With this article, I just wanted to add to what I had to do in addition to prepare for this version of the exam.
Some quick pointers about the exam format & things which I learned from my experience, keeping in mind the NDA which I signed 🙂
- 26 Questions with 225 minutes to complete them. Approx 30 minutes extra for Non-English speaking countries.
- All the questions are Practical Only. You would have to do everything in the LAB.
- Each question might have One or More Tasks to complete so never think that you only have to do 26 tasks.
- Their might be TASKS which are dependent on a previous task so be careful.
- You CAN go BACK & FORTH between questions as you like, UNLIKE VCAP-DCD so feel free to do that.
- Official vSphere documentation in PDF format is available for you to access during examination, although it is not a great idea since the access to these files can be painfully slow and result in a waste of time.
- You have the choice to access things via RDP or vSphere Client. Avoid RDP as much as possible especially if you have a slow access to the environment which you need to work on.
- Give yourself enough time to study for this exam. You need a lot of time with each topic to master it. This is not the exam where you could study a night before and pass with flying colors. NaaDa.. Not going to happen!!
- One last thing, the biggest challenge would be time, hence it is important to pace your self appropriately. Another thing which I would worry about is the slowness of some of the centers who host this exam. It might be a good idea to take a feedback from people on which is the best center to take this exam in your city or a city near you.
While you have endless options on the study material, I would highly recommend that you go through the Pluralsight’s (formerly Train-signal) VMware vSphere Optimize and Scale (VCAP-DCA). Jason Nash (the instructor for this course) has covered each and every section on the blueprint in detail and this helped me a lot during my preparation.
With this I am all set for my VCDX certification. I hope these tips will help you.
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