The VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA) is a unique, lab-based exam where you will perform tasks using actual equipment to verify your skill at installing, configuring, and administering large and complex virtualized environments. Earning this certification gives you an advanced, industry-recognized credential that demonstrates your expertise with VMware vSphere 5, as well as your ability to use automation tools and implement virtualized environments.

I’ve put together a command line guide to help anyone considering the exam, I hope it helps you. VCAP5-DCA Command Line Guide.pdf


To achieve VCAP5-DCA status, you must complete two core validation components:

  1. Have one of the following certifications:
    • VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
    • VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop (VCP5-DT)
    • VMware Certified Professional – Cloud (VCP-Cloud)
    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 4 – Data Center Administration (VCAP4-DCA)
  2. Pass the VCAP5-DCA exam

Here is the VCAP-DCA certification requirements road map:
VCAP-DCA Exam Blueprint:

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 vSphere 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 Operational 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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