Configuring Cisco® Nexus 5000 Switches – Course Outline


Duration: 05 days

Version 3.1

Configuring Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches (DCNX5K) v3.1 is a 5-day ILT training program designed to serve the needs of systems and field engineers, consulting systems engineers, technical solutions architects, and Cisco integrators and partners who install and implement Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches and Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders. This course covers the key components and procedures required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot these Cisco Nexus platforms.

A certification exam is not associated with this course, and Channel Partner deployment engineers will use this training as augmentation to the DCUFI course material to provide in-depth experience in implementing the Cisco Nexus family product features.

This is the third release of material covering the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches and Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender product families. The course focuses on the product hardware, its architecture, key features, and market differentiators, with extensive feature configuration and hands on labs.

Note: Students registering for this course will be receiving their course kit in a digital format. To be able to view your digital kit you will need to bring a laptop PC and/or a compatible iPad or Android tablet. The recommended system requirements and instructions to access the course kit content can be found at the following link: Digital Course Kit

Requirements and Instructions
Please be aware that this digital version is designed for online use, not for printing. You can print up to 10 pages only in each guide within a course. Please note that every time you click the Print button in the book, this counts as one page printed, whether or not you click OK in the Print dialog.

After completing this course the student should be able to:
• Configure Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches.
• Good understanding of networking protocols
oRecommended CCNA Certification
• Good understanding of the Fibre Channel Protocol and the SAN environment
oRecommended attendance of a Fibre Channel Protocol class or equivalent experience
oRecommended attendance of the Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) class or equivalent experience
• During the course of instruction, the learner will be exposed to the configuration of advanced technologies, such as Fibre Channel, and FCoE, but will not be required to have experience with these technologies in order to successfully to complete the class.
• This course covers initial configuration of Fibre Channel, QoS, and FCoE on Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches. For a deeper understanding in Fibre Channel, QoS and FCoE, students are encouraged to explore additional training in those technologies.

What’s included?

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

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  • Self-Paced Video

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Course Outline

Describing the Data Center Network Architectures
Cisco Data Center Architecture Overview
Three-Tier Network: Core, Aggregation, and Access
Spine-and-Leaf Network
Two-Tier Storage Network

Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and Cisco NX-OS Software
Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Overview
Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
Cisco NX-OS Software CLI Tools
Cisco NX-OS Virtual Routing and Forwarding

Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy
Default Gateway Redundancy
Hot Standby Router Protocol
Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
Gateway Load Balancing Protocol
Describing Cisco FEX
Server Deployment Models
Cisco FEX Technology
Cisco FEX Traffic Forwarding
Cisco Adapter FEX

Describing Port Channels and VPCs
Ethernet Port Channels
Virtual Port Channels
Supported VPC Topologies

Describing Switch Virtualization
Cisco Nexus Switch Basic Components
Virtual Routing and Forwarding
Cisco Nexus 7000 Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)
VDC Types
VDC Resource Allocation
VDC Management

Describing Machine Virtualization
Virtual Machines
VM Manager

Describing Network Virtualization
Overlay Network Protocols
Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) Overlay
VXLAN Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Ethernet VPN (EVPN) Control Plane
VXLAN Data Plane
Cisco Nexus 1000VE Series Virtual Switch
VMware vSphere Virtual Switches

Introducing Basic Data Center Storage Concepts
Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
Fibre Channel Storage Networking
Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN) Configuration and Verification

Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the Target Storage
Fibre Channel Layered Model
Fabric Login (FLOGI) Process
Fibre Channel Flow Control

Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
Fibre Channel Zoning
Zoning Configuration
Zoning Management

Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
Cisco NPV Mode

Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Data Center Bridging
Priority Flow Control
Enhanced Transmission Selection
Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX) Protocol
Congestion Notification

Describing FCoE
Cisco Unified Fabric
FCoE Architecture
FCoE Initialization Protocol
FCoE Adapters

Describing Cisco UCS Components
Physical Cisco UCS Components
Cisco Fabric Interconnect Product Overview
Cisco I/O Module (IOM) Product Overview
Cisco UCS Mini
Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) Supervisor
Cisco Intersight™

Describing Cisco UCS Manager
Cisco UCS Manager Overview
Identity and Resource Pools for Hardware Abstraction
Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
Cisco UCS Central Overview
Cisco HyperFlex™ Overview

Using APIs
Common Programmability Protocols and Methods
How to Choose Models and Processes

Describing Cisco ACI
Cisco ACI Overview
Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI
Cisco ACI Features
VXLAN in Cisco ACI
Unicast Traffic in Cisco ACI
Multicast Traffic in Cisco ACI
Cisco ACI Programmability
Common Programming Tools and Orchestration Options

Describing Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing Overview
Cloud Deployment Models
Cloud Computing Services

Lab Outline
Explore the Cisco NX-OS CLI
Explore Topology Discovery
Configure Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX
Configure VPCs
Configure VPCs with Cisco FEX
Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
Explore the Virtual Device Contexts (VDC) Elements
Install VMware Elastic Sky X Integrated (ESXi) and vCenter
Configure VSANs
Validate FLOGI and FCNS
Configure Zoning
Configure Unified Ports on a Cisco Nexus Switch and Implement FCoE
Explore the Cisco UCS Server Environment
Configure a Cisco UCS Server Profile
Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
Explore the Cisco UCS Manager XML API Management Information Tree