In December 2013 I passed VCAP-DCD on vSphere 5.1 which is a very tough exam !!!.
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 pubs.vmware.com 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 mylearn.vmware.com when you have registered for the 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 http://www.virtuallanger.com/2012/09/30/vcap-dcd-5-document-package/ 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 amazon.co.uk. 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. Youcan find that here: http://amzn.to/1fUCCsJ
- 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:http://amzn.to/1dY2ffM
- 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: http://amzn.to/1ecGoST
- 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…