VCAP-CIA Study Material and Blue Print

I am very excited that I passed VCAP-CIA, I would like to share the complete study material for VCAP-CIA aspirants.

Before prepartion, I strongly recommend to go through all vCloud Director Free Courses:

Summary of the VCAP-CIA Blue Print.

Section 1 – Configure and Maintain vCloud Director
Objective 1.1 – Configure centralized logging
Objective 1.2 – Configure vCloud Director for scalability
Objective 1.3 – Maintain vCloud using command line tools
Objective 1.4 – Configure Alarms and Notifications
Objective 1.5 – Manage vCenter Chargeback reports

Section 2 – Manage vSphere Resources

Objective 2.1 – Add vSphere compute resources to vCloud Director
Objective 2.2 – Manage vSphere storage resources
Objective 2.3 – Manage vSphere network resources

Section 3 – Manage vCloud Director Resources
Objective 3.1 – Manage Provider VDCs
Objective 3.2 – Manage vCloud Director network resources
Objective 3.3 – Manage Organization VDCs
Objective 3.4 – Manage an Organization

Section 4 – Manage Complex vCloud Director Networks
Objective 4.1 – Configure Organization and vApp network services
Objective 4.2 – Create and maintain cloud networks

Section 5 – Manage Security
Objective 5.1 – Manage vCloud Director SSL Certificates
Objective 5.2 – Configure and manage vCD access control

Section 6 – Manage catalogs and vApps
Objective 6.1 – Share vApps and catalogs
Objective 6.2 – Create and deploy vApps
Objective 6.3 – Create and configure catalogs
Objective 6.4 – Manage vApp storage settings




Section 1 – Configure and Maintain vCloud Director

Objective 1.1 – Configure centralized logging

Skills and Abilities
• Determine use cases for and configure local and syslog options for vCloud Director
• Configure Log4j options for vCloud Director
• Configure and administer logging options for VMware vShield™ Manager
Tools
• vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide
• vShield Administration Guide
• Apache Log4j Documentation
• vShield Manager Web Console
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vCloud Director command shell

Objective 1.2 – Configure vCloud Director for scalability

Knowledge
• Identify vCloud Director installation methods
• Identify vCloud Director installation options
Skills and Abilities
• Generate vCloud Director response files
Page no#28
(This is given for vCD 1.5 ad it is applicable for 5.1 as well)
• Add vCloud cells to an existing installation using response files
Page no#29
• Set up vCloud Director transfer storage space
Configure vCloud Director load balancing
Tools
• vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 1.3 – Maintain vCloud using command line tools

Skills and Abilities
• Manage and maintain vCloud Director cells using the cell management tool
• Install and manage a vCloud Director installation using the configure script
• Manage vCloud services using Red Hat command line tools including service, chkconfig and netstat
• Collect logs for troubleshooting using the support script
Tools
• vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Deployment Guide
• vCloud Director command shell
• vCloud Director command line tools
o cell-management-tool
o configure
o vmware-vcd-multi-cell-log-collector
o vmware-vcd-support
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux command line
o service
o chkconfig
o netstat

Objective 1.4 – Configure Alarms and Notifications

Skills and Abilities
• Configure SMTP and notification settings
• Configure warning alerts
Create System maintenance message
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 1.5 – Manage vCenter Chargeback reports

Skills and Abilities
• Generate and archive basic reports
Tools
• vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Section 2 – Manage vSphere Resources

Objective 2.1 – Add vSphere compute resources to vCloud Director

Skills and Abilities:
• Add new vCenter servers to vCloud Director
• Prepare/unprepared hosts in vCloud Director
• Add ESXi hosts to vCenter
• Manage ESXi hosts and DRS resource pools in vCenter
Tools
• vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCenter Server and Host Management guide
• vSphere Availability guide
• vSphere Resource Management guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vSphere Client / Web Client

Objective 2.2 – Manage vSphere storage resources

           Knowledge
• Identify components, characteristics and features of vSphere storage
Skills and Abilities
• Decommission storage
• Create and manage storage profiles
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCenter Server and Host Management guide
• vSphere Storage Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vSphere Client / Web Client

Objective 2.3 – Manage vSphere network resources

Knowledge
• Identify vSphere networking components
Skills and Abilities
• Create and manage vSphere port groups
• Configure vSphere network options including MTU and VLAN
• Prepare vSphere cluster for VXLAN
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCenter Server and Host Management guide
• vSphere Network Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vSphere Client / Web Client
• vSphere Client / Web Client

 Section 3 – Manage vCloud Director Resources

Objective 3.1 – Manage Provider VDCs

Knowledge
• Identify Provider VDC options
Skills and Abilities
• Create and Provider VDCs
• Merge or Expand Provider VDCs
• Manage Provider VDC options
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 3.2 – Manage vCloud Director network resources

Knowledge
• Identify vCloud Director network pool types
Skills and Abilities
• Create and manage network pools
• Create Provider external networks
• Manage and remove network resources
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 3.3 – Manage Organization VDCs

Knowledge
• Identify org VDC types
• Identify org VDC options
• Identify org VDC network options
Skills and Abilities
• Configure storage tiers
• Create, manage and delete org VDCs
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 3.4 – Manage an Organization

Knowledge
• Identify Organization options and their uses
Skills and Abilities
• Create and manage Organizations
• Manage Organization policies and settings
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Section 4 – Manage Complex vCloud Director Networks

Objective 4.1 – Configure Organization and vApp network services

Skills and Abilities
• Configure DHCP and DNS relay
• Configure and maintain Virtual Private Networks
• Configure and maintain firewall rules including source and destination NAT
• Configure and maintain static routes
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 4.2 – Create and maintain cloud networks

Skills and Abilities
• Configure and maintain direct and routed internal, external and vApp networks
External Direct
External Routed
Internal Only
• Configure Edge Gateways for availability and scalability
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Section 5 – Manage Security

Objective 5.1 – Manage vCloud Director SSL Certificates

Skills and Abilities
• Create and process certificate requests
• Replace default certificates
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vCloud Director command shell

Objective 5.2 – Configure and manage vCD access control

Skills and Abilities
Configure LDAP (Active Directory and Open LDAP)
•Import users and groups from a LDAP source
• Create and assign roles
• Configure Organization LDAP using a unique DN
• Configure and maintain VMware Single Sign-On for vCloud Suite products
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
• vShield Manager Web Console

Section 6 – Manage catalogs and vApps

Objective 6.1 – Share vApps and catalogs

Skills and Abilities
• Manage catalog sharing and access levels
• Manage vApp sharing and access levels
• Manage Catalog and vApp ownership
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 6.2 – Create and deploy vApps

Skills and Abilities
• Customize vApps
• Manage guest customization including SYSPREP utilities
• Create and deploy vApps
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 6.3 – Create and configure catalogs

Skills and Abilities
• Create and share catalogs
• Import vSphere virtual machines and templates in to a catalog
• Import media into a catalog
• Manage vApps and media in a catalog
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console

Objective 6.4 – Manage vApp storage settings

Knowledge
• Create and share catalogs
Skills and Abilities
Tools
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Administrator’s Guide
• vCloud Director Web Console
Test
This post first appeared on the Virtualization Express blog at virtualizationexpress.com, by Karthic Kumar +.
Copyright © 2013 – VirtualizationExpress +. All rights reserved. Not to be reproduced for commercial purposes without written permission.
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