Associated Certifications
CCNP Data Center Certification
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Instructorctclc admin
TypeOnsite Course
5 Days
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This course is designed for systems and field engineers, consulting systems engineers, and Cisco integrators and partners who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series switches and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders. This course covers the key components and procedures needed to install, configure, and manage the Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, 2000, and MDS Series switches in the network and SAN environment.

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

  • Describe the Cisco Unified Fabric products in a Cisco Data Center network architecture
  •  Select and configure the distinctive Cisco Nexus Series switch features to meet the implementation requirements and expectations in the Cisco Data Center architecture
  •  Configure advanced features, such as Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP), security, and quality of service (QoS)
  • Identify which management tools are available for the Cisco Nexus switches and how to configure the relevant management tool in order to support the given design
  • Understand the Fibre Channel Protocol, the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol, and the Data Center Bridging (DCB) enhancements, as well as how to configure FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000 7000, MDS Series, and 5500 Platform switches

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  •  Data center designers, data center administrators, and system engineers
  •  Data center engineers and managers
  •  Program managers and project managers

  •  Cisco CCNA® Data Center certification
  •  A good understanding of the Fibre Channel Protocol and the SAN environment
  • Recommended attendance of a Fibre Channel Protocol class or equivalent experience
  • Recommended attendance of the Implementing Cisco Storage Network Solutions (ICSNS) class or equivalent experience
  •  Recommended reading of books by Robert Kembel on Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel switched fabrics

Module 1: Cisco Nexus Product Overview

  • Describing the Cisco Data Center Network Architecture
  • Identifying Cisco Nexus Products

Module 2: Cisco Nexus Switch Feature Configuration

  • Understanding High Availability and Redundancy
  •  Configuring Virtual Device Contexts
  •  Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features
  •  Configuring PortChannels
  •  Implementing Cisco FabricPath
  •  Configuring Layer 3 Switching Features
  •  Configuring IP Multicast

Module 3: Cisco Nexus Switch Advanced Feature Configuration

  • Describing Cisco OTV
  • Configuring MPLS
  •  Configuring LISP
  •  Configuring QoS
  •  Configuring Security Features

Module 4: Cisco Nexus Storage Features

  •  Describing Fibre Channel Protocol
  •  Describing FCoE Protocol
  •  Identifying DCB Enhancements
  •  Configuring FCoE
  •  Configuring SAN Switching Features
  •  Configuring NPV Mode
  •  Using SAN Management Tools

Module 5: Cisco Nexus Switch Management

  •  Using the CMP
  •  Configuring User Management
  •  Describing System Management


  •  Configure Layer 2 Switching
  •  Configure vPCs
  •  Configure Cisco FabricPath
  •  Configure Layer 3 Switching
  • Configure OTVLab 3-2: Configure QoS
  •  Configure Security Features
  •  Configure FCoE
  •  Configure NPV
  •  Configure System Management
  •  Implement Cisco DCNM for LAN