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VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide (with DVD): VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Data Center Design, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Paul McSharry

Published by VMware Press

Published Date: Nov 23, 2013


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The VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. “Do I Know This Already?” quizzes open each chapter and enable you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending exam preparation tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly.

  • Master VMware VCAP5-DCD exam topics
  • Assess your knowledge with chapter-opening quizzes
  • Review key concepts with exam preparation tasks

The VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide focuses specifically on the objectives for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5–Data Center Design exam. VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) Paul McSharry shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

Well-regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, comprehensive design scenarios, and challenging review questions and exercises, this official study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.

The VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide is part of a recommended learning┬┐ path from VMware that includes simulation and hands-on training from authorized VMware instructors and self-study products from VMware Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning,┬┐ and hands-on instruction offered worldwide, please visit┬┐

PAUL MCSHARRY (VCP, VCAP, VCI, MCSE, MCITP, CompTIA CTT+ and Microsoft MCT credentials), has more than 15 years of IT experience and is an independent virtualization consultant and instructor based┬┐ in the United Kingdom. When not working in the field, he is often found instructing VMware-authorized classes for various VMware authorized training providers. He has been awarded the vExpert designation┬┐ for his work within the VMware community and blogs at

The official study guide┬┐ helps you master many of the topics on the VCAP5-DCD┬┐ exam, including

  • Understanding the design process and associated terminology
  • Creating the design, information gathering, and logical design presentation
  • Making meaningful choices┬┐ in virtualization design
  • Creating logical designs and the process to evolve them into the final physical design
  • Comprehending project execution and the order of delivery, task validation,┬┐ and project documentation
  • Preparing for the exam with tips and strategy
  • Reviewing the VCAP-DCD experience

Table of Contents

Introduction xvii


Chapter 1 Introduction to Technical Design 3

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 3

Foundation Topics 6

What Is a Technical Design? 6

    Where Do We Start? What Are We Doing? 6

    What Makes a Good Designer? 6

    A Familiar Scenario...? 7

The Technical Design Process 7

    Vision 8

    Scope 9

    Requirements 9

    Constraints 9

    Assumptions 9

    Risks 10

Project Deliverables 10

    Building a Realistic and Executable Plan of Approach 11

    General Guidelines for a Good Technical Design 12

    Learning from Experience 12

    Measuring Project Success 13

Exam Preparation Tasks 13

Review All Key Topics 13

Design Scenarios 14

Definitions of Key Terms 14

Read the Technical Material with a Designer’s Hat On 14

Review Questions 15


Chapter 2 Creating a Design 19

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 19

Foundation Topic 22

Gathering Information and Spotting the Gaps 22

Presenting the Data Gathered 26

    Key Points from the Summary of Stakeholder Interviews 27

    Milestone Plan and Technical Approach 28

    Milestone Phases 28

    Justification for Design Choices 28

Real-Life Tips 29

Exam Preparation Tasks 29

Review All Key Topics 29

Design Scenario 30

Definitions of Key Terms 30

Review Questions 30


Chapter 3 Thoughts on Good Choices for Virtualization and Design 35

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 35

Foundation Topics 38

What Makes a Good Choice for Virtualization, and What Is a Good Design? 38

“It’s Okay, We Have HA!” 41

    RTO, RPO, and All That Stuff 42

    Single Points of Failure and Risk 43

    What Is DR, and When Is It Invoked? 45

Platform and Operations: The Roles 45

    “Did Someone Change Something on Production?” 47

    When to Virtualize? 48

Exam Preparation Tasks 50

Review All Key Topics 50

Design Scenario 50

Definitions of Key Terms 51

Review Questions 52


Chapter 4 Developing a Design on Paper and Delivering It Physically 55

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 55

Foundation Topics 60

How to Approach vSphere Technical Design 60

    Transitioning to a Physical Design: A Common Approach and Process 61

    vSphere Platform Components 63

Design Thoughts, Choices, and Impact Considerations 64

    Storage Design: Logical and Physical Approaches 64

    Storage Tiering 66

    vSphere Storage Design Decisions 69

    Design Approaches and Development 70

    Developing a Physical Storage Design 71

    Examples of Recommended Best Practices 72

    Network Design: Logical and Physical Design to Allow Applications to Flow 73

    vNetworks: Planning from the Basics 74

    Creating a Logical Design 78

    Moving from the Logical Design to the Physical Design 81

    Compute and Host Design 82

    Management/Platform Design 85

The Importance of vMotion, VMware HA, and Fault Tolerance 90

    Admission Control, and I Don’t Have the Power, Captain! 91

    Restart Priority 92

    Guest Machine Placement 93

Now What Do I Do? 93

Exam Preparation Tasks 94

Review All Key Topics 94

Design Scenario 95

Definitions of Key Terms 95

Review Questions 96


Chapter 5 Virtual Machine Design 99

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 99

Foundation Topics 104

Virtual Machines—From the Design Perspective 104

    It’s All About the Application 105

    Design Approaches 107

    What Should a VM Contain? 108

Guest Virtual Machine Component Considerations 110

    Reservations, Limits, and Shares 111

    Network Considerations 112

    Storage Considerations 113

    CPU Considerations 114

    vSphere Platform-wide Considerations 115

    Antivirus Solutions for a vSphere Admin 116

    vApps 117

OVFs 119

Exam Preparation Tasks 120

Review All Key Topics 120

Design Scenario 120

Define Key Terms 121

Review Questions 121

Question Scenario 122


Chapter 6 Project Execution 125

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 125

Foundation Topics 127

Implementation Approach and Order of Delivery 127

    Establishing the Order of Delivery 128

    Technical Approach 128

Validation, Thoughts, and Processes 130

    Going Live and the Bedding-in Period 135

Documentation and Delivery 136

    Implementation Plans 137

    Installation Guides 137

Exam Preparation Tasks 139

Review All Key Topics 139

Design Scenario 139

Definitions of Key Terms 140

Review Questions 141


Chapter 7 Tips For Passing The Exam 143

The Blueprint 143

Studying for the Test and Real-Life Designing 144

    The Exam Design Tool 144

    Tips for E-design Tool Questions 145

My VCAP5-DCD Experience 146

Exam Preparation Tasks 147

Final Preparation Tasks 147

Real-Life Tips from Field and Design Defenses 147


Appendix A Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes and Chapter Review

Questions 149


Appendix B Recommended Reading and Assumed Platform Knowledge 153

Section 1: VMware Recommended Reading List 154

Section 2: Assumed Platform Knowledge 155

Section 3: vSphere Design Choice Thoughts 158


Glossary 165


Index 169

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