Course Overview

The Configuring Cisco Nexus Switches (DCCNX) 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 technical overview 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.

3 days
Learning Credits: 
  • After completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the Cisco Nexus devices routing and forwarding
    • Describe OTV
    • Describe and configure VXLAN
    • Describe Locator/D separation protocol
    • Describe the key features of Cisco Nexus devices
    • Describe Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director
    • Describe QoS on Cisco Nexus devices
    • Understand Cisco Nexus storage services
    • Configure device alliances and zoning
    • Configure FCoE
    • Configuring NPIV and 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
  • Describing the Cisco NX-OS Routing and Forwarding

    • Routing Overview
    • Multicast Routing
    • Cisco NX-OS Routing and Forwarding
    • Unicast and Multicast RIB and 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 MP-BGP EVPN Control Plane
    • VXLAN Data Plane

    Describing Locator/ID Separation Protocol

    • Locator/ID Separation Protocol
    • LISP VM Mobility
    • LISP ESM Multihop Mobility
    • LISP VPN Virtualization

    Cisco Nexus Security Features

    • ACLs
    • Port Security
    • DCHP Snooping
    • Dynamic ARP Inspection
    • IP Source Guard
    • Unicast RPF
    • Traffic Storm Control
    • CoPP

    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 Nexus
    • Monitor QoS Statistics

    Introducing Cisco Nexus Storage Services

    • Fibre Channel
    • Fibre Channel Flow Control
    • Fibre Channel Domain Initialization
    • Fibre Channel Addressing
    • FSPF Protocol

    Configuring Device Aliases and Zoning

    • Distributed Device Alias Services Overview
    • Zoning Overview
    • Merge Zones Without Disruption
    • Recover from Zone Merge Failures
    • Enhanced Zoning

    Configuring Fibre Channel Over Ethernet

    • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
    • FCoE Requirements
    • Data Center Bridging
    • FCoE Addressing Scheme
    • FCoE Initialization Protocol
    • FCoE Port Types
    • Storage VDC Configuring NPIV and NPV Modes
    • Cisco NPV Mode
    • N-Port ID Virtualization Managing Automation and Programmability of Cisco Nexus Devices
    • Cisco NX-OS 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
    • Memory and Packet Issues
    • Configure 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 and Manage Switches Using Bash and Guest Shell
  • 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)
    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)
    • Implementing Cisco Switched Networks (SWITCH)
    • Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
    • Data center systems engineers
    • Data center field engineers
    • Data center architects
    • Technical decision makers
    • Network architects
    • Cisco integrators and partners