VMware VCAP4-DCA Beta Exam Experience

Sorry this took so long to get out, my new position at EMC has proven to be extremely demanding…which I LOVE! I love going out and evangelizing about what great things we’re doing in the virtualization space. Anyways, back to the review…

Two weeks ago (June 9th) I took the VCAP4-DCA Beta Exam at the Pearson Vue office in Anaheim, CA. The overall process was the same as taking any other VMware exam, you sign-in and verify your identity then they log you into a workstation where the exam awaits.

What’s immediately different about the DCA exam is that it is 100% lab based, no multiple choice questions on this one. Once the Vue administrator signs you into the exam you accept a few disclosures then a RDP-style connection is made with a system probably located at VMware HQ. You switch between the questions and the desktop session using a button located on the screen, you do use the same session for the entire test.

Without breaking NDA it is difficult to explain what’s covered in the exam, but I can say that you will need as much hands-on experience as you can possibly get. It covers many different areas including Installation, Firewall management, NMP management and even some of the add-ons like vShield Zones.

For the beta you get 4 hours to basically get through as much as you can,  I was able to get through about 40 of the questions. I personally haven’t heard how long the exam will be when it goes GA nor how many questions it will have but the one great thing about this exam and the entire VCAP certification is that it will definitely separate the book cramers and good exam takers from the true experienced administrators.

Created on June 25, 2010 by Rick Scherer

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3 Comments so far

  1. Brian Svidergol
    10:43 am on June 26th, 2010

    How does the lab compare/contrast with the RHCE lab?

  2. Rick Scherer
    3:18 pm on July 6th, 2010

    I personally have not taken the RHCE exam so I cannot compare. Perhaps another reader has some input?

  3. Prasoon
    2:22 am on August 2nd, 2010

    I personally feel that RHCE lab is tougher than VCAP,its too 100 % performance based and as far as vmware is concerned,i guess it will take a bit of time for vmware practical lab sessions at par with Red Hat ones because, the approach from theory based exam to practical is totally different,and now again the bad stuff is,,you have RDP based session here,where in RHCE, you have red hat examiner sitting and measuring you, also RDP session may break out in between and you are lost, but in RHCE, there is no such issues as the machines are local..

    Being an RHCE and then VCP, i can make out the difference a bit.. :)


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