A lot of people are saying the VCAP4-DCA and VCP5 are hard to pass. After taking the VCAP4-DCA late October and the VCP5 late December, I was wondering why there are so many warnings; passing didn’t seem too hard. Maybe it’s the practical vs. theoretical clubs, but if you administer an enterprise or service provider VMware environment using several basic techniques like HA, DRS, network or fiber-channel storage, both are really doable.

Either way, to pass these exams, you definitely need to have handson experience. If a test environment is not an option, explore on the environment you do have at hand. I’m not an advocate of testing in production environments, but you can do a lot in a cluster without actually breaking the VMs. Just reading the documentation is not going to get you there. 😉

The VCAP4-DCA exam is performed in a live test lab that VMware will set up for you, so be ready to configure and test. The surprise that I got was that they actually requested a lot of performance charts & powercli (?!); don’t skip stuff on the blueprint.

The VCP5 exam is pretty different than VCP4, for the better. VCP4 focussed a lot of stuff you can get from theory, like maximums & minimums. VCP5 however was more technical questions and less on the theory. Meaning you can get to think. 😉

Most of all, try to have fun when you’re sitting down to do these, it makes it easier. Picture how you would configure something, then pick the right answer.

Resources:
– VCAP4-DCA Blueprint: http://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?course=70779
– VCP5 Blueprint: http://mylearn.vmware.com/register.cfm?course=103110
http://thesaffageek.co.uk/vcp5/
http://cosonok.blogspot.com/2011/10/vcp510-vcp-on-vsphere-5-exam-cram-notes.html
http://vinfrastructure.it/certifications-on-virtualization/vcp/vcp5/

Mock exams:
– Simon Long: http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/vcp5-practice-exams/
– VMware: http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrSurvey/assess.cfm?item=24908&user=0&refer=0&p=0&ui=www_cert

 



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