VMware Certified Professional 5 – Infrastructure as a Service (VCP5-IaaS)

VMware recently announced the VCP5-IaaS Certification, and I look forward to preparing for it.  After recently resurrecting the home lab, I     wanted to build up a demo vCloud Director (vCD) environment.  Studying for the new certification will be added motivation to do so.

Let me answer the usual question first before going into details: There is no required course for this certification.  However, you must be VCP5-certified; this should be obvious for so many reasons, but people still tend to be confused by this requirement for other certs like VCP5-DT

The VCP5-IaaS Blueprint provides the breakdown of the topics you need to master to be successful on the exam, and VMware has graciously provided a Mock Exam for would-be test-takers   Since I am not a vCD expert (yet!), I didn’t do too well on the Mock Exam. However, it serves as a great baseline from which to begin my studies.

A couple of words of caution about the Mock Exam:

1. It may not necessarily reflect what the real exam will be like.  For example, the VCP5 Mock Exam is no where near as challenging as the real VCP5 Exam.

2. If the IaaS Mock Exam is designed just like the VCP5 Mock Exam, you may not be able to continue using it if you get a perfect score.  So, make sure to read all the fine print before you start it.

In addition to studying the blueprint, VMware recommends the VMware vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud [V1.5] course, but, again, it is not required.

FYI, taking the course may not prepare you 100% for the VCP5-IaaS: just like none of the standard VCP5 courses prepare you for that test 100% either.  A critical component to studying for VMware’s, or any vendor’s, certification tests is to spend a significant amount of time understanding the concepts behind the technology.  If you’re anything like me, part of that process will incorporate a LOT of lab time.

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Cool Tool – Veeam Explorer for Exchange

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange gives you instant visibility into your Exchange backups. You can browse, search and selectively export items (emails, notes, contacts, etc.) directly from Veeam backups of your Exchange virtual machines (VMs).


Veeam Explorer for Exchange works directly with your Exchange VM backups—even compressed, deduplicated and incremental backups. There’s no need to provision storage or restore entire mailbox stores—just choose the Exchange Servers and restore points you’re interested in, and Veeam Explorer will present the contents of those mailbox stores for browsing, searching and export.

Veeam Explorer for Exchange is a new feature of Veeam Backup & Replication. Currently available as a beta, Veeam Explorer will be included in all editions of Veeam Backup—even Free Edition. You no longer need expensive standalone tools for Exchange item recovery that are licensed per mailbox.

Use Veeam Explorer for Exchange to find and retrieve information for internal or external investigations. The Advanced Find feature lets you zero in on exactly the items you need.

When users accidentally delete emails or scripts corrupt calendar items, you can save the day with Veeam Explorer for Exchange. Simply export a good version from a previous Veeam backup and transfer it to the affected user.


RVTools version 3.3 a Cool free tool available for download

RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.0, ESX Server 4.0, VirtualCenter 4.1, ESX Server 4.1, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance or ESX Server 5 RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.

Updated in Version 3.3 (April, 2012)

  • GetWebResponse timeout value changed from 5 minutes to 10 minutes (for very big environments)
  • New tabpage with HBA information
  • On vDatastore tab the definition of the Provisioned MB and In Use MB columns was confusing! This is changed now.
  • RVToolsSendMail accepts now multiple recipients (semicolon is used as separator)
  • Folder information of VMs and Templates are now visible on vInfo tabpage
  • Bugfix: data in comboboxes on filter form are now sorted
  • Bugfix: Problem with api version 2.5.0 solved
  • Bugfix: Improved exception handling on vCPU tab.
  • Bugfix: Improved exception handling on vDatastore tab.