Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

Identify the Cisco Nexus 9000, 7000, 5000, 3000, and 2000 product families and platforms

Implement Cisco Nexus

Explore Cisco Nexus features

Describe virtual device contexts

Describe port channels and virtual port channels

Configure First Hop Redundancy protocols

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 aliases 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


The primary audience for this course is as follows:

Data Center Engineers

Data Center Architects

Network Designers

Network Administrators

Network Engineers

Systems Engineers

Consulting Systems Engineers

Technical Solutions Architects

Field Engineers

Cisco Integrators and Partners


The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course are as follows:

Familiarity with Cisco data center technologies

Understand networking protocols, routing, and switching

Understand business and application requirements


Five days

Outline for Administering Cisco NX OS Switches & Fabrics in the Data Center Training

Module 1: Identifying Cisco Nexus Platforms 

Cisco Nexus 7000 and 7700 Series Overview

Cisco Nexus 5600 Series Overview

Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Overview

Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Overview

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Overview

Module 2: Implementing Cisco Nexus 

Cisco Nexus in Data Center Architecture

Cisco NX-OS Software

Licensing Model

Module 3: Managing Cisco Nexus 

Cisco Nexus CLI and GUI Management Interfaces

Cisco NX-OS Setup Utility

PowerOn Auto Provisioning

Cisco NX-OS User Management

User Account and Role Configuration

Module 4: Describing Virtual Device Contexts 

Virtual Device Context

VDC Types

VDC Resources and Resource Templates

Module 5: Describing Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels 

Port Channel Operation

vPC Concept and Benefits

vPC Architecture

vPC Control and Data Plane

Module 6: Configuring First Hop Redundancy Protocols 

HSRP Overview

VRRP Overview

GLBP Overview

Module 7: Describing the Cisco NX-OS Routing and Forwarding 

Routing Overview

Multicast Routing

Cisco NX-OS Routing and Forwarding

Unicast and Multicast RIB and FIB

Module 8: Describing Overlay Transport Virtualization 

Cisco OTV Overview

Cisco OTV Control and Data Planes

Failure Isolation

Cisco OTV Features

Optimizing Cisco OTV

Module 9: Describing Virtual Extensible LAN 

VXLAN Benefits over VLAN

Layer 2 and Layer 3 VXLAN Overlay


VXLAN Data Plane

Module 10: Describing Locator/ID Separation Protocol 

Locator/ID Separation Protocol

LISP VM Mobility

LISP ESM Multihop Mobility

LISP VPN Virtualization

Module 11: Cisco Nexus Security Features 


Port Security

DCHP Snooping

Dynamic ARP Inspection

IP Source Guard

Unicast RPF

Traffic Storm Control


Module 12: Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director 

Cisco ITD Overview

Cisco ITD Deployment Models

Cisco ITD Configuration and Verification

Module 13: Describing QoS on Cisco Nexus Devices 

QoS on Cisco Nexus Devices

Configure QoS on Nexus

Monitor QoS Statistics

Module 14: Introducing Cisco Nexus Storage Services 

Fibre Channel

Fibre Channel Flow Control

Fibre Channel Domain Initialization

Fibre Channel Addressing

FSPF Protocol

Module 15: Configuring Device Aliases and Zoning 

Distributed Device Alias Services Overview

Zoning Overview

Merge Zones Without Disruption

Recover from Zone Merge Failures

Enhanced Zoning

Module 16: 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

Module 17: Configuring NPIV and NPV Modes 

Cisco NPV Mode

N-Port ID Virtualization

Module 18: Managing Automation and Programmability of Cisco Nexus Devices 


Network Orchestration

Programming Cisco NX-OS with Python

Module 19: Configuring System Management and Monitoring 

System Management Overview

System Monitoring Tools

Module 20: Troubleshooting Cisco Nexus Switches 

Cisco Nexus Troubleshooting Tools

Shell Access and Linux Containers

Memory and Packet Issues

Lab Outline:

Explore Cisco Nexus Platforms

Configure User Management

Configure VDC and User Management

Configure FHRP Protocols

Configure and Verify vPC

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

Bonus Labs:

Configure Layer 2 Switching Features

Configure FEX Active-Active VPC and EVPC

Configure Layer 3 Switching

Configure Cisco FabricPath