VMware has recently announced the availability of the VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization track, or VCP-NV, by way of the VCPN610 exam. You can click here to request authorization to sit the exam and also download the blueprint for a little light reading. 😉
Note that there are currently three methods available for certification:
- If you have a valid VCP, you can sit the VCPN610 exam now. VMware recommends that you take the VMware NSX: Install, Configure Manage course or perhaps the VMware NSX Technical Overview with Labs, but neither are required.
- If you have a valid CCNA or CCNP, you can also sit the VCPN610 exam now. No VCP is required. This option expires on February 28th, 2015. VMware recommends that you take the VMware NSX: Install, Configure Manage course or perhaps the VMware NSX Technical Overview with Labs, but neither are required.
- For those without a VCP, CCNA, or CCNP, you’ll need to take the VMware NSX: Install, Configure Manage course and then pass the VCPN610 exam.
The VCPN610 exam states that it covers the following technical details:
- Layer 2 switching and both static and dynamic Layer 3 routing
- integration with virtual standard and distributed switches
- management of networking policies for performance, scalability, and ease of administration
- creating and administering NSX logical switches, Layer 2 bridges, routers, load balancers, VPNs, firewalls
- creating and administering Edge services, such as DHCP, DNS, and NAT, configuring and managing High Availability
- operational tasks, such as user permissions and roles, automation, monitoring, logging, auditing and compliance, backup and recovery
- troubleshooting an Enterprise-class NSX networking implementation
What About the VCIX?
The next level up from the VCP-NV is the VCIX-NV or VMware Certified Internetwork Expert – Network Virtualization. It is not yet available for registration, but you are able to use the “Update Me on this Exam” option to be notified when it is live. I also noted that the “I” in VCIX seems to have a few different words used depending on the page loaded: Implementation is most common, while Internetwork is stated on the official VCIX page. Hopefully this will be cleared up soon.