Book Review: VMware Press VCAP-DCD 5 Guide

By | October 1, 2013

I’ve recently received a hard copy of the Official Cert Guide – VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design

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During the study for this exam, I noticed the availability of this book 2 or 3 months down the line. However, due to the date I was taking the exam, I used Safari Books Online – Rough Cuts and signed up for a 1 month subscription, and was able to preview most of the content.

The book steps you through each of the exam Sections\Objectives in a methodical manner. There is a good amount of theory covered with helpful diagrams to support various topics.  Also included are ‘Do I know this already?’ quizzes, which gauges how well you know a topic, and helps to decide whether you would like to read the full chapter or go the ‘Exam Preparation’ tasks.

The layout and presentation of the book is very good, and although I haven’t read it all, there is a nice flow about the content. There’s also some ‘Real-Life’ tips and experience shared by the author. This type of knowledge I always find to be  extremely valuable, when reading new content or using online or classroom based training.  For me, putting new learning, ideas and technologies into context, and how this applies (when, where and how) to a ‘real world’ scenario, really helps to cement my understanding on new topics.

There is also a supporting DVD, containing a complete practice exam and useful exam preparation recommendations from the blueprint.


In terms of the content, I felt this guide provided me a different view and line of thinking on the objectives. I’m not ashamed to admit, I needed a second attempt to pass this exam, it was pretty tough, you can read about my experience here.  Therefore, second time round I was looking for some fresh material to hopefully make the difference, and the content is this booked certainly helped.  I used the VMware blueprint resources extensively for both exam attempts, and these materials are still your primary, ‘go to’ source for VMware exams.  However, this guide is excellent supporting resource, and I would highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy.

You can view a collection of my own resources and others I collected from the community, in my VCAP5-DCD  ‘Study Pack’

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