My journey to achieving the VCAP Design started in 2015 when I attended the VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V5.5] training in the UAE. At the time I had the VCP5-DCV and about 4 years of experience “managing and building” vSphere environments. I have that in inverted commas because the environment I was managing at the time was a tiny one comprising of 2 hosts and less than 10 VMs. I also had not designed environments that were bigger than 5 or 6 hosts.
The training course was a huge eye-opener for me. It exposed me to validated designs and VMware best practices and the lab environment was well…huge! :-D. Needless to say it was a lot of information to process. The course came with a free voucher and since my flight from the UAE was 48 hours after the last day of the course. I had to take the exam within that window. I attempted the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP-DCD) exam on the 15th of December but I was not very prepared and I failed – Ouch!
My second shot at the design exam was in 2019. I registered for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization Design Exam (3V0-624). A few years had passed after my first try so I felt I should be good. I also figured that I had some more experience designing vSphere environments and had learnt and used more VMware technologies.
Sadly, I still did not completely have a grasp of the design methodologies and failed again. My score was 260 out of a passing score of 300. Double Ouch!
From the score report, the list below shows the areas I missed and what I needed to improve on;
- Gather and analyze application requirements
- Determine risks, requirements, constraints and assumptions
- Map Business Requirements to a vSphere 6.x Logical Design
- Build Availability Requirements into a vSphere 6.x Logical Design
- Build Manageability Requirements into a vSphere 6.x Logical Design
- Build Performance Requirements into a vSphere 6.x Logical Design
- Build Security Requirements into a vSphere 6.x Logical Design
- Transition from a Logical Design to a vSphere 6.x Physical Design
- Create a vSphere 6.x Physical Network Design from an Existing Logical Design
- Create a vSphere 6.x Physical Storage Design from an Existing Logical Design
- Determine Appropriate Compute Resources for a vSphere 6.x Physical Design
- Determine Virtual Machine Configuration for a vSphere 6.x Physical Design
- Determine Datacenter Management Options for a vSphere 6.x Physical Design