Update 12-6-2016: The VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Deployment Beta Exam (3V0-623) is available for a short time, starting 15 June 2016. As the official post states, the exam will not be available in all regions. More information, blueprints and registration can be found here.
I recently stumbled upon the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 Data Center Virtualization Deployment Beta exam, probably the successor of the famous VCAP5-Data Center Administration exam. Passing this exam is the final step on your road to the VCAP6-DCV Deploy Certification. For more information about the requirements, have a look at this page.
In the past, I have written two Study guides to help you pass the VCAP5-DCA exam, being the VDCA510 (vSphere 5.1) and VDCA550 (vSphere 5.5) exam. So with this new VCAP6 exam, let’s have a look at the changes.
So let us compare the objectives of this new VCAP6 with latest VDCA550 (vSphere 5.5) exam.
First, the name of the exam and the certification has been changed; in VCAP6 it’s “Datacenter Virtualization Deployment” instead of “Data Center Administration”
Second, I have always wondered why the objectives started with Storage- and Network Infrastructure, instead of the Infrastructure components (vCenter Server, ESXi etc.). This Exam Blueprint starts with “Create and Deploy vSphere 6.x Infrastructure Components”, which makes more sense to me.
It will be no surprise that the objectives have not been completely changed and contain many objectives found in previous editions. A brief overview of the objectives, where applicable a reference to the VDCA550 (vSphere 5.5) exam has been made ( ==> <VDCA550 Objective>).
Section 1 – Create and Deploy vSphere 6.x Infrastructure Components
+ Objective 1.1 – Perform Advanced ESXi Host Configuration
+ Objective 1.2 – Deploy and Configure Core Management Infrastructure Components
+ Objective 1.3 – Deploy and Configure Update Manager Components ==> 5.2
+ Objective 1.4 – Perform Advanced Virtual Machine Configurations ==> 4.3
Section 2 – Deploy and Manage a vSphere 6.x Storage Infrastructure
+ Objective 2.1 – Implement Complex Storage Solutions ==> 1.1
+ Objective 2.2 – Manage Complex Storage Solutions ==> 1.2
+ Objective 2.3 – Troubleshoot Complex Storage Solutions ==> 1.3
Section 3 – Deploy and Manage a vSphere 6.x Network Infrastructure
+ Objective 3.1 – Implement and Manage vSphere Standard Switch (vSS) Networks ==> 2.1
+ Objective 3.2 – Implement and Manage vSphere 6.x Distributed Switch (vDS) Networks ==> 2.2
+ Objective 3.3 – Scale a vSphere 6.x Network Implementation
+ Objective 3.4 – Troubleshoot a vSphere 6.x Network Implementation ==> 2.3
Section 4 – Configure a vSphere Deployment for Availability and Scalability
+ Objective 4.1 – Implement and Maintain Complex vSphere Availability Solutions ==> 3.1
+ Objective 4.2 – Implement and Manage Complex DRS solutions ==> 3.2
+ Objective 4.3 – Troubleshoot vSphere clusters ==> 3.3
Section 5 – Configure a vSphere Deployment for Manageability
+ Objective 5.1 – Execute VMware Cmdlets and Customize Scripts Using PowerCLI ==> 7.1
+ Objective 5.2 – Implement and Maintain Host Profiles ==> 5.1
+ Objective 5.3 – Manage and analyze vSphere log files ==> 5.4
+ Objective 5.4 – Configure and manage Content Library
Section 6 – Configure a vSphere Deployment for Performance
+ Objective 6.1 – Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools ==> 4.1
+ Objective 6.2 – Optimize Virtual Machine resources ==> 4.2
Section 7 – Configure a vSphere 6.x Environment for Recoverability
+ Objective 7.1- Deploy and manage vSphere Replication ==> 4.4
+ Objective 7.2 – Deploy and Manage vSphere Data Protection
+ Objective 7.3 – Backup and Recover vSphere Configurations
Section 8 – Configure a vSphere 6.x Environment for Security
+ Objective 8.1 – Manage authentication and end-user security ==> 6.1
+ Objective 8.2 – Manage SSL certificates ==> 6.2
+ Objective 8.3 – Harden a vSphere 6.x Deployment ==> 6.1
New Objectives are:
- Section 1 “Create and Deploy vSphere 6.x Infrastructure Components“ clearly has a focus on deployment of vSphere infrastructure components and justify the name of the certification.
- As part of Objective 1.1, “Configure and Manage Auto Deploy configurations”, the Auto Deploy feature has returned from the VDCA510 (vSphere 5.1) exam.
- Objective 5.4 – Configure and manage Content Library, as this is a new vSphere 6 feature.
- Objective 7.2 – Deploy and Manage vSphere Data Protection.
- Objective 7.3 – Backup and Recover vSphere Configurations
The vRealize Orchestrator is no longer part of the objectives as it was in the previous edition.
As you know, each objective contains multiple skills and abilities that may differ from a previous exam, so carefully study each of these.
As VMware no longer publishes the Exam blueprints as a download but prefers to keep these online (what I regret), I have converted the full objectives into a PDF that you can download here.
As always I thank you for reading.