Course details

In this course, you will learn how to implement an enterprise Data Center network infrastructure with the Nexus 7000 platform. This course provides a technical overview of the Nexus platform architecture, deployment and operations, including Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs), Layer 2 and Layer 3 features, Virtual Port Channels, Overlay Transport Virtualization, Quality of Service, security, and troubleshooting.In the lab, you will explore the features of NX-OS and the Nexus platform by configuring VDCs, Layer 2 and 3 protocols, QoS, and security.
This version of the course is a significant update that includes new topics on site preparation, VDC design guidelines, Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), EPLD image management, hardware rate limiting, troubleshooting, and numerous other enhancements.

Target Audience

This course is designed for experienced Network Field Engineers who are already capable of implementing Layer 2 and Layer 3 services using Cisco IOS and the Cisco Catalyst switching platform.


  • Describe the features of the Nexus 7010 chassis, Supervisor Engine, and line cards
  • Describe the architecture of NX-OS
  • Describe the Connectivity Management Processor
  • Configure switch management features like Call Home, logging, AAA, and RBAC
  • Use configuration checkpoints and rollbacks
  • onfigure Virtual Device Contexts
  • Configure Layer 2 and Layer 3 services
  • Configure Overlay Transport Protocol
  • Configure NX-OS Process Recovery
  • Configure NX-OS Supervisor Redundancy
  • Configure Quality of Service
  • Configure traffic integrity features and Control Plane Protection
  • Configure access and admission control
  • Configure Hardware Rate Limiting
  • Use SPAN and Ethanalyzer to monitor traffic

​Course Outline

Lesson 1: Overview of the Nexus 7000

  • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Chassis Overview
  • Supervisor Engine and Line Cards
  • Fabric Modules
  • Virtual Output Queuing Overview
  • VoQ Operation
  • ower Supplies and Cooling
  • Connectivity Management Processor
  • Site Preparation

Lesson 2: Overview of NX-OS

  • Introducing NX-OS
  • NX-OS Process Recovery
  • NX-OS Supervisor Redundancy
  • ISSU

Lesson 3: Introduction to Virtual Device Contexts

  • Introducing Virtualization
  • VDC Design Guidelines
  • VDC Configuration
  • High Availability

Lesson 4: Managing the Nexus 7000

  • SNMP and XML
  • Generic OnLine Diagnosis
  • Embedded Event Manager
  • SMART Call Home
  • Data Center Network Manager
  • System Message Logging
  • AAA
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Configuration Rollback

Lesson 5: Layer 2 Protocols and Features

  • Nexus 7000/NX-OS Layer 2 Overview
  • VLANs and PVLANs
  • Spanning-Tree Protocols
  • PortChannels
  • Virtual Port Channels (vPC)
  • IGMP Snooping
  • Unidirectional Link Detection
  • Overlay Transport Protocol(OTV)

Lesson 6: Layer 3 Protocols and Features

  • Layer 3 Unicast Routing Overview
  • First-Hop Routing Protocols
  • Routing Virtualzation
  • Routing Protocols
  • Policy Routing
  • Tunnels
  • Layer 3 Multicast

Lesson 7: Quality of Service

  • Nexus 7000 Series QoS Overview
  • Port QoS
  • Forwarding Engine QoS
  • Modular QoS CLI Overview
  • Table Maps
  • Class Map
  • Policy Map
  • Service Policy

Lesson 8: Security

  • Introduction to Nexus/NX-OS Security
  • Traffic Integrity
  • Storm Control
  • Control Plane Protection
  • Hardware Rate Limiting
  • Access Control
  • Admission Control
  • Data Confidentiality

Lesson 9: Troubleshooting

  • Ethanalyzer: Wireshark in NX-OS
  • SPAN and RSPAN
  • Troubleshooting Checklist

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