VCAP6 – Network Virtualisation Deployment Study Guide

I’m using the following list of links to study for my VCAP6-NV exam:

The official VMware Exam Blueprint is located here.

Note: Due to the fact my homelab environment is running vSphere 6.5, i’m using NSX 6.3.x rather than 6.2.x.  Therefore, the majority of configuration examples will be identical but there maybe some subtle differences.

Blueprint

Section 1 – Prepare VMware NSX Infrastructure
Objective 1.1 – Deploy VMware NSX Infrastructure components
Objective 1.2 – Prepare Host Clusters for Network Virtualization
Objective 1.3 – Configure and Manage Transport Zones
Section 2 – Create and Manage VMware NSX Virtual Networks
Objective 2.1 – Create and Manage Logical Switches
Objective 2.2 – Configure and Manage Layer 2 Bridging
Objective 2.3 – Configure and Manage Routing
Section 3 – Deploy and Manage VMware 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 Additional VMware NSX Edge Services
Section 4 – Secure a vSphere Data Center with VMware NSX
Objective 4.1 – Configure and Manage Logical Firewall Services
Objective 4.2 – Configure and Manage Service Composer
Section 5 – Perform Operational Management of a VMware NSX Implementation
Objective 5.1 – Backup and Restore Network Configurations
Objective 5.2 – Monitor a VMware NSX Implementation
Objective 5.3 – Configure and Manage Role Based Access Control
Section 6 – Configure Cross vCenter Networking and Security
Objective 6.1 – Configure Cross vCenter VMware NSX infrastructure components
Objective 6.2 – Configure and Manage Universal Logical Network Objects
Objective 6.3 – Configure and Manage Universal Logical Security Objects
Section 7 – Perform Advanced VMware NSX Troubleshooting
Objective 7.1 – Troubleshoot Common VMware NSX Installation/Configuration Issues
Objective 7.2 – Troubleshoot VMware NSX Connectivity Issues
Objective 7.3 – Troubleshoot VMware NSX Edge Services Issues
Section 8 – Utilize API Commands to Manage a VMware NSX Deployment
Objective 8.1 – Administer and Execute calls using the VMware NSX vSphere API

VMware NSX Posts

The following posts have been created by me during my study for VCIX6-NV.  Some of the articles will be referred to during the Exam Guide but they are also available below:

Hands on Labs (HOL)

Current Labs:

HOL-1703-SDC-1 – VMware NSX: Introduction and Feature Tour
HOL-1703-USE-2 – VMware NSX: Distributed Firewall with Micro-Segmentation
HOL-1703-USE-3 – VMware NSX: Operations and Visibility
HOL-1703-SDC-4 – VMware NSX: Installation and Configuration
HOL-1720-SDC-1 – VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) with vSphere and NSX
HOL-1725-SDC-1 – VMware NSX Advanced Consumption
HOL-1725-USE-2 – VMware NSX Multi-Site DR with SRM
HOL-1723-SDC-1 – Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform with VMware NSX
HOL-1706-SDC-1 – Cloud Management Platform: Integrating the Parts
HOL-1721-USE-2 – vRealize Automation 7 Advanced

Older Labs (if available):

HOL-SDC-1603 – VMware NSX Introduction
HOL-SDC-1620 – OpenStack with VMware vSphere and NSX
HOL-SDC-1624 – VMware NSX and the vRealize Suite
HOL-SDC-1625 – VMware NSX Advanced
HOL-PRT-1672 – Deploying Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform with VMware NSX

VMworld Sessions

SEC1959-S – The “Goldilocks Zone” for Security
NET3305-S – Virtualize your Network with VMware NSX
NET1586 – Advanced Network Services with NSX
NET1674 – Advanced Topics & Future Directions in Network Virtualization with NSX
SEC2567 – Unleashing Collaborative Security with VMware NSX – Advanced Defense for Advanced Threats

Community Resources

VCAP6-NV Study Guide by Clinton Prentice
NSX for Newbies by Giuliano Bertello