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Passed VCAP-DCD Exam

After a bit of confusion and receiving the wrong exam results via email I got a nice email with a PDF copy of my scope report this morning, so I have now passed my VCAP-DCD 411 exam, with a mid-300’s score.

I did the beta exam (and because of availability and my schedule I had to go to Berlin to do it) it was about 4 hours long and off of the questions I had to rush a bit, which I would like to think which probably accounts for my score.

I did the version 3 design exam last year and I think the scenarios were better laid out in the v4 exam and weren’t as long which made them much more achievable in the allotted time.

They fixed the diagramming tool – there is a Visio-like diagramming tool which you can use to sketch out designs based on a given scenario by dragging & dropping servers, storage and links.

The exam I did was a good mix of scenarios/multiple-choice type questions and drag and drop process questions, all of which I guess will make it into the final version of the exam.

The final exam is now available for scheduling – you can find details here.

I did the vSphere 4 Design course the week before, although it was useful for the my VCDX prep in terms of helping to understand the blessed VMware design process but I don’t think it’s that helpful for the exam as the exam has a more technical focus so as long as you understand cluster design you should be in good stead.

I will also do the VCAP-DCA in a couple of months so will report back on my experience, in the meantime – Gregg has a great set of links and information on his blog here

11 responses to “Passed VCAP-DCD Exam

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  2. Shane White January 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I also got my beta exam results yesterday, accompanied by the same confusion with VMware initiall sending the wrong results. it certainly was a bit of a rollercoaster ride yesterday. I did the beta exam in Sydney, Australia, 5 days after I did the DCA exam (which I also passed).
    On to the VCDX design defense!

  3. Gregg Robertson January 13, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for the mention Simon and congrats on the pass!!!

  4. Parthi January 17, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Hello Simon,

    I’ve completed my VCP 410 can you help me with the DCD and how to clear it what is that you took for the preparation and the path in attaining DCD.

    Thanks in advance


    • January 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Hi Parthi – I didn’t do a whole lot of preparation to be honest – I did the vSphere Design workshop course but I don’t think that’s directly helpful for the exam if you’ve already done work designing vSphere environments, the link to Gregg’s blog in the article has some good study materials.

      good luck!

  5. Jason Boche January 19, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Congratulations on the pass 🙂

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