My Exam Experience – VCAP6-DCV Beta (Take 2) 14

So after many calls to my friends at Pearson Vue I finally got the exam re arranged for this week.  When I got to the test centre they had problems with the internet and had to switch to a back up line, this added another few hours but eventually I got to do it.  Anyone readying this in UK I would suggest you do not book your exam in Edinburgh!

Now onto the exam.

The exam is very much like the HOLs so if your prepping I would recommend you run through some of these even if its just to get used to the interface.  Given the small screen I managed by maximising the main console screen and closed the question screen by using the X.  This hides the questions to one side and they can be expanded when needed.  You only need to read it once or twice, this way you have a full screen to work on.

The performance from this test centre was incredibly poor, each click took 10 seconds at least.  Just getting to Edit Settings on certain things took 3 clicks in the web clients – 30 seconds!  In this time I didnt get to do all of the questions I would say I completed 10-12 questions, this test for me was a fight against time and internet connection rather than ability.

I obviously cant cover any of the material but the blue print is a good guide.  My role is deployment so a lot of the tasks I could do from memory, I didn’t have time or internet connection to look at any documents.  Make sure you can do the blue print from memory.  I don’t do a great deal in the CLI but can manage by knowing the main key commands then using the CLI help to find the rest.  Try not to rely on reading any docs in the exam.

Finally I had a strange issue, my time completed from 240 minutes to 0 but when I left the test centre only 3 hours had passed, my registration confirms this.  Hopefully I can find out why but its a mystery at the minute.  This adds to the internet connection frustration, the extra hour even with the lag might have got me through enough questions to pass.

If you have done the beta in the UK I would love to hear from you to see if the internet lag was an issue for you.

In terms of study, I will continue the study guide and hope to get this complete soon.

Main Study Page

I did some HOLs, these can be great if your not involved in the deployment side of things or even just for a refresher





I also went through some of the PluralSight courses, I get access to this as a vExpert so if you have access use them.  I went through the VCP6 course, although this is aimed at VCP candidates some of the advanced courses on vDS, AutoDeploy, HostProfiles etc are really good.

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14 thoughts on “My Exam Experience – VCAP6-DCV Beta (Take 2)

  • Vaseem

    Why most of the exam center don’t have a high speed internet connection!
    I read few more experiences in past for VCAP5, they also had issues with connectivity and lag!.
    These exam labs are coming from vmware right?

  • ESAM

    Hello, many thanks for the VCAP6-DCV study guide, Currently I am preparing myself for the exam but I have issues with having my own lab to practice, do you think HOL labs which you mentioned above is enough to prepare me to the exam with full reading of the blue print, kindly advice.

    • Kyle jenner Post author

      Hey, the HOLs are very good and do cover things like Auto Deploy, vDS, VSAN policies, troubleshooting to name a few of the objectives but it doesnt cover it all. If you have good hands on experience then the HOLs will strengthen that then by reading up on the things your not sure on you will be fine. PluralSight do some very good videos as well.

  • Puccini

    I’m preparing for the exam, I have been reading your blog and I find it really useful.
    I have a question that will define how much study I will actually need, hope you can shed some light on it.
    Let’s say a particular task can be completed either by using vsphere web client or by powercli. Will in these cases (or in some of these cases) the use of powercli be enforced, or powercli/esxcli are only to be used when the task cannot be completed through the GUI?
    For example, in point 1.1 of your study guide, you talk about configuring syslog on a host by esxcli and by gui. I normally do it using the GUI, if I don’t need to use powercli for it I don’t see the point.
    Thank you!

    • Kyle jenner Post author

      Hi Puccini,

      Thanks for the feedback. I would say it depends on your experience, I work as a consultant delivering vSphere solutions so I am ‘hands on’. I give myself a week or two prep before hand. For your other question if you can do a task in the C# client and thats what you are used to then use that, some tasks require PowerCLI or the Web Client but if you can complete a task faster using the client then do it. Time management is key to this exam.


  • Phyo

    Hi Kyle,
    Thanks for the study guide which is really useful & helpful. A couple of questions here:

    1) Do I need the commands & cmdlets dumped into memory exactly ? or Can I use -help command or browse internet for command reference while taking exam ? Sorry, It’s my first time taking VCAP exam.

    2) Any clue when VCAP 6.5 is going to be released ? If so, can I take VCAP 6.5 with current VCP 6.0 certification.

    Appreciate for your good work !!

    • Kyle jenner Post author

      Hi Phyo,

      You can use any help command as usual within the lab environment, jump on a HOL to get used to the environment. You do have access to VMware docs but you will burn time looking through them, try to be able to do most of the objectives from memory though if you can and remember some key commands. I have no details on 6.5 but I know they are working with SMEs on that version so expect it soonish.


  • Dimitry

    Hi Kyle,
    the study guide.. summarized and organized thus… Wow! This is a lot of work! Thank you!

    I have a question:
    If I get myself familiar with this guide and I am able to complete all the tasks in it and also be aware with the HOL that you mention, will I be prepared for the exam? Are this steps the real questions that will be as a tasks on the exam, or this is just to have an idea and it will be similar?

    Thank you!

    • Kyle jenner Post author

      Hi Dimitry,

      Thanks for the kind words, if you can complete the tasks in the guide from memory then you will be prepared for the exam. The guide follows the exam blueprint so as long as you can complete the blueprint without assistance you will be fine for the exam.


      • Dimitry

        Hi Kyle,

        thank you for the response!

        I did not go through all of the objectives (just made quick review) and I think there are achievable. As far as understand the idea of the exam is to not just to be able to complete the tasks, but to complete them quickly…

        So let the study begin 🙂

        Thank you again for this guide! Your other posts are also very useful and well prepared!
        I am happy that found your blog!

  • Dimitry

    Hi Kyle,

    Just quick question regarding the exam:

    Are the tasks dependent on each other? If I skip some task related to networking for example, is this make some of the other tasks impossible to complete?

    Thank you!