Although vSphere 8 is released (GA) at VMware Explore Europe 2022 and modified exams can be expected, the vSphere 7 ones are still current. Also at Explore I took the Advanced Design VMware vSphere 7.x exam and passed it to update my VCDX-DCV certification based on vSphere 6.5 to the latest one based on vSphere 7. The exam I took was the Advanced Design VMware vSphere 7.x (3V0-21.21). Also this exam is a requirement for all who strive for the VCAP – Design certification or VCIX-DCV milestone based on vSphere 7 certification.

The Data Center Virtualization Design 2022 exam, is a 60-item exam with a passing score of 300 using a scaled method. Candidates are given an time of 150 minutes

Because I have passed 3 or 4 VMware design exams before on vSphere and NSX, I had a pretty good idea about the exam structure and started studying 4 week before and was really happy to have passed the exam. During the preparations, I gathered quite a list of study materials which I wanted to share with you all.

VMware exam details

Exam general info

Exam Preparation Guide

Especially check the sections:

  • Sections Included in this Exam
  • References (for the links check the last section)
  • Sample Questions

Community study material – Advanced Design VMware vSphere 7.0 Exam (3V0-21.21) Study Links – The VCAP6-DCV Deploy Exam Simulator is back!

AMPRS(S) – Working with design assumptions, the VCDX way – Breaking down the conceptual design, RCARs and AMPRS …. VCDX style

NUMA – vSphere 7 Cores per Socket and Virtual NUMA

vCenter High Availability (vCHA) –

What’s new

vSphere 7 – What’s new

vSphere 7 Core storage – What’s new

VMware links (documentation, blogs, YouTube)



Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC)

Core vSphere

Content Library

DirectPath I/O and Assignable Hardware


Time keeping

vSphere Cluster Services (vCLS)

vCenter High Availability (vCHA)

vSphere Lifecycle Manager

vCenter requirements



Certificate Management

Lockdown mode

vSphere Trust Authority (vTA)

vSGX (Software Guard Extensions) & Secure Enclaves

Bitfusion 2.x

Exam preparation references section

The references section in de exam guide mentions all sorts of KB articles without link to them. I have added them to this section.

Storage DRS FAQ

VMware response to ‘L1 Terminal Fault – VMM’ (L1TF – VMM) Speculative-Execution vulnerability in Intel processors for vSphere: CVE-2018-3646

Understanding Virtual Volumes (vVols) in VMware vSphere 6.7/7.0

FAQ: VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection

Mixed, Passthru, HBA and RAID mode SAS or SATA IO Controller card support

vSAN Design Considerations – Deduplication and Compression

Write Buffer Sizing in vSAN when Using the Very Latest Hardware

To conclude

Having an overview of relevant links will save you time, searching for and collecting them. I hope this helps you preparing for your exam. All the best and I would love to hear your feedback.


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