Section 1: Explain SDDC and Network

Virtualization Concepts and Use Cases

Compare traditional Data Center and Networking challenges with SDDC and Network Virtualization benefits

Knowledge:
- Understand vSphere virtual switching
- Identify the uses and benefits of a vSphere standard switch
- Identify the uses and benefits of a vSphere distributed switch

Tools:
- Virtualization Basics
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- vSphere Web Client

Describe Network Virtualization concepts

Knowledge:
- Identify how a physical switched network is architected
- Identify a network with and without VLANs
- Identify and explain access ports
- Identify and explain trunk ports

Tools:
- Virtualization Basics
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- vSphere Web Client

Describe SDDC concepts and basic virtualization architecture

Knowledge:
- Identify and explain virtual machine port groups
- Identify and explain uplink ports
- Differentiate between configuring virtual switch uplinks as access ports or trunk ports
- Identify automation, elasticity, security, and management challenges in a virtual and physically-switched Data Center

Tools:
- Virtualization Basics
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- vSphere Web Client

Section 2: Differentiate VMware NSX Component and Services

Identify and differentiate NSX components Fabrics

Knowledge:
- Identify routing and switching requirements
- Identify how firewall services work without a network virtualization platform
- Identify how load balancing works without a network virtualization platform
- Identify how VPN services work without a network virtualization platform
- Explain how hypervisors and virtual switches run on top of a Compute Infrastructure

Tools:
VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- NSX Installation Guide
- NSX Administration Guide
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2
- NSX Manager
- vSphere Web Client

Describe vSphere networking architecture and components

Knowledge: 
- Describe network virtualization
- Identify and differentiate between Data, Control and Management planes in a virtual network
- Identify and explain core NSX components such as Logical Switches, L2 Bridges and Logical Routers

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- NSX Installation Guide
- NSX Administration Guide
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2
- NSX Manager

Compare and Contrast VXLAN logical switching benefits and functionality

Knowledge:
- Differentiate physical and virtual networking
- Identify traffic flows between VXLANs and VLANs with NSX
- Describe how Virtual Bridges connect virtual resources to physical workloads
- Describe routing prior to NSX
- Describe NSX logical routing
- Identify and explain vCenter Server and NSX Manager integration
- Identify and explain NSX Controller deployment
- Identify and explain NSX Controller Clusters
- Identify and explain NSX VXLAN deployment

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- NSX Installation Guide
- NSX Administration Guide
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2
- NSX Manager
- vSphere Web Client

Compare and Contrast NSX logical routing benefits and functionality

Knowledge:
- Describe common enterprise-level topologies with NSX
- Describe NSX Edge Services Gateway usage in a multiple tenant environment
- Describe NSX scalability for multiple Tenant scenarios

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- NSX Installation Guide
- NSX Administration Guide
vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2
- NSX Manager
- vSphere Web Client

Describe NSX Edge services functionality

Knowledge:
- Identify tools for traffic flow visibility
- Identify traffic analysis tools
- Identify network inventory and fault management tools
- Identify logging, event tracking, and auditing tools
- Identify health check monitoring in an NSX overlay network

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- NSX Installation Guide
- NSX Administration Guide
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2
- NSX Manager

Section 3: Differentiate NSX Security Benefits and Features

Compare and Contrast NSX Security benefits and functionality

Knowledge:
- Explain NSX Manager
- Explain NSX VXLANs
- Explain NSX Distributed Logical Routers
- Explain NSX Controllers
- Explain NSX Edge Services Gateways
- Explain advanced services such as Firewalls and Load Balancers

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- NSX Data Security Reference Guide
- NSX Installation Guide
- NSX Administration Guide
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2
- NSX Manager

Describe NSX Logical Firewall services

Knowledge:
- Explain physical firewalls
- Explain virtual firewalls
- Explain NSX distributed firewall

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- NSX Installation Guide
- NSX Administration Guide
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2

Compare and Contrast NSX Service Composer functionality

Knowledge:
- Explain NSX Service Composer
- Explain automated security policies
- Explain security groups

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- NSX Installation Guide
- NSX Administration Guide
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2

Section 4: Differentiate NSX Network Virtualization Use Cases

Describe typical NSX Network Virtualization use cases

Knowledge:
- Explain common use cases for NSX
- Explain NSX micro-segmentation
- Explain NSX elasticity
- Explain NSX security
- Explain NSX management

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- VMware NSX Product Home
- NSX Data Security Reference Guide
- NSX Installation Guide
- NSX Administration Guide
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2

Explain the role of NSX in Workforce Mobility and IT Security use cases

Knowledge:
- Explain common use cases for Workforce Mobility
- Explain common use cases for IT Security
- Describe the benefits of a structured IT approach to End User Computing

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- VMware NSX Product Home
- NSX Data Security Reference Guide
- VMware Workforce Mobility Fundamentals eLearning Course

Explain the role of NSX in IT Automation use cases

Knowledge:
- Explain common use cases for NSX in IT Automation
- Describe the benefits of vRealize Automation used in conjunction with NSX
​- Describe the benefits of application delivery when using NSX with vRealize Automation

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- VMware NSX and vRealize Automation
- VMware NSX Product Home
- vSphere Networking 6.0 Update 2

Explain the role of NSX in application continuity and disaster recovery use cases

Knowledge:
- Explain common use cases for application continuity
- Explain common use cases for disaster recovery
- Describe the benefit of Cross-vCenter NSX with disaster recovery

Tools:
- VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals 2016 eLearning Course
- Cross-vCenter NSX Installation Guide
- VMware NSX Product Home

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