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Exam Objectives

Prior to taking this exam, candidates should understand each of the following objectives:

Section 1—Configure and Maintain vCloud Director

  • Objective 1.1—Configure centralized logging
    • Determine use cases for and configure local and syslog options for vCloud Director
    • Configure and administer logging options for VMware vShield Manager
    • Configure Log4j options for vCloud Director
  • Objective 1.2—Configure vCloud Director for scalability
    • Identify vCloud Director Installation methods
    • Identify vCloud Director Installation options
    • Generate vCloud Director response files
    • Add vCloud cells to an existing installation using response files
    • Set up vCloud Director transfer storage space
    • Configure vCloud Director load balancing
  • Objective 1.3—Maintain vCloud using command line tools
    • Manage and maintain vCloud Director cells using the cell management tool
    • Install and manage a vCloud Director installation using the configure script
    • Manage vCloud services using Red Hat command line tools including service, chkconfig and netstat
    • Collect logs for troubleshooting using the support script
  • Objective 1.4—Configure Alarms and Notifications
    • Configure SMTP and notification settings
    • Configure warning alerts
    • Create System maintenance message
  • Objective 1.5—Manage vCenter Chargeback reports
    • Generate and archive basic reports

Section 2—Manage vSphere Resources

  • Objective 2.1—Add vSphere compute resources to vCloud Director
    • Add new vCenter servers to vCloud Director
    • Prepare/unprepared hosts in vCloud Director
    • Add ESXi hosts to vCenter
    • Manage ESXi hosts and DRS resource pools in vCenter
  • Objective 2.2—Manage vSphere storage resources
    • Identify components, characteristics and features of vSphere storage
    • Decommission storage
    • Create and manage storage profiles
  • Objective 2.3—Manage vSphere network resources
    • Identify vSphere networking components
    • Create and manage vSphere port groups
    • Configure vSphere network options including MTU and VLAN
    • Prepare vSphere cluster for VXLAN

Section 3—Manage vCloud Director Resources

  • Objective 3.1—Manage Provider VDCs
    • Identify Provider VDC options
    • Create and Provider VDCs
    • Merge or Expand Provider VDCs
    • Manage Provider VDC options
  • Objective 3.2—Manage vCloud Director network resources
    • Identify vCloud Director network pool types
    • Create and manage network pools
    • Create Provider external networks
    • Manage and remove network resources
  • Objective 3.3—Manage Organization VDCs
    • Identify org VDC types
    • Identify org VDC options
    • Identify org VDC network options
    • Configure storage tiers
    • Create, manage and delete org VDCs
  • Objective 3.4—Manage an Organization
    • Identify Organization options and their uses
    • Create and manage Organizations<
    • Manage Organization policies and settings

Section 4—Manage Complex vCloud Director Networks

  • Objective 4.1—Configure Organization and vApp network services
    • Configure DHCP and DNS relay
    • Configure and maintain Virtual Private Networks
    • Configure and maintain firewall rules including source and destination NAT
    • Configure and maintain static routes
  • Objective 4.2—Create and maintain cloud networks
    • Configure and maintain direct and routed internal, external and vApp networks
    • Configure Edge Gateways for availability and scalability

Section 5—Manage Security

  • Objective 5.1—Manage vCloud Director SSL Certificates
    • Create and process certificate requests
    • Replace default certificates
  • Objective 5.2—Configure and manage vCD access control
    • Configure LDAP (Active Directory and Open LDAP)
    • Import users and groups from a LDAP source
    • Create and assign roles
    • Configure Organization LDAP using a unique DN
    • Configure and maintain VMware Single Sign-On for vCloud Suite products

Section 6—Manage catalogs and vApps

  • Objective 6.1—Share vApps and catalogs
    • Manage catalog sharing and access levels
    • Manage vApp sharing and access levels
    • Manage Catalog and vApp ownership
  • Objective 6.2—Create and deploy vApps
    • Customize vApps
    • Manage guest customization including SYSPREP utilities
    • Create and deploy vApps
  • Objective 6.3—Create and configure catalogs
    • Create and share catalogs
    • Import vSphere virtual machines and templates in to a catalog
    • Import media into a catalog
    • Manage vApps and media in a catalog
  • Objective 6.4—Manage vApp storage settings
    • Create and share catalogs
    • Create and share catalogs
    • Import vSphere virtual machines and templates in to a catalog
    • Import media into a catalog
    • Manage vApps and media in a catalog

Where to Go from Here

The VCAP-CIA certification, regardless of the path taken to obtain it, is a mid-level certification for the VMware vCloud suite of products. The certification will validate your ability to install and administer a vCloud infrastructure and position you to move deeper in the cloud infrastructure certification track. The VMware Certified Advanced Professional—Cloud Infrastructure Design certification should be your next goal if you intend to continue within the track and on to VCDX —Cloud. VCAP Cloud Infrastructure Design (VCAP-CID) exam takes a much deeper dive in to architecting and designing a vCloud infrastructure. Both the VCAP-CIA and VCAP-CID certifications will be necessary to pursue the coveted VCDX certification in the cloud track.

Whether your vCloud certification ends with VCAP-CIA, or you intend to journey all the way to the top and obtain VCDX-Cloud…good luck!

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