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Exam Objectives

Section 1—Create a vSphere Conceptual Design

  1. 1.1 Gather and analyze business requirements
  2. 1.2 Gather and analyze application requirements
  3. 1.3 Determine Risks, Constraints, and Assumptions

Section 2—Create a vSphere Logical Design from an Existing Conceptual Design

  1. 2.1 Map Business Requirements to the Logical Design
  2. 2.2 Map Service Dependencies
  3. 2.3 Build Availability Requirements into the Logical Design
  4. 2.4 Build Manageability Requirements into the Logical Design
  5. 2.5 Build Performance Requirements into the Logical Design
  6. 2.6 Build Recoverability Requirements into the Logical Design
  7. 2.7 Build Security Requirements into the Logical Design

Section 3—Create a vSphere Physical Design from an Existing Logical Design

  1. 3.1 Transition from a Logical Design to a vSphere 5 Physical Design
  2. 3.2 Create a vSphere 5 Physical Network Design from an Existing Logical Design
  3. 3.3 Create a vSphere 5 Physical Storage Design from an Existing Logical Design
  4. 3.4 Determine Appropriate Compute Resources for a vSphere 5 Physical Design
  5. 3.5 Determine Virtual Machine Configuration for a vSphere 5 Physical Design
  6. 3.6 Determine Datacenter Management Options for a vSphere 5 Physical Design

Section 4—Implementation Planning

  1. 4.1 Create an Execute a Validation Plan
  2. 4.2 Create an Implementation Plan
  3. 4.3 Create an Installation Guide

Where to Go from Here

The study and completion of the certification is ideally suited to someone looking to progress from a senior engineer position to a consultant or design architect.

Once completed, possible future technical certifications are the VCAP5-DCA and VCDX. For design focused certifications, TOGAF by the Open Group would be ideal.

Have you taken the VCAP5-DCD exam? Share your experiences by posting to the <thread name here> thread in our forums.

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