Today I would like to share my experience with VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Deployment Exam (3V0-623).

It was a while ago when I took it (March 2017) but I think my experience will be valuable to you.

Blueprint

Like with any exam, VMware exams have blueprints which are very important to pass it. Before starting learning towards you have to familiarize yourself with its blueprint: Certification VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Deployment Exam (3V0-623).

  • Section 1 – Create and Deploy vSphere 6.x Infrastructure Components
    • Objective 1.1 – Perform Advanced ESXi Host Configuration
    • Objective 1.2 – Deploy and Configure Core Management Infrastructure Components
    • Objective 1.3 – Deploy and Configure Update Manager Components
    • Objective 1.4 – Perform Advanced Virtual Machine Configurations
  • Section 2 – Deploy and Manage a vSphere 6.x Storage Infrastructure
    • Objective 2.1 – Implement Complex Storage Solutions
    • Objective 2.2 – Manage Complex Storage Solutions
    • Objective 2.3 – Troubleshoot Complex Storage Solutions
  • Section 3 – Deploy and Manage a vSphere 6.x Network Infrastructure
    • Objective 3.1 – Implement and Manage vSphere Standard Switch (vSS) Networks
    • Objective 3.2 – Implement and Manage vSphere 6.x Distributed Switch (vDS) Networks
    • Objective 3.3 – Scale a vSphere 6.x Network Implementation
    • Objective 3.4 – Troubleshoot a vSphere 6.x Network Implementation
  • Section 4 – Configure a vSphere Deployment for Availability and Scalability
    • Objective 4.1 – Implement and Maintain Complex vSphere Availability Solutions
    • Objective 4.2 – Implement and Manage Complex DRS solutions
    • Objective 4.3 – Troubleshoot vSphere clusters
  • Section 5 – Configure a vSphere Deployment for Manageability
    • Objective 5.1 – Execute VMware Cmdlets and Customize Scripts Using PowerCLI
    • Objective 5.2 – Implement and Maintain Host Profiles
    • Objective 5.3 – Manage and analyze vSphere log files
    • Objective 5.4 – Configure and manage Content Library
  • Section 6 – Configure a vSphere Deployment for Performance
    • Objective 6.1 – Utilize Advanced vSphere Performance Monitoring Tools
    • Objective 6.2 – Optimize Virtual Machine resources
  • Section 7 – Configure a vSphere 6.x Environment for Recoverability
    • Objective 7.1- Deploy and manage vSphere Replication
    • Objective 7.2 – Deploy and Manage vSphere Data Protection
    • Objective 7.3 – Backup and Recover vSphere Configurations
  • Section 8 – Configure a vSphere 6.x Environment for Security
    • Objective 8.1 – Manage authentication and end-user security
    • Objective 8.2 – Manage SSL certificates
    • Objective 8.3 – Harden a vSphere 6.x Deployment

Technical tips before taking the exam

Studying tips

  • Build a lab where you can break stuff and fix it
  • If you don’t own personal lab try Hands-On Labs:
    • HOL-1804-02-CHG – vSphere 6.5 – Challenge Lab

    • HOL-1808-02-CHG – vSAN v6.6 – Challenge Lab

    • HOL-1808-01-HCI – vSAN v6.6 – Getting Started

    • HOL-1804-01-SDC – vSphere 6.5 – Performance Diagnostics and Benchmarking

    • HOL-1811-03-SDC – vSphere with Operations Management – Advanced Topics

    • HOL-1811-04-SDC – vSphere Security – Getting Started

  • Cover each section of blueprint either in your own lab or in HOL

My experience

Although I failed the exam ( I didn’t prepare to it at all) by just a few points I have to say that I enjoyed pretty many aspects of this exam. One pain point was a small monitor (19”) with low resolution. All other aspects of the exam were great. The questions were accurate and presented real-world scenarios. Such exam or tasks should be at every VMware related job offer.

I hope my experience will help you better prepare to the exam and nail it 🙂

 

 

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 — Data Center Virtualization Deployment exam experience
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Wojciech Marusiak

Senior Solutions Cloud Architect at Consort CT
I am innovative and experienced VMware and Windows Server Engineer with over 10 years in the IT industry specializing in VMware virtualization and Microsoft Server environment.

My experience and skills have been proven by leading vendor certifications like VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 – Data Center Virtualization, VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Design, VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization, VMware Certified Professional 6 - Network Virtualization, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, ITIL V3, VMware vExpert 2014 - 2017 and VMware vExpert NSX 2017 Award.

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