Cisco Nexus Installation and Configuration

Cisco Nexus product portfolio with NX-OS operating system is one of the most important new product innovations that the company has been done in recent years. This product portfolio is targeted to one of the fastest growing areas in tele-/datacommunications networks – the Datacenters. Ranging from Cisco Nexus 7000 backbone switch to Cisco Nexus 1000V virtualized software switches, these products fulfill all the demands regarding datacenter switching both on LAN and SAN side.

The purpose of this course is twofold. First is to give participants broad overview of the Nexus product line, its position inside modern datacenter network architecture and all the necessary/required components that are needed to create a Nexus-based solution. All products, including Nexus 9000, Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, Nexus 4000, Nexus 3000, Nexus 2000 and Nexus 1000V are detailed. In addition, the operating system NX-OS architecture and relevant benefits over other OSes are discussed.

The second part of the course is to give participants hands-on experience on how to install, configure and to a certain extent, troubleshoot Cisco Nexus –based datacenter architectures.

Participants of the course are expected to have basic knowledge of networking including e.g. how to configure basic LAN and routing features. Experience of Cisco IOS configuration helps to understand the topics and exercises.

Course Goal: The goal of this course is to offer practical hands-on view of the Cisco Nexus product portfolio.

Cisco Nexus Product Portfolio

  • Modern datacenter challenges and trends
  • Cisco Nexus product line
    • Nexus 9000
    • Nexus 7000
    • Nexus 5000
    • Nexus 4000
    • Nexus 3000
    • Nexus 2000
    • Nexus 1000V
    • NX-OS
  • Cisco Nexus product positioning in modern datacenters

Nexus Operating System Basics

  • NX-OS Basics
  • Configuring management connections
  • Working with configuration files
  • Interfaces, settings and configurations
  • Using port profiles
  • Configuring standard management features
  • Other supported general mechanisms
  • Software related tasks including upgrades

Virtual Device Context (VDC)

  • What is VDC?
  • Limitations and restrictions of VDC
  • Internal VDC operations
  • VDC configuration
  • Troubleshooting VDC

Using Nexus as a L2 device

  • Configuring VLANs and access/trunk ports
  • Configuring port-channels
  • Spanning-Tree mechanisms and their configuration
  • STP extensions and their configuration guidelines
  • L2 best practices with Nexus

Virtual Port-Channel

  • What is vPC?
  • Limitations and restrictions of vPC
  • Internal vPC operations
  • Basic vPC configuration
  • Additional vPC features and their configuration
  • Best practices on vPC deployment
  • Troubleshooting vPC

Using Nexus as a L3 device

  • IPv4 and IPv6 support on Nexus
  • SVI interfaces
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocols
  • VRF-Lite
  • MPLS L3 VPN with Nexus
  • Configuration guidelines for L3 features

Interconnecting FEXes to Nexus devices

  • What is a Fabric Extender (FEX)?
  • Limitations and restrictions of FEXes.
  • Interconnection models
  • Configuration guidelines
  • Basic FEX Troubleshooting
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Joni Oksanen
Joni Oksanen Director – Consultancy, Architecture and Training 040 555 6666
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