyone looking to sit the VCAP5-DCD exam.