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I cleared VCAP 5 – DCD Exam & my Success Story


VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certificates, the most certificates VMware professionals want to pursuit to prove their knowledge and proficiency as well as they’re prerequisites to the most valuable and hard certificate “VCDX”. VCAP certificates are available in two areas, one for Administration (DCA – Data Center Administration) that tests your administration and troubleshooting skills, and the other for Design (DCD – Data Center Design).VCAP Design certificates are far more difficult than Administration ones.  As part of my journey towards VCAP 5-DCD , we are gifted by two things that helped me the most acquiring it as well as knowing new VMware professionals:

VCAP-DCD Study Group (Google+)

VCAP-DCD Exam Simulator



VCAP-DCD Study Group is founded and administrated by Melissa Palmer. This is a group of 600+ VMware professional pursuing VCAP-DCD, some already achieved it including me. It contains a lot of useful information and useful materials and links gathered by the members during their studies. It’s really useful and its members are really helpful. I strongly recommend you to join the group as first step towards cracking this exam. Like all VMware tests I started with the Blueprint first and built by study material around that. This test that covers many aspects or topics of design and not all of these topics are covered in any of the material that is available in the Internet. You have to go through and implement past designs with a very good understanding of VMware technologies and components.


This exam will cover design through conceptual, logical and physical.  So understand what it takes to successfully design and implement all the way down to proper Bios settings, CPU requirements and memory types.  Everything is covered and you will need to know how one change to the design will impact upstream and downstream components and services.  Dependencies are stressed throughout.


You can check my first part of VCAP 5 – DCD series here PART 1 and I will continue to write other parts.

Finally here is the sample score card:





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