I’ve studied for my VCIX6-DCV certification over the past month. Before we get into the great resources I found we should talk about the exams and the real process of obtaining your VCIX6-DCV.
The VCIX6-DCV certification is aquired by passing two exams, the VCAP6-DCV Deploy, and the VCAP6-DCV design. Each test has a sticker price of 400 dollars but you can get 20% off of the price by signing up for VMUG Advantage, which will almost pay for itself after taking the two tests.
The VCAP6-DCV Deploy exam is 27 questions with 190 minutes for the exam. This is a live exam which means you won’t be asked multiple choice questions but rather you will have to do certain tasks. For Example using auto-deploy to configure an ESXi host, or have you configure host profiles. just to name two.
The VCAP6-DCV Design exam is 18 questions and you are given 175 minutes to complete it. I would imagine this will be asking for logical and physical designs and would ask about design risks, assumptions, constraints, etc, and also consisting of identifying business requirements. A score of 300 is required to pass the exam.
The great thing about the VCIX6-DCV is that there is no need to take a third test to get it.
The requirements for the VCAP6-DCV Design are: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=88743&ui=www_cert
The requirements for the VCAP6-DCV Deploy are: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=88753&ui=www_cert
Study resources (Video)
The folks over at #VBrownBag have started an awesome webinar series for the VMware advanced certifications focused in design, as of right now they have two installments of this series starting with objective 1.1 and 1.2 of the above requirements.
The webinars are presented by VCDX’s @RebeccaFitzhugh, @JasonTweet7889 and @GreggRobertson5
Scott Lowe has a great series from the VCAP 5.5 design exam. Although this is a little old it is still very relevant, The basics of design at the core have stayed mostly the same in my opinion.
Study resources (Guides)
The best deploy study guide I could find is from @KyleJennerUK, this guide is detailed and walks through each step objective VMware lines out. If you walk through this guide step by step you will be able to pass your deploy exam with flying colors. Below is the link and a big shoutout to @KyleJennerUK for putting this awesome guide together.
It Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design-
This book was written by three juggernauts in the VMware world, John Yani Arrasjid (Vcdx-001), Mark Gabryjelski (Vcdx-023), Chris Mccain (Vcdx-079). Although this book isn’t VMware specific book it goes through the design decisions of the IT world. truly a great asset and a fantastically written book.
It Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design: A Practical Guide for It Architects
VMware does an awesome job providing product documentation. These PDFs will provide an in-depth review of vSphere 6.x. read these guides and you will know the in’s and out’s of vSphere 6.x
VMware Hands on Labs
These Lab will help with the process of obtaining you VCIX6-DCV. Most of the labs will need about an hour or two to get the full effect but they are well worth it in my opinion.
HOL-1704-SDC-1 – vSphere 6: Performance Optimization
HOL-1706-SDC-6 – Guide to SDDC: VMware Validated Designs
HOL-1708-SDC-1 – Virtual SAN 6.2 from A to Z
HOL-1708-SDC-2 – Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy Based Management
HOL-1710-SDC-6 – What’s New: vSphere 6.5
HOL-1721-SDC-6 – vSphere Automation with PowerCLI
I hope this helps with your studies and good luck on your exam. I will update this post as needed.