The Final Countdown

My VCAP-DCA exam is only a week away.

Have been spending my time going over some of the products I am less familiar with – vShield Zones, vCenter Heartbeat, and vOrchestrator.

Spending a lot of time with the vicfg-* and esxcli commands. The last time I built the lab I did “most” of my network and storage configurations from the vMA.

Have to do a quick review of the basics and give the blueprint another good once (or twice) over.

Think I am pretty good on the storage, network, DRS, logging, HA, and troubleshooting each of those areas. Need to go over the VUM stuff again, specifically vmware-umds. Got to look a bit further in to MSCS clustering. Know enough to be pretty dangerous with Fault Tolerance, vCenter Heartbeat, and vOrchestrator – will give these all another run through as time permits.

I have to get a little more time with vShield Zones, this is the product I have the least amount of experience with.

Going to be a busy week…

If anyone out there has any tips on preparing for the VCAP-DCA, it is probably a little late in the game to help much, but I would like to hear them.


Hersey Cartwright is an IT professional with extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and supporting technologies that improve business processes. Hersey is Solutions Architect for HPE SimpliVity covering Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. He holds the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DV #128) certification. Hersey actively participates in the VMware community and was awarded the VMware vExpert title in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. He enjoys working with, teaching, and writing about virtualization and other data center technologies. Follow Hersey on Twitter @herseyc

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