VCAP5-DCD Study Guide – part 1

As many other people have done before, I am creating a VCAP-DCD study guide. However, I will try to tune it a bit to make it more systematic and associate all posts to specific areas of the exam blueprint. First off, here is a recap of the VMware certification hierarchy. In the image below, you will see the associate level, professional level, advanced professional level, and expert level. I am focusing on the Data Center Virtualization (DCV) track.


to vcdx



I first started working with VMware back in 2004/2005 with VMware ESX version 2.5. There were very few people back then that focused on it and there was no community, per-se. Fast forward 10 years and there is VMUG, VMworld, VMware PEX, vForum, Google Hangouts, LinkedIn communities, Socialcast, Partnerlink, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube Channels,,

Here are some stats:

200,000 VMware customers worldwide

There are around 85,000 members around the world in VMUG.

The large regional VMUG user conferences attract 500-1000 people.

There are about 70,000 VCPs in the world.

There are about 15,000 VCAPs in the world

VMware PEX has about 4,000+ attendees

VMworld attracts 25,000 people each year (as of 2013)

There are 134 VCDXs in the world.

Here is the worldwide VCP distribution infographic.


I happen to be on the west coast of Canada, where we have a decent number of VMUG groups across British Columbia and a very active community.

Currently, my role is a VMware subject matter expert for my current employer, I teach virtualization at BCIT and UBC, I am a VMUG Leader, and a vExpert for 2014.

So in short, I’m betting my career on VMware. Not just because of the fact that they have 85% of the hypervisor marketshare and 95% of the mindshare, but because I really enjoy the continual learning and passion of the community.

I’ve got my VCP4 and VCP5-DCV, but have not yet jump to VCAP status. Here is my plan to do so:

1> Obtain the exam blueprint and identify all the objectives.

2> Aggregate all the training resources and categorize them by type ( video, book, blog, podcast, etc), then by date. This ensures that the most current information is used

3> Develop a timeline to go through all the resources and reflect on them. Create notes, have discussion, blogs, etc. They key is to stick to the timeline so as not to become distracted by the sheer vastness of the material available.

4> Go through mock exams and scenarios to further solidify the information

5> Apply the knowledge in real world scenarios

6> Teach the knowledge from the material learned and add in the reality of deployment

7> Write the exam and pass it.

The next post will focus on the blueprint.


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