VCAP5-DCA study preparation



So I have one week before I challenge the VCAP5-DCA exam. This is the final VCAP before I am able to submit my VCDX defense. Here are the resources I am using to train for the exam.

First and foremost is the blueprint for reference linked here.

From the blueprint, some facts:

There are 23 labs to complete.

The passing score for this exam is 300. The scale is from 100-500



Here are the objectives:

1. Objective 1.1 – Implement Complex Storage Solutions

2. Objective 1.2 – Manage Complex Storage Solutions

3. Objective 1.3 – Troubleshoot complex storage solutions

4. Objective 2.1 – Implement and manage virtual standard switch (vSS) networks

5. Objective 2.2 – Implement and manage virtual distributed switch (vDS) networks

6. Objective 2.3 – Troubleshoot virtual switch solutions

7. Objective 3.1 – Implement and Maintain Complex VMware HA Solutions

8. Objective 3.2 – Implement and manage complex DRS solutions

9. Objective 3.3 – Troubleshoot vSphere clusters

10. Objective 4.1 – Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools

11. Objective 4.2 – Optimize Virtual Machine resources

12. Objective 4.3 – Manage advanced virtual machine configurations

13. Objective 4.4– Configure and manage vSphere Replication

14. Objective 5.1 – Implement and Maintain Host Profiles

15. Objective 5.2 – Utilize Update Manager for patches and upgrades

16. Objective 5.3 – Manage vCenter inventory

17. Objective 5.4 – Configure, manage, and analyze vSphere and SSO log files

18. Objective 6.1 – Manage authentication and end-user security

19. Objective 6.2 – Manage SSL certificates

20. Objective 7.1 – Execute VMware Cmdlets and Customize Scripts Using PowerCLI

21. Objective 7.2 – Utilize basic workflows using Orchestrator

The demo of the lab environment is here:


Here is a YouTube channel for the VCAP5-DCA objectives.

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I also have a copy of the VCAP5-DCA study guide:











There are some other good study guides out there as well. Here are a few:

Here is one from Veeam

Here is a livestream for a VCAP5-DCA prep with Josh Coen and Jason Langer.

Links to other study guide sites:

Here is an excellent Optimize and Scale Pluralsight course by Jason Nash

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