Firstly, here is a list of the resources I’ll be using to help with my study:

VMware documentation

Jason over at Virtual Langer has kindly put together a zip file you can download from his site and has even created a folder structure separating the sections and objectives. You can view the article here – Great work Jason and thanks!

Text/Kindle Books:

VMware View 5: Building a successful Virtual Desktop by Paul O’Doherty (Used for VCP5-DT but some good content for VCAP5-DT)

VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions  by Jason Langone and Andre Leibovici (Used for VCP5-DT but some good content for VCAP5-DT)

Implementing VMware Horizon View 5.2 by Jason Ventresco (I’ve only just found this book and not read it yet. I’ve downloaded the Kindle version and it looks to be full of good content)

VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials by Peter Bjork (Used for VCP5-DT but some good content for VCAP5-DT)

VMware vSphere Design 2nd Edition by Forbes Guthrie  and Scott Lowe (Not directly related but full of priceless information that can be used in a VMware Horizon View Environment)


The team over at vBrownBag have started covering off the VCAP-DTD, top quality as always! Take a look and subscribe on iTunes

Tips and Tricks

This will be my first attempt at a VCAP exam, I’ve been a VCP for 5 years and have updated the certification with each exam update, however never thought about sitting the VCAP exams until now. As these exams, (as you would expect) are so much more challenging than the traditional VCP exams, I thought I would reach out to the ever helpful VMware community and ask for tips and tricks to help people like myself with these exams. So thanks to Ray Heffer, Andrea Mauro, Chris Beckett and Steve Dunne for your comments so far.

  • Time management is everything, the VCAP-DTD has 15 more questions (115 in total) than the VCAP-DCD, however you have 30 minutes less time! (195 minutes).
  • The ‘design’ questions (6 according to the exam blueprint) are time consuming, however score well. Ensure you leave plenty of time for these.
  • Focus and read the questions carefully, the questions are fair but tough.
  • Ensure you are confident you understand what is being asked in the question.
  • Ask for extra laminate sheets before going into the exam! Lots of questions are around sizing and will require some note taking and working out.
  • Ensure you are able to size a Horizon View solution to meet the requirements. Know connection server and vCenter boundaries.
  • Be prepared for some maths!! With design based questions you will be posed with scenarios that require some maths. For example, solutions designed for concurrency and DR. – You will not have access to a calculator!!!
  • Be prepared on questions around ThinApp as well items such as load balancing.
  • Know the exam blueprint inside out!!! (hopefully the section below will help with that!)
  • Know configuration maximums and limits for the correct version of View. See my blog post here!

Working Through the Exam Blueprint

Section 1 – Create a VMware View Conceptual Design

Objective 1.1 – Identify Business Requirements for a View Design

Objective 1.2 – Identify Technical Requirements for a View Design

Section 2 – Create a View Desktop Pool Design

Objective 2.1 – Create a Desktop Virtual Machine Design

Objective 2.2 – Determine Session Integration Requirements for a Desktop Pool Design

Section 3 – Create a View Pod and Block Design

Objective 3.1 – Create a View Component Infrastructure Design

Objective 3.2 – Determine the Database Architecture for a View Component Infrastructure Design

Objective 3.3 – Create a ThinApp Repository Architecture Design

Section 4 – Determine VMware vSphere Infrastructure Requirements for a View Design

Objective 4.1 – Integrate a View Design with vSphere

Objective 4.2 – Integrate View Design with Infrastructure Services

Section 5 – Create a Physical View Storage Design

Objective 5.1 – Create a Physical Design for View Infrastructure Storage

Objective 5.2 – Create a Physical Design for View Pool Storage

Objective 5.3 – Create a Physical Design for Desktop Application Storage

Objective 5.4 – Determine Performance Requirements for a View Physical Storage Design

Objective 5.5 – Create a Tiered Physical View Storage Design

Section 6 – Create a Physical View End User Design

Objective 6.1 – Create a Physical View Client Design

Objective 6.2 – Determine Session Connectivity Requirements for a View Client Design

Objective 6.3 – Determine Management Requirements for a View Client Design

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