6th September 2017

VCP6.5-DCV Certification Blueprint

Following on from this mornings post.  I have found the VCP6.5-DCV Certification Blueprint, somewhat buried on the VMware exam guide page.

Below follows the VCP6.5-DCV Certification Blueprint in full, to which I will add links to reference articles and guides that cover the required content.

VCP6.5-DCV Certification Blueprint

Section 1 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Security

Objective 1.1 – Configure and Administer Role-based Access Control

  • Compare and contrast propagated and explicit permission assignments
  •  View/Sort/Export user and group lists
  •  Add/Modify/Remove permissions for users and groups on vCenter Server inventory objects
  •  Determine how permissions are applied and inherited in vCenter Server
  •  Create/Clone/Edit vCenter Server Roles
  •  Configure VMware Identity Sources
  •  Apply a role to a User/Group and to an object or group of objects
  •  Change permission validation settings
  •  Determine the appropriate set of privileges for common tasks in vCenter Server
  •  Compare and contrast default system/sample roles
  •  Determine the correct permissions needed to integrate vCenter Server with other VMware products

Objective 1.2 – Secure ESXi and vCenter Server

  •  Configure Encrypted vMotion
  •  Describe Secure Boot
  •  Harden ESXi hosts
  • Enable/Configure/Disable services in the ESXi firewall
  • Change default account access
  • Add an ESXi Host to a directory service
  • Apply permissions to ESXi Hosts using Host Profiles
  • Enable Lockdown Mode
  • Control access to hosts (DCUI/Shell/SSH/MOB)
  • Harden vCenter Server
  • Control datastore browser access
  • Create/Manage vCenter Server Security Certificates
  • Control MOB access
  • Change default account access
  • Restrict administrative privileges
  • Understand the implications of securing a vSphere environment

Objective 1.3 –Configure and Enable SSO and Identity Sources

  •  Describe PSC architecture and components
  •  Differentiate available authentication methods with VMware vCenter
  •  Perform a multi-site PSC installation
  •  Configure/Manage Identity Sources
  •  Configure/Manage Platform Services Controller (PSC)
  •  Configure/Manage VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA)
  •  Enable/Disable Single Sign-On (SSO) Users
  •  Upgrade a single/complex PSC installation
  •  Configure SSO policies
  •  Add an ESXi host to an AD domain
  •  Configure and Manage KMS for VM Encryption

Objective 1.4 – Secure vSphere Virtual Machines

  •  Enable/Disable Virtual Machine Encryption
  •  Describe Secure Boot
  •  Harden virtual machine access
  • Control VMware Tools installation
  • Control VM data access
  • Configure virtual machine security policies
  • Harden a virtual machine against Denial-of-Service attacks
  • Control VM-VM communications
  • Control VM device connections
  • Configure network security policies
  • Configure encrypted vMotion


Section 2 – Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Networking

Objective 2.1 – Configure policies/features and verify vSphere networking

  •  Create/Delete a vSphere Distributed Switch
  •  Add/Remove ESXi hosts from a vSphere Distributed Switch
  •  Add/Configure/Remove dvPort groups
  •  Add/Remove uplink adapters to dvUplink groups
  •  Configure vSphere Distributed Switch general and dvPort group settings
  •  Create/Configure/Remove virtual adapters
  •  Migrate virtual machines to/from a vSphere Distributed Switch
  •  Configure LACP on vDS given design parameters
  •  Describe vDS Security Polices/Settings
  •  Configure dvPort group blocking policies
  •  Configure load balancing and failover policies
  •  Configure VLAN/PVLAN settings for VMs given communication requirements
  •  Configure traffic shaping policies
  •  Enable TCP Segmentation Offload support for a virtual machine
  •  Enable Jumbo Frames support on appropriate components
  •  Recognize behavior of vDS Auto-Rollback
  •  Configure vDS across multiple vCenters to support [Long Distance vMotion]
  •  Compare and contrast vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) capabilities
  •  Configure multiple VMkernel Default Gateways
  •  Configure ERSPAN
  •  Create and configure custom TCP/IP Stacks
  •  Configure Netflow

Objective 2.2 – Configure Network I/O control (NIOC)

  •  Explain NIOC capabilities
  •  Configure NIOC shares/limits based on VM requirements
  •  Explain the behavior of a given NIOC setting
  •  Determine Network I/O Control requirements
  •  Differentiate Network I/O Control capabilities
  •  Enable/Disable Network I/O Control
  •  Monitor Network I/O Control

Section 3 –Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Storage

Objective 3.1 – Manage vSphere Integration with Physical Storage

  •  Perform NFS v3 and v4.1 configurations
  •  Discover new storage LUNs
  •  Configure FC/iSCSI/FCoE LUNs as ESXi boot devices
  •  Mount an NFS share for use with vSphere
  •  Enable/Configure/Disable vCenter Server storage filters
  •  Configure/Edit hardware/dependent hardware initiators
  •  Enable/Disable software iSCSI initiator
  •  Configure/Edit software iSCSI initiator settings
  •  Configure iSCSI port binding
  •  Enable/Configure/Disable iSCSI CHAP
  •  Determine use cases for Fiber Channel zoning
  •  Compare and contrast array thin provisioning and virtual disk thin provisioning

Objective 3.2 – Configure Software-Defined Storage

  •  Create vSAN cluster
  •  Create disk groups
  •  Monitor vSAN
  •  Describe vVOLs
  •  Understand a vSAN iSCSI target
  •  Explain vSAN and vVOL architectural components
  •  Determine the role of storage providers in vSAN
  •  Determine the role of storage providers in vVOLs
  •  Explain vSAN failure domains functionality
  •  Configure/Manage VMware vSAN
  •  Create/Modify VMware Virtual Volumes (vVOLs)
  •  Configure Storage Policies
  •  Enable/Disable vSAN Fault Domains
  •  Create Virtual Volumes given the workload and availability requirements
  •  Collect vSAN Observer output
  •  Create storage policies appropriate for given workloads and availability requirements
  •  Configure vVOLs Protocol Endpoints

Objective 3.3 – Configure vSphere Storage Multipathing and Failover

  •  Explain common multi-pathing components
  •  Differentiate APD and PDL states
  •  Compare and contrast Active Optimized vs. Active non-Optimized port group states
  •  Explain features of Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA)
  •  Understand the effects of a given claim rule on multipathing and failover
  •  Explain the function of claim rule elements:
    • Vendor
    • Model
    • Device ID
    • SATP
    • PSP
  •  Change the Path Selection Policy using the UI
  •  Determine required claim rule elements to change the default PSP
  •  Determine the effect of changing PSP on multipathing and failover
  •  Determine the effects of changing SATP on relevant device behavior
  •  Configure/Manage Storage load balancing
  •  Differentiate available Storage load balancing options
  •  Differentiate available Storage multipathing policies
  •  Configure Storage Policies including vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness
  •  Locate failover events in the UI

Objective 3.4 – Perform VMFS and NFS configurations and upgrades

  •  Perform VMFS v5 and v6 configurations
  •  Describe VAAI primitives for block devices and NAS
  •  Differentiate VMware file system technologies
  •  Migrate from VMFS5 to VMFS6
  •  Differentiate Physical Mode RDMs and Virtual Mode RDMs
  •  Create a Virtual/Physical Mode RDM
  •  Differentiate NFS 3.x and 4.1 capabilities
  •  Compare and contrast VMFS and NFS datastore properties
  •  Configure Bus Sharing
  •  Configure Multi-writer locking
  •  Connect an NFS 4.1 datastore using Kerberos
  •  Create/Rename/Delete/Unmount VMFS datastores
  •  Mount/Unmount an NFS datastore
  •  Extend/Expand VMFS datastores
  •  Place a VMFS datastore in Maintenance Mode
  •  Select the Preferred Path/Disable a Path to a VMFS datastore
  •  Enable/Disable vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI)
  •  Determine a proper use case for multiple VMFS/NFS datastores

Objective 3.5 – Set up and Configure Storage I/O Control (SIOC)

  •  Describe the benefits of SIOC
  •  Enable and configure SIOC
  •  Configure/Manage SIOC
  •  Monitor SIOC
  •  Differentiate between SIOC and Dynamic Queue Depth Throttling features
  •  Determine a proper use case for SIOC
  •  Compare and contrast the effects of I/O contention in environments with and without SIOC
  •  Understand SIOC metrics for Datastore Clusters and Storage DRS

Section 4 – Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x

Objective 4.1 – Perform ESXi Host and Virtual Machine Upgrades

  •  Configure download source(s)
  •  Set up UMDS to set up download repository
  •  Import ESXi images
  •  Create Baselines and/or Baseline groups
  •  Attach Baselines to vSphere objects
  •  Scan vSphere objects
  •  Stage Patches and Extensions
  •  Remediate an object
  •  Upgrade a vSphere Distributed Switch
  •  Upgrade VMware Tools
  •  Upgrade Virtual Machine hardware
  •  Upgrade an ESXi Host using vCenter Update Manager
  •  Stage multiple ESXi Host upgrades
  •  Align appropriate Baselines with target inventory objects

Objective 4.2 – Perform vCenter Server Upgrades (Windows)

  •  Compare the methods of upgrading vCenter Server
  •  Backup vCenter Server database, configuration and certificate datastore
  •  Perform update as prescribed
  •  Upgrade vCenter Server
  •  Determine the upgrade compatibility of an environment
  •  Determine correct order of steps to upgrade a vSphere implementation

Objective 4.3 – Perform vCenter Server migration to VCSA

  •  Migrate to vCSA
  •  Understand the migration paths to the vCSA

Section 5 – Administer and Manage vSphere 6.x Resources

Objective 5.1 –Configure Multilevel Resource Pools

  •  Determine the effect of the Expandable Reservation parameter on resource allocation
  •  Create a Resource Pool hierarchical structure
  •  Configure custom Resource Pool attributes
  •  Determine how Resource Pools apply to vApps
  •  Create/Remove a Resource Pool
  •  Add/Remove virtual machines from a Resource Pool
  •  Determine appropriate shares, reservations and limits for hierarchical Resource Pools

Objective 5.2 – Configure vSphere DRS and Storage DRS Clusters

  •  Add/remove Host DRS Group
  •  Add/remove virtual machine DRS Group
  •  Manage DRS affinity/anti-affinity rules
  •  Configure the proper DRS automation level based on a set of business requirements
  •  Explain how DRS affinity rules effect virtual machine placement
  •  Understand Network DRS
  •  Differentiate load balancing policies
  •  Describe Predictive DRS

Section 6 – Back up and Recover a vSphere Deployment

Objective 6.1 – Configure and Administer vCenter Appliance Backup/Restore

  •  Configure vCSA File-based Backup and Restore
  •  Define supported backup targets

Objective 6.2 – Configure and Administer vCenter Data Protection

  •  Deploy VDP Application Agents
  •  Differentiate VMware Data Protection capabilities
  •  Explain VMware Data Protection sizing guidelines
  •  Create/Delete/Consolidate virtual machine snapshots
  •  Install and Configure VMware Data Protection
  •  Create a backup job with VMware Data Protection
  •  Backup/Restore a virtual machine with VMware Data Protection

Objective 6.3 – Configure vSphere Replication

  •  Compare and contrast vSphere Replication compression methods
  •  Configure recovery point objective (RPO) for a protected virtual machine
  •  Manage snapshots on recovered virtual machines
  •  Install/Configure/Upgrade vSphere Replication
  •  Configure VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) integration with vSphere Replication
  •  Configure vSphere Replication for Single/Multiple VMs
  •  Recover a VM using vSphere Replication
  •  Perform a failback operation using vSphere Replication
  •  Deploy a pair of vSphere Replication virtual appliances

Section 7 – Troubleshoot a vSphere Deployment

Objective 7.1 – Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi Hosts

  •  Understand VCSA monitoring tool
  •  Monitor status of the vCenter Server services
  •  Perform basic maintenance of a vCenter Server database
  •  Monitor status of ESXi management agents
  •  Determine ESXi host stability issues and gather diagnostics information
  •  Monitor ESXi system health
  •  Locate and analyze vCenter Server and ESXi logs
  •  Determine appropriate commands for troubleshooting
  •  Troubleshoot common issues, including:
    • vCenter Server services
    • Identity Sources
    • vCenter Server connectivity
    • Virtual machine resource contention, configuration and operation
    • Platform Services Controller (PSC)
    • Problems with installation
    • VMware Tools installation
    • Fault Tolerant network latency
    • KMS connectivity
    • vCenter Certification Authority

Objective 7.2 – Troubleshoot vSphere Storage and Networking

  •  Identify and isolate network and storage resource contention and latency issues
  •  Verify network and storage configuration
  •  Verify that a given virtual machine is configured with the correct network resources
  •  Monitor/Troubleshoot Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler (SDRS) issues
  •  Recognize the impact of network and storage I/O control configurations
  •  Recognize a connectivity issue caused by a VLAN/PVLAN
  •  Troubleshoot common issues with:
    • Storage and network
    • Virtual switch and port group configuration
    • Physical network adapter configuration
    • VMFS metadata consistency

Objective 7.3 – Troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades and Migrations

  •  Collect upgrade diagnostic information
  •  Recognize common upgrade and migration issues with vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance
  •  Create/Locate VMware log bundles
  •  Determine alternative methods to upgrade ESXi hosts in event of failure
  •  Configure vCenter Server logging options

Objective 7.4 – Troubleshoot Virtual Machines

  •  Monitor CPU and memory usage
  •  Identify and isolate CPU and memory contention issues
  •  Recognize impact of using CPU/memory limits, reservations and shares
  •  Describe and differentiate critical performance metrics
  •  Describe and differentiate common metrics, including:
    • Memory
    • CPU
    • Network
    • Storage
  •  Monitor performance through esxtop
  •  Troubleshoot Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) issues
  •  Compare and contrast Overview and Advanced Charts

Objective 7.5 – Troubleshoot HA and DRS Configurations and Fault Tolerance

  •  Troubleshoot issues with:
    • DRS workload balancing
    • HA failover/redundancy, capacity and network configuration
    • HA/DRS cluster configuration
    • vMotion/Storage vMotion configuration and/or migration
    • Fault Tolerance configuration and failover issues
  •  Explain the DRS Resource Distribution Graph and Target/Current Host Load Deviation
  •  Explain vMotion Resource Maps

Section 8 – Deploy and Customize ESXi Hosts

Objective 8.1 – Configure Auto Deploy for ESXi Hosts

  •  Describe the components and architecture of an Auto Deploy environment
  •  Implement Host Profiles with an Auto Deploy of an ESXi host
  •  Install and configure Auto Deploy
  •  Deploy multiple ESXi hosts using Auto Deploy
  •  Explain the Auto Deploy deployment model needed to meet a business requirement

Objective 8.2 – Create and Deploy Host Profiles

  •  Edit answer file to customize ESXi host settings
  •  Modify and apply a storage path selection plugin (PSP) to a device using host profiles
  •  Modify and apply switch configurations across multiple hosts using a Host Profile
  •  Create/Edit/Remove a Host Profile from an ESXi host
  •  Import/Export a Host Profile
  •  Attach and apply a Host Profile to ESXi hosts in a cluster
  •  Perform compliance scanning and remediation of an ESXi hosts and clusters using Host Profiles
  •  Enable or disable Host Profile components

Section 9 – Configure and Administer vSphere and vCenter Availability Solutions

Objective 9.1 – Configure vSphere HA Cluster Features

  •  Modify vSphere HA cluster settings
  •  Configure a network for use with HA heartbeats
  •  Apply an admission control policy for HA
  •  Enable/disable vSphere HA settings
  •  Configure different heartbeat datastores for an HA cluster
  •  Apply virtual machine monitoring for a cluster
  •  Configure Virtual Machine Component Protection (VMCP) settings
  •  Implement vSphere HA on a vSAN cluster
  •  Explain how vSphere HA communicates with Distributed Resource Scheduler and Distributed Power
  • Management

Objective 9.2 – Configure vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) HA

  •  Enable and Configure vCSA HA
  •  Understand and describe the architecture of vCSA HA

Section 10 – Administer and Manage vSphere Virtual Machines

Objective 10.1 – Create and Manage vSphere Virtual Machines and Templates

  •  Determine how using a shared USB device impacts the environment
  •  Configure virtual machines for vGPUs, DirectPath I/O and SR-IOV
  •  Configure virtual machines for multicore vCPUs
  •  Differentiate virtual machine configuration settings
  •  Interpret virtual machine configuration files (.vmx) settings
  •  Enable/disable advanced virtual machine settings

Objective 10.2 – Create and Manage a Content Library

  •  Publish a content catalog
  •  Subscribe to a published catalog
  •  Determine which privileges are required to globally manage a content catalog
  •  Compare the functionality of Automatic sync and On-Demand sync
  •  Configure Content Library to work across sites
  •  Configure Content Library authentication
  •  Set/configure Content Library roles
  •  Add/remove Content Libraries

Objective 10.3 – Intentionally Left Blank

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Objective 10.4 – Consolidate Physical Workloads using VMware vCenter Converter

  •  Install vCenter Converter standalone instance
  •  Convert physical workloads using vCenter Converter
  •  Modify server resources during conversion
  •  Interpret and correct errors during conversion
  •  Deploy a physical host as a virtual machine using vCenter Converter
  •  Collect diagnostic information during conversion operation
  •  Resize partitions during the conversion process
  •  Determine which virtual disk format to use

There we go, over the coming weeks, I’ll update this post to link to articles that cover the exam blueprint items



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