Course details

In this hands-on course, you will learn how to design, implement, and manage a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) infrastructure using the Cisco Nexus 5000 and 2000 platforms. This course covers FCoE design guidelines, configuring FCoE on servers, and configuring FCoE on switches in switch mode and NPV mode. You will learn about the architecture of the Nexus 5000 FCoE switches, and how this architecture affects traffic flow in an FCoE network. The course also covers the Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender.

Target Audience

This course is designed for experienced Network Field Engineers who are already capable of implementing Layer 2 services using Cisco IOS. Basic working knowledge of Fibre Channel and Storage Networking is also strongly recommended.


  • Describe the architecture of the CiscoNexus Operating System (NX-OS)
  • Describe access layer architecture
  • Configure switch management featuressuch as Call Home, AAA, and RBAC
  • Configure Layer 2 services
  • Configure Quality of Service
  • Use SPAN and Ethanalyzer to monitortraffic
  • Describe how FCoE operates withinSAN and LAN environments
  • Describe the ASIC-level architecture ofthe Cisco Nexus 5000 switch and CNAs
  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 5000 inswitch mode and NPV mode\
  • Explain Virtual PortChannels (VPC)
  • Describe the Cisco VN-Link architecture
  • Explain VMware Hypervisor bypassusing the Cisco Nexus 5000
  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 forAccess Layer extension
  • Describe Cisco Nexus 4000 bladeswitches

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to the Cisco Nexus 5000

Lesson 1: Overview of the Cisco Nexus5000

  • Challenges in the Data CenterI/O Consolidation
  • Nexus 5000 Switch Products
  • Nexus 4000 Blade Switch
  • Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
  • Nexus 5000 Software Architecture
  • Network Design
  • FCoE Adapters and Software Stack
  • Nexus 5000 Switch Management Tools

Lesson 2: Fibre Channel Primer

  • Fibre Channel Layering and Services
  • Fibre Channel Addressing
  • Fibre Channel Frames
  • Fibre Channel Flow Control
  • Zoning Overview
  • Fibre Channel Routing
  • The Registered State Change Notification Process

Lesson 3: Ethernet Primer

  • Exploring the Packet Delivery Process
  • VLANs and Trunking
  • Loop Prevention with Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Understanding the TCP/IP Transport Layer

Lesson 4: Server Virtualization Primer

  • Server Virtualization
  • VMware Virtualization
  • Virtual Networking with VMware
  • Virtual Storage Networking with VMware
  • Cisco Virtual Network Solutions

Lesson 5: Understanding the FCoE Protocol

  • Current FCOE Architecture
  • FCOE Enode MAC Addresses
  • FCOE Initialization Protocol

Lesson 6: Data Center Architecture

  • Access Layer Designs
  • Cisco Nexus Data Center Design
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 vPC

Module 1: Introduction to the Cisco Nexus 5000 (continued)

Lesson 7: Cisco Nexus 5000 System Architecture

  • System Architecture
  • Switch Fabric Data Path
  • Traffic Forwarding
  • Multicast

Lesson 8: Understanding Ethernet Enhancements

  • Converged Enhanced Ethernet
  • Priority Flow Control
  • Bandwidth Management
  • Data Center Bridging Exchange

Lesson 9: Future Direction

  • FCoE Initialization Protocol
  • Lossless Ethernet Bridging
  • Network Interface Virtualization
  • Congestion Management
  • Layer 2 Multi-Pathing

Module 2: Implementation and Configuration

Lesson 1: Configuring FCoE Server Connectivity

  • Converged Network Adapters
  • Host-Based Failover
  • QLogic CNAs
  • Emulex CNAs
  • Using the FCoE Protocol Stack

Lesson 2: Configuring the Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch in Switch Mode

  • Configuring Basic Connectivity and
  • Administrative Access
  • Configuring Virtual Interfaces
  • Configuring Ethernet Uplink Ports
  • Configuring the FC Uplink Ports
  • Configuring the Cisco Nexus 2000
  • Verifying the Configuration
  • Additional Configuration Components
  • Implementing and Configuring
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Switches
  • Course Outline

Module 2 (continued)

Lesson 3: Managing Cisco Nexus 5000 Switches with GUI Tools

  • Monitoring a Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch with
  • Cisco Device Manager
  • Monitoring an FCoE Network with Cisco
  • Fabric Manager

Lesson 4: Configuring NPV Mode

  • N_Port Identifier Virtualization
  • Understanding NPV Mode
  • Configuring NPV Mode

Lesson 5: Managing Traffic Flow

  • Understanding QoS Policy Management
  • Configuring Qos Policy
  • Tuning the MTU Value
  • Configuring Priority Flow Control
  • Version 4.1(3)N1(1) QoS Enhancements
  • IGMP Snooping

Lesson 6: Configuring High Availability

  • High Availability in an FCoE Network
  • High Availability on a Cisco Nexus 5000
  • Switch
  • Configuring Server-Side High Availability
  • Understanding PortChannelsConfiguring Ethernet PortChannels
  • Configuring Fibre Channel P
  • ortChannels

Module 2 (continued)

Lesson 7: Securing the Switch

  • Understanding Private VLANs
  • Configuring Private VLANs
  • Understanding Access Control Lists
  • Configuring Access Control Lists
  • Port Security
  • Configuring Zoning

Lesson 8: Managing the Switch and Switch Software

  • Role-Based Access Control
  • SNMP and XML Support
  • GOLD and EEM
  • Smart Call Home
  • Managing NXOS

Lesson 9: Monitoring and Troubleshooting

  • Diagnostics and Monitoring
  • SPAN
  • Ethanalyzer
  • Configuring SPAN
  • Troubleshooting Interface Errors
  • Troubleshooting Logical Interface Errors
  • Password Recovery
  • Corrupted Image Recovery

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