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    #51
    Quote Originally Posted by effekted View Post
    This class will NOT fully prepare you for the VCP exam. You'll want to do some additional labbing and studying (exam blueprint, Mastering vSphere 5 book, etc.)
    Oh, I know that, but I was sort of hoping for more than a reading of the slides. I guess I was expecting something like a college course where the professor assigns sections of reading and then really goes into detail during the subsequent discussion. If I'd paid the $2500-3500 fee for the 5-day course and this is all they did I'd be seriously pissed off, since this would appear to be nothing more than a pay-to-play surcharge by VMware.

    Like I said previously, at this point, considering what I actually did pay, I'm not going to sweat things. The instructor for the class manages to cover the material and explain it without veering off from the script, so I figure he's doing it exactly like VMware wants. Good enough for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mguernsey View Post
    ...If I'd paid the $2500-3500 fee for the 5-day course and this is all they did I'd be seriously pissed off, since this would appear to be nothing more than a pay-to-play surcharge by VMware.
    Make no mistake, that is all it is.
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    I guess it depends on who you go through, 2 former colleagues attended a 5 day bootcamp that guaranteed a pass (a few of us thought it sounded like they could potentially brain dump but they said they didn't), said the instructor was extremely knowledgeable and would go in depth answering any questions anyone in the class had.

    I have gotten pretty frustrated at times with netlab but like you said, all things considered for the price that Stanly is charging for this course we have no room to complain.
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    #54
    @effekted

    True. While I took the Stanly course, a co-worker of mine just took the "FastTrack" course, which is what I assume you might mean by bootcamp. I believe the pricing was even higher than the ICM course, as it was scheduled as 5x10hour days.

    He was not impressed at all. He said they only did about 7/hours/day, and the teacher didn't take many questions and argued with people who brought up factual errors he presented. He took it because we needed a second VCP at my company (I told them to just use Stanly again, but they wanted to go the VMware route). He has years of practical experience and said he didn't learn a thing and most of his classmates felt the class wasn't worth it.
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    #55
    Does the Stanly VMWare Netlabs save your lab progress at all? Do you have to resume your lab progress on a specific pod? Seems I am missing something basic. I having to restart from lab 1 every time I resume.
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    #56
    You need to make sure that you shutdown esx1 host at the end of your last lab for the day... if you don't, some settings are not saved properly... I had the same issue.
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    You should only have access to 1 pod anyway. Instructions say to shut down esx1, so I've been doing that and have had no issues.
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    Well, I guess I wasn't taking my own advice. I've been forgetting to shut down esx2. Somehow this caused my vmotion port to disable vmotion traffic. Strugged for a bit on the DRS lab when nothing was migrating.

    Oh well. Glad it happened, because I got to do some troubleshooting and solve a problem rather than just follow the steps.

    Anyhow - shut down your hosts after the labs. lol
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    Am I missing something? I've been waiting a couple days for Modules 10-12 to open so I could finish them and the labs.
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    They opened for me Monday morning.
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    #61
    So I'm really not impressed with the videos in this course. I find them very hard to follow and very lacking in detail or depth.

    I've started watching CBT Nuggets videos after I watch the course video as a backup and find them much much more informative and helpful.

    Are any of you guys using anything else to supplement this course as your going through it? If so what are you using? I'm planning on taking the VCP exam as soon as I can after the course and want to make sure I get the most out of this course as I can.
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    So I'm really not impressed with the videos in this course. I find them very hard to follow and very lacking in detail or depth.

    I've started watching CBT Nuggets videos after I watch the course video as a backup and find them much much more informative and helpful.

    Are any of you guys using anything else to supplement this course as your going through it? If so what are you using? I'm planning on taking the VCP exam as soon as I can after the course and want to make sure I get the most out of this course as I can.
    My understanding is that this class is very regimented by VMware and that it is not intended to be the sole resource you use, but rather a means of at least exposing you to vCenter, ESXi, vSphere and all the other virtualization tools instead of just having you read a book.

    One of my supervisors said the class requirement is just a tax, but I admit that I've actually picked up quite a bit from the labs, so that at least has been worth the cost of entry, although I would never consider paying the outrageous amounts charged for those 5-day courses or boot camps. Sorry, not worth it.

    The >$250 paid for this class was a perfect cost vs benefit ratio for me, and I would definitely recommend the Stanly CC course to anyone considering going for the VPC5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruwl View Post
    So I'm really not impressed with the videos in this course. I find them very hard to follow and very lacking in detail or depth.

    I've started watching CBT Nuggets videos after I watch the course video as a backup and find them much much more informative and helpful.

    Are any of you guys using anything else to supplement this course as your going through it? If so what are you using? I'm planning on taking the VCP exam as soon as I can after the course and want to make sure I get the most out of this course as I can.
    From someone who hasn't been able to use vSphere: I read the Scott Lowe book before starting this course which was great. I've found the labs great because at least I get to see and try what I've been reading. I've found the videos almost terrible and borderline useless, but I watched all of them anyhow.

    That being said, I'd highly recommend this course over anything else I've seen around by far due to the price.
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    #64
    Totally agree with Radiohead316 about the videos, they are very superficial and don't over anything else that you wouldn't get by reading the slides.

    I'll also go through CBT and Scott Lowe's book, as I doubt I'd pass the test only with this course.

    By the way, I think that the labs are great (except for being slow sometimes) to get in touch with the vcenter/esxi if you don't have experience or just a little.
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    So I see I now have credit for the class in my VMware profile.

    Where does one get the voucher and other goodies?
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    cruwl, go to https://vmware.stanly.edu/ and log in with the same user/pass used in moodle, there you can find the voucher code and other freebies.

    My profile also already shows the ICM5 course as done, I've also scheduled the exam for late january
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    Thanks,

    Yeah I wanted to schedule mine for late Jan early Feb as well.
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    If I can't access the VMware store at Stanly who should I contact? There's no information on the store page regarding that.
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    Ok I can login fine still to moodle but the link you gave me gives me an error stating: Please enter a valid e-mail address.

    Anyone else having problems logging into the site??: https://vmware.stanly.edu/
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    That was the same error I was getting.
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    Who was your instructor? mine was Dustin Poplin
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    Same here
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    I contacted the stanly IT help desk who refereed i contact the instructor. So I sent him an email earlier this afternoon. I post here if I hear back or if my access is fixed.
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    My access was not working either on the first time, so I just sent an e-mail to the instructor and he fixed that.
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    Shot the instructor an email this morning and now I'm able to log into the store, so all good now.
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