My VCAP5-DCA Experience

VCAP5-DCA Certification exam code: VDCA550

1- Contact Joshua Andrews to get access to his free Labs
http://sostechblog.com/ , Twitter: @SOSTech_WP

2- the-unofficial-official-vcap5-dca-study-guide-veeam-color-JasonLanger&JoshCoen

3- vdca550-study-guide-complete-20150131_paulgrevink

4- If you have no opportunity or time to have your own LAB, then you can have one just in seconds from::
http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/catalog/123
Focus on:
**-HOL-SDC-1402 – vSphere Distributed Switch from A to Z
Module 1 – Migrating from a vSphere Standard Switch to the vSphere Distributed Switch (20 minutes)
Module 4: Troubleshooting vMotion and Network I/O Control Configurations

**-HOL-SDC-1404 – vSphere Performance Optimization
Module 6 – Using esxtop (60 Min)

**-HOL-SDC-1407 – VMware Automation Solutions
Module 3 – Automating Tasks through vCO Workflows (45 min)

**- HOL-SDC-1427 – VMware Software Defined Storage for the Enterprise
Module 1 – Create Storage Policies using vCenter Storage Policy Based Management (15 Min)
The only missing is Update Manager labs, you need to build your own labs for them

5- TrainSignal – VMware vSphere Optimize and Scale (VCAP5-DCA)

6- http://vloreblog.com/preparation-for-vcap5-dca-exam/ : You MUST practice all listed objectives listed here, there maybe 2 or 3 ones are not required as per latest Blue print

7- My personal Advice in Exam:
– Never use any KB site or Availabel documents , trust me , there’s no such time for it even to search,Besides it will waste your time as it will slow your environment down.
– vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-55-troubleshooting-guide , is useful to read it all.
– The 2 study guides (N# 2 & 3) tells you HOW to do something , the Exam objectives tells you fake words like:
Install and configur,Configure and manage,Explain DRS / storage DRS, Understand the NIC Teaming.. etc ….
OMG , this is LAB BASED Exam , FOCUS on Hands on troublshooting, make sure you are able to resolve all issues related to Each objective.
for example:
Objective 2.2 – Implement and manage virtual distributed switch (vDS) networks , Expected here you already know how to do every single step in the skills required , but what in Exam is issues you will face to get what you knew working and configured.
SO Go to:
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/searchEntry.do
Search each skill keywords like: troubleshooting vSphere Distributed Switch , and so on.

8- https://plus.google.com/communities/114657522203746224728 is good place to share and ask about Exam Experience.

9- I made my Study Check list of Exam Blueprint Version 3.3 06 May 2014 , (this is Based on WAHL Network sheet)

VCAP5-DCA

VCAP5-DCA-Exam-Blueprint3.3

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