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VMware NSX-T 3.x Advanced Deploy (3V0-41.22) Exam Review

I successfully ended 2023 by passing the VMware advanced exam based on NSX-T 3.x, which made me become a new VCAP-NV Deploy certified, but also a VCIX-NV as I previously passed the advanced design exam.

It’s actually been a while since I thought of taking that exam and I’m glad I finally did it 😃.

As I usually publish exam review posts after passing an exam, this time is no exception and I’m happy to share with you my experience.

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VCAP-NV Deploy 2023 Digital Badge

Getting ready for the exam

First Step First

Well, as usual, the first thing to do is to review the exam guide or blueprint. You’ll find there some exam details you need to know as well as all the different sections that will be covered during the exam. Continue reading

vSAN Max is Now Generally Available!

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At VMware Explore Las Vegas 2023, VMware announced a new offering from the vSAN family: “vSAN Max“.

vSAN Max is now generally available to support the storage needs of your more demanding applications running on vSphere clusters.

Following the recent acquisition of VMware by Broadcom, the portfolio has now been simplified with 2 major offerings: VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and VMware vSphere Foundation (VVF).

vSAN can now be leveraged through VCF or as an add-on with VMware vSphere Foundation.

For more information about these new offerings, please follow the link below.

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What is vSAN Max?

vSan Max

VMware announced at VMware Explore 2023 in Vegas, a new offering in the vSAN portfolio: vSAN Max.

But what is this new solution and who is it for? Let’s find out.

Introducing vSAN Max

vSAN Max is a new disaggregated storage offering that benefits from the performance of Express Storage Architecture (ESA) which was released in 2022.

It is capable of processing more storage and faster to your vSphere clusters but also delivering new capabilities and being cost-effective.

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VMware Cloud Foundation 5 has finally been released!

VMware Cloud Foundation 4 has served well many customers across the globe helping them to build new infrastructure. It is now time for an upgrade. Welcome to VMware Cloud Foundation 5!

The VMware Cloud Foundation team has raised the bar once more, with a lot of new features as well as enhancements to help customers build and scale efficiently their SDDCs, while also bringing the security their infrastructure deserves.

But what’s new in that new release? Well, let’s find out!

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What is NSX Application Platform and how to proceed for deployment?

NSX Application Platform

VMware released starting NSX-T Data Center v3.2 a new feature named “NSX Application Platform“. But what is this new functionality about, and what value does it bring to a NSX environment?

Well, to provide more security services in a more efficient way, VMware has decided to create NSX Application Platform (NAP) which is a container-based environment running on a Kubernetes cluster.

Talking about new security capabilities, what are exactly those features.

There are four features in total that can be added to an existing NSX setup, and it’s up to you to decide which ones you’d like to install after the deployment of NSX Application Platform.

  • VMware NSX® Network Detection and Response™
  • VMware NSX® Malware Prevention
  • VMware NSX®  Intelligence
  • VMware NSX® Metrics

Let’s jump back to NSX-T v3.0 or even v2.5 for a moment to better explain and understand what has changed and why hosting now these features on Kubernetes.

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Farewell NSX-T! Now Welcome VMware NSX!

VMware released NSX 4.0 a few days ago, and took that opportunity to rename the product “VMware NSX“, replacing the well-known NSX-T Data Center.

As many of you know by now, NSX-V (NSX for vSphere) is no longer supported since earlier this year and many customers have already started the transition to migrate from NSX-V to NSX-T. There is then no reason to keep the name NSX-T Data Center and it makes more sense to simply keep “NSX”.

What’s new in NSX 4.0

NSX 4.0 is a major release with new networking and security features as well as some enhancements.

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VMware Certified Master Specialist – HCI 2022 (5V0-21.21) Exam Review

A few weeks ago, I successfully passed the 5V0-21.21 exam which is mainly based on vSAN 7, which awarded me the title of Master Specialist HCI for the first time 😃.

And I thought it would be nice to share my experience and provide some tips to anyone willing to take this exam.

VMware Certified Master Specialist – HCI 2022 Digital Badge

Before I give you some advices to prepare for the exam, let’s first review the prerequisites.

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What is HCI Mesh in vSAN 7 Update 2?

VMware released with vSAN 7 Update 2 a new feature called HCI Mesh to provide better scaling capabilities in a vSAN environment.

Before vSAN 7 Update 2, there’s always been a very tight integration between vSphere and vSAN that made both products dependent from each other, and it wasn’t possible either to consume storage from one vSAN cluster to another.

Now things have changed with HCI Mesh as a non-vSAN Cluster can now take advantage of a remote vSAN cluster to start provisioning VMs to a remote vSAN datastore.

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