VCAP-DCD5 Exam Blueprint

So, I finally checked back to see if there was the new blueprint and viola, it was there…

Been reading through it, grabbing all of the referenced material. Crap there is a lot to read through! A lot seems to cover topics such as understanding business requirements and translating those into real terms, as well as identifying business ROI’s, etc.I haven’t had any experience with the DCD exams before so going through this is excellent. Not that I haven’t dealt with some of these areas before in my current work but I’ve never actually read documentation to aid me in the past other than some Gartner stuff.

I did find in particular the SQL Solution Toolkit an interesting read, specifically around scaling up or scaling out your SQL infrastructure. We’ve traditionally had a mixture of both types but with some future projects in mind I’m favoring the scale out approach as it would seem to give us more flexibility. In the past some of our larger SQL instances hosting multiple databases have created inconveniences due to the fact that downtime affects multiple services. Now that I also understand the way Microsoft handle their per-proc licensing it makes even more sense for me to scale out!

Anyway, just a few things I wanted to talk about since reading through the blueprint. Interesting reading the Oracle, SAP and Exchange guides as in my job we don’t use any of them 🙂

Oh, I’ve made a bit more progress on the lab front, now I have two vCenter instances running with SRM partially configured…slowly getting there!

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About Ben Loveday
My name is Ben Loveday and I am working as a Systems Architect in New Zealand. I have a keen interest in VMware products and are VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA and Microsoft MCITP certified. I am studying towards VCDX5 certification…I hope! My areas of focus are the virtualisation of manufacturing automation systems with the aim to improve traditional automation/SCADA system design and improve their availability and reliability. I am married with three kids and my hobbies include playing the guitar (less often than I’d like) and listening to music, mostly 80′s Metal and Rock/Blues :-) Oh..and I'm a PC gamer!

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