VCIX-NV Study Guide

As I prepare for my VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX-NV) exam I thought it would be beneficial to document the “how to” portion of each of the blueprint sections. This allows me to fully understand each topic on the exam as well as provide useful information to the community to help them study for their sitting of the test as well. As I am still working on it, the links will only be available as I finish, but I will be pushing to finish material as quickly as I can as I will be sitting the exam soon. Each section below will consist of a link to a post that will outline what I feel will be useful to know as well as screenshots capturing the processes in my lab environment. Since each section will be a post, I would recommend subscribing to my blog to ensure that you are updated as new posts are finished. If you think there is any other helpful information, please feel free to share and good luck to everyone sitting the exam ๐Ÿ™‚

Section 1: Install and Upgrade VMware NSX


Objective 1.1: Deploy VMware NSX Components



Objective 1.2: Upgrade VMware NSX Components



Objective 1.3: Configure and Manage Transport Zones



Section 2: Create and Manage VMware NSX Virtual Networks


Objective 2.1: Create and Administer Logical Switches



Objective 2.2: Configure VXLANs



Objective 2.3: Configure and Manage Layer 2 Bridging



Objective 2.4: Configure and Manage Logical Routers



Section 3: Deploy and Manage 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 DHCP/DNS/NAT



Section 4: Perform Operational Maintenance


Objective 4.1: Backup and Restore Network Configurations



Objective 4.2: Monitor an NSX Implementation



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


Objective 6.1: Configure and Administer Firewall Services



Objective 6.2: Configure and Administer Role Based Access Control



Objective 6.3: Configure and Manage Service Composer



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


Objective 7.1: Administer and Execute calls using the NSX vSphere API



Objective 7.2: Manage and Report on an NSX Environment using the NSX Command Line Interface (CLI)


Credit goes out to Martijn Smit who runs There was a ton of good information on his (Un)Official VCIX-NV Study Guide that I was able to reference if I got stuck.


  1. mokhtar -  May 24, 2015 - 6:54 am 117

    HI Sean

    Really very good site Sean , good luck
    i am preparing for VCIX-NV exam which hands on labs from vmware i must try it before exam also if you have any recommendations please add it ,


    • Sean Whitney -  May 26, 2015 - 11:26 am 119

      Hi Mokhtar,

      Thanks for the kind words, glad to hear you like my site! I have all my recommendations and thoughts for the VCIX test here. Check it out, and good luck!


        • Sean Whitney -  October 12, 2015 - 9:16 pm 278

          Hi Mauricio,

          I can tell you from experience, and some of my colleagues experiences, that HOL is NOT enough to pass this exam. I would recommend my study guide, other study guides, HOL, personal labs, and ICM.


  2. Nick -  June 21, 2015 - 8:53 pm 178

    Took my first crack at the exam, got jammed up 1/3rd the way through, text would not let me complete, but got a 169 so I was on the right track. My own faulkt, tried to undu too much and jacked up the test engine ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Looking forward to attempt 2 for a home run pass ๐Ÿ˜€ Good luck on yours!

    • Sean Whitney -  June 22, 2015 - 12:37 pm 179

      Good luck on your second attempt! I’m sure you will get it.

  3. Bingo -  September 2, 2015 - 7:18 am 241


    Is this a real lab which will be comming in VCIX exam if yes then i will practice this only! please suggest


    • Sean Whitney -  September 3, 2015 - 10:31 pm 243


      Yes, the VCIX is a lab based exam.


      • Son -  September 6, 2015 - 7:37 am 245

        How can i registration your website?

        • Sean Whitney -  September 11, 2015 - 9:42 pm 250

          You can enter your email on the right side of the website.


  4. Tommy -  September 7, 2015 - 5:47 am 246

    How is your vDS and port groups configured? One vDS across both compute and mgt cluster? Separate vDS for compute and mgt clusters? Can you share your IP scheme across networks?

    • Sean Whitney -  September 11, 2015 - 9:44 pm 251

      Hi Tommy,

      I only used one VDS, but in production, I would recommend a separate VDS for management.

      IP Scheme was mainly just,,, etc. For logical switches I used 172.16.x.x.


  5. abhinav Singh -  September 21, 2015 - 6:48 am 256

    Hi Sean,

    I just went through the above mentioned points which covers a to z topics for NCIV-NV. I just subscribed to your blog. The way things are explained is very impressive. I hope this will help me for getting good exposure in NV.


    • Sean Whitney -  September 28, 2015 - 7:17 pm 266

      Hi Abhinav,

      Thanks for the kind words!


  6. Kashif Zafar -  September 24, 2015 - 12:55 am 259

    I want to be professional in VMware environment.

  7. Stalin Pena -  October 26, 2015 - 7:31 am 311

    Hi Sean!

    Just registered for my VCIX – NV Exam. You shared knowledge has been of great help. It has helped me prepare for the exam. Thank you!

    • Sean Whitney -  October 29, 2015 - 12:32 pm 315

      Hi Stalin,

      You’re welcome, glad to help and good luck on the exam!


  8. Gaurav Baghla -  November 30, 2015 - 4:09 am 342

    I am unable to download the complete Guide Do you have the Guide in a pdf ??

    • Sean Whitney -  December 21, 2015 - 10:34 am 353

      Hi Gaurav,

      I do not have it in PDF, sorry.


  9. Dinesh Mehra -  January 5, 2016 - 11:31 am 365

    Thanks Sean, this is very helpful. Looking to start my prep for VCIX-NV.Appreciate all the effort you put into this and sharing with all.

  10. SOETHI -  January 26, 2016 - 7:02 pm 380

    Dear Sean,
    Thanks for you are sharing valuable effort and knowledge.

    Best Regards,


    • Sean Whitney -  February 9, 2016 - 4:16 pm 395

      No problem Soethi! Thanks for the kind words!

  11. Mani -  April 16, 2016 - 12:21 am 456

    Hi Sean, thanks for the awesome site. I would like to know how long you took to prepare for the exam.

  12. Krish -  May 21, 2016 - 5:24 am 485

    Thank you so much, it’s a very good compilation and resource to prepare for the exam, I passed on the second attempt.

    • Dee -  June 15, 2016 - 7:27 pm 494

      How is the exam structured? Do they give you a complete network diagram and ask you to config the whole network or do the ask bits and peaces questions for you to fix things they break. My exam is coming up.

    • Mike -  June 19, 2016 - 12:01 pm 495

      Is it small independent questions you have to answer or do you have to build and deploy a whole complete network?
      My exam date is coming and i need some focus points?

  13. Hasnain -  June 2, 2016 - 12:43 am 488

    I Sean , Can you recommend getting lab access, or anything else ,helping to get better understanding in the environment rather then just HOLs, I am having visualising issues with HOL as I can’t build from scratch and getting the real image of the network .
    What Can I do to help it out .

  14. Mohammad -  September 20, 2016 - 7:39 pm 526

    Hi Sean,

    Am facing problem to remove one of my logical switch in my home NSX lab.
    I have removed all the VM and LDR connection from the Logical switch but when i try to delete its telling”The object testty is in use, this operation cannot be performed. Remove all configuration referring to this object and retry operation.”

    I am now stuck to proceed .Please help me to get rid off.

    Is there any cli based command to delete that switch?

    Thanks in advance

  15. Rajeev -  October 26, 2016 - 9:15 pm 531

    Hi Sean

    Your blog was very useful for clearing my VCIX-NV Exam.
    It helped in clear understanding of the concepts & it was very helpful.
    Thanks to you.

  16. Mohamed Elkassas -  November 3, 2016 - 4:01 am 536

    Hello Sean,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. could you please share the design of your lab with IP schema to simulate your environment.

  17. Yu Mi -  May 5, 2017 - 3:25 pm 588

    You should make a PDF like Martijn Smit who runs; that would be like really helpful.


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