VCP4 Exam Blueprint Study Notes

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

Objective 1.1 — Install VMware ESX/ESXi on local storage
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Objective 1.2 – Upgrade VMware ESX/ESXi
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Objective 1.3 – Secure VMware ESX/ESXi
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Objective 1.4 – Install VMware ESX/ESXi on SAN Storage
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Objective 1.5 – Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions
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Section 2 – Configure ESX/ESXi Networking

Objective 2.1 – Configure Virtual Switches
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Objective 2.2 – Configure vNetwork Distributed Switches
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Objective 2.3 – Configure VMware ESX/ESXi Management Network
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Section 3 – Configure ESX/ESXi Storage

Objective 3.1 – Configure FC SAN Storage
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Objective 3.2 – Configure iSCSI SAN Storage
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Objective 3.3 – Configure NFS Datastores
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Objective 3.4 – Configure and Manage VMFS Datastores
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Section 4 – Install and Configure vCenter Server

Objective 4.1 – Install vCenter Server
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Objective 4.2 – Manage vSphere Client plug-ins
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Objective 4.3 – Configure vCenter Server
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Objective 4.4 – Configure Access Control
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Section 5 – Deploy and Manage Virtual Machines and vApps

Objective 5.1 – Create and Deploy Virtual Machines
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Objective 5.2 – Manage Virtual Machines
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Objective 5.3 – Deploy vApps
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Section 6 – Manage Compliance

Objective 6.1 – Install, Configure and Manage VMware vCenter Update Manager
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Objective 6.2 – Establish and Apply ESX Host Profiles
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Section 7 – Establish Service Levels

Objective 7.1 – Create and Configure VMware Clusters
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Objective 7.2 – Enable a Fault Tolerant Virtual Machine
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Objective 7.3 – Create and Configure Resource Pools
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Objective 7.4 – Migrate Virtual Machines
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Objective 7.5 – Backup and Restore Virtual Machines
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Section 8 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting and Alarm Management

Objective 8.1 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for ESX/ESXi Hosts
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Objective 8.2 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for VMware FT and Third-Party Clusters
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Objective 8.3 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for Networking
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Objective 8.4 – Perform Basic Troubleshooting for Storage
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  • 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
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  • 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
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Objective 8.7 – Create and Respond to vCenter Utilization Alarms
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Objective 8.8 – Monitor vSphere ESX/ESXi and Virtual Machine Performance
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Marco Broeken is Author of this blog and owner of vSpecialist Consulting and has 20 years experience in IT. Marco has been rewarded with the vExpert status from 2011 - 2018.

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