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VCAP5-DCA Study Resources and Exam Experiences

This page is designed to serve as a summary of the best VCAP5-DCA related material you can find. It will be continually updated with new and more detailed information as I work through my own VCAP studies until I pass the exam myself. Come back often to find the latest updates and feel free to suggest a resource in the comments.

Update: 07-April-2014
VMware has announced a new VCAP5-DCA exam based on vSphere 5.5 (VDCA550). I have updated the resources to include the new exam blueprint as well as some additional content.

The Exam 

Prerequisites

To be able to attain the VCAP5-DCA certification you must first already have completed one of  the following VCP level exams as well as the required VMware Authorized training courses.

  • VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
  • VMware Certified Professional 5 - Desktop (VCP5-DT)
  • VMware Certified Professional - Cloud (VCP-Cloud)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 4 - Data Center Administration (VCAP4-DCA)
VCAP5-DCV Path

http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=30483&ui=www_cert

Exam Details

Download the exam blueprint. This will serve as a guide for knowing what is covered on the exam and can be used as a checklist as you progress through your studies.

vSphere 5.5 Based Exam – Exam Code VDCA550 Blueprint

vSphere 5.0 Based Exam – Exam Code VDCA510 Blueprint

Chris Wahl has converted the exam objectives into a checklist for you to help you organize your studies.

VCAP-DCA 5 Study Sheet

VCAP5 Training

Training Videos

Books

 Study Guides

VCAP5-DCA Exam Experiences
Learn from those who have already sat the exam. They will provide valuable insights into the nuances of the exam.

  • https://communities.vmware.com/message/2344996#2344996
  • http://www.michaelm.info/blog/?p=1365
  • http://www.wynner.eu/computing/vmware/my-vcap5-dca-experiance/
  • http://notes.doodzzz.net/2013/11/05/vmware-vcap5-dca-a-4-hours-dream/
  • http://longwhiteclouds.com/2013/09/19/vmware-certification-vcap5-dca-exam-experience/
  • http://www.boche.net/blog/index.php/2013/11/07/vmware-vcap5-dca-exam-experience/

VCAP5-DCA Study Tips and Blogs

 

Neil Bryan
IT Consultant & Technical Trainer at
Neil Bryan is an IT consultant and technical trainer specializing in VMware, Citrix and Microsoft virtualization and infrastructure.

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