How to pass VCAP5-DCD when you are new to design?
Since VMware last updated the official VCAP5-DCD blueprint back in March 2014 (ver. 3.0), some things have changed and a number of links in the blueprint take you to marketing pages instead of the white papers, etc. Here is an outline of the VCAP5-DCD topics covered in the official VMware exam blueprint but with updated and direct resources.
Also, make sure to check out some of the resources conveniently compiled at the bottom of this page and highly recommended by many of the existing VCAP5-DCD certification holders. These include books, exam experiences, and study notes.
VCAP5–DCD Comprehensive Study Plan (Updated: 4/4/2014)
Recommended books after you read all VMware materials:
VMware vSphere Design 2nd Edition by Forbes Guthrie & Scott Lowe
VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide by Paul McSharry of elasticsky.co.uk fame
VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive by Duncan Epping of yellow-bricks.com fame