Posted by: Mudassir Ali | December 10, 2013

Cisco Nexus Overview, Labs, Trainings and Tools

I wanted to get trained on Cisco Nexus platform so I was looking for training provider, to my surprise Nexus training cost around $2k for 5 day session. Then later I started looking at what Cisco has to offer to Partners. Believe it or not if someone wants to learn Nexus Platform, Cisco has so much to offer. Here is a snap shot of what is out there. Go get it.
Cisco Nexus Product Overview  
Cisco Nexus Configuration Sheets
Cisco Nexus 1000V, Nexus 1010, Nexus 1110 Configuration Cheat Sheets
Cisco Nexus 7k Configuration Guides Cisco Nexus 5k Configuration Guide

Training Video’s & Documents

Cisco Nexus 1000 Training Videos on Cisco Communities Site
Cisco Nexus 2k,3k,5k,6k,7k Training document on Cisco Community Site
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Terminology
VXLAN | vPC | VDC | OTV | DFA | VSM | VN-Link | Fabric Path | FCoE | NX-OS | DCE |
360 Model View: 
9508 | 93128TX | 9396PX 7004 | 7009 | 7010 | 7018 | 7706 | 77107718 | 5596 | 3064 | 3016 | 2248 | 2232PP | 2232TM |
 Tools
Ethanalyzer Tool | Cisco IOS-NXOS Migration Tool | Common Cisco Tools |

Top Document on Cisco Live 365

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BRKARC-3470 – Cisco Nexus 7000 Switch Architecture  | BRKRST-3066 – Troubleshooting Nexus 7000 Series Switches BRKDCT-3145 – Troubleshooting Cisco Nexus 5000 / 2000 Series Switches | BRKARC-3453 – Nexus 6000 – Architecture of the next-generation Switch for the datacenter BRKVIR-3013 – Deploying and Troubleshooting the Nexus 1000v Virtual Switch on vSphere | BRKVIR-2017 – The Nexus 1000V on Microsoft Hyper-V: Expanding the Virtual Edge BRKDCT-3313 – Fabric Path operation and troubleshooting | BRKARC-2013 – Cisco Nexus 3548 Switch Architecture | BRKARC-3452 – Cisco Nexus 5500/2000 Switch Architecture | BRKARC-2011 – Overview of Troubleshooting Tools in Cisco Switches and Routers | BRKDCT-2121 – Virtual Device Context (VDC) Design and Implementation.

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Complete Archive of Webinar on Cisco Nexus, technologies covered include:
Datacenter Switching (Nexus) | Storage Area Networks (MDS) | Datacenter WAN Optimization (WAAS) | Unified Computing System (UCS)
Unified Management (DCNM) |Automation (UCS Director And CIAC)
 
Cisco Nexus Management
NX-OS Feature Navigator | NX-OS Nexus 7000 Supported MIB List | NX-OS Nexus 5000 Supported MIB List | NX-OS Nexus 1000V Supported MIB List
Cisco Nexus labs on Cisco Partner Education Site

Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 1/14:Nexus 7000 Hardware Platform In this activity, you will utilize the existing lab topology and Cisco Nexus 7010 switches to identify and verify their various hardware components. After completing this activity, you will be able to Reset your VDC Cisco Nexus 7010 Start-up Configuration, Assign login credentials for the Network Administrator function, Initialize the management interfaces, and Utilize Cisco NX-OS commands to validate modules Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 2/14:Managing System Configuration In this activity, you will manage the configuration of a Cisco Nexus 7010 Switch. After completing this activity, you will be able to Assign IP addresses and set key interface parameters, Validate software revision level and available memory, Create a configuration checkpoint and perform rollback operation Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 3/14:Layer 2 Switching In this activity, you will become familiar with the Layer 2 switching features supported by the Cisco Nexus 7010 and Cisco NX-OS Software. After completing this activity, you will be able to Configure VLANs and PVST+ within each VDC, and activate and validate spanning tree parameters, Create and manage primary and secondary VLANs, assign interfaces to secondary VLANs, and perform mappings, Configure MST regions across both Cisco Nexus 7010 Switches, Enable UDLD on VDC links, and Configure port channels for interswitch VDC links using LACP Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 4/14:First-Hop Redundancy Protocols In this activity, you will become familiar with the first-hop redundancy protocols, GLBP, and HSRP. After completing this activity, you will be able to Configure HSRP within each VDC and validate its parameters and operation, and Configure GLBP within each VDC and validate its parameters and operation Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 5/14:Configuring Routing Protocols In this activity, you will become familiar with configuring routing protocols within Cisco NX-OS. After completing this activity, you will be able to Configure VRF instances within each VDC, Create OSPF routing instances for each VDC and assign link authentication, Assign VRF instances to the OSPF routing instances and validate the association, View and validate neighbor adjacencies, Restart an OSPF process in one VDC while viewing neighbor adjacencies, and Utilize various show commands to view routing parameters and visibility of VRF members Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 6/14:Quality of Service In this activity, you will become familiar with configuring QoS parameters within Cisco NX-OS. After completing this activity, you will be able to Configure type qos and type queueing class maps, Configure type qos and type queueing policy maps, Configure type qos and type queueing service policies, and View and validate the QoS configurations Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 7/14:Cisco Nexus 7000 Security Feature In this activity, you will become familiar with configuring the security features of the Cisco Nexus 7010 Switch. After completing this activity, you will be able to Create RBAC for each VDC and validate specific privilege levels, View default CoPP configuration and perform modifications using both the CLI and ?setup? menus, Showcase the functionality of atomic programming of Cisco NX-OS Software using the ?configuration session? context. Create IP ACLs using object groups and validate improved ACL creation and editing functionality, and Configure remote access capabilities and hardware security features that provide both control and data plane protection Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 8/14:Cisco Data Center Network Manager In this activity, you will become familiar with Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM, a Cisco NX?OS utility that provides a GUI companion to the CLI for configuring and managing Cisco Nexus 7000 devices. After completing this activity, you will be able to Configure parameters using the CLI on each physical and virtual device that will enable the successful use of Cisco DCNM, Perform basic discovery functions using Cisco DCNM to determine the current physical inventory, VDC allocations, Layer 2 and Layer 3 configurations, and Validate VDC connectivity, functionality, and resource assignments Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 9/14:Troubleshooting Using SPAN
In this activity, you will become familiar with using the built-in control plane monitoring utility, Ethanalyzer. After completing this activity, you will be able to Create SPAN sessions, view, and validate parameters, Configure Cisco Smart Call Home features and parameters, Configure and validate online diagnostic parameters, and Configure EEM event parameters and policy actions
Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 10/14:Cisco Nexus 5000 Hardware Platform and System Manageme… In this activity, you will become familiar with the Cisco Nexus 5000 hardware platform. After completing this activity, you will be able to Perform a Cisco NX-OS Software revision upgrade and view the process, Investigate the hardware components of the Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch and validate system parameters, Create spanning tree instances that include the two Cisco Nexus 7010 Switches, and Configure remote access capabilities and hardware security features that provide both control and data plane protection Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 11/14:Configuring FCoE, the Nexus 2148T Fabric Extender and Configuring N_Port Virtualization on the Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch In this activity, you will configure FCoE and N_Port virtualization on your the Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch for your pod. After completing this activity, you will be able to Become familiar with and configure the Cisco Nexus 2148T Fabric Extender using the CLI of the Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch, Create server interface pinnings between the Cisco Nexus 2148T front panel interfaces and Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch uplinks, Validate connectivity and configuration parameters between the Cisco Nexus 2148T and Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch, Configure the Cisco Nexus 5020 switch to enable the N_Port virtualization mode globally, Configure server-facing and fabric switch-facing interfaces for the N_Port virtualization mode, Configure the Cisco MDS 9124 Switch to support N_Port virtualization, and Validate N_Port virtualization performance and Fibre Channel operation using various show commands Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 12/14:Configuring the VMware ESX Server and the CAN In this activity, you will configure zoning on your assigned Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch to enable end-to-end connectivity between the VMware server and JBOD storage device. After completing this activity, you will be able to Configure the CNA to pin its virtual machines to the CNA, Create and assign virtual disks to each virtual machine and establish pinnings between servers and storage devices using the zoning feature of the Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch, and Confirm end-to-end connectivity and visibility between the initiator (VMware server) and target (JBOD) Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 13/14:Implementing vPC with Cisco Nexus 7000 In this lab exercise, you will first setup Nexus 7000 chassis in your assigned VDC to support vPC deployment. Next you will deploy vPC to the access layer of the assigned data center infrastructure. Once vPC is configured you will verify its operation and test the failover scenarios. You will use the Lab Topology and devices to meet lab exercise objectives. After completing this activity, you will be able to Configure vPC prerequisites in the assigned VDC on Nexus 7000 switches, Set up vPC towards the access layer, Inspect and verify vPC functionality and operation, and Test how vPC performs in different failover scenarios Access Lab
Goldlab: DCNI-2 Lab 14/14:Implementing OTV with Cisco Nexus 7000 In this activity, you will use the Lab Topology and devices to meet lab exercise objectives. After completing this activity, you will be able to Configure backbone network with support for OTV deployment, Configure OTV Edge devices, Setup Layer-2 DCI using OTV between two Nexus 7000, and Inspect and verify OTV functionality and operation Access Lab
GOLDLab: DCUCS Nexus 1000 – Lab4 This self-paced hands-on lab introduces how the Nexus 1000V software switch for VMware vSphere enables the power and flexibility of server virtualization, by offering a set of network features, management tools and diagnostic capabilities on the UCS.Learning Objective

– Install & deploy blade ESX’s in pod vCenter DataCenter

– Download & install Nexus 1000 in the UCS vCenter DataCenter

– Policy based virtual machine (VM) connectivity

– Mobility of security and network properties

– Non-disruptive operational model for both Server and Network administrators

Access Lab
GOLDLab: DCV Nexus 1000 Intro to Nexus 1000v In this 2hr lab, participants will discover how the Cisco Nexus 1000V software switch for VMware vSphere enables the true power and flexibility of server virtualization, by offering a set of network features, management tools and diagnostic capabilities. At the completion of this training, participants will be able to be familiar with the three pillars the Nexus 1000V is based on:
– Policy based virtual machine (VM) connectivity
– Mobility of security and network properties
– Non-disruptive operational model for both Server and Network administrators
Access Lab
GOLDLab: DCV Nexus 5000 Multihop FCoE Lab Configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) on a pair of Nexus 5000 series switches connected to a Windows Server Converged Network Adapter (CNA) which is connected northbound to a core FCoE infrastructure. Access Lab
GOLDLab: DCV FabricPath Lab This self-paced hands-on lab will introduce participants to Cisco FabricPath, a Layer-2 NXOS innovation. Participants will learn about the Cisco FabricPath & vPC+ functionality by configuring a data center topology with Nexus 7010 & 5548 devices.This lab covers the following topics:

1. NX-OS CLI familiarization by performing system verification, management VRF testing, and establishing basic connectivity

2. Base configuration with the Spanning Tree Protocol

3.Configuring Cisco FabricPath to establishactive/active 4-way connections between Nexus 7000 & 5000 devices

4. Connecting a server to the FabricPath core with vPC+

Access Lab
GOLDLab: DCV Nexus 5000 VM-FEX This self-paced hands-on lab will introduce users to VM-FEX and how it integrates with VMWare Distributed Virtual Switch infrastructure allowing virtual machine adapters to represent dynamically allocated virtual ethernet ports on the Nexus 5000.
Learning Objective
– Initial setup/configuration of Nexus 5000 down to server
– Enable N5K virtualization features & connect to UCS C-Series
– Configure FCoE
– Set the C-Series P81E VIC adapter properties
– Create port-profiles & apply to the Adapter-FEX interfaces
– Create VETH & VFC interfaces for FCOE connections down to the server
– Download & install VEM extension plugin to ESXi server
– Install N5K VM-FEX plugin to vCenter
– Create the vCenter connection & DVS from N5K
– Create dummy port profiles for DVC uplink
– Add ESX’s to the vCenter DVS
– Add shared storage over VM-FEX port profile to import VMs & attach to the
VM-FEX DVS
– Implement VM high performance mode (DirectPath IO) bypassing the ESXi
Access Lab
GOLDLab: DCV Nexus 5000-2000 VPC Lab In this 3hr lab, students work with a pair of Nexus 5000 switches and Nexus 2048 fexes configuring various scenarios southbound to a server.
At the completion of this lab students will be familiar with setting up the various scenarios including:
– Virtual Port Channel (VPC) configurations that support LACP down to the connected server
– Failover or adaptive load balancing configurations on the server.
Students perform all setup and configuration on the Nexus equipment, starting from an “”out of the box”” clean configuration. Students will also perform all
configuration of corresponding teaming adapters on the Windows server attached to the pod.
There is an optional add-on to the lab in which the students configure multihop FCOE on the same Nexus 5000 Pod.
Access Lab
GOLDLab:(NX-OS) Nexus 7000 v1.0 This 240m WBT familiarizes the student with the Nexus 7000. Access Lab
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