• Mike Ghazaleh

VCP-DCV 2022 Study Guide

If you're planning on getting your VCP-DCV, you've probably run into the same problem I had..there is tons of material, and you're not sure what's updated, and most important - reliable! In this post, I'm going to share a list of the best VCP-DCV training material that I can find on the internet. Some of it is free, and some of it is paid - but it's all excellent.

Required Reading

Official VCP-DCV Exam Guide

The exam guide (also known as blueprint) is hands-down, the most important part of your studies. You need to know it fully. You can access it here. Why is it so important? Well, it tells you EXACTLY what is going to be tested! Do not skip this.

Study materials for the VCP-DCV

At this point, I'll assume you've reviewed the exam guide, and you know what you're going to be tested on. From here on out, I'd like to discuss the best study resources for the VCP-DCV, so let's get into it!

ESXi Installation and Setup Guide

You need to review this, but hands-on experience will be sufficient for the most part in this area. Learn to deploy ESXi, vCenter, and setup all of the features required per the exam guide. You can do this through my vSphere 7 Fundamentals course where I actually deploy all of these technologies on camera, and share every step of building the lab out with you in the process, so that you can duplicate it at home.

Sample lesson below from my vSphere 7 Course. You can buy it here.

Virtual Machine Administration Guide

Above I said "hands-on experience will be sufficient..." - but I think this is a guide you should read very thoroughly in preparation for your VCP. Why? Well, it's simply because creating VMs generally follows the same process, and there's a lot of features you'll miss out on if you just rely on creating/deleting VMs. Reading this guide will help fill the blanks in that you miss during your labbing.

vSphere Networking Guide

I cannot stress this enough! Read this one so that you understand how vSphere Networking works. This is easily the topic that most people have problems with, and that doesn't have to be the case. Read this guide thoroughly, and if you want to skip some of the harder concepts - check out the course below.

vSphere Networking On-Demand Course

If you're still struggling with learning vSphere Networking, check out our vSphere Networking Crash Course, where we actually go through the complete setup of both VSS and VDS, and go into advanced topics, such as NIOC, Port Mirroring, and more - and most'll actually see how to configure those topics in this course (no death by powerpoint here).

vSphere Storage Guide

You're probably seeing a theme here - the official docs are very well-written, and important to read if you're taking the VCP-DCV! Storage has always been one of the harder topics for me, and this guide helped me a lot.

Intro to vSphere Resource Management

This documentation is really important, because I think resource management is probably the last topic most people study. It's also not really intuitive to play with in the lab, so a lot of people skip it there too. My recommendation would be to skim through all of the resource management sections, and spend a couple of hours reading/taking notes. Do that once or twice, and I feel pretty confident you'll know what you need to know to pass your VCP. Once you know what's possible, you can then also figure it out in the lab too.

What is VMware Cloud Foundation?

If you've never heard of Cloud Foundation, also known as VCF, don't skip this section. It's a little boring, but it is absolutely a testable topic. I have a couple of recommendations for this one, and I hope you follow them. First, yes, there is a guide from VMware that explains what VMware Cloud Foundation is, but please go watch these videos first, because the guide will probably confuse you.

Cloud Foundation Video Overview

VCF Webinar

"I don't need HOL, I have a home lab"

I've always had a huge home lab, and so when people talked about the VMware hands-on-labs, or HOLs, I baulked at the idea. "I have a lab, I don't need HOL."

Do Not Pass Up VMware Hands-on-Labs (even if you have a home lab)

If that sounds like you, you're missing the point! The beauty of HOL is not only the fact that you can play with actual VMware products, it's the lab guides that make it worth it. They're excellent, because they walk you through the technology - not only where to click, but they explain what you're looking at. And that is why you need to do a couple of HOLs before your VCP, even if you have a home lab (and you should have a home lab!).

You can access HOL here:

Top VCP-DCV Blogs that you need

Reading documentation and watching videos (whether free, or our on-demand courses) is fine - but reading blogs exposes you to new language, concepts, and technology. For that reason, I believe you should check out the following blogs. I kept the list short and sweet, so you need to bookmark all three of these.

ESX Virtualization by Vladan

Cormac Hogan


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