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Exam Profile: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5, Datacenter Design (VCAP5-DCD)

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In order to pass the VCAP5-DCD exam, you must have the knowledge and skills that are needed to effectively maintain virtual infrastructures. In this VCAP5-DCD profile, virtualization instructor and vExpert Paul McSharry walks you through the exam, discusses trouble spots, preparation hints, and exam objectives.

The VCAP5-DCD (exam number VCD510) is one of the advanced level certifications from VMware, focusing on the application of in-depth knowledge of VMware technology to datacenter solution design.

This certification is aimed at experienced IT professionals who are working in large enterprises with VMware technology.

In addition to knowledge of VMware configurations and functionality, this certification requires an understanding of standard datacenter design methodologies, the ability to translate business requirements to technical requirements, combining both to produce quality high level design documents.

Exam Details

  • Exam Number: VCD510
  • Number of Questions: 100
  • Type(s) of questions: Multiple-Choice, Drag & Drop, In-depth design questions using a design tool
  • Passing Score: 300/500
  • Time Limit: 225 Minutes
  • How to register: Once approved by VMWare.com/education, you can register for the exam at PearsonVue.

Trouble Spots

Ensure that you work to a design methodology throughout the exam. Each question will assume you have the ability to identify the risks, constraints, and requirements in the given scenario. Only by understanding design process will you be able to make appropriate design choices and use VMware technology in the way the question requires.

Although a best or standard practice would normally dictate a certain configuration, ensure the end result meets the requirements presented in the question. Throughout the exam you are required not only to know the best practices, but also to know when to apply them.

The exam features a design tool. Several questions require you to create logical or physical designs. Ensure you have through understanding of how datacenter platforms (i.e. Network, & storage, multi-site implementations) and VMware components fit together. Without this knowledge it will be hard to put together a suitable design.

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