VCP6-NV Certification Has Been Retired

This certification has been replaced by VMware with new certification(s).

Certification Details

Earning the VMware VCP6-NV certification helps candidates verify their skills in installing, configuring, and administering NSX virtual networking implementations. They will be able to perform all these operations irrespective of the type of physical architecture that is used in the company they are working for.

Target Audience for VMware VCP6-NV Certification

The candidate who wants to earn the VMware VCP6-NV certification has to be knowledgeable in how vSphere 6 and 6.5 architectures work. Also, the examinee should be effective in managing and configuring vSphere solutions as well as should be able to administer vSphere virtual machines. A solid knowledge of how to optimize and troubleshoot the components that have any issues during the implementation process is also required. Experience in using vSphere Features and Technologies, as well as using vSphere Replication system or VMware Virtual SAN represents a huge advantage that the minimum qualified candidate should possess.

How to Earn VMware VCP6-NV Certification

The applicant who wants to earn the VMware VCP6-NV certification has to pass either vSphere 6 Foundations or vSphere 6.5 Foundation exam. The first test has the code 2V0-620 and it is valid also for VCP6-CMA, VCP6-DCV, VCP6-NV, and VCP6-DTM certifications. Besides, the exam has a duration of 115 minutes and includes 65 questions. The candidates will need to obtain at least 300 points if they want to get certified. The questions format is single and multiple choice. Also, the test is delivered in either English or Japanese languages. The second exam has the code 2V0-602. It includes 70 questions to which the candidates should provide the correct answer in 105 minutes. The registration fee for both exams is $125.

However, these exams were valid until August 2019. The vendor retired them and replaced them with only one test that has the code 2V0-01.19. This one includes 65 items to which the candidates have to provide correct answers in 105 minutes. The minimum passing score remains set at 300 points. Also, as it is a proctored exam, the applicants will need to follow the steps mentioned on the Pearson VUE platform to finalize the registration. They will be fully enrolled after they pay a fee of $125.

The VMware VCP6-NV Certification also requires one to pass the VMware 2V0-41.20 exam. It includes 70 questions to which the candidates will need to respond correctly in 135 minutes. Also, for this test, the registration fee is $250.

Skills Evaluated in VMware VCP6-NV Exams

Those who want to obtain the VMware VCP6-NV certificate, first should ace 2V0-01.19 exam. This requires mastering the following topics:

  • vCenter Server 6.x and ESXi 6.x Hosts installation and configuration
  • vSphere 6.x Networking management and configuration
  • vSphere 6.x Storage management and setting up
  • vApps and Virtual Machines administration and deployment
  • Availability and resource management maintenance and establishment
  • Troubleshooting of vSphere 6.x implementation
  • Basic monitoring of vSphere implementation

The first section evaluates the candidates' ability to properly configure and install vCenter Server 6.x and ESXi 6.x Hosts. They should demonstrate how proficient they are in identifying vSphere Solutions and Architecture in different circumstances.

Within the domain section, the examinees will need to show whether they developed skills for configuring vSphere Distributed and Standard Switches. They should also gain experience in configuring vDS and vSS features by following given requirements.

The third chapter validates the applicants' skills in configuring and connecting Shared Storage Devices to ESXi Hosts and deploying Software Defined Storage. Besides, the exam-takers should demonstrate that they can configure NFS and VMFS datastores.

The fourth section concentrates on the deployment and creation of vApps and Virtual Machines. The exam-takers will need to show if they can manage virtual machine templates and clones. The final subtopic included here focuses on the proper administration of vApps and Virtual Machines.

The fifth chapter is dedicated to the effective planning and implementation of VMware Fault Tolerance issues. Also, they should know how to configure and create VMware Clusters and migrate Virtual Machines properly. Another subtopic included here check the candidates’ skills in restoring data and developing backup for Virtual Machines. Besides, they should be effective in updating ESXi and VMs.

The sixth section focuses on testing the applicants’ skills in troubleshooting the vCenter and ESXi installation and operational issues. Also, they should become knowledgeable in troubleshooting Virtual Machine operational problems. Finally, candidates will need to demonstrate how effective they are in troubleshooting and identifying basic misconfigurations.

The final topic included in the foundational exam necessary for VMware VCP6-NV certification is dedicated to the basic monitoring of vCenter Server, ESXi hosts, and Virtual Machines. Besides, the candidates should develop the abilities to install and configure vCenter Server Alarms and vRealize Log Insight.

The second stage in obtaining the VMware VCP6-NV accreditation requires one to ace 2V0-41.20 exam and develop skills in the following domains:

  • vSphere Technologies and Architecture
  • VMware Solutions and Products
  • Design and planning
  • VMware vSphere Solution setting up, configuration, and installation
  • Upgrades, optimization, and performance-tuning
  • Repairing and troubleshooting
  • VMware vSphere Solution Operational and Administrative Tasks

While the first topic doesn’t have any testable objectives, the second one evaluates the examinees' skills in outlining the solutions for the NSX portfolio and listing the cases when NSX Data Center can be used. Besides, the candidates will need to explain properly how they use and apply Edge Architecture and Features together with NSX Security Architecture. They should also differentiate between several functionalities that Management and Control Planes have. The exam-takers will also need to develop skills related to the identification of virtual and physical infrastructure requirements related to NSX-T Data Center. Finally, candidates will have to quickly and effectively identify the right integration platforms of NSX-T.

The third chapter has no testable objectives as well. When it comes to the fourth topic, the candidates will need to show their ability in configuring and managing Logical Routing and Switching Features. They should also demonstrate that they can configure and deploy NSX-T Data Center Environment together with NSX-T Edge Nodes and Data Center Network Services. Another subtopic included in this section is dedicated to NSX Security Features and configuring Service insertion with NSX-T Data Center.

Within the troubleshooting and repairing chapter, the candidates who want to obtain the VMware VCP6-NV certification will be required to demonstrate how quickly they can troubleshoot the issues that appear during the NSX Installation and Configuration processes. They should also solve common NSX components’ and connectivity issues. Another subtopic covered in this domain focuses on checking the examinees' skills in identifying the default log file locations of NSX-T Data Center components.

The last section validates the candidates’ understanding of different operational tasks related to VMware NSX Environment. They should also know how to give the right permissions and set the roles for the NSX-T Data Center environment as well as generate log bundles. Finally, exam-takers should demonstrate skills in monitoring a VMware NSX implementation.

Career Opportunities for VMware VCP6-NV Certification Holders

A candidate who adds the VMware VCP6-NV certification to their resume will increase the chances to be accepted for well-paid roles in international companies. For example, they can apply for jobs like:

  • Data Center Architect
  • Virtualization Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Data Center Engineer mentions that a Data Center Architect can win an annual salary of around $125k in international companies. When it comes to the Network Engineers, the annual pay will be from $51k to $108k.

Certification Prospects

A VMware VCP6-NV certification holder can opt for different related certificates such as the VCAP – Network Virtualization Design 2020. One more alternative of the advanced level is VCAP – Network Virtualization Deploy 2020. Another option would be to apply for the Specialist certificate, including vCloud Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and others.