VCAP5-DTA: Introduction to the blueprint

Well it seems that the VCAP-DCD needs to wait a bit because I just couldn’t help shifting my attention to VCAP5-DTA, in this series of blogs I will be going through the blueprint as I will be preparing myself to sit for the exam, and hopefully at the end of this series I will be ready for it.

I have been dealing with VMware View since its first release and after I read the blueprint I realized that I haven’t even covered 50% of the information there, simply because in real life you don’t get to actually implement a full featured solution.

So the blueprint can be picked up from here ( and it requires myLearn login, as of this date the current version of the blueprint is 1.5 released in 15th of December 2013, if they update the blueprint and I’m sure they will, I’ll update my blog posts accordingly to meet any change.

Also you’ll need the trusty VMware View documentation which can be acquired from here ( and it does not require any sort of credentials to access it.

Listing the sections and their respective objectives:

  1. Section1: Deploy View Installations and Upgrade Existing Deployments
    1. 1.1  – Deploy High Available View Installations.
    2. 1.2 – Deploy and Configure View Composer.
    3. 1.3 – Deploy and Configure a View Security Server.
    4. 1.4 – Deploy and Configure View Transfer Server.
    5. 1.5 – Upgrade View Infrastructure Components.
  2. Section2: Configure and Administer View Components
    1. 2.1 – Configure and Manage View Global Policies and Settings.
    2. 2.2 – Configure Administrator Roles and Permissions.
    3. 2.3 – Configure Syslog and View Events Database.
    4. 2.4 – Backup and Restore View Environments.
    5. 2.5 – Configure Location Based Printing.
  3. Section3: Deploy, Manage and Customize Pool Implementations
    1. 3.1 – Configure Pool Storage for Optimal Performance.
    2. 3.2 – Configure and Manage Pool Tags and Policies.
    3. 3.3 – Administer View Desktop Pools.
  4. Section4: Create, Customize and Deploy View Desktop Images
    1. 4.1 – Build, upgrade and Optimize a Windows Desktop Image.
    2. 4.2 – Deploy Applications to Desktop Images.
  5. Section5: Integrate ThinApp into a View Implementation
    1. 5.1 – Create a ThinApp Repository.
    2. 5.2 – Deploy ThinApp Applications using Active Directory.
    3. 5.3 – Compile and Deliver Full or Streaming Applications.
  6. Section6: Configure and Optimiza View Display Protocols:
    1. 6.1 – Configure PCoIP and RDP for Varying Network Conditions.
    2. 6.2 – Configure Group Policies for PCoIP and RDP.
    3. 6.3 – Analyze PCoIP Metrics for Performance Optimization.
  7. Section7: Configure and Optimize View Endpoints.
    1. 7.1 – Perform View Client Installations.
    2. 7.2 – Upgrade View Clients.
  8. Section8: Secure a View Implementation:
    1. 8.1 – Configure and Deploy Certificates.
    2. 8.2 – Harden View Components and View Desktops.
  9. Section9: Configure Persona Management for a View Implementation
    1. 9.1 – Deploy a Persona Management Solution.
    2. 9.2 – Migrate a Windows Profile.
  10. Section10: Troubleshoot a View Implementation:
    1. 10.1 – Troubleshoot View Pool creation and administration issues.
    2. 10.2 – Troubleshoot View administration management framework issues.
    3. 10.3 – Troubleshoot network, storage and vSphere infrastructure related to View.

So that’s about the blueprint sections and each section’s objective, I will be working on each section with its objectives with a single post for each section where this post will be a very long post ;-).

Now from my point of view for sure I will start with my points of strength and expertise in terms of fulfilling the blueprint since it takes more time to learn new things which I will be doing with you my dearest upcoming VCAP-DTA =).

Bring up your labs and lets bring havoc on our brain cells ;-).

Thank you for your time :).

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