Cisco NX-OS for IOS Administrators (DCNXA)

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​The Cisco NX-OS for IOS Administrators (DCNXA) v2.0 is a five-day instructor-led course designed for network administrators who are migrating from a traditional Cisco IOS environment to routing and switching platforms that use the Nexus Operating System (NX-OS). This course covers the key components and procedures you need to know to install and manage Cisco Nexus 9000, 7000, 5000, 2000 and 1000v series switches. This course will also cover important troubleshooting procedures for these platforms as well.

Intended Audience

  • Network, systems, and consulting systems engineers
  • Network designers, administrators, and managers
  • Data Center administrators, designers and system engineers

At Completion

Upon completing this course, students will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Describe the differences between the Cisco IOS and NX-OS operating systems.
  • Describe the features and functionality of the Cisco NX-OS.
  • Describe how the Cisco NX-OS is used for functionality specific to different Cisco Nexus switching platforms, such as the 9000, 7000-series, 5000-series, 2000 series and 1000-series switches.
  • Understand basic and advanced configurations of the Cisco Nexus 9000, 7000-series, 5000-series, 2000 series and 1000-series switches using the NX-OS.
  • Understand troubleshooting techniques using the NX-OS.


The following skills and knowledge are recommended for learners to fully benefit from this course:

  • CCNA Switching and Routing knowledge level. CCNP level preferred.

Exams & Certifications


Course Outline

Module 1: The Cisco Nexus platform and NX-OS

  • Identifying Cisco Nexus Products  
  • Nexus 7000 and 7700 Features at a high level 
  • Nexus 5000 and 2000 Fex at a high level 
  • Nexus 9000 Features at a high level  
  • The NX-OS Software Architecture    
    • NX-OS features and functionality
    • Command syntax
  • Describing Cisco NX-OS Architecture, Key Features, and Capabilities 
    • Modularity
    • Features
    • Licensing
    • Context-sensitive help
    • RBAC
    • Navigation between configuration modes
    • ISSU


Module 2:  Configuring Layer 2 Features using the NX-OS

  • Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs) in the Nexus 7000 Switches 
  • Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features    
    • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
    • Unidirectional Link Detection (UDLD)
    • Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
    • Port Profiles
    • Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU)
    • Multiple Spanning Tree
    • Traffic Storm Control
  • Configuring Nexus Fabric Extenders (FEX)   
  • Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels (VPCs) 
  • FabricPath   


Module 3: Fiber Channel and FCoE

  • Understanding the Fiber Channel protocol   
  • Configuring FCoE   
  • Configuring SAN Switching Features  


Module 4:  Layer 3 Features using the NX-OS   

  • Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) Contexts
  • Static Routing
  • OSPF
  • BGP
  • IS-IS
  • Unicast RIB and FIB
  • Route Policy Manager
  • Policy-Based Routing (PBR)
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocols (HSRP/VRRP/GLBP)
  • Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)  


Module 5:  VXLAN on Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

  • VXLAN Overview
  • Use of VTEPs
  • VXLAN Routing

Appendix A: Cisco NX-OS on the Nexus 1000v Virtual Switch

  • Fundamentals of the Nexus 1000v Virtual Switch within VMware

Hands On Labs

Lab 0: Accessing Lab Devices - Nexus 5000 Series Devices
Lab 1: Initial Switch Configuration
Lab 2: Connecting the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender
Lab 3: Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features
Lab 4: Configuring FEX Active-Active VPC and EVPC
Lab 5: Configuring Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
Lab 6: Configuring FCoE
Lab 0: Accessing Lab Devices - Nexus 7000 Series Devices
Lab 1: Cisco Nexus 7000 Platform Discovery
Lab 2: Configuring Cisco FabricPath
Lab 3: Configuring Layer 3 Switching
Lab 4: Configuring Cisco OTV
Lab 0: Accessing Lab Devices - Nexus 9000 Series Devices
Lab 1: Preparing the Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switch Configuration Baseline
Lab 2: Implementing VXLAN Bridging



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