NX-OS Configuration Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training)

Video description


NX-OS Configuration Fundamentals LiveLessons is a unique video product that provides a solid understanding of NX-OS technologies across five product families. The product takes the student from an introduction to the product families and operating system, to Layer 2 and 3 capabilities before moving on to multicast and security. High availability, unique embedded serviceability features, and Unified Fabric and the Nexus 1000v are covered. Finally, QoS, OTV, MPLS, and LISP conclude the lessons. The most current updates in products and technologies have been incorporated, including OTV VLAN translation, L2 MPLS VPNs, LISP IGP assist, FabricPath multi-topology, and anycast HSRP, among many others.

NX-OS Configuration Fundamentals LiveLessons contains 13 individual video lessons, subdivided into 88 sublessons, for a total of 12 hours of instruction. The videos consist of audio instruction, animations, and video screencasts. Each video lab presents detailed objectives, lab diagrams, and video captures. Audio instruction throughout offers detailed explanations, tips, and configuration verifications. 

The 13 video lessons cover the following topics:

* Introduction to NX-OS
* Layer 2 Support and Configurations
* Layer 3 Support and Configurations
* IP Multicast Configuration
* Security
* High Availability
* Embedded Serviceability Features
* Unified Fabric
* Nexus 1000v
* Quality of Service (QoS)
* Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)

About the Instructors

Ron Fuller, CCIE No. 5851 (Routing and Switching/Storage Networking), is a technical marketing engineer (TME) on the Nexus 7000 team for Cisco. He has 21 years of experience in the industry and has held certifications from Novell, HP, Microsoft, ISC2, SNIA, and Cisco. His focus is working with customers worldwide to address their challenges with comprehensive end-to-end data center architectures and how they can best use Cisco technology to their advantage. He has had the opportunity to speak at Cisco Live on VDCs, NX-OS Multicast, and general design. He lives in Ohio with his wife and four wonderful children and enjoys traveling and auto racing. He can be found on Twitter @ccie5851. 

David Jansen, CCIE No. 5952 (Routing/Switching) is a Distinguished Systems Engineer (DSE) for Cisco specializing in data center architectures. He has 20 years of experience in the industry and has held certifications from Novell, VMware, Microsoft, TOGAF, and Cisco. His focus is working with global enterprise customers to address their challenges with comprehensive end-to-end data center, Enterprise, and WAN/Internet architectures. David has been with Cisco for 16 years and working as a solutions architect for more than 7 years and has provided unique experiences in building these types of solutions. His education includes a Bachelor of Science of Engineering degree in computer science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts degree in adult education from Central Michigan University.

Matthew McPherson is a principal technical architect with AHEAD, a leading Midwest data-center virtualization and transformation partner. Prior to AHEAD, Matt was a solutions architect for Cisco in the Central Select Operation specializing in data center architectures. Matt has more than 13 years of experience in the industry, working for service providers and large Enterprise customers in the financial and manufacturing verticals. He has held certifications from Juniper, Netscreen, and Cisco and possesses a deep technical background in the areas of routing, switching, and security. His primary focus is working with AHEAD’s strategic customers in greater Michigan to accelerate their transformation from a builder of components to a broker of services.

Skill Level

Beginning to intermediate

What You Will Learn

Provides an easy-to-use and cost-effective means to learn the various concepts associated with NX-OS technologies.
Provides multimedia tutorials that users can apply to real-world scenarios

Who Should Take This Course

Primary Audience:The target audience for this book is the network engineer or operator.  

Secondary Audience: Help desk analysts or network administrators as well data center certification candidates. The students should be intermediate to expert level. 

Course Requirements

These LiveLessons assume common knowledge of Cisco IOS and network switching and routing theory. The typical student should have at least a CCNP certification and should be responsible for configuration and day-to-day operations of enterprise-level data center switches. The users could also be responsible for planning the interconnect strategy for data-center devices.
Table of Contents
Lesson 1: Introduction to NX-OS
Lesson 1.1: NX-OS Basics (10 minutes)
Lesson 1.2: NX-OS Command Line and Management (10 minutes)
Lesson 1.3: NX-OS File Systems (10 minutes)
Lesson 1.4: Nexus Product Updates
Lesson 1.5: Virtual Device Context (VDC) Fundamentals (10 minutes)
Lesson 1.6: VDC Advanced Topics (10 minutes)
Lesson 1.7: Troubleshooting Commands (10 minutes)

Lesson 2: Layer 2 Support and Configuration 
Lesson 2.1: Layer 2 Basics (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 2.2: Advanced Spanning Tree (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 2.3: Port Profiles (5 Minutes)
Lesson 2.4: Port Channels (5 Minutes)
Lesson 2.5: Virtual Port Channel (vPC) Terminology Primer and Basic Configuration (5 Minutes)
Lesson 2.6: Advanced vPC Features (7 Minutes)
Lesson 2.7: vPC Failure Scenarios (5 Minutes)
Lesson 2.8: Layer 2 Best Practices (5 Minutes)
Lesson 2.9: FabricPath Introduction (7 Minutes)
Lesson 2.10: Advanced FabricPath (7 Minutes)
Lesson 2.11: FabricPath Troubleshooting (5 Minutes)

Lesson 3: Layer 3 Support and Configuration
Lesson 3.1: EIGRP Basics (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 3.2: Advanced EIGRP (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 3.3: OSPF Basics (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 3.4: Advanced OSPF (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 3.5: BGP Basics (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 3.6: BGP Verification (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 3.7: IS-IS (5 Minutes)
Lesson 3.8: First Hop Redundancy Protocl (FHRP) (10 Minutes)
Lesson 3.9: FHRP Interaction with vPC and FabricPath (7-8 Minutes)

Lesson 4: Multicast 
Lesson 4.1: Multicast Basics (10 minutes)
Lesson 4.2: Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) (10 minutes)
Lesson 4.3: Basic Multicast Configuration (10 minutes)
Lesson 4.4: Rendezvous Point (RP) Redundancy (10 minutes)
Lesson 4.5: Advanced Multicast Configuration (5 minutes)
Lesson 4.6: Control Plane Policing (CoPP) and Multicast (15 minutes)

Lesson 5: NX-OS Security 
Lesson 5.1: NX-OS Security Basics (10 minutes)
Lesson 5.2: NX-OS TrustSec Basics (10 minutes)
Lesson 5.3: NX-OS TrustSec Advanced Topics (10 minutes)
Lesson 5.4: Access List Basics (10 minutes)
Lesson 5.5: Traffic Storm Control (5 minutes)
Lesson 5.6: Control Plane Policing (13 minutes)

Lesson 6: High Availability 
Lesson 6.1: Nexus Hardware Basics (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 6.2: Nexus Hardware Redundancy (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 6.3: Generic Online Diagnostics (5 Minutes)
Lesson 6.4: NX-OS High Availability Architecture and Features (8 Minutes)
Lesson 6.5: NX-OS Software Upgrades – Cold Upgrade (5 Minutes)
Lesson 6.6: NX-OS Software Upgrades – ISSU Operation and Pre-Check (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 6.7: NX-OS Software Upgrades – ISSU (7-8 Minutes)

Lesson 7: Embedded Services 
Lesson 7.1: Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) in NX-OS (10 minutes)
Lesson 7.2: Encapsulated Remote SPAN (ERSPAN) in NX-OS (10 minutes)
Lesson 7.3: Embedded Analyzer (10 minutes)
Lesson 7.4: Smart Call Home (10 minutes)
Lesson 7.5: Configuration Checkpoint and Rollback (10 minutes)
Lesson 7.6: NetFlow (10 minutes)
Lesson 7.7: Network Time Protocol (NTP) (10 minutes)

Lesson 8: Unified Fabric
Lesson 8.1: Unified Fabric Basics (10 minutes)
Lesson 8.2: FCoE Basics (10 minutes)
Lesson 8.3: N Port Virtualization Options (10 minutes)
Lesson 8.4: Unified Fabric Configuration - Single Hop (10 minutes)
Lesson 8.5: Unified Fabric Configuration - Multihop (10 minutes)

Lesson 9: Nexus 1000v 
Lesson 9.1: Nexus 1000v Basics (10 minutes)
Lesson 9.2: Nexus 1000v Multi-Hypervisor Integration (10 minutes)
Lesson 9.3: Nexus 1000v InterCloud (12 minutes)

Lesson 10: Quality of Service (QoS)
Lesson 10.1: QoS Fundamentals (15 minutes)
Lesson 10.2: QoS in NX-OS (10 minutes)
Lesson 10.3: QoS on Nexus 7000 (15 minutes)
Lesson 10.4: QoS on Nexus 5000 (10 minutes)
Lesson 10.5: QoS on Nexus 1000v (10 minutes)

Lesson 11: Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) 
Lesson 11.1: OTV Basics (10 minutes)
Lesson 11.2: OTV Network Requirements and Options (10 minutes)
Lesson 11.3: OTV Multihoming and Failure Isolation (10 minutes)
Lesson 11.4: First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP) Localization and OTV (10 minutes)
Lesson 11.5: OTV Traffic Depolarization (10 minutes)
Lesson 11.6: OTV VLAN Translation (10 minutes)
Lesson 11.7: OTV Integration with Fabrics

Lesson 12: MPLS 
Lesson 12.1: Virtual Routing and Forwarding (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 12.2: Route Import/Export (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 12.3: MPLS Basics (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 12.4: Licensing and Hardware Requirements (5 Minutes)
Lesson 12.5: Advanced MPLS Topics (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 12.6: MPLS Configuration (7-8 Minutes)
Lesson 12.7: MPLS and IPv6 (5 Minutes)
Lesson 12.8: MPLS Layer 2 VPN Basics (5 Minutes)
Lesson 12.9: MPLS Layer 2 VPN Configuration (5 Minutes)
Lesson 12.10: MPLS Management and Troubleshooting (7-8 Minutes)

Lesson 13: Locator ID Separator Protocol (LISP) 
Lesson 13.1: LISP Basics (10 minutes)
Lesson 13.2: LISP Control and Data Plane (10 minutes)
Lesson 13.3: LISP Communication with Non-LISP Networks (10 minutes)
Lesson 13.4: LISP and Host Mobility (10 minutes)
Lesson 13.5: LISP Multihop (10 minutes)
Lesson 13.6: LISP Best Practices (10 minutes)

Lesson 1 Introduction to NX-OS
This lesson covers the history of NX-OS, platform support, command-line interface, file systems, VDCs, VDCs with advanced topics, and troubleshooting commands.  

Lesson 2 Layer 2 Support and Configuration
This lesson covers Layer 2 functionality within NX-OS. This includes spanning tree, advanced spanning tree, port channels, virtual port channel, and FabricPath.

Lesson 3 Layer 3 Support and Configuration
In lesson 3, we explore Layer 3 topics including routing protocols such as EIGRP, OSPF, BGP, ISIS, and FHRPs.

Lesson 4 Multicast
Lesson 4 covers multicast-related topics including PIM, IGMP, RP redundancy, and advanced multicast configurations.

Lesson 5 NX-OS Security
This lesson provides an overview of NX-OS security basics, Cisco TrustSec, advanced topics with TrustSec, ACL basics, traffic storm control, and Control Plane Policing.

Lesson 6 High Availability
This lesson discusses NX-OS physical high availability, software high availability, ISSU, and GOLD. 

Lesson 7 Embedded Services
This lesson discusses embedded services features, such as SPAN, ERSPAN, the embedded analyzer, Smart Call Home, checkpoint and rollback, NetFlow, and NTP.

Lesson 8 Unified Fabric
Lesson 8 covers Cisco Unified Fabric, including FCoE basics and NPV as well as both single and multihop FCoE configurations.

Lesson 9 Nexus 1000v
This lesson covers the Nexus 1000v, including an overview, Multi-Hypervisor integration, and InterCloud.

Lesson 10 Quality of Service (QoS)
Lesson 10 discusses QoS fundamentals, Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, and Nexus 1000v.

Lesson 11 Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
This lesson reviews OTV starting with an overview, then network requirements and options, multihoming and failure isolation, FHRP localization, traffic depolarization, VLAN translation, and integration with next-generation fabrics.

Lesson 12 MPLS
Lesson 12 covers VRF functionality, licensing and hardware requirements, LDP and L3 and L2 VPNs as well as IPv6 and MPLS management and troubleshooting.

Lesson 13 Locator ID Separator Protocol (LISP)
Lesson 13 covers LISP starting with an overview, then the LISP control plane and data plane, communication with non-LISP networks, host mobility, multi-hop, and LISP best practices.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. NX-OS Configuration Fundamentals LiveLessons: Introduction 00:07:53
  2. Lesson 1: Introduction to NX-OS
    1. Learning Objectives 00:00:26
    2. 1.1 NX-OS Overview 00:06:52
    3. 1.2 NX-OS Command Line and Management
    4. 1.3 NX-OS File Systems
    5. 1.4 Nexus Product Updates
    6. 1.5 Virtual Device Context (VDC) Fundamentals
    7. 1.6 VDC Advanced Topics
    8. 1.7 Troubleshooting Commands
  3. Lesson 2: Layer 2 Support and Configuration
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 2.1 Layer 2 Basics
    3. 2.2 Spanning Tree
    4. 2.3 Port Profiles
    5. 2.4 Port Channels
    6. 2.5 Virtual Port Channel (vPC) Basics
    7. 2.6 Configuring vPC
    8. 2.7 Advanced vPC
    9. 2.8 vPC Failure Scenarios
    10. 2.9 FabricPath Control Plane
    11. 2.10 FabricPath Data Plane
    12. 2.11 FabricPath Forwarding
    13. 2.12 FabricPath Host Connectivity and Routing
    14. 2.13 FabricPath Configuration and Troubleshooting
    15. 2.14 Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) Introduction
  4. Lesson 3: Layer 3 Support and Configurations
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 3.1 EIGRP Configuration
    3. 3.2 EIGRP Verification and Troubleshooting
    4. 3.3 OSPF Configuration
    5. 3.4 OSPF Verification and Troubleshooting
    6. 3.5 IS-IS Configuration
    7. 3.6 IS-IS Verification and Troubleshooting
    8. 3.7 Basic BGP Configuration
    9. 3.8 BGP Verification
    10. 3.9 First Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRPs)
    11. 3.10 Redistribution and Policy-Based Routing
  5. Lesson 4: NX-OS Multicast
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 4.1 Multicast Basics
    3. 4.2 Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) and Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM)
    4. 4.3 Basic Multicast Configuration
    5. 4.4 Rendezvous Point (RP) Redundancy
    6. 4.5 Advanced Multicast Configuration
    7. 4.6 Control Plane Policing (CoPP) and Multicast
  6. Lesson 5: NX-OS Security
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 5.1 NX-OS Security Basics
    3. 5.2 Access Control List (ACL) Basics
    4. 5.3 Advanced ACLs
    5. 5.4 NX-OS Data Center Encryption 802.1ae MacSec
    6. 5.5 Storm Control
    7. 5.6 Control Plane Policing (CoPP)
  7. Lesson 6: High Availability
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 6.1 Nexus Hardware Basics
    3. 6.2 Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD)
    4. 6.3 NX-OS High Availability Architecture and Features
    5. 6.4 NX-OS Software Upgrades – Cold Upgrade
    6. 6.5 NX-OS Software Upgrades – ISSU
  8. Lesson 7: Embedded Services
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 7.1 SPAN in NX-OS
    3. 7.2 ERSPAN in NX-OS
    4. 7.3 Embedded Analyzer
    5. 7.4 Smart Call Home
    6. 7.5 Checkpoint Configuration and Rollback
    7. 7.6 NetFlow
    8. 7.7 Network Time Protocol
  9. Lesson 8: Unified Fabric
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 8.1 Unified Fabric Basics
    3. 8.2 FCoE Basics
    4. 8.3 N Port Virtualization
    5. 8.4 Unified Fabric Configuration - Single Hop
    6. 8.5 Unified Fabric Configuration - Multihop
  10. Lesson 9: Nexus 1000v
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 9.1 Nexus 1000v Basics
    3. 9.2 Nexus 1000v Multi-Hypervisor Integration
    4. 9.3 Nexus 1000v Stretched Deployment Guidelines
    5. 9.4 Nexus 1000v and VXLAN
    6. 9.5 Nexus 1000v and CTS
    7. 9.6 Nexus 1000v VSM and VEM Security
    8. 9.7 Nexus 1000v Storm Control
  11. Lesson 10: Quality of Service (QoS)
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 10.1 Quality of Service Fundamentals
    3. 10.2 QoS in NX-OS
    4. 10.3 QoS on Nexus 7000
    5. 10.4 QoS on Nexus 5000
    6. 10.5 QoS on Nexus 1000v
  12. Lesson 11 – Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 11.1 OTV Basics
    3. 11.2 OTV Network Requirements and Options
    4. 11.3 OTV Multi-homing and Failure Isolation
    5. 11.4 First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP) Localization and OTV
    6. 11.5 OTV Traffic Depolarization
    7. 11.6 OTV VLAN Translation
    8. 11.7 OTV Broadcast Control
    9. 11.8 OTV Integration with Fabrics
    10. 11.9 OTV and LISP Integration Whiteboard Session
  13. Lesson 12: Layer 3 Virtualization and MPLS
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 12.1 Virtual Routing and Forwarding
    3. 12.2 Route Import/Export
    4. 12.3 MPLS Basics
    5. 12.4 Detailed MPLS Topics
    6. 12.5 MPLS Layer 2 VPNs
    7. 12.6 MPLS Layer 2 VPN Configuration
  14. Lesson 13: Locator ID Separator Protocol (LISP)
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. 13.1 LISP Basics
    3. 13.2 LISP Roles and Operations
    4. 13.3 IP Mobility/Host Mobility with Extended Subnets
    5. 13.4 IP Mobility Without Extended Subnets
    6. 13.5 LISP Multihop and Host Mobility
    7. 13.6 LISP Multihop Mobility
    8. 13.7 LISP Best Practices
  15. Summary
    1. NX-OS Configuration Fundamentals LiveLessons: Summary

Product information

  • Title: NX-OS Configuration Fundamentals LiveLessons (Video Training)
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: December 2014
  • Publisher(s): Cisco Press
  • ISBN: 0134034244