Chapter 8

Configuring Nexus

The following topics are covered in this chapter:

  • Operating Cisco NX-OS Software
  • Describing the Features of the CLI
  • Identifying the Help Functions of the CLI
  • Describing the Startup Characteristics of the Switch
  • Describing Configuration Management

With everything you’ve learned in Chapters 1 through 7, you’re completely ready to be introduced to the Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) command line now. This operating system runs on both Nexus and MDS devices and we’ll be using it to explore and configure these exciting, new machines.

If you’re already familiar with Cisco’s Internetworking Operating System (IOS), you’ll certainly encounter lots of similarities. But there are many differences as well, and I’ll guide you through them all to successfully complete the configuration of a NX-OS device. Once you’re comfortable with the Nexus interface, you’ll be ready to configure hostnames, banners, usernames, and more, and I’ll close the chapter with the ever-vital verification process. Here’s a quick scan of the topics you’ll be learning about in this chapter:

  • Understanding and configuring the Nexus Operating System (NX-OS)
  • Connecting to a device
  • Bringing up a device
  • Understanding the device prompts
  • Understanding the CLI prompts
  • Performing editing and help features
  • Gathering basic routing information
  • Setting administrative functions
  • Setting hostnames
  • Setting usernames and passwords
  • Setting interface descriptions
  • Performing interface configurations

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