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.