Implementing and Configuring the Cisco Nexus 5000 and 6000 Switches

This course is delivered in partnership between Global Knowledge and Firefly Education. This partnership has enabled the Cisco market to conduct training on the latest technology addressing business relevant issues and is constantly invested in, to keep the materials up to date of any changes that happen.

In this 3-day course, you will learn how to implement access layer infrastructures, using next-generation Cisco Nexus 5000 and 6000 Series Switches and Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders and their use cases. This course provides a technical overview with focus on the Nexus 5000 and 6000 platform features, design guidelines, deployment, and operations, including Fibre Channel over Ethernet, Layer 2, Layer3, QoS, management, and security. You will explore the features of NX-OS up to release 6.0(2N2.1) of the Nexus platform by performing hands-on labs using real Nexus 5500 and Nexus 2000 labs. Labs include basic FCoE configuration, NPV mode deployment, FEX and Virtual PortChannel configuration, security features, and monitoring, configuring Cisco Adapter-FEX and FabricPath.

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Profil uczestnika

This course is designed for experienced data center engineers who are familiar with Cisco Catalyst or MDS switching products.


Lesson 0: Course Introduction

Lesson 1: Overview of the Cisco Nexus 5000

  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch Products
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Features
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 High Level Architecture
  • Cisco Nexus 3000 Series
  • Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch Management Tools

Lesson 2: The Nexus 6000 Series Switches

  • Cisco Nexus Switch Models
  • Main Differences and Similarities between the Nexus 5000 and 6000
  • Nexus 6000 Features
  • Nexus 6000 Transceivers
  • Nexus 6000 Architecture and Interface Speed Mode

Lesson 3: Overview of the Cisco Nexus 2000

  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Access Layer Designs
  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Forwarding
  • Configuring Cisco Nexus 2000

Lesson 4: Fibre Channel Overview

  • 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 5: Understanding the FCoE Protocol

  • Benefits of IO Consolidation
  • FCoE Architecture
  • FCoE Protocol
  • FCoE ENode MAC Addresses
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol
  • VE Interfaces
  • Converged Network Adapters
  • FCoE Nexus Designs
  • HA in a FCoE Network

Lesson 6: Configuring Unified Fabric Networking

  • Switch Configuration Overview
  • Configuring Basic Connectivity and Administrative Access
  • Configuring Nexus 5000 and 6000 Interfaces
  • Configuring Ethernet Uplink Ports
  • Configuring the FC Uplink Ports on the Nexus 5000
  • Verifying the Configuration
  • N_Port Identifier Virtualization
  • Understanding NPV Mode
  • Configuring NPV Mode

Lesson 7: Architectural Impact of 40G and 100G Ethernet

  • 40G and 1000GE Technologies
  • Cabling Requirements for 40G and 100GE in the Data Center
  • 40G and 100GE Impact on the Data Center Network
  • Challenges that are Overcome and Introduced with 40GE and 100GE in the Data Center

Lesson 8: Nexus 6000 and 5000 Enhanced Networking Features

  • Enhanced IEEE Standard Features Supported by the Nexus 6000 and 5000 Switches
  • Cisco FabricPath
  • Cisco Virtual Port Channel
  • Cisco Nexus 6000 and 5000 Virtualization Features

Lesson 9: Managing the Nexus 6000 and 5000 Switch and Software

  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Diagnostics and Logging
  • Cisco Fabric Services
  • Managing NX-OS
  • IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol Configuration and Support on the Nexus 5500
  • Cisco onePK and ONE Controller
  • Additional Management Features

Lesson 10: Managing Traffic Flow for the Cisco Nexus 6000 and 5000

  • Understanding QoS Policy Management
  • Nexus 6000 and 5000 QoS Configuration
  • QoS with the Fabric Extender

Lesson 11: Configuring Security on the Cisco Nexus 6000 and 5000

  • Understanding and Configuring Private VLANs
  • Understanding and Configuring Access Control Lists
  • Port Security
  • Configuring AAA
  • Other Security Features

Lesson 12: Monitoring and Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting Interface Errors
  • FIP Troubleshooting
  • Password Recovery

Lab 1: Configuring the Switch for Administrative Access

Lab 2: Configuring the Cisco Nexus 5000 for FCoE Connectivity

Lab 3: Configuring the Cisco Nexus 5000 in NPV Mode

Lab 4: Configuring the Nexus 2000 as a Remote Line Card

Lab 5: Configuring Nexus 2000 with vPC

Lab 6: Configuring and Monitoring Security Features

Lab 7: Configuring Cisco Adapter-FEX

Lab 8: Configuring FabricPath on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch

Wymagane przygotowanie uczestników

  • Ability to configure advanced Layer 2 Ethernet services
  • Basic working knowledge of Fibre Channel and Storage Networking
  • Understanding of Cisco data center architecture


  • Identify the architecture, features, and benefits provided by Cisco Nexus 5000 Switches and how these differ from the Nexus 3000 Series in the most common user situations
  • Describe in detail the Cisco Nexus 6000 Switch architecture and data forwarding
  • Identify the benefits and features provided by the different models of the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders in the most common user situations, and explain how the switch works to provide these benefits
  • Describe Fibre Channel networks, frames, flow control, and the various protocols used with Fibre Channel, and identify the standard fabric services and their well-known addresses
  • Describe how FCoE operates within SAN and LAN environments, identify the hardware components of an FCoE implementation, and explain the options available
  • Identify the configuration options provided on Cisco Nexus 6000 and 5000 Switches and explain how to provision, move, add, and change Fibre Channel and Ethernet ports
  • Describe the technology benefits and challenges of 40G and 100G Ethernet in the data center
  • Discuss the Nexus 6000 and 5000 enhanced networking features
  • Describe the key management features of Cisco NX-OS on the Cisco Nexus 6000 and 5000 and upgrading / downgrading system software
  • Describe how to manage and configure QoS in the network, using the Cisco Nexus 6000 and 5000 Series Switches
  • Describe network design and switch configuration options for reducing network threats and preventing unauthorized changes in configuration
  • Explain how to use FCoE and Ethernet features and management tools for identifying switch and network problems
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