Data Center and Virtualization Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric


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The Cisco Unified Fabric products included in the course are the Nexus line of data center switches, including the 7000, 5000, and 2000 series fabric extenders, as well as the Cisco MDS fibre channel switches. Designed for Systems and Field Engineers, Consulting Systems Engineers, Technical Solution Architects, and Cisco integrators, this course will teach the components and procedures needed to install, configure and manage the Cisco Unified Fabric products.

Who should attend

  • Data Center Designers
  • Data Center Administrators
  • System Engineers
  • Data Center Engineers
  • Data Center Managers

Course 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 OTV, MPLS, 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 to support the given design
  • Understand the Fibre Channel protocol, the FCoE protocol, and the Data Center Bridging (DCB) enhancements, as well as how to configure FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000, 5500, 7000 and MDS Switches

Follow On Courses

  • Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD)
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)
  • Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCT)
  • Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD)
  • Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT)

Topics Covered

Module 1: Cisco Nexus Product Overview

  • The Cisco Data Center Network Architecture

    • Cisco Unified Fabric Overview
    • Structured Layers – Core, Aggregation, Access
    • Placement of Products
    • Positioning of Product Families in the Architecture
  • Identifying Cisco Nexus Products
    • The Cisco Nexus Product Family
    • Key Features of Cisco Nexus I/O Modules
    • Key Features of Cisco NX-OS

Module 2: Cisco Nexus Switch Feature Configuration

  • Understanding High Availability and Redundancy

    • Network-Level High Availability
    • System-Level High Availability
    • In-Service Software Upgrade
  • Configuring Virtual Device Contexts

    • Using VDCs in Data Centers
    • Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)
    • Resource Allocation
    • New VDC Features in Cisco NX-OS 6.1
    • Configuring VDCs
    • Management Settings
    • Storage VDCs
  • Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features

    • Basic Interface Parameters
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 and Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch Feature Comparison
    • VLAN Configuration
    • Spanning Tree Protocol Extensions
  • Configuring PortChannels

    • Using PortChannels and Virtual PortChannels
    • Configuring PortChannels
    • vPC Architecture
    • Configuring vPC
    • Configuring the FEX
    • Configuring Enhanced vPCs
  • Implementing Cisco FabricPath

    • Implement Cisco FabricPath
    • Verify Cisco FabricPath
  • Configuring Layer 3 Switching Features

    • Routing Protocols
    • First-Hop Redundancy Protocols
    • Bidirectional Forwarding Detection
    • Layer 3 Virtualization
    • Unicast RIB and FIB
    • Route Policy Manager
    • Policy-Based Routing (PBR)
    • IPv6
  • Configuring IP Multicast

    • IP Multicast
    • Configuring IGMP and MLD
    • Configuring PIM
    • Configuring IGMP Snooping
    • Configuring MSDP

Module 3: Cisco Nexus Switch Advanced Feature Configuration

  • Understanding Overlay Transport Virtualization

    • Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
    • Basic OTV
    • Advanced OTV
  • Configuring MPLS

    • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
    • MPLS VPN
  • Configuring LISP

    • Location ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
    • Configuring LISP
  • Configuring Quality of Service (QoS)

    • QoS on the Nexus Switches
    • Modular QoS CLI (MQC)
    • Marking
    • Mutation Mapping
    • Policing
    • Queuing and Scheduling
    • Monitoring QoS
  • Configuring Security Features

    • DHCP Snooping
    • Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI)
    • IP Source Guard
    • Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF)
    • Traffic Storm Control
    • Port Security
    • Control Plane Policing (CoPP)
    • Cisco TrustSec

Module 4: Cisco Nexus Storage Features

  • Understanding Fibre Channel Protocol

    • SCSI Protocol
    • Fibre Channel
    • Fibre Channel Login and Communication
    • Fibre Channel Addressing Schemes
    • VSANs and IVR
    • Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) Protocol
    • Zoning
    • N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
    • N-Port Virtualization (NPV)
  • Understanding FCoE Protocol

    • FCoE Overview
    • FCoE Architecture
    • FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP)
    • Supported FCoE Topologies
    • FCoE Hardware
  • Identifying Data Center Bridging Enhancements

    • Data Center Bridging (DCB)
    • Priority Flow Control (PFC)
    • Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)
    • DCBX Protocol
  • Configuring FCoE

    • Configure FCoE
    • FCoE VLANs and Virtual Interfaces
    • FCoE with Enhanced vPC and Cisco Adapter Fabric Extender
    • FCoE on MDS
    • Fibre Channel Interfaces
    • Domain Parameters
    • Managing VSANs
    • VSAN Trunking
    • SAN Port Channels
    • FLOGI and FCNS Databases
    • Cisco Fabric Services on MDS
  • Configuring NPV Mode

    • N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
    • Configuring NPIV
    • N-Port Virtualization (NPV)
    • Configuring NPV
    • FCoE NPV
    • Configuring FCoE NPV
    • Using SAN Management Tools

  • Cisco DCNM for SAN
  • Cisco Device Manager

Module 5: Cisco Nexus Series Switch Management

  • Using the Connectivity Management Processor

    • Connectivity Management Processor (CMP)
    • Configuring the CMP
    • Verifying the CMP
    • Upgrading the CMP
    • Using the CMP
  • Configuring User Management

    • User Management Features
    • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
    • Secure Shell (SSH)
    • User Accounts and Roles
  • Understanding System Management

    • System Management Features
    • Cisco Fabric Services
    • NTP and PTP
    • Embedded Event Management (EEM)
    • NetFlow
    • Cisco Smart Call Home
    • Scheduler
    • SPAN and ERSPAN
    • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
    • XML Interface
    • Cisco DCNM for LAN
    • Integrating vCenter Manager
    • Licensing
    • Upgrading the Firmware and EPLDs


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


  • Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center (CCNA Data Center) certification
  • 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 CI-ICSNS course or equivalent experience
    • Recommended to read Robert Kembel’s books on Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel switched fabrics

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