NFVVCD97 - VMware vCloud NFV with vCloud Director [V9.7]

NFVVCD97 - VMware vCloud NFV with vCloud Director [V9.7]

NFVVCD97 - VMware vCloud NFV with vCloud Director [V9.7]


Duration: 5.0 days

This five-day, hands-on training course discusses Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), a network architecture concept that specifies how virtualization technologies can be used to virtualize network service functions.

This course also covers interfacing VMware vCloud Director® with other systems using various APIs and the integration and use of VMware vCloud® Availability for vCloud Director®. You will also understand how to manage multisite, cross-VDC (Virtual Data Center) networking for vCloud Director and how to configure Central Point of Management (CPOM) to define a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) for tenant and provider users of vCloud Director. This course also discusses how to monitor various vCloud Director objects using VMware vRealize® Operations™, Tenant vApp, and VMware vRealize® Log Insight™.

This course is also available in an On Demand format. For more information, select this link: VMware vCloud NFV with vCloud Director [V9.7] - On Demand.

Product Alignment

  • vCloud Director 9.x 
  • VMware vCloud® Availability for vCloud Director® 3.0 
  • VMware vSphere® 6.x and later 
  • NSX 6.x and later


By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the VMware vCloud® NFV™ architecture 
  • Describe the vCloud Director architecture as Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM) 
  • Secure the deployment of multivendor virtual network functions (VNFs) on the vCloud NFV platform 
  • Manage vCloud Director to support NFV workloads in a secure, multitenant environment 
  • Configure VMware vSAN™ to enable multiple tiers in provider virtual data centers 
  • Create and manage vCloud Director organizations and vApps to satisfy business needs 
  • Create and manage vCloud Director catalogs 
  • Use advanced services to manage VMware NSX® from vCloud Director


1 Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

2 vCloud NFV Overview

  • Define the benefits of vCloud NFV
  • Describe a sample vCloud NFV solution
  • Describe the vCloud NFV architecture

3 NFV Infrastructure

  • Compare physical and virtual infrastructures 
  • Describe the advantages and components of the NFV infrastructure (NFVI) 
  • Explain the role of network virtualization in the NFVI 
  • Compare physical and virtual infrastructures 
  • Describe the vSAN architecture and the differences between the vSAN hybrid and all-flash architectures 
  • Explain the purpose of virtual machine storage policies 
  • Describe network virtualization with NSX

4 Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM)

  • Describe the VMware products for the VIM layer 
  • Explain basic concepts related to vCloud Director 
  • Describe the relationship between provider VDCs (Virtual Data Centers) and organization VDCs 
  • Describe how vSAN integrates with vCloud Director 
  • Create vSAN storage policies 
  • Describe the components and basic configuration of the vCloud Director architecture 
  • Create resource pools

5 vCloud Providers

  • Describe how compute and storage resources are provided to vCloud Director 
  • Describe provider VDC requirements and best practices 
  • Create provider VDCs 
  • Describe the VNF on-boarding process

6 vCloud Director Organizations

  • Describe and create vCloud Director organizations 
  • Discuss vCloud Director HTML5 UI
  • Discuss HTML5-based provider portal 
  • Discuss tenant portal 
  • Discuss the use cases of a vCloud Director organization VDC 
  • Discuss organization VDC allocation models 
  • Recognize resource allocations for an organization 
  • Examine the function and requirements of network pools. 
  • Describe the network types available in vCloud Director (external, organization, and vApp) 
  • Discuss the organization network types 
  • Create and manage organization VDC networks 
  • Add a catalog to an organization 
  • Populate, share, and publish catalogs 
  • Manage access to vApps and catalogs 
  • Modify the configuration of vApps and their virtual machines (VMs) 
  • Manage organization VDC networking
  • Create affinity and anti-affinity rules

7 vCloud Director Security

  • Describe role-based access 
  • Create custom security roles 
  • Integrate Directory Service with vCloud Director
  • Integrate LDAP, SAML, SSL, Kerberos, and OAuth2 with vCloud Director
  • Configure SSO

8 vCloud Director Networking

  • Describe the use and placement of NSX® EdgeTM services gateways in relation to vCloud Director 
  • Review routing with the distributed logical router and Edge services gateways in combination with vCloud Director 
  • Firewall management in vCloud Director with Edge services gateways and the distributed firewall 
  • Architecture of VMware NSX-T™ (Basic) 
  • vCloud Director supported features of NSX-T 
  • Discuss multisite 
  • Configure Cross VDC networking

9 Resource Management and Monitoring

  • Manage provider and organization VDCs 
  • Manage VMware vCenter Server® instances and VMware ESXi™ hosts 
  • Manage vSphere datastores 
  • Manage resource pools at the vSphere level 
  • Monitor usage information at provider and organization VDCs 
  • Use the cell management tool 
  • Manage provider VDC and Org-VDC 
  • Monitor vCloud Director environments with VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ 
  • Monitor vCloud Director environments with vRealize Log Insight 
  • Describe the components for NVFI operations management 
  • Use VMware vRealize® BusinessTM for cost management 
  • Review historical virtual machine metrics in vCloud Director 
  • View vCloud Director logs

10 vCloud Extensibility

  • Introduce container service extension
  • Explore vCloud Director CLI
  • Use Python SDK for vApp deployment 
  • Discuss Terraform vCloud Director capabilities
  • Use VMware vRealize® OrchestratorTM Plug-in for vCloud Director

11 Day 2 Operations

  • Identify log locations for vCloud Director
  • Navigate through vCloud Director logs
  • Capture vCloud Director log bundles


Customers, cloud architects, systems engineers, data center administrators, and cloud administrators with experience in managed services or managing a service provider environment


Completion of the following course is required:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.x] or equivalent knowledge

Completion of the following eLearning courses is recommended:

  • VMware vCloud Director: Fundamentals [V8.x] 
  • VMware vSAN and HCI Fundamentals
  • VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals Substantial knowledge of TCP/IP networking is helpful.

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