VCAP6-DCV Deploy public beta launched

[Update 6/16 with desktop screenshot]

The successor to the popular DCA550 exam went into public beta last week with with a staggered roll out starting in the US.
More info at the VMware pages

Key changes from the current VCAP5-DCA:
Hands-on-Labs interface with HTML5 console access instead of RDP-via-ActiveX
Available at many more sites
Network Performance test available if poor performance is reported
paste-into-kit available to scrape from the manual
can see manual (scenarios) and console at the same time
Can resize/relocate manual to fix candidate preference
Access to the consoles of all VMs – however function keys are disabled so you can’t log into most of them at this time.

Key points:
27 questions
4 hours no time extensions

Kit components:
Win2k12 for jumpbox/DC/NFS/etc
Win 2k12 for VUM
seven ESXi hosts (6.0.0)
two VCSA (6.0.0)
one iSCSI appliance
vVol appliance

Four networks
172.20.10.x management/primary
172.20.11.x “production a”
172.20.12.x vMotion
172.20.111.x “production b”


Tips and tricks:
Read the interface guide
Run through HandsOnLabs especially HOL-CHG-1695 and set your screen to 1024×768 to practice optimizing the environment.

Note that right-click, Control, Alt and Function keys are blocked in the exam so get used to menu options and other workarounds.
Use the Windows On-Screen Keyboard to get around these limitations:

Don’t skip around in the exam until you’ve attempted all of the questions. Note that skipping around is *far* easier with the new interface.
That said, skip the items you need the PDFs or html doc links until you’ve done the ones you know.

Good luck!!

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