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My VCAP5-DCA exam experience

As you know, I recently sat and passed my VCAP5-DCA but how did I prepare? What was the exam taking experience like? Read on...


Bryan O'Connor | 11 January 2013

As you know, I recently sat and passed my VCAP5-DCA but how did I prepare? What was the exam taking experience like? Read on...

I sat and passed my VMware VCAP5-DCA exam before Christmas and thought I'd write about my exam experience. I won't be hinting at any questions however.

To start with the exam lasts 3 hours and 30 minutes, in my case I got 26 scenarios/tasks that I had to complete. The exam itself is completely hands on, I was given a task and I had to use whatever method, whether that is the vSphere Client, vMA or PowerGUI to complete that task.

Now the task will contain multiple steps. To help, you are provided with VMware documentation, I found this useful as I can't remember command line off the top of my head. My biggest problem was the time, I managed to finish the exam with 1 minute to go, however I was warned at the five minute interval. I could go backwards and forwards through the task descriptions, just make sure that on the last task, you are completely sure that you have finished, because once you click finish, the exam is finished.

So how will you prepare? As a VMware VCI, I started with the VMware recommended documentation.
Go to vmware.com/certification , select VCAP5-DCA from the list of certifications and then select the Exam Blueprint from the list of options.

I then used the VMware Install, Configure and Manage course and also the VMware Optimise and Scale course .

I also ensured I knew which document contained which information, and also that I had mountains of hands-on experience.

I found that because I had prepared, this is possibly the easiest VMware exam I've sat, I think that's because I had to know what I was doing and know the product, but to be fair as a VCI I do these tasks weekly in both a classroom and also real world environment.

Good luck to anyone sitting the exam.

Bryan O'Connor

Senior Technical Instructor

Bryan O’Connor is a Senior Technical Instructor at QA, teaching VMware, Microsoft and CompTIA courses. In the past, Bryan has also been certified by Novell as a MCNI (Master Certified Novell Instructor). Bryan started in the world of IT in 1986 and has worked in a variety of roles ranging from PC support technician to Network design and consultancy, to Virtualisation consultant. At last count, Bryan held over 40 professional VMware, Microsoft, Novell and CompTIA certifications. Bryan has advised many large organisations on their IT and project management needs to allow them to benefit from the increase in productivity provided by computer systems. In addition to teaching, Bryan does a variety of jobs in QA, including supporting the sales staff and setting up the classrooms. Outside of QA, Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife Tracey and their two daughters Meagan and Jessica, unless there’s a grand prix on the TV when he enjoys paying Tracey, Meagan and Jessica to disappear for the day.
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