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


Google + Study Group

Exam 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


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


Exam experience –

vPentathlon’s study guide –

Tim IT’s study guide –

New exam interface guide –

Kick Start Script –

Re-point VCSA to different PSC –

RDM Deep Dive –

vSphere HA Deep Dive –

Manage VECS –

VMware Documentation

My Experience

Beta Take 1

Beta Take 2