VCAP-DCD Study Resources

In December 2013 I passed VCAP-DCD on vSphere 5.1 which is a very tough exam !!!.


I have written two posts on the the exam, related to my first experience at  VMworld,  when I wasn’t successful here, as well as my second successful experience here.

I’m glad to say I now possess VCAP DCD and DCA and am pushing on to VCDX for July 2014.

VCAP-DCD is focused on design methodologies to implement largescale VMware (and other) virtual environments.

On this page I am going to include all collateral, material, bookmarks, methdology, tips and tricks and whatever else I find during this journey. This page will be updated regularly along the way.

My Collated set of VMware’s Best Practices

In this document I have pulled together useful information from many VMware official guides around what I believe are important to know best practices, pre-requisites and conditions. You can find it all at but I like to have it all together in one place.I hope you find it useful !.

The link below will download a PDF document containing the material.



So far I have used the following resources in this process:

  • You must download the blueprint from when you have registered for the IMG_2537 VCAP-DCD. that’s the starting point for everything. In  hat document, as well as outlining the areas that are covered, all supporting documentation is provided via hyperlinks.
  • You don’t even have to download all the files, Jason Langer has bundled it all up into a zipfile which you can get here  I suggest you follow Jason on Twitter @jaslanger to say thanks. Be careful as Inoticed some of the links in the blueprint such as Section 3-3 point to old documents related to vSphere 4.1 – not vSphere 5.1 as would be expected.
  • I have purchased the official VCAP-DCD Certification Guide from This book iswritten by Paul McSharry  @pmcsharry) and is excellent for making you really ocus on what you need to do to get your headright to pass the exam. YouIMG_2533can find that here:
  • I have purchased the Sybex VMware vSphere Design Second Edition by Scott Lowe and Forbes Guthrie. This is a bit of a bible really and I’m really looking forward to getting through it as it’s choc full of useful information. Here it is:
  • I had already purchased Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman’s vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive which I used when studying for VCAP-DCA. I think it’s a must here to ensure you understand the way the clustering framework underpinning vSphere works. Particularly since it has been rewritten [from legacy Legato AAM to new Fault Domain Manager (FDM)] in vSphere 5. It also covers many other complex areas such as DRS, SDRS, SIOC etc and is well worth it. You can find it here:
  • Of late I’ve been using Scott Lowe’s excellent VCAP-DCD design course on Trainsignal. This is also excellent and he covers a lot of material succcintly and explains it all very well.

More to come…

7 thoughts on “VCAP-DCD Study Resources

  1. Hi Paul,

    Which of the resources do you find most useful for the exam? I did some research and it seems that the content of the resources you mentioned is not the same.


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