VCAP6-DCV Deploy (Beta)

I had the opportunity to take the VCAP6-DCV Deploy (Beta) exam last week.

The beta is still ongoing and costs $100 (regularly $400). A few notes:

It’s HOL based (HTML5 rather than RDP) so performance has improved quite a bit. But as expected, the vSphere Web Client is still quite laggy. The vSphere Client is still available, though some tasks must be completed through the vSphere Web Client.

Another improvement is that you can see the lab console and the instructions at the same time. But this posed a major issue with the screen resolution, in particular being able to see all of the vSphere Web Client.

CTRL and ALT are disabled, which you are warned about at the beginning of the exam. However, the exam does not warn you that the backspace key is also disabled. This irked me to no end throughout the test and slowed me down quite a bit when I was doing command line. (I don’t normally use the arrow key and then delete)

Copy and Paste does not work in the vSphere Web Client (another thing you are not warned about), only in the vSphere Client, PuTTY and Notepad++.

There are 27 questions, and the exam is 4 hours long. Ensure to pace yourself. If you get up to use the restroom mid-exam, the time will keep ticking down.

The content was decent, it stayed on track with the exam blueprint. I didn’t feel as rushed for time as with previous versions of the VCAP-DCA exam.

Here are a few other blogs that discuss the beta exam experience:

http://davidstamen.com/certification/my-vcap6-dcv-deploy-beta-experience/

https://sites.google.com/site/arielsanchezmora/home/study-guides/vcap6-dcv-deploy-beta

http://www.thomgreene.com/blog/2016/6/25/strategy-going-into-the-vcap6-dcv-deploy

VCAP6-DTM Design (Beta)

Today I had the opportunity to sit the VCAP-DTM Design portion of the VCIX-DTM certification. A few notes to share:

– My biggest complaint by far is that there is no calculator. Make sure that you are comfortable with multiplication and division.

– No more multiple choice questions, all drag & drop and designs.

– Ensure that you are very comfortable with all components of the Horizon suite, to include VSAN, Mirage, and AppVolumes. Make sure you know ports as well.

– I felt like there was sufficient time. I’ve always felt that the hardest part of the VCAPs was the time limit but I finished this one with a lot of time still on the clock.

– Out of 38 questions, 10 of them were designs.

Good luck to all the test takers out there!

VCAP-DCD Update

On August 1, VMware released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD) Certification.

This new exam (exam code VDCD550) is based on vSphere v5.5, where the existing exam (exam code VDCD510) is based on vSphere 5.0/5.1.

Passing either of these exams will earn VCAP5-DCD certification if you have also met the pre-requisites.

https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=47317&ui=www_cert