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As written in a previous post, it’s possible study for the VCP-NV exam using only on-line resources, but the same it’s not really possible for the Network Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX-NV) certification that require really a good practice with the interface and a well understand of all NSX concepts. This exam is available since October 2014.

As usual, the first source of information is the Exam Blueprint (actually in version 1.7, dated 9 December 2014) that give you a lot of information about the exam and also the environment (note that actually there isn’t a simulator or a demo or a mock).

The virtual environment consisting of a management cluster, multiple compute clusters, and related virtual machines. The lab environment is based on vSphere 5.5 and NSX for vSphere 6.0.2.

VCIX-NVThe VCIX-NV Exam consists of 18 live lab activities and a short pre-exam survey consisting of 9 questions. Live lab activities consist of multiple tasks, where each task is scored. The total number of activities provided is based on the total number of tasks. Because of this, the actual number of lab activities may vary slightly between exams.

As each live exam remember that there can be some issue in latency (see also this post), connections, and more important TIMING… be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the exam start!

VMware Hands on Labs may help, but for this exam you really need your own lab to make much practice as possible. Anyway labs like HOL-SDC-1425 – VMware NSX Advanced are still pretty useful, remember only (for the exam preparation) to focus only on 6.0.x features (so not the DHCP relay or the ECMP features covered in this lab).

VCIX-NV exam experience

Several people have already passed this exam and can provide their point of view:

VCIX-NV Blueprint with notes

There are several blueprint resources

But actually just the last one is really complete with all the sections and the objectives (anyway there are also a lot of good post also on the third resource):

Section 1 – Install and Upgrade VMware NSX

Section 2 – Create and Manage VMware NSX Virtual Networks

Section 3 – Deploy and Manage NSX Network Services

Section 4 – Perform Operational Maintenance

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

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

NSX Troubleshooting

This part is absolutely not coverd by the Install & Configuration course and could be quite difficult. On Internet there are a lot of resource pages, but most of them are really minimal or just copy of each other.

Anyway you can start from:


Also this part is absolutely not coverd by the Install & Configuration course and could be quite difficult.

You can start from:

Additional resources

Other hints for this exam:


Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.