Get Your Read On

I just wanted to spend some time to tell you about two great books recently released by Pearson publishing. Both are focused on VMware vSphere 4 and will help you do two things…learn more about vSphere and how to administer it, then help you to pass the VCP-410 exam which is needed for VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification.

The first book, VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise by Edward Haletkyis now in its second edition which includes details into the new features found in vSphere 4.1. As you may or may not know, Edward runs VirtualizationPractice.comand has been a virtualization evangelist for quite some time. In addition to the blog site, Edward is also the moderator and host of the Virtualization Security Podcast. If you’re looking to expand your vSphere knowledge I’d strongly suggest checking out this book, there is even a free chapter available for download.

Once you’ve read Edward’s book and have configured your own vSphere environment in your home lab, the next thing to do is prepare for the VCP-410 exam. VCP4 Exam Cram: VMware Certified Professional, 2nd Edition has just been revised to include all of the latest updates to the VCP-410 exam. Elias Khnaser takes you through what is needed to become VCP Certified, it provides coverage and practice questions for every exam topic. The book contains an extensive set of preparation tools, such as quizzes, Exam Alerts, and a practice exam, while the CD provides real-time practice and feedback with a 75-question test engine.

There you have it, two great reads on expanding your knowledge around VMware vSphere 4. You don’t have to take my word for it, but the job market around virtualization is growing like crazy so learning as much as you can and becoming certified is the clear cut way to jumping into this great line of work!

Get Your Contest On!

Would you like a free copy of the VCP4 Exam Cram? The nice people at Pearson gave me 10 copies to give away and one of them could be yours! I’ll make this contest really simple, I will be giving away 5 copies to readers that comment on this post and 5 copies to followers on Twitter. That means you have 2 chances to win!

Chance #1: Post a comment on this page expressing your interest in becoming VCP Certified.
Chance #2: Follow me on Twitter(@rick_vmwaretips) and send a tweet to me that says you want to become VCP Certified (example:  @rick_vmwaretips I’d love to get my hands on the VCP4 Exam Cram!)

UPDATE: Contest is now closed, I will be notifying the winners tonight and they must respond by Monday to receive their prize. Entries made after 2/24 at 8:30am PST are ineligible.

Fine print:  Contest ends February 24 at 8:30 a.m. PST.  Winners must respond by February 28 at 11:59 PST or prize will be forfeited.  US residents only.

Created on February 21, 2011 by Rick Scherer

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24 Comments so far

  1. Henri
    1:13 pm on February 21st, 2011

    Definitely need to get Edward’s book and hopefully I’ll get one of the VCP4 Exam Cram books.

  2. Conor Buckley
    1:13 pm on February 21st, 2011

    I’d love to get my hands on the VCP4 Exam Cram!

  3. Rogier
    1:16 pm on February 21st, 2011

    I would have loved to get the book, but I live in the Netherlands and not in the US. What if I pay the P&P towards this side of the ocean?

  4. David
    2:06 pm on February 21st, 2011

    Hi Rick! I would love to be VCP certified with the help of the VCP4 exam cram! I’m a college student studying NITA and we use VMs quite a bit. I appreciate the book recommendations too as I’ve been wondering where to go to delve deeper.

  5. Chris
    2:31 pm on February 21st, 2011

    I want that VCP, hook me up!!

  6. Joseph Vaughn
    2:52 pm on February 21st, 2011

    Rick…I want to become VCP Certified….

  7. Conrad
    3:18 pm on February 21st, 2011

    I want to become VCP Certified!

  8. Aaron
    3:27 pm on February 21st, 2011

    Looking for VCP study material. Something to give me confidence for the exam. Could this be the reference?

  9. Carlos Aquino
    3:30 pm on February 21st, 2011

    I would like to win a free copy of this book.

  10. Phillip Jones
    5:41 pm on February 21st, 2011

    Would love to use Vcp4 exam cram to study for my Vcp. Taking around June…

  11. Kyle
    8:34 pm on February 21st, 2011

    That book would come in handy. Can you hook me up with a copy?

  12. Michal Kozanecki
    10:21 pm on February 21st, 2011

    I would love to get a copy of theVCP4 Exam Cram!

  13. Ondrej
    12:37 am on February 22nd, 2011

    I would like to have a free copy of this book.

  14. Shawn Karr
    8:00 am on February 22nd, 2011

    Hey Rick,

    Having a recommended book by you in my library would be huge! I need to get this certification out of the way and move on. This copy would allow me to have a great resource as VMware admin for ICW and to study for certification!

  15. Edvin
    8:34 am on February 22nd, 2011

    I want to become VCP Certified, please help :)

  16. Mike Preston
    7:41 am on February 23rd, 2011

    Really could use that vcp exam cram book. The blue print pdfs are great, but looooooong! and the practise questions would be great! Good stuff!

  17. Mark Verhagen
    5:06 pm on February 23rd, 2011

    Great post Rick. I’m behind getting my cert updated. Sure would be great to win a copy :)

  18. Nick Horton
    5:30 pm on February 23rd, 2011

    Just took the Troubleshooting class; VCP is next! Would love the exam cram book.

  19. Eric
    6:30 pm on February 23rd, 2011

    Ready to prep for my test. Would love to get a copy.


  20. Paul
    6:33 pm on February 23rd, 2011

    Hi Rick, I would love to get a copy of the VCP4 Exam Cram!

  21. Jim Fentress
    8:41 pm on February 23rd, 2011

    I’m virtually ready for VCP4 test. I just need more practice. The VCP4 Exam Cram copy is just what is required so I can pass the VCP4 test ASAP. Thanks for the great vmware information on your site.

  22. Steve Milligan
    10:16 pm on February 23rd, 2011

    I have been using VMware products for 3 years but have yet to take the exam. I am very interested in becoming VCP certified.

  23. Sean M Carnahan
    7:37 am on February 24th, 2011

    Just finished the Install, Config, Manage class and I’m studying up to take my exam this summer. I’d like to have a copy of VCP4 Exam Cram.

  24. Paul
    9:20 am on February 24th, 2011

    I want to be VCP certified


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