My Exam Experience – VCAP6-DCV Deploy Beta

VCAP6-DCV Deploy
So i decided to take the beta exam and give it a try. This is my first VCAP exam so I wanted to find out the cheap way what is all about. The interface is similar to VMware HOL so make sure you practice at least one lab so you get familiar with it.  You've got 27 questions to do in only 240 minutes, which goes VERY FAST!!!!  The 240 minutes is not sufficient since each question includes MANY tasks. I wasn't able to complete all of the questions since it not enough time, but i guess ill know in 6-8 weeks how i did. I also had the same issues that everybody else was complaining about: Slow connection Slow reaction time for operation you execute Blurry text, its hard…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 8.3

VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vSphere Security
In this section we are going to cover "Harden a vSphere 6.x Deployment" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Enable and configure ESXi Lockdown mode (Strict / Normal) Configure a user on the Lockdown Mode Exception Users list Customize SSH settings for increased security Enable strong passwords and configure password policies Configure vSphere hardening of virtual machines according to a deployment plan Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere Security Guide Enable and configure ESXi Lockdown mode (Strict / Normal): To configure Lockdown mode on ESXi host click on the host>>manage>>settings>> security profile>>lockdown mode >> edit   Configure a user on the Lockdown Mode Exception Users list: In the same location is the above you…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 8.2 – Part 2

SSL Certificate, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In this section we will continue  to cover "Manage SSL certificates" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Configure and manage VMware Endpoint Certificate Store Replace default certificate with CA-signed certificate Generate ESXi host certificates Enable / Disable certificate checking Configure SSL timeouts according to a deployment plan Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (ADCS,DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere Security Guide VMware KB 2112016 Configure and manage VMware Endpoint Certificate Store: VMware Endpoint Certificate Store (VECS) serves as a local (client-side) repository for certificates, private keys, and other certificate information that can be stored in a keystore. You can decide not to use VMCA as your certificate authority and certificate signer, but you must use VECS to store all vCenter certificates,…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 8.2 – Part 1

SSL Certificate, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In this section we are going to cover "Manage SSL certificates" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Configure and manage VMware Certificate Authority Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (ADCS,DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere Security Guide VMware KB 2112016 Configure and manage VMware Certificate Authority: In vSphere 6.0 and later, the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) provisions your environment with certificates. This includes machine SSL certificates for secure connections, solution user certificates for authentication to vCenter Single Sign-On, and certificates for ESXi hosts that are added to vCenter Server. The following certificates are in use. [caption id="attachment_1806" align="alignnone" width="943"] Source: VMware security guide[/caption] There are many variation of how to configure VMCA , i choose to configure VMCA as a…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 8.1

Permissions, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vSphere Security
We are now in the eighth and last section of the blueprint ,In this section we are going to cover "Manage authentication and end-user security" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Add/Edit Remove users on an ESXi host Configure vCenter Roles and Permissions according to a deployment plan Configure and manage Active Directory integration Enable and configure an ESXI Pass Phrase Disable the Managed Object Browser (MOB) to reduce attack surface Analyze logs for security-related messages Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vCenter Server and Host Management Guide v6.0 vSphere Security Guide v6.0 VMware vSphere vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide   Add/Edit Remove users on an ESXi host: For this task we will need to connect…
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Adding Microsoft Certificate Authority Services in my lab

Active Directory, Home-Lab, SSL Certificate, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In this post i will install Microsoft Certificate Authority Services on my domain controller in preparation for Objective 8.2 Here are the steps: In server manager add the Active Directory Certificate tools Choose the Certificate Authority and Certificate Authority Web Enrollment Follow the wizard and click install (you can close the installation window) Click on the yellow icon(Post Installation) and then click on configure Active Directory Certificate Authority Make sure to use Administrator (or user with similar rights) Select the Certificate Authority  and Certificate Authority Web Enrollment Choose Enterprise CA (only available if you running AD) Choose Root CA Choose "Create new private key" Choose the Default encryption Verify Common names(no need to change anything) Leave the default validity time Leave the default Cert DB Click on Configure Once done access the the CA via…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 7.3

backup and restore, OVA, VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDS
In this section we are going to cover "Backup and Recover vSphere Configurations" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Backup and restore distributed switch configurations Backup and restore resource pool configurations Export Virtual Machines to OVA/OVF format Use a Host profile to recover an ESXi host configuration Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere Networking vSphere Resource Management Guide vSphere Virtual Machine Administration vSphere Host Profiles Backup and restore distributed switch configurations: The following are the steps to backup and restore vDS: Export the vDS configuration Choose Distributed switch and all port groups Click yes and provide a location for the zip file. To restore the configuration i used a different vCenter. Right click on…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 7.2

VCAP6-DCV Deploy, vDP
In this section we are going to cover "Deploy and Manage vSphere Data Protection" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Create, edit and clone a vSphere Data Protection backup job Modify a pre-configured backup job. Backup and restore a Virtual Machine (file level restore, full VM backup) Configure a Backup Verification job to ensure integrity of restore points Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA Installed vDP  Documents used: Sphere Data Protection Administration Guide   For installing and configuring vDP please look at the following post: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-6configure-and-administer-a-vsphere-backupsrestorereplication-solution-part-1/ Create, edit and clone a vSphere Data Protection backup job: After the appliance installation you must connect to the appliance , click on the vSphere Data protection>> Backup >> backup job action…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 7.1

Replication, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
We are now in the seventh section of the blueprint ,In this section we are going to cover "Deploy and manage vSphere Replication" Here are the objective from the blueprint : Configure and manage a vSphere Replication infrastructure: Isolate vSphere Replication network traffic Enable data compression of vSphere Replication traffic Configure and manage vSphere Replication of virtual machines Analyze and resolve vSphere Replication issues: Storage configuration Multiple point in time snapshots Enabling vSphere Replication on VMs Lab Setup: 2 Datacenter See post: http://vpentathlon.com/replication-lab-preparation/  Documents used: VMware vSphere Replication Administration   Configure and manage a vSphere Replication infrastructure and Configure and manage vSphere Replication of virtual machines: Installation: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-6configure-and-administer-a-vsphere-backupsrestorereplication-solution-part-2/ Configuration and management: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-6configure-and-administer-a-vsphere-backupsrestorereplication-solution-part-3/   Isolate vSphere Replication network traffic: You isolate the network traffic to the vSphere Replication Server by dedicating a VMKernel NIC…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 6.2

Advanced VM Settings, Troubleshooting, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In the following post we are going to discuss "Optimize Virtual Machine resources" The following are objectives from the blueprint : Adjust Virtual Machine properties according to a deployment plan: Network configurations CPU configurations Storage configurations Configure Flash Read Cache reservations Modify Transparent Page Sharing and large memory page settings Optimize a Virtual Machine for latency sensitive workloads Troubleshoot Virtual Machine performance issues based on application workload Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Installed esx0 Installed VCSA  Documents used: vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide vSphere Resource Management Guide VMware KB 2001003 Adjust Virtual Machine properties according to a deployment plan: Network configurations: When you configure networking for a virtual machine, you select or change an adapter type, a network connection, and whether to…
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