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For a list of all objectives see the VCP5 page.

Objective 4.1 – Create and Deploy Virtual Machines

See also this similar post: Objective 4.1 – Create and Deploy Virtual Machines.

Identify capabilities of virtual machine hardware versions (new in vSphere 5)

See the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide (page 81) and Virtual Machine Hardware Version 8

Identify VMware Tools device drivers (similar as vSphere 4.x)

See VMware KB: Overview of VMware Tools

Identify methods to access and use a virtual machine console (same as vSphere 4.x)

As usual there is the console in the vSphere Client, and also in vSphere Web Client. But after the guest OS is installed is better choose a network protocol to remote manage the OS (like SSH for Linux or RDP for Windows)

Identify virtual machine storage resources (similar as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide (page 9).

Place virtual machines in selected ESXi hosts/Clusters/Resource Pools (same as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide (page 29).

Configure and deploy a Guest OS into a new virtual machine (same as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide (page 33 and 40).

Configure/Modify disk controller for virtual disks (same as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide (page 36) and Virtual SCSI Adapter type.

Configure appropriate virtual disk type for a virtual machine (similar as vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide (page 36 and 121) and VMDK virtual disk type.

Create/Convert thin/thick provisioned virtual disks (same vSphere 4.x)

See the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide (page 129).

Configure disk shares (similar as vSphere 4.1)

See the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide (page 128). Can also be done from the vSphere Web Client.

Install/Upgrade/Update VMware Tools (same as vSphere 4.x)

See the Guest Operating System Installation Guide.

Configure virtual machine time synchronization (same as vSphere 4.x)

See Timekeeping best practices for Linux guests and Timekeeping in VMware Virtual Machines.

Convert a physical machine using VMware Converter (similar as vSphere 4.x)

The vCenter Server installation does not include any Converter, so you must use the Standalone Converter edition. See also the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Documentation page. Note that the version 5 is actually in beta phase.

Import a supported virtual machine source using VMware Converter (similar as vSphere 4.x)

See also the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Documentation page.

Modify virtual hardware settings using VMware Converter (similar as vSphere 4.x)

See also the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Documentation page.

Configure/Modify virtual CPU and Memory resources according to OS and application requirements (similar as vSphere 4.x)

See What’s New in Performance in VMware vSphere™ 5.0 and Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 4.1.

Configure/Modify virtual NIC adapter and connect virtual machines to appropriate network resources (same  as vSphere 4.1)

See the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide (page 107) and Virtual NIC type.

Determine appropriate datastore locations for virtual machines based on application workloads (similar as vSphere 4.x)

There are three options:

  • Store all virtual machine files in the same location on a datastore.
  • Store all virtual machine files in the same datastore cluster (SDRS is needed).
  • Store virtual machine configuration files and disks in separate locations.

About the different choices, they depends of course by the datastore types (which RAID level, number and kind of disks, …), by the workload requirements, the usage of SIOC (if datastore is shared with other VMs, …). But for the VCP5 exam do not expect too much… there are the VCAP exams for more detail about those choices.

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2908 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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