Firstly, here is a list of the resources I’ll be using to help with my study:
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!
VMware View 5: Building a successful Virtual Desktop by Paul O’Doherty (Used for VCP5-DT but some good content for VCAP5-DT)
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
Section 2 – Create a View Desktop Pool Design
Section 3 – Create a View Pod and Block Design
Section 4 – Determine VMware vSphere Infrastructure Requirements for a View Design
Section 5 – Create a Physical View Storage Design
Section 6 – Create a Physical View End User Design