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VCAP-NV Design 2020 Study Resources (3V0-41.19)

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

Yesterday, I took the VCAP-NV Design 2020 exam remotely from the comfort and safety of my own home. The exam is based on NSX-T 2.4, which is retiring soon on October 31st, 2020. There is a 3.0 version available at the moment which will be the one used in the future. Luckily I have had the chance to work exclusively with a VCF on VxRAIL implementation with vSAN stretched clusters and NSX-V & NSX-T. Being a part of the design process from the very start gave me insights into what is needed to successfully take a project from the business requirements, the RFP process all the way through to developing the high and low level design guides for the solution. I found that a few specific study resources helped me a lot during this process and I wanted to outline them here:

Essential Books:

VMware vSphere 6.7 Data Center Design Cookbook by Mike Brown & Hersey Cartwright

Essential White papers:

VMware Validated Design for NetApp HCI: (This is not NSX-T related, but it is a very well written document with design decisions, logical design placement and networking examples)

Essential Blogs:

Read the NSX-T 2.5 Design Guide:

I used this great study guide courtesy of Frances Wong @frances_wong

Download PDF • 7.69MB

Other notable items:

With any NSX-T design, it is important to understand workload traffic patterns (i.e. east / west traffic flows) and dependancies and how NSX-T should be configured to suit these.

It is also important to understand N-VDS teaming policies and how these policies affect high availability and performance for the applicable traffic. NSX-T system component placement should also be considered.

Performance factors with NSX-T:

  • DPDK

  • Compute Node considerations

  • Edge VM Node considerations

  • Bare Metal Edge Performance Factors

  • NSX-T physical NIC considerations

  • NFV: Raw Packet Processing Performance

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