**UPATE** Please keep in mind this certification is not available for VMware at this time (April 2017). I’m keeping this here for reference if anyone wants to go over some old vCloud Director study material. And as everybody know #LongLivevCD!
In this section of my blog I will be going through the VCAP-CID exam blueprint sections/objectives.
The VCAP-CID exam, or VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Design exam, is intended for a audience that have 2 years of virtualization experience, and know almost everything there is to know about vCloud technologies (vCloud Director, vShield Edge, Chargeback Manager) and I want to add it’s also good to have good knowledge of most of the applications in the Operations Manager suite as well (Operation Manager, Configuration Manager, Infrastructure Manager).
The exam will consist of 115 items, made out of multiple choice, drag-and-drop and specialized design questions. It will require a score of 300, out of a scoring between 100-500.
The time you will have to write the exam is 195 min (3 hours – 15 min) and if English is not your native language you get 30 min extra.
If you fail you will need to wait 14 days before trying again, and there is no limit in the number of retakes.
I want to add, even just studying for the exam will help you become better at cloud design, even if it doesn’t use vCloud as a foundation.
And as before I recommend that you create a design around made up requirements just to get the idea around what is needed, and to get an idea on how the process works.
EDIT: I took the VCAP-CID at VMworld 2014 Europe and passed. My blog post on the experience as well as for the material I used is at this link.
But enough of introductions, here are the sections and objectives on exam blueprint 2.8 (27. Nov 2013):
Section 1 – Create a vCloud Conceptual Design
Objective 1.4 – Determine Availability Requirements for a Conceptual Design
Objective 1.5 – Determine Security and Compliance Requirements for a Conceptual Design
Objective 1.6 – Create Service Definitions for a Conceptual Design
Section 2 – Create a vCloud Logical Design
Section 3 – Create a vCloud Physical Design
Section 4 – Create a vCloud Security Design
Objective 4.1 – Create a Directory Authentication Structure for a vCloud
Objective 4.2 – Design a vCloud for Multi-Tenancy
Section 5 – Create Extended vCloud Designs
Objective 5.1 – Design a Hybrid vCloud
Objective 5.2 – Design a Multi-site vCloud Solution
Section 6 – Determine Availability Requirements for a vCloud Design
Objective 6.1 – Incorporate Availability Requirements into a vCloud Design
Section 7 – Determine Metering and Compliance Requirements for a vCloud Design
Objective 7.1 – Determine Isolation Requirements for a vCloud Workload
Objective 7.2 – Determine Logging Requirements for a vCloud Design
Objective 7.3 – Determine Management Policy Requirements for a vCloud Design
Objective 7.4 – Determine Chargeback Policies and Metrics for a vCloud Design
Section 8 – Create a vApp Design
Objective 8.1 – Define a vApp Network Topology
Objective 8.2 – Determine Remote Access Requirements for a vApp
Objective 8.3 – Determine Shared Infrastructure Requirements for a vApp
Objective 8.4 – Determine Requirements for Multiple vApp Instances