As I’ve previously talked about I am currently working towards the VCAP-DCD. I found with the VCAP-DTD that, posting my exam notes online was not only a simple quick reference for myself, it also helped others with their studies. Whilst I’m well aware that many others have posted their study guides before me, different people have different methods of studying so I will replicate what I did with the VCAP-DTD but now with the VCAP-DCD in the hope I will keep up my 100% pass rate with VCAP exams and hopefully help others with their preparations also.
Firstly, head over to the VMware Education page for the VCAP-DCD exam and get registered for the exam. I’m not going to cover pre-reqs of the exam, you can find these on the VMware Education page, also many others have blogged about this previously. Secondly, download the exam blueprint from the same page. Study the exam blueprint, to ensure you understand the format of the exam, timings etc, then read through objectives (I’ll blog about each of these in turn) marking which items you think need the most work.
A number of documents are listed in the exam blueprint which are essential reading. Once again, Jason over at Virtual Langer has kindly downloaded them all and put them in one place for the rest of us to grab!
The team over at vBrownBag have started covering off the VCAP-DCD, top quality as always! Take a look and subscribe on iTunes
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Whilst I could list every great resource out there from the awesome VMware community, I would be here for days. My colleague Gregg Roberston has put together an awesome resource collection for the VCAP-DCD (and DCA) on his blog TheSaffaGeek, be sure to check it out and bookmark it!
Section 1 – Create a vSphere Conceptual Design
Section 2 – Create a vSphere Logical Design from an Existing Conceptual Design
Objective 2.6 – Build recoverability requirements into the logical design
Objective 2.7 – Build security requirements into the logical design
Section 3 – Create a vSphere Physical Design from an Existing Logical Design
Objective 3.1 – Transition from a logical design to a vSphere 5 physical design
Objective 3.2 – Create a vSphere 5 physical network design from an existing logical design
Objective 3.3 – Create a vSphere 5 physical storage design from an existing logical design
Objective 3.4 – Determine appropriate compute resources for a vSphere 5 physical design
Objective 3.5 – Determine virtual machine configuration for a vSphere 5 physical design
Objective 3.6 – Determine data center management options for a vSphere 5 physical design
Section 4 – Implementation Planning
Objective 4.1 – Create an execute a validation plan
Objective 4.2 – Create an implementation plan
Objective 4.3 – Create an installation guide