VCIX-NV Study Guide


Welcome to the (Un)Official VMware VCIX-NV Study Guide! During the course of my training for the VCIX-NV certification, I started keeping notes working through the blueprint and decided to turn those notes into full fledged posts detailing the requirements of the VCIX-NV blueprint.

The topics below are taken from the VCIX-NV blueprint guide version 1.7, Dec 2014. For the full 245 pages in a compiled PDF form, click the download button on the right. If you'd like to repost this guide, please do, but link to this page. The button helps me count the downloads. πŸ™‚

I appreciate any feedback, questions or comments you might have. Like this guide? Help me make it better by submitting any feedback, questions or comments are highly appreciated. You can also help me build out my home lab for more content. Donating is definitely not required, but high appreciated!  


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



  1. This is a really nice blueprint summary mate… could you contact me please? I’m preparing this one as well, maybe we can work 2gether…

    • Martijn

      November 29, 2014 at 19:21

      Hi Mat,

      Thanks, good to hear! I actually just passed it last Friday, but I’ll help you in whatever way I can. Shoot me an email.

  2. Hi Martijn,
    I’m also preparing for the exam, i would like to hear how you prepare for the exam. I will be taking the exam before Feb 28.

  3. Congrats Martijn for pass this exam, we both try to map and document all blueprint topics. I know it take lot of time. i will add in my blog reference to your amazing job.

    • Martijn

      December 7, 2014 at 14:10

      Hi Roie,

      Thanks! It does take a lot of time, hoping to finish this when still in 2014. πŸ˜‰ Your blog is an excellent source for info, keep it up!

  4. Can you please share this document as a downloadable PDF


    • Martijn

      December 10, 2014 at 13:48

      Hi Sriram. Once the few missing chapters have been completed, I will make it into a downloadable PDF. Stay tuned!

  5. Najaf Ijaz Cheema

    December 25, 2014 at 17:32

    Hi Martin,
    You have really done a commendable job. I am also preparing for the exam and in the queue waiting for the downloadable PDF document.


  6. congrats Martin!! for those in the way to VCIX-NV like me is refreshing and motivating jobs like this.

    than you man!


  7. First of all, Congrats Martijn. I’m also preparing for VCIX-NV and I hope you can share your experience for this exam, especially what kind of materials you used for this exam.

  8. Martin..
    I must commend you on an excellent study guide

  9. Nice work on getting the VCIX-NV certification!
    I see that you have used a recent version of NSX in your study notes, while the blueprint says that the exam is based on Ver 6.0.2.
    Can you confirm that an older version is used in the actual exam?

    • Martijn

      February 28, 2015 at 20:21

      Hi Heine,

      You’re right, I cheated on a few occasions by using 6.1 instead of 6.0.x, depending on where I was when writing. I can confirm the exam is based on 6.0.x.

  10. How can I get NSX to setup a study lab? πŸ™

    • Martijn

      March 8, 2015 at 14:08

      Hi Arsalan,

      At this time, you need to either have bought NSX or be a partner and have followed to NSX ICM training to be able to download it. Some rumours are going around that NSX will go public with the release of vSphere 6.0 though, I’m hoping those rumours are true.

  11. Thanks for sharing. This is the most comprehensive study guide I’ve seen so far.

  12. Thanks for sharing. very useful for me.

  13. Thanks for sharing, I’m also preparing for VCIX-NV and I hope you can share your experience.

  14. raymundo escobar

    April 19, 2015 at 23:39

    Hi Martin,

    Thanks again for this share (pdf), for me this guide was extremely useful to pass the VCIX-NV exam in recent days, I sincerely appreciated the time you take to prepare this information.

    Thanks a lot man!!
    Awesome job

  15. Excellent study guide. Helped my pass the VCIX-NV few days ago.

  16. Hi Martijn, Thank you very much for compiling them all into one piece!!!
    I couldn’t have passed the exam without your work! Shared my vcix-nv experience at

  17. Thank YOU for sharing
    Excellent study guide.

  18. What kind of hardware did you have in your lab to POC all this up mate?
    For VCP-NV I managed with VMware online labs…..

    • Martijn

      July 10, 2015 at 21:53

      Hi Ryan,

      I have the fortune of working for an integrator which has a fully equipped test lab. Installed my own virtual NSX environment, upgraded, abused and broke it and did that a few more times. I wouldn’t recommend only using the HOL for VCIX-NV, as you cannot do everything on there (like upgrades) that is on the blueprint.

  19. Hi,

    I am making skype group to pass the test let me know whoever interested to share the exam experience and other stuff can join us…

    My skype id is letcrackie

    Please add me so that we all can pass easily.


  20. thanks for this awesome study guide. it helps me focus.
    Passed the exam yesterday.

  21. Hi Eddy, congrats for passing the exam. Can you please share your exam preparation experience?

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

  23. Hi All,
    Am planning to take the VCIX-NV exam next month, please let me if anybody preparing for the exam.
    Thanks in advance!!!
    Mohan Kumar. M

  24. Dear All,

    I am preparing for this VCIX-NV please add me on skype id “hiteshlodhi” if anyone planning it.

  25. Hi
    We are also arranging for the VCIX soon
    Now are in progress of installing our study LAB
    we have a group if anyone is interested please join us ..

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