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

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 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.

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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)

Detailed Class Syllabus

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 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

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

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

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

Lab Outline

Configure OSPF
Configure Cisco OTV
Configure VXLAN
Configure Cisco Nexus Security Features
Configure Basic Fibre Channel Features
Configure Device Aliases and Zoning
Confgure 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