VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam

Exam Number: 1V0-621 Duration: 75 Minutes
Associated Certification: VCA6-DCV Number of Questions: 46
Exam Product: vSphere 6.x Passing Score: 300
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Recommended Training: Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals Validated Against: vSphere 6.x
Exam Price: $125 USD, More on Pricing Exam Languages: English
First Available Appointment: 26 August 2016 Format: Single and Multiple Choice, Non-Proctored, Online
Exam Details Information Last Updated: 26 August 2016

This exam tests candidates on their skills and abilities identifying technical requirements for managing a VMware vSphere 6 environment and aligning them with the technical products and solutions that meet those requirements.

Please note: This exam will retire and no longer be offered after December 31, 2017.

Exam Topics How to Prepare Additional Resources
+ Section 1: Explain Data Center Virtualization Concepts and Identify Typical Data Center Challenges
+ Objective 1.1: Identify and Explain the Concept of Data Center Virtualization
  • Explain Data Center Virtualization.
  • Differentiate Physical and Virtual Data Center Components.
  • Identify Data Center Virtualization Benefits.
+ Objective 1.2: Identify Challenges that can be resolved with VMware vSphere with Operations Management
  • Identify VMware vSphere Editions.
  • Identify common management challenges.
  • Identify common scalability challenges.
  • Identify common optimization challenges.
+ Section 2: Identify, Explain and Differentiate VMware vSphere Technologies
+Objective 2.1: Describe how the components of VMware vSphere support Data Center Virtualization
  • Explain the concept and capabilities of virtual machines and vApps.
  • Explain the concept and capabilities of a virtual machine.
  • Identify purpose of ESXi and vCenter Server.
  • Differentiate VMware migration technologies.
  • Differentiate VMware availability technologies.
  • Explain the concepts of clusters and resource pools.
  • Identify and explain common VMware data center products.
+Objective 2.2: Differentiate VMware vSphere Storage Technologies
  • Differentiate physical and virtual storage.
  • Explain the use of shared storage in a vSphere implementation.
  • Differentiate VMFS and NFS datastores.
  • Differentiate virtual disk provisioning methods.
  • Explain Virtual SAN capabilities.
  • Explain Virtual Volume capabilities.
  • Identify capabilities of Storage I/O Control.
  • Identify capabilities of Storage DRS.
  • Explain VMware virtual storage technologies.
+Objective 2.3: Differentiate VMware vSphere Networking Technologies
  • Differentiate physical and virtual networking.
  • Differentiate VMware virtual switch technologies.
  • Identify VMware virtual switch components.
  • Identify common virtual switch policies.
  • Identify capabilities of Network I/O Control.
  • Differentiate traffic control mechanisms.
+Objective 2.4:Differentiate VMware vSphere Resource Management Technologies
  • Differentiate vSphere resource management features.
  • Remediate resource management challenges.
  • Identify all vMotion technologies (Storage, Resource, Long distance, etc.).
  • Explain Distributed Resource Management, Distributed Power Management and High Availability.
+Objective 2.5: Differentiate VMware vSphere Availability Technologies
  • Differentiate vSphere high availability features.
  • Remediate high availability challenges.
  • Identify vSphere Disaster Recovery solutions.
  • Differentiate VMware disaster recovery/disaster tolerance technologies.
  • Explain vSphere Fault Tolerance.
  • Identify vSphere Replication requirements.
+Objective 2.6: Differentiate VMware Data Center Virtualization Products
  • Explain features of VMware NSX.
  • Explain features of vRealize Operations.
  • Explain features of vRealize Automation.
  • Explain features of Site Recovery Manager.
+ Section 3: Perform Operational Tasks using the vSphere Web Client
+ Objective 3.1: Identify and Understand Virtual Infrastructure Object Status
  • Identify different virtual infrastructure objects within the vSphere Web Client.
  • Differentiate visual status indicators for various object states and conditions.
  • Describe actions that can be taken on objects given a specific state of condition.
+ Objective 3.2: Understand Hierarchy and Inventory Objects within the vSphere Web Client
  • Differentiate the functions of the vSphere Web Client panes.
  • Describe vSphere Web Client Navigation, Filter and Search options.
  • Describe the Access Control system.
  • Understand how roles and/or permissions are assigned.
  • Understand virtual machine file and inventory structure and mechanisms.
  • Understand the benefit of tags assigned to inventory objects.
+ Objective 3.3: Monitor Virtual Machine and ESXi Host Status
  • Install the Client Integration Plug-in.
  • Install the VMware Remote Console.
  • Install and/or Upgrade VMware Tools.
  • Understand and differentiate virtual machine performance charts.
  • Monitor Virtual Machine CPU/Memory/Disk utilization.
  • Monitor ESXi Host health status.
  • Monitor ESXi Host and virtual machine tasks.
  • Monitor ESXi Host and virtual machine events.
  • Monitor ESXi Host and virtual machine alarms.
+ Objective 3.4: Perform Virtual Machine Operations
  • Differentiate the power states of a virtual machine.
  • Configure startup options for virtual machines running on a host.
  • Manage the power operations of a virtual machine.
  • Manage the power operations of a vApp.
  • Install a guest OS to an existing virtual machine.
  • Manage removable media.
+ Section 4: Correlate VMware Virtualization Solutions with Common Data Center Business Challenges
+ Objective 4.1: Perform Virtual Machine Operations
  • Apply VMware virtualization technologies to resolve common data center availability challenges.
  • Apply VMware virtualization technologies to resolve common data center management challenges.
  • Apply VMware virtualization technologies to resolve common data center optimization challenges.
  • Apply VMware virtualization technologies to resolve common data center scalability challenges.
  • Differentiate SMB and Enterprise data center challenges and solutions that can be met with vSphere.
+ Exam Contributors
Andrew Ellwood
Mark Jones
Timur Mirzoev
Rick Watson

Recommended Training

Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals [V6]

Practice Exam

VCA6-DCV (1V0-621) Practice Exam

Note: the practice exam will not cover every objective in the certification exam; it is intended for a review and to gauge your learning, but it is not comprehensive. Be sure to review the exam blueprint and training plan to find other resources to prepare.