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Configuring Cisco Nexus 5000 Switches (DCNX5K)

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Module 1: Cisco Nexus 5000 Product Overview

Identify which products make up the Cisco Nexus 5000 product range, the system architecture, and the Cisco NX-OS software features running on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch.

Module 1 Lesson 1: Cisco Nexus 5000 Product Overview

  • The Cisco Nexus 5000 Hardware
  • The Cisco Nexus Data Center product portfolio
  • The Cisco Nexus Data Center access switch portfolio
  • The Cisco Nexus 5000 switch family
  • The High Availability and Serviceability of the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • I/O Consolidation using the Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch
  • I/O Consolidation benefits
  • The Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender (FEX)
  • Deployment benefits of the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
  • Positioning the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender in the Data Center
  • The Cisco Nexus 5000 switch and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender deployment models

Module 1 Lesson 2: Cisco Nexus 5000 and 2000 System Architecture

  • System Architecture of the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • The switch fabric architecture
  • The hardware architecture
  • The Supervisor details
  • The Unified Crossbar Fabric (UCF)
  • The Unified Port Controller (UPC)
  • The traffic forwarding paths of the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • Data Path of the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • The forwarding pipeline of the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • The Ethernet forwarding process
  • The Fibre Channel forwarding process
  • The Multipathing decision process on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • The switch fabric data path of the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • Unicast and Multicast traffic forwarding through the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • VNLink

Module 1 Lesson 3: The Cisco NX-OS software

  • The Cisco NX-OS software architecture
  • The Cisco NX-OS command line interface (CLI)
  • Licensing on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch

Module 1 Lesson 4: Cisco Nexus 5000 and 2000 Hardware Installation

  • Installing the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch and Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
  • Cabinet and Rack Installation
  • Cabling Requirements
  • Power Requirements
  • Site Preparation

Module 2: Network Feature Configuration on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch

  • Configure the network features on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch.

Module 2 Lesson 1: Layer 2 Switching Configuration

  • Configure Ethernet interfaces
  • Configure VLANs and Private VLANs (PVLANs)
  • Configure Access and Trunk interfaces
  • Configure the Spanning-tree Protocol
  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender

Module 2 Lesson 2: Port Channel Configuration

  • Configure Port Channels
  • Configure Virtual Port Channels (vPCs)

Module 2 Lesson 3: Quality of Service on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch

  • Explain Quality of Service
  • Quality of Service features
  • Configuring Quality of Service
  • Quality of Service System Classes
  • Quality of Service implementation on the Cisco Nexus 5000 interfaces
  • Priority Flow Control and Data Link Layer Flow Control
  • Verification of the Quality of Service configuration
  • Configure the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) value

Module 3: System Management Features

  • Configure the system management features on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch.

Module 3 Lesson 1: Management Features on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch

  • Identify the management features available on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • Configure Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA)
  • Configure Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Configure SSH
  • Configure Access Control Lists (ACLs)

Module 3 Lesson 2: System Management on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch

  • Upgrade the Cisco NX-OS Software
  • Configure Cisco Fabric Services (CFS)
  • Configure Online Diagnostics
  • Configure the System Message Logging features
  • Configure Smart Call Home
  • Configure the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Configure Remote MONitoring (RMON)
  • Monitoring the system using the Data Center Network Management (DCNM) software

Module 4: Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

  • Identify the different components of the Fibre Channel protocol, the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol, the Data Center Bridging Enhancements and how to configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch.

Module 4 Lesson 1: The Fibre Channel Protocol

  • Explain the function of the SCSI Protocol
  • Understand the frame structure of the Fibre Channel protocol
  • Understand how a device performs a fabric login on a Fibre Channel SAN
  • Understand how a device performs a port login on a Fibre Channel SAN
  • Understand how a device performs a process login on a Fibre Channel SAN
  • Understand how Fibre Channel provides flow control
  • Understand the addressing scheme used with the Fibre Channel protocol
  • Understand how the Fabric Shortest Path First Protocol (FSPF) is used on the SAN
  • Understand how VSANs and zoning are used within a Fibre Channel SAN
  • Understand when and how to use N_Port ID Virtualization
  • Understand when and how to use the N_Port Virtualization (NPV) mode

Module 4 Lesson 2: Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Protocol

  • The Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adapters and software stack
  • The Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) architecture
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) End-Node (Enode) addressing
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Initialization Protocol (FIP)

Module 4 Lesson 3: Data Center Bridging Ethernet Enhancements

  • Identify the purpose of Data Center Bridging (DCB)
  • Identify the purpose of Priority Flow Control (PFC)
  • Identify the purpose of the Bandwidth Management feature
  • Identify the purpose of the Data Center Bridging Exchange Control Protocol (DCBX)
  • Identify the purpose of Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL)

Module 5: Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Configuration

  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch to support the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol.

Module 5 Lesson 1: Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Configuration

  • Configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) VLANs and Virtual Interfaces

Module 5 Lesson 2: SAN Switching Configuration

  • Configuring Fibre Channel interfaces
  • Configuring domain parameters
  • Configure and manage VSANs
  • Configure VSAN trunking
  • Configure SAN Port Channels
  • Configure the Distributed Device Alias Service (DDAS)
  • Configure and manage Zones
  • Configure the Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) Protocol
  • Manage the FLOGI, FCNS and RSCN databases

Module 5 Lesson 3: SAN Management Tools

  • Cisco Fabric Manager
  • Cisco Device Manager
  • Cisco Fabric Manager Server Federation

Module 5 Lesson 4: SAN Security Features

  • Identify the security features available on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • Configure the Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) and DHCHAP
  • Identify and use and configuration of Port Security
  • Identify the use and configuration of Fabric Binding
  • Identify the use and configuration of Port Tracking

Module 5 Lesson 5: Configuring NPV Mode

  • NPV Overview
  • Configuring NPV mode on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • NPIV Overview
  • Configuring NPIV on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch

Module 6: Troubleshooting

  • Identify the troubleshooting process on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch, and how to troubleshoot issues relating to the network and the SAN.

Module 6 Lesson 1: Troubleshooting FCoE Issues

  • Troubleshooting Data Center Bridging issues
  • Troubleshooting FIP issues
  • Troubleshooting CNA issues
  • Troubleshooting PFC issues

Module 6 Lesson 2: Troubleshooting SAN Switching Issues

  • Troubleshooting NPV issues
  • Troubleshooting Zoning issues
  • Troubleshooting SAN Port Channel issues
  • Troubleshooting VSAN issues

Module 6 Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Layer 2 Switching Issues

  • Troubleshooting MAC address table issues
  • Troubleshooting the Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Troubleshooting Multicast issues

DCNX5K Hands-On Lab Exercises

Module 2 Lab 2-1: Configure Layer 2 Switching

  • Perform an initial configuration
  • Identify the installed hardware on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • Configuring VLANs
  • Configure the spanning-tree protocol
  • Configuring the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender interfaces
  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender to support static pinning

Module 2 Lab 2-2: Configure Port Channels

  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender with Port Channel uplinks
  • Configure the vPC domain, peer links and CFSoE
  • Create vPCs for both Windows Servers
  • Configure the Windows server to support port channels (NIC teaming)
  • Configure a vPC-based Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender environment (active/active)

Module 2 Lab 2-3: Configure Quality of Service

  • Generate traffic using a traffic generator
  • Configure custom traffic classification
  • Configure a queuing policy
  • Apply the policy to the traffic stream
  • Verify the application of the Quality of Service configuration
  • Configure Jumbo Frames on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch

Module 3 Lab 3-1: Configure Management Features on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch

  • Verify the AAA Server configuration
  • Configure Authentication, Authorization and Accounting for management access
  • Configure Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Configure SSH for management access
  • Configure Access Control Lists for traffic management

Module 3 Lab 3-2: Configure System Management Features

  • Configure Cisco Fabric Services
  • Configure Online Diagnostics
  • Configure System Message Logging
  • Configure Smart Call Home
  • Configure Remote MONitoring (RMON)
  • Use DCNM to manage the Cisco Nexus 5000 and 2000 switch

Module 3 Lab 3-3: Upgrade the Cisco NX-OS software

  • Verify the current Cisco NX-OS software version
  • Upgrade the Cisco NX-OS software using the Command Line Interface (CLI)

Module 5 Lab 5-1: Configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

  • Initial Configuration
  • Configure the switch to support Fibre Channel
  • Configure FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • Configure the storage using Cisco Fabric Manager

Module 5 Lab 5-2: Configure SAN Switching on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch

  • Configure the domain
  • Configure the uplinks to support VSAN trunking
  • Configure a SAN Port Channel
  • Configure and verify the distribution of the Distributed Device Alias Service database
  • Configure and verify the distribution of the Zone Database
  • View the FLOGI and FCNS databases

Module 5 Lab 5-3: Configure SAN Security

  • Configure FC-SP and DHCHAP
  • Configure Port Security
  • Configure Port Tracking

Module 5 Lab 5-4: Configure NPV on the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch

  • Back up the current configuration
  • Configure and verify NPV mode
  • Configure and verify NPIV

Module 6 Lab 6-1: FCoE Troubleshooting

  • Pre-load a troubleshooting ticket on to the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch Identify and resolve the problem Verify the problem is now resolved

Module 6 Lab 6-3: Troubleshooting Layer 2 Switching

  • Pre-load a troubleshooting ticket on to the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch
  • Identify and resolve the problem
  • Verify the problem is now resolved
 

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