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  1. Top VMware Research Channels VMworld: Perhaps the best channel for technical study. Shows full video recordings of hour-long VMworld sessions. VMware Tech Pubs: Official tutorials on key concepts. Often has the only detailed video on a specialized topic such as vSphere RBAC. VMwareKB: "Providing how-to, best practices, troubleshooting, and conceptual videos for VMware products and platforms—straight from the VMware Knowledge Base." VMware vSphere: Introduces new vSphere features and provides technical walkthroughs on how to use the core platform. VMware Education & Certification: Instructional videos and information on certification paths such as VCDX preparation. Main VMware Official Channel: Mostly non-technical marketing videos, news, and corporate strategy. Good for keeping up with trends. Official VMware Channels with Specialized Topics Airwatch: "Mobility is Complicated. AirWatch makes enterprise mobility management simple." VMware Cloud Management: "Simplify cloud management, enable automation, maximize operational efficiency and increase IT and business agility." VMware Cloud-Native Apps: This channel features concepts surrounding running applications straight out of containers, which is currently only a very narrow part of the overall VMware conversation. VMware End-User Computing: "Businesses of all sizes are creating a digital workspace, delivering anytime, anywhere access to all applications, services and resources across all devices – desktops, tablets and smartphones." VMware HOL: Tips on how to use the VMware Hands-on-Labs and new developments and offerings from HoL. VMware LogInsight: "VMware vRealize Log Insight delivers real-time log management for VMware environments, with machine learning-based Intelligent Grouping, and high performance search, enabling faster troubleshooting and better operational analytics in across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. It can analyze terabytes of logs [and] discover structure in unstructured data." VMware NSX: "VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform that delivers the operational model of a VM for the network to transform data center operations and economics." VMware Storage: "VMware software-defined storage (SDS) is a simple, yet intelligent, storage data center architecture that leverages policy-based provisioning and management to eliminate static, purpose-built and inefficient hardware. VMware SDS Technologies include: VMware vSAN, Site Recovery Manager and Virtual Volumes." VMware vCloud: "VMware vCloud Suite is an integrated offering that brings together VMware’s industry-leading vSphere hypervisor and VMware vRealize Suite multi-vendor hybrid cloud management platform."
  2. General Research Bases Official Blueprint for VCP6.5-DCV Official Collection of VMware Technical Papers Official VMware Documentation Official VMware Knowledge Base Informal Guide Vladin [ESXiVirtualization]. VCP6-DCV Study Guide. Official Resources Used to Create the VCP6.5-DCV Exam VMware. (2017). vSphere 6.5 Security. For objectives 1.1 and 1.4. VMware. (2016). VMware Tools User Guide. For 1.2 and 1.4. VMware KB. (September 27, 2016). How to Modify the Default Expiry Time for the Vpxuser Account. For 1.2. Official vSphere 6.5 Documentation. All objectives except for 1.1 and 10.4. VMware. (n.d.). What's New in VMware vSphere 6.5. For 1.2, 1.4, 2.1, 3.3, 3.4, 5.2, 8.2, and 9.1. VMware KB. (March 06, 2017). What Is Beacon Probing? (1005577). For 2.1. Official vSphere 6.0 Documentation. For 3.2, 3.4, and 6.2. ESXi download source. For 4.1. VMware KB. (September 11, 2017). How to Back up ESXi Host Configuration (2042141). For 4.1. VMware. (2013). VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache 1.0 [FAQ]. For 5.1. VMware KB. (January 26, 2017). Using ESXi Shell in ESXi 5.x and 6.x. For 7.1. VMware KB. (March 10, 2017). Enabling Trivia Logging in VMware vCenter Server (1001584). For 7.1. VMware KB. (August 11, 2017). Stopping Starting, or Restarting Services in vCSA 6.5 (2147152). For 7.1 and 9.2. VMware KB. (August 25, 2017). Using the pktcap-uw Tool in ESXi 5.5 and Later (2051814). For 7.2. VMware KB. (February 01, 2017). “vm-support” Command in ESX/ESXi to Collect Diagnostic Information (1010705). For 7.3. VMware KB. (February 23, 2017). Virtual Machines Appear as Invalid or Orphaned in vCenter Server (1003742). For 7.4. Krowser via VMware Reddit. (November 17, 2016). vMotion Failure. For 7.4. VMware. (2017). Product Page for vSphere with Operations Management. For 8.2. VMware. (2010). VMware Host Profiles: Technical Overview. For 8.2. Chaubal, Charu via VMware Blogs. (October 18, 2016). What’s New in vSphere 6.5: Host & Resource Management and Operations. For 8.2 and 9.1. VMware. (2016). VMware vCenter Converter Standalone User's Guide. For 10.4. VMware KB. (May 06, 2015). Best Practices for Using and Troubleshooting VMware Converter (1004588). For 10.4. VMware Technical Papers VMware. (July 17, 2017). Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.5. VMware. (May 16, 2017). What's New in Performance? VMware vSphere 6.5. VMware. (August 18, 2017). Performance of Storage Policy-Based Management in VMware vCenter Server 6.5. VMware. (March 27, 2017). vSphere 6.5 Virtual Machine Encryption Performance. VMware. (March 01, 2017). Performance Implications of Storage I/O Control-Enabled SSD Datastores. VMware. (February 23, 2017). Command-Line Deployment and Upgrade of VMware vCSA 6.0 U3. VMware. (January 10, 2017). vSphere 6.5 Encrypted vMotion Architecture, Performance, and Best Practices. VMware. (November 30, 2016). vCenter Server 6.5 High Availability Performance and Best Practices. VMware. (November 15, 2016). vSphere 6.5 DRS Performance. VMware. (November 15, 2016). Command-Line Installation and Upgrade of vCenter Server 6.5. VMware. (November 15, 2016). vSphere Update Manager Performance and Best Practices. VMware. (February 19, 2014). Security of the VMware vSphere Hypervisor. Internal Links for VCP6.5-DCV Objectives Section 1: Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Security Objective 1.1 – Configure and Administer Role-based Access Control Objective 1.2 – Secure ESXi and vCenter Server Objective 1.3 – Configure and Enable SSO and Identity Sources Objective 1.4 – Secure vSphere Virtual Machines Section 2: Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Networking Objective 2.1 – Configure Policies/Features and Verify vSphere Networking Objective 2.2 – Configure Network I/O Control (NIOC) Section 3: Configure and Administer vSphere 6.x Storage Objective 3.1 – Manage vSphere Integration with Physical Storage Objective 3.2 – Configure Software-Defined Storage Objective 3.3 – Configure vSphere Storage Multipathing and Failover Objective 3.4 – Perform VMFS and NFS Configurations and Upgrades Objective 3.5 – Set up and Configure Storage I/O Control (SIOC) Section 4: Upgrade a vSphere Deployment to 6.x Objective 4.1 – Perform ESXi Host and Virtual Machine Upgrades Objective 4.2 – Perform vCenter Server Upgrades (Windows) Objective 4.3 – Perform vCenter Server migration to vCSA Section 5: Administer and Manage vSphere 6.x Resources Objective 5.1 – Configure Multilevel Resource Pools Objective 5.2 – Configure vSphere DRS and Storage DRS Clusters Section 6: Back up and Recover a vSphere Deployment Objective 6.1 – Configure and Administer vCenter Appliance Backup/Restore Objective 6.2 – Configure and Administer vCenter Data Protection Objective 6.3 – Configure vSphere Replication Section 7: Troubleshoot a vSphere Deployment Objective 7.1 – Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi Hosts Objective 7.2 – Troubleshoot vSphere Storage and Networking Objective 7.3 – Troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades and Migrations Objective 7.4 – Troubleshoot Virtual Machines Objective 7.5 – Troubleshoot HA and DRS Configurations and Fault Tolerance Section 8: Deploy and Customize ESXi Hosts Objective 8.1 – Configure Auto Deploy for ESXi Hosts Objective 8.2 – Create and Deploy Host Profiles Section 9: Configure and Administer vSphere and vCenter Availability Solutions Objective 9.1 – Configure vSphere HA Cluster Features Objective 9.2 – Configure vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) HA Section 10: Administer and Manage vSphere Virtual Machines Objective 10.1 – Create and Manage vSphere Virtual Machines and Templates Objective 10.2 – Create and Manage a Content Library Objective 10.3 – Objective 10.3 is no longer covered in the exam content. Objective 10.4 – Consolidate Physical Workloads using VMware vCenter Converter