First off, if you haven’t read my previous post on my Journey to the vSphere Design. Do click the link and you’ll find there a portion of my journey to achieve this certification.
- First off, go through the exam guide several times. Everything you need for the exam is in there including everything else I’ll list below in this section.
- Understand the basics of design – Conceptual, Logical, Physical. A great explanation of the differences is outlined in Rebecca Fitzhugh’s blog
- VMware Product Interoperability Matrices – This provides information about how various VMware products interoperate.
- Upgrade guides & steps for VMware products – You need to be familiar with how to upgrade different products from different versions and some of the best practices in doing so. You can find loads of information about this on the VMware validated designs.
- Resource utilization – This is basically Objective 3.4 – Determine appropriate computer resources for a vSphere 6.x physical design
- VSAN configuration guides. VSAN is a crucial component in almost every design so you need to understand this thoroughly. According to the exam guide, you need to be familiar with the following documents.
- VMware vSAN 6.5 Technical Overview
- vSAN Stretched Cluster and 2 Node Guide
- vSAN 6.2 for Remote and Branch Office Deployment
- vSAN Overview
- Requirements, Limits, and Licensing of several VMware solutions – vSphere, vCenter, FT etc
- Understand how to identify a set of goals, requirements, assumptions and constraints from interviews with various stakeholders – this was somewhat confusing because not many businesses in my region have roles broken down into CIO, CTO, SMEs. Bottom line, there are a lot of overlapping roles. The vBrownBag video by Mark Gabryjelski helped with this
- Understanding the difference between functional and non-functional requirements – Check out Rebecca Fitzhugh’s blog.
- Analyse design decisions and options – vBrownBag videos from Joe Clarke and Paul Cradduck helped clarify these
- Finally, the VCAP6-DCV Design Quiz by vMusketeers helped place me in the exam scenario. I wish the questions were up to 60 though
- Get enough rest/sleep. I’m ashamed to say that I dozed off several times during the exam. A consequence of not getting enough sleep.
- Be sure to visit the loo 😉
- Check-in early and go through the checking process. I had issues during my exam and spent two hours getting it fixed with Pearson Support. Later found out that it was an issue with the TLS version in Internet Explorer.
- Read, read and re-read the questions before looking at the options
- Don’t assume that the first few statements in the question point to the answer. Sometimes a large part of the question is designed to through you off balance 🙂