VMware VCAP5-DCD exam : Finally Passed

Today is the moment, where I became a VMware DCD certified professional.  As many others, I am very very happy and satisfied. This is one of the toughest exam I ever wrote.  Like VMware technologies, to master it, you need lot of skills and domain experience. Similarly this exam need lot of personal skills, like CONCENTRATION, DEDICATION, HARDWORK, FAST READING, COMPREHENDING, QUICK DECISION MAKING, FAST THINKING and TIME MANAGEMENT and good PHYSICAL STRENGTH also because it is 4 hours exam, at a stretch you need to write. Even though you can take a break in between the exam, but in REALLITY you don’t even get time to think for a  !!! BREAK !!!

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)  the examination path is given below


After getting VCP5-DV, I attempted the DCD exam on 6 September 2013, I got 288 marks and failed for 12 marks. It was really a close miss……

My close friends and wife motivated and supported me well, I studied well and rectified the mistakes happened in the first time. Finally with a month preparation, and couple of Exam reschedules, I PASSED the Exam second time.

Even though there are lot of help materials, blueprints, brown bag sessions, sample designs and video trainings, you need a real time Design experience, guidance and mentoring from experts. If you have a good friends circle to discuss the VMware design process and methods and considerations etc… it will be very much helpful in the exam preparation.

I am really thanks for Chand Shaik for the study materials, Anoop Kundathil for design discussions, Preetam Zare for quick exam doubts and clarifications,  Artur Krzywdzinski my technical mentor and guide, Anoop Madhavan and Srijit S my friends, they all helped me in my preparation.

My satisfying moment !!!!


I will share my exam experience and tips in my next blog post.


About GK_RAJ

An enthusiastic IT person, with an intense passion towards Datacenter technologies. I am a VMware vExpert Title holder and working as a Technical Consultant, in Qatar. I am exposed to VMware vSphere, Storage, Bladecenters, Datacenter operations, Symantec Backup, Deduplication technologies and carry rich and diversified experience in these domains. I specialize in Designing & Consulting on VMware VSphere, the integration of Storage and Network Stacks to VSphere. With my experience, I help Organizations/Enterprises to achieve their CAPEX & OPEX savings, develop DR and BCP strategies, Consolidation services with Virtualization using VSphere, and prepare them to move to Cloud. In the meantime, I would like to share my knowledge and do a good contribution to the community. I am an Indian citizen, and have a Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication. I have certified in VCAP5-DCD, VCP-Cloud, VCP 4 & 5, MCITP, MCSE.

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