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Cisco VSG and PNSC on Nexus 1000V (N1KV-VSG)

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Detailed Course Outline

Module 1: Configuring Cisco N1KV with vSphere

  • Cisco Nexus 1000V series components
  • Network-based policy
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V series theory of operation
    • VMware networking overview
      • System overview
      • Virtual chassis
      • Network policy management
      • Policy mobility
      • Installation
    • Virtual supervisor module (VSM)
      • Description
      • Cisco NX-OS software
      • VSM interfaces
      • Domain ID
      • VSM and VMware vCenter integration
    • Virtual ethernet module
      • Switch port interfaces
      • Switch forwarding
      • MAC address learning
      • Loop prevention
    • VEM-to-VSM communication: enhanced installer app
    • Port profiles
      • Virtual ethernet profiles
      • Live policy changes
      • Virtual ethernet profiles
      • Ethernet or uplink profiles
      • System VLANs
    • Cisco Nexus 1000V series network design
    • Design considerations
      • VSM best practices
      • Benefits of connecting VMware interfaces to Cisco Nexus 1000V series
    • Traffic classification
    • Bandwidth reservation with QoS queuing
    • VLAN consistency
    • Traffic separation
    • Upstream switch connectivity
      • Standard PortChannel
      • Special PortChannel
      • Load balancing
      • Network-state tracking
    • Design examples
      • Connection to two clustered upstream switches
      • Connection to two unclustered upstream switches certified configuration
  • Best practices
  • Known issues and pitfalls

Module 2: Installing and Configuring Cisco Prime Network Security Controller (PNSC)

  • Installing PNSC
    • Installation requirements
    • Cisco PNSC system requirements
    • Web-Based GUI client requirements
    • Firewall ports requiring access
    • Information required for installation and configuration
    • Shared secret password criteria
    • Configuring chrome for use with Cisco PNSC
  • ESXi server
  • Installing Cisco PNSC step-by-step
  • Verifying the PNSC installation

Module 3: Cisco Virtual Network Management Center (VNMC) Installation

  • VNMC features and GUI overview
  • Primary authentication
  • Role-based access control
  • Trusted points
  • VNMC profiles
  • VM managers
  • Tenants
  • Security policies
  • Device profiles and policies
  • Managed resources
  • Backups

Module 4: Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) Overview and Best Practices

  • VSG overview
    • VSG models
    • Product architecture
    • Fast path connection timeouts
    • Trusted multitenant access
    • Dynamic (virtualization-aware) operation
  • Cisco VSG deployment Scenarios
    • VEM Interface for a Cisco VSG in the layer-3 mode
    • Cisco vPath
    • Cisco VSG network virtual service
  • Configuring VSG for the network
  • Cisco VSG configuration overview
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V series switch VSM
  • Port profile
  • Virtual security gateway
    • Security profile
    • Firewall policy
    • Object groups
    • Zones
    • Rules
    • Actions
    • Service firewall logging
    • Sequence in configuring a Cisco VSG in layer-3 mode

Module 5: Cisco VSG Installation

  • Installing Cisco VSG
    • Host and VM requirements
    • Cisco VSG and supported Cisco Nexus 1000V series device terminology
  • Installing VSG via ISO
    • Host and VM requirements
    • Prerequisites to installing VSG software
    • Obtaining the VSG software
    • Detailed steps
  • Installing VSG via OVA
    • Host and VM requirements
    • Prerequisites to installing VSG software
    • Obtaining the VSG software
    • Detailed steps
  • Verifying the Cisco VSG configuration
 

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