When looking for resources to pass VCAP exams, it’s about finding what suits your style.
Here are some sources that I found very useful, and used a lot. If you’ve been doing more design work of late or haven’t done a lot of admin, you can still pass !. It’s a great opportunity to get your feet wet and muck about in a safe lab environment. And of course you need a lab !. More on that in another post.
By the end I guarantee you will know features of the vSphere suite you had no idea how to use. When you do you will think things like using PowerCLI to configure Auto-Deploy are EASY.
[important] Blogs !![/important]
The blogs/websites I used for study combined the work of these great sites:
1. Paul Grevink’s VCAP-DCA Diaries:http://paulgrevink.wordpress.com/the-vcap5-dca-diaries/
Very detailed – Very Complete – Great Examples throughout – Highly Recommended.
2. thefoglite.com by Ethan Rowe – VCDX : http://thefoglite.com/vcap-dca5-objective/
Very Detailed – Lots of great examples – Additional Information – Highly Recommended
3. valcolab.com (Josh Coen and Jason Langer) : http://www.valcolabs.com/vcap5-dca/
Very Clear – Great Detail – a couple of sections missing (maybe updated now).
4. The Saffa Geek – Gregg Robertson. http://thesaffageek.co.uk/vsphere-4-x-study-resources/vcap-dca-dcd/
Gregg has a lot of great links on this page mainly related to vSphere 4. Although much of this still applies to vSphere 5. There’s a lot of other great resources on his site I’d recommend as well. Check it out !.
Overall I think you can use these blogs as guide while working through the Blueprint yourself. If you need a place to start – look no further.