As part of my recent studies towards the VMware VCAP-DTD I used various training materials, so, I thought I would cobble a post together letting everyone know what I used, and what I thought was best.
Before anyone asks, no, I didn’t use an exam cram, that’s what makes the VMware VCAP exams different to many other industry qualifications, it’s one you can be proud of achieving through dedication and hard work as you can’t cheat!
I was lucky enough to attend the two day instructor led View design workshop to kick off my studies, however I think this course can really be hit or miss depending on the students in attendance. Unfortunately, I found myself in a fairly quiet group, so most of the banter I looked forward to, discussing other peoples design decisions didn’t happen and at times I found myself and the instructor having one to one design discussions with the rest of the group looking on and sometimes looking a bit lost. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a dig toward the instructor, in fact I thought he was actually very good, if it wasn’t for his persistence with the remainder of the students it would have been a boring couple of days with little takeaway. Overall, I’d recommend the class, however just hope you get an active group if you are planning on attending. Even though the course wasn’t spectacular discussion wise, the course material was good and very comprehensive and ended up played a major part in my study.
After the course, with the exam booked (with plenty of time to study further) I downloaded the blueprint and used this as the base of my study. I can’t recommend highly enough to know the exam blueprint inside out. Everything asked of you in the exam is covered off in the blueprint. Read all the suggested material as everything is in there. Head over to Jason Langer’s site, he has kindly downloaded all the material and bundled together in a single zip file, even putting all the files into their respective objective folders. Good work Jas, thanks!!!
After reading through all the official VMware material, I re-visited some of the books I had in my collection around VMware View. I’ve mentioned these before, they can be found here.
At this point, I started my own study guides, which of course can be found here. Where I took each objective from the blueprint and wrote study notes on each element to ensure I was going to be comfortable with every section of the blueprint. The info in my study guides is a mixture of real world experience and information obtained from all the above sources, but hopefully written in a way which is simple to understand and to digest. Hopefully it will assist many of you looking to sit the exam. They are not intended to suggest that the official courses are not worthwhile, or the books are not worth reading, far from it. I’ve just cobbled together my study notes and posted them in the hope they help others as they helped me pass the tough, but passable VCAP-DTD.
I also signed up to Trainsignal. At $49 a month with no contract tie-in, or $39 a month when you sign-up for a year, I think these are simply fantastic value for money. Whilst perhaps the material they have doesn’t have direct relevance to the VCAP-DTD exam, they do have a series on View, although more aimed at the VCP-DT, they have a series on VMware vSphere design by the one and only Scott Lowe which is simply brilliant and is a fantastic aid in this exam. I’ve started some of the other courses on their site recently to assist with other studies and I cannot recommend them highly enough. With their recent acquisition by Pluralsight, you now have a whole heap more content available at the same price as before!! If you are not already a member I’d seriously recommend you take a look here
I also wrote a post on the exam experience which can be found here