VCP6-NV – Unlocked

I took the new 2v0-642 NSX certification on Tuesday and lo and behold, I passed!

I am going to very careful so I do not violate any NDA, but I wanted to provide an updated perspective on the 2v0-642 test. As many of you know, 2v0-641 test has been around for several years and has been recently retired.

Moreover, many of the study guides available are on 641 – my understanding is 642 was quite different.

642 focuses on NSX 6.2x feature-set – one of the biggest changes is the addition of cross-vCenter vMotion.

So what did I do to prepare for this?

Preparation Steps:

  1. I took the VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.1] Class. Yes, that’s right – I took the older class. Why? Well, I wanted to take a remote class and this was the closest thing available. I also don’t believe the Fast Track class is updated to 6.2, but I could be wrong.
    1. However, this was a VERY good class that laid out many of the fundamentals I needed.
    2. My instructor was good and even went over cross-vCenter vMotion and some of the changes for 6.2, which was not in the curriculum but very valuable.
    3. Moreover, when I take any kind of class, I screenshot EVERY slide and write notes the instructor states. I reviewed ALL of this material for my exam preparation.
  2. Labs, labs, labs. I can’t stress this enough – PLUS IT’S FREE!!!
    1. A few labs I did over and over again – mostly focused on the 1725 labs:
      1. HOL-1725-SDC-1 – VMware NSX Advanced Consumption
      2. HOL-1725-USE-2 – VMware NSX Multi-Site DR with SRM
      3. HOL-1703-SDC-1 – VMware NSX: Introduction and Feature Tour (while I did this in my class, it was a good refresher)
      4. HOL-1703-USE-2 – VMware NSX: Distributed Firewall with Micro-Segmentation
    2. VMware Hands on Lab Link:
    3. Since I deal with vCloud Director, I had a prebuilt vCD/NSX environment so I tested several scenarios also. However, the HOL give great guidance
  3. I used Gregg Robertson’s blog as an addition to my overview – I went through the podcasts but did not read the book he referenced. Many thanks to Gregg for this insight.
    1. Link: Gregg Robertson’s Blog on VCP-NV Test
    1. This can’t be stressed enough. Even though it is long, some parts boring, there was some VERY VALUABLE insight, especially on the cross-vCenter vMotion setup and considerations.
    2. Docs I really focused on:
      1. VMware NSX Network Virtualization Design Guide – VERY IMPORTANT
      2. NSX Installation Guide
      3. NSX Administration Guide
      4. Cross-vCenter NSX Installation Guide
    3. Furthermore, with the admin guides – I took the labs and went through the basic administrative functions so I’m aware of steps.
  5. VMware VCP6-NV (2v0-642) 6.2 Practice Exam
    1. This was good – but obviously take it with a grain of salt. You can’t just take this expect to pass the test.
    2. Link to VMware myLearn VCP6-NV 6.2 Practice Exam
  6. I’m someone that needs to write/type things out and make a mental map of the technology and components. Therefore, I created this note sheet that I typed up a few days before the test: 2v0-642-UNOFFICIAL-StudyNotes
    1. PLEASE take these notes as they are – it’s my (weird) way of studying for a test and how I interpret NSX.

The Test:

  1. I went through the test and flagged questions I was not entirely sure.
  2. First pass took me maybe 35 minutes to complete – then I went to the beginning and went through the test again, focusing on the flagged questions I wasn’t too sure of.
  3. Read each question CAREFULLY and eliminate the ones you know aren’t true.
  4. Overall, I think I finished up with 45 to 50 minutes to spare.

Overall, I thought the test was challenging and asked very fair questions. It also made me kick myself on things I should have reviewed further – but that’s what a test is!

Next Steps:

I’ll be working on my VCAP next – TBD if I’ll switch over to DCV or stay on NV. But I truly enjoyed the experience and look forward to the next test preparation.


3 thoughts on “VCP6-NV – Unlocked

  1. Thanks Daniel for sharing your experience. I’m thankful I came across you blog by searching something else :).
    I was looking for the 0642 exam experience. I have hardly seen any blogpost on it. Unsure but it looks to me guys are not serious on VCP-Network Virtualization Path.

    I’ll surely go through your study notes. I also have a weird habit about study notes which I blogged about. I also tried to ask what is difference between 0641 and 0642. But your blog gave me the direction.

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