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VCAP Datacenter Administration Exam Landing Page VDCA410

For my own purposes and to help out everyone, I've tried linking everything I can find on the web to go along with the blueprint (version 3.1) for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional Datacenter Administration Exam (VCAP VDCA-410 / VCAP-DCA). These links are a combination of VMware Documentation and user-contributed blogs.

 

 

If you would like to read these offline, I have taken the liberty to convert every single link into a PDF file.  (100mb)

 

 

There is some stuff I was not able to locate on this blueprint. If you find something I don't have listed, please leave a link in the comments stating the Objective, Knowledge/Skill/Tool, and Property, and it will be added to the list. I hope you find this useful as we all study towards the VCAP VDCA.

 

Section 1 – Implement and Manage Storage

Section 2 – Implement and Manage Networking

Section 3 – Deploy DRS Clusters and Manage Performance

Section 4 – Manage Business Continuity and Protect Data

  • Objective 4.1 – Implement and Maintain Complex VMware HA Solutions
  • Knowledge
    • • Identify heartbeat options and dependencies
  • Skills and Abilities
    • • Calculate host failure requirements
    • • Configure customized isolation response settings
    • • Configure HA redundancy in a mixed ESX/ESXi environment
    • • Configure HA related alarms and monitor an HA cluster
    • • Create a custom slot size configuration
    • • Understand interactions between DRS and HA
    • • Create an HA solution that ensures primary node distribution across sites
    • • Analyze vSphere environment to determine appropriate HA admission control policy
    • • Analyze performance metrics to calculate host failure requirements
    • • Analyze Virtual Machine workload to determine optimum slot size
    • • Analyze HA cluster capacity to determine optimum cluster size
  • Tools
    • • vSphere Availability Guide
    • • Product Documentation
    • • vSphere Client
  • Objective 4.4 – Deploy and Maintain vCenter Server Heartbeat
  • Knowledge
  • Skills and Abilities
    • • Install and configure vCenter Server Heartbeat
    • • Determine use cases for and execute a manual switchover
    • • Recover from a failover
    • • Monitor vCenter Server Heartbeat and communication status
    • • Configure heartbeat settings
    • • Configure shutdown options
    • • Configure application protection
    • • Add/Edit Services
    • • Add/Edit Tasks
    • • Edit/Test Rules
    • • Install/Edit Plug?ins
    • • Add/Remove Inclusion/Exclusion Filters
    • • Perform Full System and Full Registry checks
    • • Configure/Test Alerts
    • • Troubleshoot common vCenter Server Heartbeat error conditions
  • Tools
    • • vCenter Server Heartbeat QuickStart Guide
    • • vCenter Server Heartbeat Reference Guide
    • • Product Documentation
    • • vSphere Client

Section 5 – Perform Operational Maintenance

Section 6 – Perform Advanced Troubleshooting

Section 7 – Secure a vSphere Environment

  • Objective 7.2 – Configure and Maintain the ESX Firewall
  • Knowledge
    • • Identify vicfg-firewall commands
      • With the RCLI and vSphere CLI, note that many of the commands have been renamed to vicfg- instead of esxcfg- (i.e., esxcfg-nics.pl and vicfg-nics.pl). Both commands perform the same function, but VMware is trying to migrate from esxcfg- to vicfg-
    • • Explain the three firewall security levels
    • • Identify ESX firewall architecture with/without vCenter Server
  • Skills and Abilities
  • Tools
    • • ESX Configuration Guide
    • • ESXi Configuration Guide
    • • vSphere Command?Line Interface Installation and Scripting Guide
    • • Product Documentation
    • • vSphere Client
    • • vSphere CLI
      • o vicfg-firewall

Section 8 – Perform Scripting and Automation

  • Objective 8.2 – Administer vCenter Orchestrator
  • Knowledge
  • Skills and Abilities
    • • Install and Configure vCenter Orchestrator
    • • Configure vCenter Orchestrator database
    • • Configure vCenter Orchestrator LDAP connection
    • • Configure vCenter Orchestrator vCenter server connections
    • • Run a Workflow
    • • Administer Actions, Tasks, Workflows and Policies
    • • Administer Packages
    • • Identify appropriate Workflow for a given management activity
  • Tools
    • • vCenter Orchestrator Installation and Configuration Guide
    • • vCenter Orchestrator Administration Guide
    • • Product Documentation
    • • vCenter Orchestrator Web Configuration
    • • vCenter Orchestrator Client
    • • vSphere Client

Section 9 – Perform Advanced vSphere Installations and Configurations

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