VCIX-NV Exam Preparation

| 27/10/2014 |

image Having recently completed the VCP-NV exam, I thought I’d get a jump start on the new VCIX-NV exam, VMware Certified Implementation Expert.

This is what VMware say about the exam:

The VMware Certified Implementation Expert – Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV) certification validates your ability to install, configure, and administer NSX virtual networking implementations in a demanding hands-on lab environment. The lab is not a simulation, candidates will work within a live and fully operational NSX environment to complete all the objectives.

Successful candidates demonstrate core networking skills, such as:

  • Layer 2 switching and both static and dynamic Layer 3 routing
  • integration with vSphere distributed switches
  • managing networking policies for performance, scalability, and ease of administration
  • creating and administering logical switches, Layer 2 bridges, routers, load balancers, VPNs, firewalls
  • creating and administering Edge services, such as DHCP, DNS, and NAT, configuring and managing high availability
  • operational tasks, such as user permissions and roles, automation, monitoring, logging, auditing and compliance, backup and recovery
  • troubleshooting an Enterprise-class NSX networking implementation

I’m hoping to work through the exam objectives over the next couple of months and hopefully publish here as I go. I’m working from the version 1.5 Blueprint – 15th October 2014

Section 1 – Install and Upgrade VMware NSX

Objective 1.1 – Deploy VMware NSX Components

Objective 1.2 – Upgrade VMware NSX Components

Objective 1.3 – Configure and Manage Transport Zones

Section 2 – Create and Manage VMware NSX Virtual Networks

Objective 2.1 – Create and Administer Logical Switches

Objective 2.2 – Configure VXLANs

Objective 2.3 – Configure and Manage Layer 2 Bridging

Objective 2.4 – Configure and Manage Logical Routers

Section 3 – Deploy and Manage NSX Network Services

Objective 3.1 – Configure and Manage Logical Load Balancing

Objective 3.2 – Configure and Manage Logical Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

Objective 3.3 – Configure and Manage DHCP/DNS/NAT

Section 4 – Perform Operational Maintenance

Objective 4.1 – Backup and Restore Network Configurations

Objective 4.2 – Monitor an NSX Implementation

Section 5 – Perform Advanced Troubleshooting

Objective 5.1 – Troubleshoot Common NSX Installation/Configuration Issues

Objective 5.2 – Troubleshoot Common NSX Component Issues

Objective 5.3 – Troubleshoot Common Connectivity Issues

Objective 5.4 – Troubleshoot Common Services Issues

Section 6 – Secure an NSX Environment

Objective 6.1 – Configure and Administer Firewall Services

Objective 6.2 – Configure and Administer Role Based Access Control

Objective 6.3 – Configure and Manage Service Composer

Section 7 – Utilize API and CLI Commands to Manage an NSX Deployment

Objective 7.1 – Administer and Execute calls using the NSX vSphere API

Objective 7.2 – Manage and Report on an NSX Environment using the NSX Command Line Interface (CLI)