So I’ve decided to re-attempt the VCAP-DCD 5.5 after failing my first attempt at the 5.0/5.1 version of the exam. It’s been well documented on various blogs that the exam is difficult to prepare for if you don’t do design work on a regular basis. I’ve been involved in the design and deployment of many projects from small 4 host clusters to large scale cloud deployments, I’ve also been lucky enough to work with some good guys from VMware PSO as well as some very clever individuals in my current organisation, so I would like to think that I’ve had a reasonable amount of design experience. It soon became apparent in the exam that I was lacking on the process side of things, I’m pretty much ok with the technical side but when it came to pigeon holing risks, constraints, functional requirements etc etc… I struggled as I found it to be quite subjective and the answers could have easily fitted into several categories, anyway I ran out of time in the exam and missed it by 24 points.
This time around I’ve decided to take a slightly different approach to my study, the aim is to pass the DCD and the DCA in 3 months! I currently don’t have a home lab as I have access to equipment at work, so using the DCD exam blue print as an architectural blue print I intend to design and deploy a home lab for the sole purpose of DCA study, killing two birds with one stone I suppose. I’ll blog each stage of my mini project as I work through the phases.