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Configuring Cisco NX-OS Switches and Fabrics in the Data Center (DCCNX) v1.0

What you’ll learn in this course

The Configuring Cisco Nexus Switches (DCCNX) v1.0 course shows you how to install, configure, and manage Cisco Nexus® Series Switch platforms using Cisco® NX-OS to support highly available, secure, scalable virtualized data centers. Through expert instruction and hands-on practice, you will learn how to deploy Cisco NX-OS software features including networking, virtualization, security, storage services, system management, and monitoring. You will also gain an introduction to automating Cisco Nexus devices using Cisco NX-OS Software programmability features.

For a technical overview of the Cisco Nexus Switches, you may consider taking Introducing Cisco NX-OS Switches and Fabrics in the Data Center (DCINX) v1.0 along with this course.

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Course duration

  • Instructor-led training: 3 days in the classroom with hands-on lab practice
  • Virtual instructor-led training: 3 days of web-based classes with hands-on lab practice
  • E-learning: Equivalent of 3 days of instruction with videos, practice, and challenges

How you'll benefit

This course will help you:

  • Gain deep-dive knowledge and skills to deploy the advanced capabilities of Cisco Nexus NX-OS Software and Cisco Nexus Series data center switches
  • Learn through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software
  • Succeed in today’s demanding data center operations roles

Who should enroll

  • Data center systems engineers
  • Data center field engineers
  • Data center architects
  • Technical decision makers
  • Network architects
  • Cisco integrators and partners

Technology areas

Data center

Course details

Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the Cisco Nexus devices routing and forwarding
  • Describe Overlap Transport Virtualization (OTV)
  • Describe and configure Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
  • Describe Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
  • Describe the key features of Cisco Nexus devices
  • Describe Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director
  • Describe Quality of Service (QoS) on Cisco Nexus devices
  • Understand Cisco Nexus storage services
  • Configure device alliances and zoning
  • Configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Configuring N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV) and N-Port Virtualization (NPV) Modes
  • Describe NX-API and network orchestration solutions, and program Cisco NX-OS with Python
  • Explain system management, monitoring, and troubleshooting processes
  • Explain the troubleshooting processes

Prerequisites

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarity with Cisco data center technologies
  • Understand networking protocols, routing, and switching

These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites:

  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA®)
  • Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)
  • Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)
  • Introducing Cisco Nexus Series Switches (DCINX)
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)
  • Implementing Cisco Switched Networks (SWITCH)
  • Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)

Outline

  • Describing the Cisco NX-OS Routing and Forwarding
    • Routing Overview
    • Multicast Routing
    • Cisco NX-OS Routing and Forwarding
    • Unicast and Multicast Routing Information Base (RIB) and Forwarding Information Base (FIB)
  • Describing Overlay Transport Virtualization
    • Cisco OTV Overview
    • Cisco OTV Control and Data Planes
    • Failure Isolation
    • Cisco OTV Features
    • Optimizing Cisco OTV
  • Describing Virtual Extensible LAN
    • VXLAN Benefits over VLAN
    • Layer 2 and Layer 3 VXLAN Overlay
    • VXLAN Multiprotocol-Border Gateway Protocol (MP-BGP) Ethernet VPN (EVPN) Control Plane
    • VXLAN Data Plane
  • Describing Locator/ID Separation Protocol
    • Locator/ID Separation Protocol
    • LISP VM Mobility
    • LISP Embedded Syslog Manager (ESM) Multihop Mobility
    • LISP VPN Virtualization
  • Explaining Cisco Nexus Security Features
    • Access Control Lists
    • Port Security
    • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DCHP) Snooping
    • Dynamic Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Inspection
    • IP Source Guard
    • Unicast Reverse-path Forwarding (RPF)
    • Traffic Storm Control
    • Control Plane Policing
  • Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director
    • Cisco ITD Overview
    • Cisco ITD Deployment Models
    • Cisco ITD Configuration and Verification
  • Describing QoS on Cisco Nexus Devices
    • QoS on Cisco Nexus Devices
    • Configure QoS on Cisco Nexus Devices
    • Monitor QoS Statistics
  • Introducing Cisco Nexus Storage Services
    • Fibre Channel
    • Fibre Channel Flow Control
    • Fibre Channel Domain Initialization
    • Fibre Channel Addressing
    • Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) Protocol
  • Describing Device Aliases and Zoning
    • Distributed Device Alias Services Overview
    • Zoning Overview
    • Zone Merging
    • Recovering from Zone Merge Failures
    • Enhanced Zoning Overview
  • Configuring Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
    • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
    • FCoE Requirements
    • Data Center Bridging
    • FCoE Addressing Scheme
    • FCoE Initialization Protocol
    • FCoE Port Types
    • Storage Virtual Device Context (VDC)
  • Configuring NPIV and NPV Modes
    • Cisco NPV Mode
    • N-Port ID Virtualization
  • Managing Automation and Programmability of Cisco Nexus Devices
    • Cisco NX-OS Representational State Transfer (RESTful) API
    • Network Orchestration
    • Programming Cisco NX-OS with Python
  • Configuring System Management and Monitoring
    • System Management Overview
    • System Monitoring Tools
  • Troubleshooting Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Cisco Nexus Troubleshooting Tools
    • Shell Access and Linux Containers
    • Troubleshooting Memory and Packet Flow Issues

Lab outline

  • Configure Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
  • Configure Cisco OTV
  • Configure VXLAN
  • Configure Cisco Nexus Security Features
  • Configure Basic Fibre Channel Features
  • Configure Device Aliases and Zoning
  • Configure FCoE
  • Configure NPV
  • Manage Switch over Cisco NX-API
  • Program a Switch with Python
  • Configure System Management and Monitoring
  • Troubleshoot Cisco Nexus Switches CPU and Memory Issues