VCP-NV 2020 Certification Has Been Retired

This certification has been replaced by VMware with new certification(s).

Certification Details

A candidate who earns the VMware VCP-NV certification can bring valid proof that he/she can transform the network economics and security of their company’s operations. Also, this certificate validates one’s knowledge on configuring and managing virtual networking features, NSX in particular.

Ideal Candidates for VMware VCP-NV Certification

To obtain the VCP-NV certification, individuals have to pass two essential exams. The first one is the foundational test coded 2V0-01.19 while the second is 2V0-41.20. The prerequisites that applicants should meet to be eligible for these exams include having at least 6 months of experience managing, configuring, and installing NSX-T Data Center 3.0 features and infrastructure. Also, candidates should possess basic information on the NSX-T features and architecture. Finally, there is a requirement of a minimum experience of 6 months in using KVM and Linux infrastructure.

Exam Structure

The VMware 2V0-01.19 certification exam contains 65 questions in single and multiple-choice formats. A score one has to achieve is 300 points and above. Besides, the candidates will have 105 minutes to complete all the tasks. The VMware 2V0-41.20 exam contains 70 questions that should be answered within 135 minutes. The passing mark is 300 points as well.

Both tests are proctored and require students to register through the Pearson VUE site. They should only follow the instructions provided by the platform and pay a registration fee that is $250 for each exam.

2V0-01.19 Exam Content

Prior to taking the VMware 2V0-01.19 certification exam, one should develop the skills tested during it, including the following areas:

  • Installation and setting up tasks regarding ESXi Hosts as well as vCenter Server 6

    The biggest part of this domain focuses on skills needed to perform the configuration and installation processes. Apart from this, one should be able to define the appropriate vSphere solutions as well as architectures taking the requirements into account.

  • Management and configuration of vSphere 6.x networking

    This section of the test emphasizes configuration tasks. Thus, candidates should learn more about how to handle vSphere switches, both standard and distributed, and set up certain features depending on a scenario.

  • Administering and configuring vSphere 6.x storage

    Under this domain, one will be assessed on the knowledge of connecting shared storage devices with ESXi Hosts. Also, applicants need to learn more about VMFS alongside NFS datastores and software defined storage.

  • vApps and Vms management and deployment

    In this topics, one’s ability to design, deploy, and manage vApps and VMs will be checked. In addition, candidates need to possess skills in administering VM clones and templates.

  • Establishment as well as maintenance of Resource management features and Availability

    This domain emphasizes the design and setting up of VMware clusters, the management of resource pools, and the implementation of fault tolerance. Also, one has to be able to efficiently update, restore, and backup VMs.

  • Troubleshooting issues arising within the implementation of vSphere 6.x

    This section is all about resolving installation and operational problems that one can face when working with vCenter, ESXi, and Virtual Machines.

  • Monitoring the implementation of vSphere

    The last part of the syllabus covers basic monitoring principles and creating alarms as well as managing them. In addition, applicants have to learn more about vRealize Log Insight, including its installation and setting up.

2V0-41.20 Exam Content

The outline of the VMware 2V0-41.20 test is divided into seven sections. Still, three of them don’t have detailed objectives, namely ones related to the technologies as well as architecture of vSphere, designing and planning, optimization, upgrades, performance-tuning. The other domains that have minute subtopics disclosed by the vendor, are as follows:

  • Solutions and products of VMware

    To succeed in questions presented under this domain, applicants should demonstrate that they are familiar with various solutions such as VMware Virtual Cloud Network Vision and NSX Portfolio. Also, they should understand which is NSX value proposition and features. Another subtopic included here is the differentiation between the Management, Control, Data, and Consumption planes’ functionalities. The candidates also need to learn more about architecture and related features of Logical Routing and Switching. Finally, they should also be able to explain the way Edge and NSX Security architecture work.

  • Setup, configuration, and installing

    This chapter focuses on the preparation and installation of the NSX-T Data Center workflow. The candidates should also become proficient in configuring different systems like the Logical Routing and Switching Features and the Hypervisor Networking. Finally, they will find questions related to the configuration methods used for Edge Cluster and NSX-T Edge Nodes, and tasks that check one’s knowledge of NSX-T Data Center Network Services and Security Features.

  • Troubleshooting

    This topic focuses on testing the candidates’ capability of coming with troubleshooting solutions for NSX components and configuration and installation issues along with problems arising with physical infrastructure and connectivity. In addition, familiarity with basic troubleshooting tools is required.

  • Operational and administrative tasks

    The final domain evaluates the applicants’ capability of managing operational and administrative tasks when it comes to vSphere solutions. Also, exam-takers should demonstrate that they can configure the correct roles and permissions for NSX-T Data Center. They should know how to create Log bundles as well as monitor the implementation process for VMware NSX environment.

Career Path for Someone Who Obtains VMware VCP-NV Certification

The successful holders of the VMware VCP-NV certification obtain numerous career opportunities, including their eligibility for the following roles, to name a few:

  • Data Center Specialist
  • Virtualization Administrator
  • Data Center Operations Engineer

According to, the annual salary of System Administrators with skills in virtualization is $63k on average and can reach a level of $89k per year. Also, Data Center Operations Engineers can get an average annual payment of $81k.

Certification Prospects

The candidates who earn the VMware VCP-NV certification can apply for other related certificates and badges. Therefore, they can obtain the top-level VCAP accreditation. Also, the options such as VMware vRealize Operations Cloud Management Automation 2020 certificates become available.