Friday, 5 September 2014

New VMware VCP-NV Credential: Learning VMware NSX

For the past week or two I have started learning VMware's new NSX Network Virtualization platform, as I am planning on getting the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) in Network Virtualization credential. As always VMware have their "training requirements" before you can get authorized to take the exam. Luckily if you are already a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) in Data Center Virtualization you can take the exam without any formal training. It also appears until February 2015 if you are a Cisco CCNA/CCNP in Data Center or Routing and Switching you can also request authorization without the formal course requirement.

The overview and blueprint is available from VMware(https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=51111&ui=www_cert) and as always the exam objectives are not defined in depth. I have requested authorization for the VCP-NV exam, and have it booked for the end of October, because of the mess my Pearson Vue account(s) are in it authorized me based on my CCNA Data Center credential, and not VCP-DCV. The exam is set to cost $175, which is the same as the traditional VCP exam.

I have already read through all of the VMware documentation for NSX but have to give it a second read when I start to provision NSX into my lab (https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/nsx_pubs.html). I am currently building a clean vSphere 5.5 lab to accommodate VMware NSX, the required hardware for the NSX Manager seems a bit on the extreme side especially when only in a lab therefore I am hoping to get away with much less than it states is required.

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