VCAP5-DCD

These are my exam notes for preparing for the VMware VCAP5-DCD exam. I hope to take this exam later this year. On this page I will post links and information that helped me to prepare for the exam.

Become a VCAP5-DCD

To achieve VCAP5-DCD status, you must complete two core validation components:

  1. Be a VMware Certified Professional 5 (VCP5)
  2. Pass the VCAP5-DCD exam

Note: Until August 17, 2012 if you are a current VCAP4-DCD you do not need to achieve VCP5 certification first; you only need to pass the VCAP5-DCD exam to obtain VCAP5-DCD status.

Exam blueprint guide, download the latest version here http://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?course=134085

These are the sections and objectives.

Section 1 – Create a vSphere Conceptual Design

Objective 1.1 – Gather and analyze business requirements
Objective 1.2 – Gather and analyze application requirements
Objective 1.3 – Determine Risks, Constraints, and Assumptions

Section 2 – Create a vSphere Logical Design from an Existing Conceptual Design

Objective 2.1 –Map Business Requirements to the Logical Design
Objective 2.2 – Map Service Dependencies
Objective 2.3 – Build Availability Requirements into the Logical Design
Objective 2.4 – Build Manageability Requirements into the Logical Design
Objective 2.5 – Build Performance Requirements into the Logical 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 Datacenter 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

Handy links to other VCAP5-DCD sites.

Demo of the exam format

Demo of the VCAP-DCD exam can be found at the VMware learning site: http://mylearn.vmware.com/courseware/82525/VCAPDCD_Tutorial.swf

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