Dear All,

Happy to share that yesterday cleared my VCAP-DCA (VDCA550) Certification. Yesterday finished writing my exam around 6:00 PM Singapore Time and waiting for my Score Report to see this below wonderful lines –

“Congratulations on passing the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Administration exam! You will receive an email notification from once your certification status has been confirmed and added to your VMware Education Transcript (allow one week).”

After completing my VCAP5-DCD certification last year on 21st August started preparing for my VCAP5-DCA exam but because of hectic schedule could not get enough time to finish this. But Finally achieved this.


The VCAP5-DCA (VDCA550) Exam consists of 23 live lab activities and a short pre-exam survey consisting of 9 questions. The total time for this exam is 180 minutes but as i was writing this exam in Singapore where English is not a primary language so an additional 30 minutes added to the exam time to 210 minutes. Plus 15 minutes for short pre-exam survey so total time was 225 minutes.

The passing score for this exam is 300 out of 500.

Exam Experience

Although i have been working on VMware products for long but for the VCAP-DCA on 5.5 exam, I knew I had to brush up and practice at least once in my lab all the areas in the blueprint. VCAP5-DCA-VDCA550-Exam-Blueprint-v3_3.

I started practicing through the blueprint. Going through the blueprint is compulsory as the exam covers all the topics discussed in the blueprint. Second best source was go through the various blogs sharing experience and tips provided for VCAP-DCA exam.

There are lot of blog posts which you should go through which has study notes which will certainly help with great deal. Here are few blogs which  i followed:-

vSphere Optimize & Scale Course on Trainsignal by Jason Nash: Official recommended course for VCAP5-DCA and Jason Nash one of the most excellent instructors and he deep dives through each point in the blueprint.

The ProfessionalVMware #vBrownBag sessions on

Exam Environment

The format has changed significantly from the 510 exams from my research and in asking others of their experience…The exam consists of a number of tasks that are performed using an environment consisting of five ESXi 5.5 hosts, two vCenter 5.5 Servers, vCenter Orchestrator 5.5 and vSphere Replication 5.5 appliances plus an Active Directory domain controller and shared storage. A number of pre-configured virtual machines will also be present for use with certain tasks.Throughout the exam you are repeatedly warned to not change anything but what actions are stated in the question…

I solved 22 questions and was left with 7 minutes time for a question I had no idea where to begin with. So after 5 minutes of desperate clicking around vSphere Client and in provided documentations, I gave up and finished my examination session.

Final Thoughts

I am so happy to clear my VCAP-DCA (VDCA550) exam. I was relieved and fairly happy that the plan had worked and all the hard work of the months had paid off.

Good luck to all those taking the VCAP-DCA in the future 🙂

2 thoughts on “MY VCAP-DCA (VDCA550) EXPERIENCE”

  1. Roshan,
    Congratulations on your winning spree and added crowns. Gems like you are making VMware think on their education strategy and asking them introduce new certifications every year. Keep up the good work

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