This post is intended to help those building labs to study for the DCA550 exam. Note that each question lists the components required to complete that item.
The DCA550 exam is based on a vApp hosted by vCloud Director. While the vApp’s primary desktop is a Win2k8 R2 server named “ControlCenter” I would not recommend replicating that, rather use either your hosting machine’s desktop or the domain controler (pdc-sql) and just make sure Firefox, PowerCLI, Putty and WinSCP are on it.
The password for all accounts is vmware1!
There is one DNS/AD domain: dca.vclass.local
172.20.10.x (main/management network)
172.20.13.x (NFS/iSCSI, other)
Five ESXi hosts (5.5.0 Build 1474528)
Two vCenter servers
vcs01 172.20.10.94 (with VUM)
One Windows 2k8 R2 server (AD/DNS/DHCP/NFS/NTP)
.93 on all networks and has four command prompts running ping on each network to ensure the vmnics on each host “find” networks.
One LeftHand appliance
One vCOPS appliance pair licensed for Foundation
One vCO appliance (5.5.1 Build 1617225)
several vMA appliances, one for an actual vMA platform, the rest for extra VMs
Note that only two hosts and one vCenter server is needed for practice, the extras are to ensure mistakes don’t end your exam.