Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Fundamentals Configuration Guide, Release 4.2
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This preface describes the audience, organization and conventions of the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series NX-OS Fundamentals Configuration Guide. It also provides information on how to obtain related documentation.


This publication is for experienced users who configure and maintain Cisco NX-OS devices.

Document Organization

This document is organized into the following chapters:

Chapter Description

New and Changed Information

Describes the new and changed information for the new Cisco NX-OS software release.

Chapter 1, "Overview"

Provides an overview of the features included in the Cisco NX-OS software.

Chapter 2, "Using the Cisco NX-OS Setup Utility"

Provides a flowchart for setting up the Cisco NX-OS software.

Chapter 3, "Understanding the Command Line Interface"

Describes the command line interface including command modes, special characters, and keystrokes.

Chapter 4, "Configuring Terminal Settings and Sessions"

Describes how to manage the terminal settings and sessions on a Cisco NX-OS device.

Chapter 5, "Basic Device Management"

Describes basic system management, including setting the clock and configuring a message of the day.

Chapter 6, "Using the Device File Systems, Directories, and Files"

Describes how to configure and manage file systems, directories, and files on an Cisco NX-OS device.

Chapter 7, "Working with Configuration Files"

Describes the configuration files and how to manage them.

Document Conventions

Command descriptions use the following conventions:

Convention Description

Bold text indicates the commands and keywords that you enter literally as shown.


Italic text indicates arguments for which the user supplies the values.


Square brackets enclose an optional element(keyword or argument).

[x | y]

Square brackets enclosing keywords or arguments separated by a vertical bar indicate an optional choice.

{x | y}

Braces enclosing keywords or arguments separated by a vertical bar indicate a required choice.

[x {y | z}]

Nested set of square brackets or braces indicate optional or required choices within optional or required elements. Braces and a vertical bar within square brackets indicate a required choice within an optional element.


Indicates a variable for which you supply values, in context where italics cannot be used.

string A nonquoted set of characters. Do not use quotation marks around the string or the string will include the quotation marks.

Screen examples use the following conventions:

Convention Description
screen font

Terminal sessions and information the switch displays are in screen font.

boldface screen font

Information you must enter is in boldface screen font.

italic screen font

Arguments for which you supply values are in italic screen font.

< >

Nonprinting characters, such as passwords, are in angle brackets.

[ ]

Default responses to system prompts are in square brackets.

!, #

An exclamation point (!) or a pound sign (#) at the beginning of a line of code indicates a comment line.

This document uses the following conventions:


Means reader take note. Notes contain helpful suggestions or references to material not covered in the manual.


Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.

Related Documentation for Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Software

Cisco NX-OS documentation is available at the following URL:

The documentation set for the Cisco NX-OS software includes the following documents:

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