VCAP6-DCV Deployment Study Guide


This page is dedicated to my study toward the VCAP6-DCV deployment exam.  I want to illustrate each objective mainly for my own study and reference but hopefully it might help someone else out there studying.  As I find other blogs / resources I will post as many as I can

Update 08/09/2016 – After initially failing the beta due to connection issues (see experience post below) I resat the GA exam and passed.  Good luck with your exam, I will still get this guide finished.

Update 22/11/2016 – Guide is now complete and I have linked the VMware documentation that I used for reference.

Objective 1

Objective 1.1 – Perform Advanced ESXi Host Configuration

Objective 1.2 – Deploy and Configure Core Management Infrastructure Components

Objective 1.3 – Deploy and Configure Update Manager Components

Objective 1.4 – Perform Advanced Virtual Machine Configuration

Objective 2

Objective 2.1 – Implement Complex Storage Solutions

Objective 2.2 – Manage Complex Storage Solutions

Objective 2.3 – Troubleshoot Complex Storage Solutions

Objective 3

Objective 3.1 – Implement and Manage vSphere Standard Switch (vSS) Networks

Objective 3.2 – Implement and Manage vSphere 6.x Distributed Switch (vDS) Networks

Objective 3.3 – Scale a vSphere 6.x Network Implementation

Objective 3.4 – Troubleshoot a vSphere 6.x Network Implementation

Objective 4

Objective 4.1 – Implement and Maintain Complex vSphere Availability Solutions

Objective 4.2 – Implement and Manage Complex DRS Solutions

Objective 4.3 – Troubleshoot vSphere Cluster

Objective 5

Objective 5.1 – Execute VMware Cmdlets and Customize Scripts Using PowerCLI

Objective 5.2 – Implement and Maintain Host Profiles

Objective 5.3 – Manage and analyze vSphere log files

Objective 5.4 – Configure and Manage Content Library

Objective 6

Objective 6.1 – Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools

Objective 6.2 – Optimize Virtual Machine resources

Objective 7

Objective 7.1 – Deploy and Manage vSphere Replication

Objective 7.2 – Deploy and Manage vSphere Data Protection

Objective 7.3 – Backup and Recover vSphere Configurations

Objective 8

Objective 8.1 – Manage Authentication and End-User Security

Objective 8.2 – Manage SSL Certificates

Objective 8.3 – Harden a vSphere 6.x Deployment


Communities 

Google + Study Group

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108002000588564278612

Exam Simulator – http://solutions4crowds.com.br/vcap-simulator/


Hands on Labs

HOL-SDC-1602 – vDS, Content Libraries, Auto Deploy, Host Profiles

HOL-SDC-1627 – VSAN, vVOLS, Storage Policies

HOL-SDC-1604 – Performance

HOL-SDC-1607 – PowerCLI


PluralSight

Mainly covers VCP6 but the advanced courses are excellent and cover some of the objectives for VCAP – PluralSight


Blogs

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

vPentathlon’s study guide – http://vpentathlon.com/vcap-dcv-deploy-study-guide/

Tim IT’s study guide – http://tsmith.co/2016/vcap-dcv-deploy-study-guide-series/

New exam interface guide – https://mylearn.vmware.com/lcms/web/portals/certification/VMware%20Certification%20Platform%20Interface.pdf

Kick Start Script – http://dailyhypervisor.com/automated-deployment-kickstart-script-over-http/

Re-point VCSA to different PSC – http://blog.allford.id.au/2016/vsphere-6-repoint-vcenter-to-external-psc/

RDM Deep Dive – http://vmwarehints.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/raw-device-mapping-rdm-deepdive.html

vSphere HA Deep Dive – http://www.yellow-bricks.com/vmware-high-availability-deepdiv/

Manage VECS – http://www.virtually-limitless.com/certificates/using-vecs-cli-to-manage-vmware-certificate-endpoint-store-vecs-instances/


VMware Documentation 

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-60-installation-setup-guide.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-60-host-management-guide.pdf

http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmware-vcenter-server6-deployment-guide-white-paper.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-601-upgrade-guide.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-update-manager-60-install-administration-guide.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-60-virtual-machine-admin-guide.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-601-troubleshooting-guide.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-60-storage-guide.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-60-resource-management-guide.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.scripting.doc%2FGUID-7F7C5D15-9599-4423-821D-7B1FE87B3A96.html

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/virtual-san-60-administration-guide.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-60-networking-guide.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-601-availability-guide.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsp_powercli_60_usg.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-replication-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-replication-60-admin.pdf

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-60-security-guide.pdf


My Experience

Beta Take 1

Beta Take 2