0 Replies Latest reply on Sep 3, 2017 6:19 PM by Eric_Allione

    How to prepare for VCAP6.5-DCV Design exam?

    Eric_Allione Enthusiast
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      Hello,

       

      I am looking for resources to prepare for the VCAP6.5-DCV Design exam. I was hoping to be able to blog about each section in the blueprint, but they are extremely vague and doing so would not be an easy task as compared to a "Deploy" exam. The blueprint can be seen here: https://mylearn.vmware.com/lcms/web/portals/certification/exam_prep_guides/Exam_Prep_Guide_VCAP6.5-DCV_Design.pdf

       

      The Exam Guide just lists vague topics and then has links at the bottom, some of which are outdated and no longer pertain to 6.5:

       

      Section 1. Create a vSphere 6.5 Conceptual Design.

      Objective 1.1 – Gather and analyze business requirements.

      Objective 1.2 – Gather and analyze application requirements.

      Objective 1.3 – Determine risks, requirements, constraints, and assumptions.

       

      Section 2. Create a vSphere 6.x Logical Design from an Existing Conceptual Design.

      Objective 2.1 – Map business requirements to a vSphere 6.x logical design.

      Objective 2.2 – Map service dependencies.

      Objective 2.3 – Build availability requirements into a vSphere 6.x logical design.

      Objective 2.4 – Build manageability requirements into a vSphere 6.x logical design.

      Objective 2.5 – Build performance requirements into a vSphere 6.x logical design.

      Objective 2.6 – Build recoverability requirements into a vSphere 6.x logical design.

      Objective 2.7 – Build security requirements into a vSphere 6.x logical design.

       

      Section 3. Create a vSphere 6.x Physical Design from an Existing Logical Design.

      Objective 3.1 – Transition from a logical design to a vSphere 6.x physical design.

      Objective 3.2 – Create a vSphere 6.x physical network design from an existing logical design.

      Objective 3.3 – Create a vSphere 6.x physical storage design from an existing logical design.

      Objective 3.4 – Determine appropriate computer resources for a vSphere 6.x physical design.

      Objective 3.5 – Determine virtual machine configuration for a vSphere 6.x physical design.

      Objective 3.6 – Determine data center management options for a vSphere 6.x physical design.

       

       

       

       

      I would just start with the VCAP6.5-DCV Deploy exam and use the blogging strategy but that's not out yet. Below is the blueprint for the official training course. What trips me up about it is that each of these seem like common sense topics. When I try to click for more information on this online course the site just crashes, but I presume that I can't afford it and that it would also be more cost-effective to have multiple attempts at this $400-something exam rather than take the course once and pass the test on the first time.

       

       

      Course Introduction

      Introductions and course logistics

      Course objectives

      Infrastructure Assessment

      Follow a proven process to design a virtualization solution

      Define customer business objectives

      Gather and analyze business and application requirements

      Document design requirements, constraints, assumptions, and risks

      Use a systematic method to evaluate and document design decisions

      Create a conceptual design

      Core Management Infrastructure

      Determine the number of vCenter Server and VMware Platform Services Controller™ instances to include in a design

      Choose the appropriate platforms for vCenter Server components

      Choose the appropriate single sign-on identity source

      Choose the time synchronization method

      Choose methods to collect log files and ESXi core dumps

      Design a vCenter Server deployment topology that is appropriate for the size and requirements of the data center

      Virtual Data Center Infrastructure

      Calculate total capacity requirements for a design

      Create a virtual data center cluster design that meets business and workload requirements

      Evaluate the use of several management services, such as VMware vSphere® High Availability and VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™, in the virtual data center

      Evaluate the use of resource pools in the virtual data center design

      Compute Infrastructure

      Create a compute infrastructure design that includes the appropriate ESXi boot, installation, and configuration options

      Choose the ESXi host hardware for the compute infrastructure

      Storage Infrastructure

      Calculate storage capacity and performance requirements for a design

      Evaluate the use of different storage platform and storage management solutions

      Design a storage platform and storage management architecture that meets the needs of the vSphere environment

      Network Infrastructure

      Evaluate the use of different network component and network management solutions

      Design a network component architecture that includes information about network segmentation and virtual switch types

      Design a network management architecture that meets the needs of the vSphere environment

      Virtual Machine Design

      Make virtual machine design decisions, including decisions about resources

      Design virtual machines that meet the needs of the applications in the vSphere environment and follow VMware best practices

      Infrastructure Security

      Make security design decisions for various layers in the vSphere environment

      Design a security strategy that meets the needs of the vSphere environment and follows VMware best practices

      Infrastructure Manageability

      Make infrastructure manageability design decisions that adhere to business requirements

      Design an infrastructure manageability strategy that meets the needs of the vSphere environment and follows VMware best practices

      Infrastructure Recoverability

      Make infrastructure recoverability design decisions that adhere to business requirements

      Design an infrastructure recoverability strategy that meets the needs of the vSphere environment and follows VMware best practices.