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DCCNX – Configuring Cisco NX-OS Switches and Fabrics in the Data Center


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  • 3 Days Course
    Data Center (Insoft Specials)

    Classroom + Online

    Course Details


    The Configuring Cisco Nexus Switches (DCCNX) v1.0 course shows you how to install, configure, and manage Cisco Nexus® Series Switch platforms using Cisco® NX-OS to support highly available, secure, scalable virtualized Data Centers. Through expert instruction and hands-on practice, you will learn how to deploy Cisco NX-OS software features including networking, virtualization, security, storage services, system management, and monitoring. You will also gain an introduction to automating Cisco Nexus devices using Cisco NX-OS Software programmability features.

    For a technical overview of the Cisco Nexus Switches, you may consider taking Introducing Cisco NX-OS Switches and Fabrics in the Data Center (DCINX) v1.0 along with this course.


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    After taking the DCCNX course, you should be able to:

    • Describe the Cisco Nexus devices routing and forwarding
    • Describe Overlap Transport Virtualization (OTV)
    • Describe and configure Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
    • Describe Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
    • Describe the key features of Cisco Nexus devices
    • Describe Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director
    • Describe Quality of Service (QoS) on Cisco Nexus devices
    • Understand Cisco Nexus storage services
    • Configure device alliances and zoning
    • Configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
    • Configuring N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV) and N-Port Virtualization (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


    • Describing the Cisco NX-OS Routing and Forwarding
      • Routing Overview
      • Multicast Routing
      • Cisco NX-OS Routing and Forwarding
      • Unicast and Multicast Routing Information Base (RIB) and Forwarding Information Base (FIB)
    • Describing Overlay Transport Virtualization
      • Cisco OTV Overview
      • Cisco OTV Control and Data Planes
      • Failure Isolation
      • Cisco OTV Features
      • Optimizing Cisco OTV
    • Describing Virtual Extensible LAN
      • VXLAN Benefits over VLAN
      • Layer 2 and Layer 3 VXLAN Overlay
      • VXLAN Multiprotocol-Border Gateway Protocol (MP-BGP) Ethernet VPN (EVPN) Control Plane
      • VXLAN Data Plane
    • Describing Locator/ID Separation Protocol
      • Locator/ID Separation Protocol
      • LISP VM Mobility
      • LISP Embedded Syslog Manager (ESM) Multihop Mobility
      • LISP VPN Virtualization
    • Explaining Cisco Nexus Security Features
      • Access Control Lists
      • Port Security
      • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DCHP) Snooping
      • Dynamic Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Inspection
      • IP Source Guard
      • Unicast Reverse-path Forwarding (RPF)
      • Traffic Storm Control
      • Control Plane Policing
    • Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director
      • Cisco ITD Overview
      • Cisco ITD Deployment Models
      • Cisco ITD Configuration and Verification
    • Describing QoS on Cisco Nexus Devices
      • QoS on Cisco Nexus Devices
      • Configure QoS on Cisco Nexus Devices
      • Monitor QoS Statistics
    • Introducing Cisco Nexus Storage Services
      • Fibre Channel
      • Fibre Channel Flow Control
      • Fibre Channel Domain Initialization
      • Fibre Channel Addressing
      • Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) Protocol
    • Describing Device Aliases and Zoning
      • Distributed Device Alias Services Overview
      • Zoning Overview
      • Zone Merging
      • Recovering from Zone Merge Failures
      • Enhanced Zoning Overview
    • Configuring Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
      • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
      • FCoE Requirements
      • Data Center Bridging
      • FCoE Addressing Scheme
      • FCoE Initialization Protocol
      • FCoE Port Types
      • Storage Virtual Device Context (VDC)
    • Configuring NPIV and NPV Modes
      • Cisco NPV Mode
      • N-Port ID Virtualization
    • Managing Automation and Programmability of Cisco Nexus Devices
      • Cisco NX-OS Representational State Transfer (RESTful) API
      • Network Orchestration
      • Programming Cisco NX-OS with Python
    • Configuring System Management and Monitoring
      • System Management Overview
      • System Monitoring Tools
    • Troubleshooting Cisco Nexus Switches
      • Cisco Nexus Troubleshooting Tools
      • Shell Access and Linux Containers
      • Troubleshooting Memory and Packet Flow Issues

    Lab outline

    • Configure Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
    • Configure Cisco OTV
    • Configure VXLAN
    • Configure Cisco Nexus Security Features
    • Configure Basic Fibre Channel Features
    • Configure Device Aliases and Zoning
    • Configure FCoE
    • Configure NPV
    • Manage Switch over Cisco NX-API
    • Program a Switch with Python
    • Configure System Management and Monitoring
    • Troubleshoot Cisco Nexus Switches CPU and Memory Issues

    Target Audience

    • Data Center systems engineers
    • Data Center field engineers
    • Data Center architects
    • Technical decision-makers
    • Network architects
    • Cisco integrators and partners


    To fully benefit from the DCCNX course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

    • Familiarity with Cisco Data Center technologies
    • Understand networking protocols, routing, and switching

    These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites: