Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) 5.0

Course Overview

4-day Course

This course will enable you to implement data center components such as the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series, the Cisco MDS, and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series.

Target Audience



  • Good understanding of networking Protocols
  • Good understanding of the Fibre Channel Protocol and the SAN environment
  • Recommended CCNA DC Certification
  • Recommended attendance of a Fibre Channel Protocol class or equivalent experience

Course Labs

  • Lab 2-1: Configure Layer 2 Switching
  • Lab 2-2: Configure vPCs
  • Lab 2-3: Configure Cisco FabricPath
  • Lab 2-4: Configure Layer 3 Switching
  • Lab 3-1: Configure OTV
  • Lab 3-2: Configure QoS
  • Lab 3-3: Configure Security Features
  • Lab 4-1: Configure FCoE
  • Lab 4-2: Configure NPV
  • Lab 5-1: Configure System Management
  • Lab 5-2: Implement Cisco DCNM for LAN

Course Modules

Module 1: Cisco Nexus Product Overview

The Cisco Data Center Network Architecture

Cisco Unified Fabric Overview

Structured Layers – Core, Aggregation, Access

Placement of Products

Positioning of Product Families in the Architecture

Identifying Cisco Nexus Products

The Cisco Nexus Product Family

Key Features of Cisco Nexus I/O Modules

Key Features of Cisco NX-OS

Module 2: Cisco Nexus Switch Feature Configuration

Understanding High Availability and Redundancy

Network-Level High Availability

System-Level High Availability

In-Service Software Upgrade

Configuring Virtual Device Contexts

Using VDCs in Data Centers

Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)

Resource Allocation

New VDC Features in Cisco NX-OS 6.1

Configuring VDCs

Management Settings

Storage VDCs

Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features

Basic Interface Parameters

Cisco Nexus 7000 and Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch Feature Comparison

VLAN Configuration

Spanning Tree Protocol Extensions

Configuring PortChannels

Using PortChannels and Virtual PortChannels

Configuring PortChannels

vPC Architecture

Configuring vPC

Configuring the FEX

Configuring Enhanced vPCs

Implementing Cisco FabricPath

Implement Cisco FabricPath

Verify Cisco FabricPath

Configuring Layer 3 Switching Features

Routing Protocols

First-Hop Redundancy Protocols

Bidirectional Forwarding Detection

Layer 3 Virtualization

Unicast RIB and FIB

Route Policy Manager

Policy-Based Routing (PBR)


Configuring IP Multicast

IP Multicast

Configuring IGMP and MLD

Configuring PIM

Configuring IGMP Snooping

Configuring MSDP

Module 3: Cisco Nexus Switch Advanced Feature Configuration

Understanding Overlay Transport Virtualization

Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)

Basic OTV

Advanced OTV

Configuring MPLS

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)


Configuring LISP

Location ID Separation Protocol (LISP)

Configuring LISP

Configuring Quality of Service (QoS)

QoS on the Nexus Switches

Modular QoS CLI (MQC)


Mutation Mapping


Queuing and Scheduling

Monitoring QoS

Configuring Security Features

DHCP Snooping

Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI)

IP Source Guard

Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF)

Traffic Storm Control

Port Security

Control Plane Policing (CoPP)

Cisco TrustSec

Module 4: Cisco Nexus Storage Features

Understanding Fibre Channel Protocol

SCSI Protocol

Fibre Channel

Fibre Channel Login and Communication

Fibre Channel Addressing Schemes


Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) Protocol


N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)

N-Port Virtualization (NPV)

Understanding FCoE Protocol

FCoE Overview

FCoE Architecture

FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP)

Supported FCoE Topologies

FCoE Hardware

Identifying Data Center Bridging Enhancements

Data Center Bridging (DCB)

Priority Flow Control (PFC)

Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)

DCBX Protocol

Configuring FCoE

Configure FCoE

FCoE VLANs and Virtual Interfaces

FCoE with Enhanced vPC and Cisco Adapter Fabric Extender


Fibre Channel Interfaces

Domain Parameters

Managing VSANs

VSAN Trunking

SAN Port Channels

FLOGI and FCNS Databases

Cisco Fabric Services on MDS

Configuring NPV Mode

N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)

Configuring NPIV

N-Port Virtualization (NPV)

Configuring NPV


Configuring FCoE NPV

Using SAN Management Tools

Cisco DCNM for SAN

Cisco Device Manager

Module 5: Cisco Nexus Series Switch Management

Using the Connectivity Management Processor

Connectivity Management Processor (CMP)

Configuring the CMP

Verifying the CMP

Upgrading the CMP

Using the CMP

Configuring User Management

User Management Features

Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)

Secure Shell (SSH)

User Accounts and Roles

Understanding System Management

System Management Features

Cisco Fabric Services


Embedded Event Management (EEM)


Cisco Smart Call Home



Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

XML Interface

Cisco DCNM for LAN

Integrating vCenter Manager


Upgrading the Firmware and EPLDs

Course Schedule:

Delivery Format: Virtual Classroom

Cost: $3,895 or 39 Cisco Learning Credits

Date: November 6-9, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Delivery Format: Virtual Classroom

Cost: $3,895 or 39 Cisco Learning Credits

Date: November 13-16, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

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