So I would like to thank the VMware Community, it is truly one of the few IT groups that work, train, and help each other. It truly is like no other technology groups I belong to.
I took the VCAP-DCD exam March 2, and passed. I have to admit this was one of the toughest test, I have taken, reminds me a lot of the ITIL Exam, more of best practice based on process, than pure technical decisions. An example, find any technical best practice and apply this aspect to it, person A needs this, and person B requires that. I took the design workshop as a part of or partner competency in December, and I would recommend it. It really makes you move from the daily admin, implementation engineer, to the next level. Seeing the bigger picture and building solutions around the requirement and constraints of the business not just what the technology can do.
So I am lucky in that this is really what I have done for the last five years is build solutions around virtualization for my customers. So reading the best practice guides, implementation materials and admin guides is a great way to get started studying for this exam, but a week before the test, I put all that aside and started reviewing my previous designs, and implementation. I asked fellow collogues to set some constraints, and requirements, then I redesigned the solutions to meet the requirements. I believe even though this was a tough test, I also think it was one of the funniest exams, I have done. This exam studying and taking it will make you think in ways above just the implementation and pure technical aspects of VMware vSphere, and truly see how this suite of products can and will deliver true data center control and process.
Thanks Bill Roberts
Links to great sites that help you think about this test.
Yellow Bricks get and read the HA/DRS Technical Deapdive
VCAP-DCD Exam Blueprint
Congrats on the pass and thanks for linking to my site also, glad it helped you