Welcome to my VCAP-DCA5 study guide page. Listed below is a breakdown of the current exam blue print (version 1.4) and study notes for the sections. As with the VCP5 study guide, Josh Coen (blog/twitter) and myself will be working together and splitting the  exam objectives. When all objectives have been covered the results will be pulled together for a handy PDF download for your viewing pleasure. We both appreciate any comments or feedback on the content we are building and hopefully you find it helpful in your studies for the VCAP-DCA5 exam as well.

Download -> The Unofficial Official VCAP5-DCA Study Guide 

VDCA511 Objectives

 Section 1 – Implement and Manage Storage

Objective 1.1 – Implement and Manage Complex Storage Solutions

Objective 1.2 – Manage Storage Capacity in a vSphere Environment

Objective 1.3 – Configure and Manage Complex Multipathing and PSA Plug-ins

Section 2 – Implement and Manage Networking

Objective 2.1 – Implement and Manage Complex Virtual Networks

Objective 2.2 – Configure and Maintain VLANs, PVLANs, and VLAN Settings

Objective 2.3 – Deploy and Maintain Scalable Virtual Networking

Objective 2.4 – Administer vNetwork Distributed Switch Settings

Section 3 – Deploy DRS Clusters and Manage Performance

Objective 3.1 – Tune and Optimize vSphere Performance

Objective 3.2 – Optimize Virtual Machine Resources

Objective 3.3 Implement and Maintain Complex DRS Solutions

Objective 3.4 Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools

Section 4 – Manage Business Continuity and Protect Data

Objective 4.1 – Implement and Maintain Complex VMware HA Solutions

Objective 4.2 – Deploy and Test VMware FT

Section 5 – Perform Operation Maintenance

Objective 5.1 – Implement and Maintain Host Profiles

Objective 5.2 – Deploy and Manage Complex Update Manager Environments

Section 6 – Perform Advanced Troubleshooting

Objective 6.1 – Configure, Manage, and Analyze vSphere Log Files

Objective 6.2 – Troubleshoot CPU and Memory Performance

Objective 6.3 – Troubleshoot Network Performance and Connectivity

Objective 6.4 – Troubleshoot Storage Performance and Connectivity

Objective 6.5 – Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi Host Management

Section 7 – Secure a vSphere Environment

Objective 7.1 – Secure ESXi Hosts

Objective 7.2 – Configure and Maintain the ESXi Firewall

Section 8 Perform Scripting and Automation

Objective 8.1 – Execute VMware Cmdlets and Customize Scripts Using PowerCLI

Objective 8.2 – Administer vSphere Using the vSphere Management Assistant

Section 9 – Perform Advanced vSphere Installations and Configurations

Objective 9.1 – Install ESXi hosts with custom settings

Objective 9.2 – Install ESXi Hosts Using Auto Deploy



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