VCP-NV Objectives Study Guide

VMware have recently released a couple of new certifications based on network virtualization – VCP-NV and the VCDX-NV. This is an area I am very interested in getting more experience of, so in a similar vein to my VCAP5-DCA study guide, I plan on writing posts on each of the objectives listed on the official VCP-NV blueprint, with the aim of taking the certification exam later in the year. This page will serve as a link to those posts – why not bookmark and check back for updates!

Section 1 – Define VMware NSX Technology and Architecture

1. Describe the Benefits of a VMware NSX Implementation
2. Describe VMware NSX Architecture
3. Differentiate VMware Network and Security Technologies
4. Contrast Physical and Virtual Network Technologies
5. Explain VMware NSX Integration with Third-Party Products and Services
6. Explain VMware NSX Integration with vCloud Automation Center (vCAC)

Section 2 – Plan and Configure vSphere Networking

1. Define Benefits of Running VMware NSX on Physical Network Fabrics
2. Describe Physical Infrastructure Requirements for a VMware NSX Implementation

Section 3 – Configure and Manage vSphere Networking

1. Configure and Manage vSphere Standard Switches (vSS)
2. Configure and Manage vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS)
3. Configure and Manage vSS and vDS Policies

Section 4 – Install and Upgrade VMware NSX

1. Configure Environment for Network Virtualization
2. Deploy VMware NSX Components – Part 1 and Part 2
3. Upgrade Existing vCNS/NSX Implementation
4. Expand Transport Zone to Include New Cluster(s)

Section 5 – Configure VMware NSX Virtual Networks

1. Create and Administer Logical Switches
2. Configure VXLAN
3. Configure and Manage Layer 2 Bridging
4. Configure and Manage Logical Routers (and Edge Services Routers, Part 1 and Part 2)

Section 6 – Configure and Manage NSX Network Services

1. Configure and Manage Logical Load Balancing
2. Configure and Manage Logical Virtual Private Networks (VPN) – SSL VPN-Plus / IPSec and L2
3. Configure and Manage DHCP/DNS/NAT
4. Configure and Manage Edge Services High Availability

Section 7 – Configure and Administer Network Security

1. Configure and Administer Logical Firewall Services
2. Configure Distributed Firewall Services
3. Configure and Manage Service Composer

Section 8 – Perform Operations Tasks in a VMware NSX Environment

1. Configure Roles, Permissions, and Scopes
2. Describe NSX Automation
3. Monitor a VMware NSX Implementation
4. Administer Logging
5. Backup and Recover Configurations

Section 9 – Troubleshoot a VMware Network Virtualization Implementation

1. Identify Tools Available for Troubleshooting
2. Troubleshoot Common NSX Installation/Configuration Issues
3. Troubleshoot Common NSX Component Issues
4. Troubleshoot Common Connectivity Issues
5. Troubleshoot Common vSphere Networking Issues


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