DCNXA - Cisco NX-OS for IOS Administrators v1.0



This course is 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). You will learn the key components and procedures that are required for installing and managing Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, and 1000 Series switches. You will learn about important troubleshooting procedures for these platforms as well.


  • Network and systems engineers
  • Network designers, administrators, and managers
  • Data center administrators, designers, and system engineers


CCNA Routing and Switching knowledge level

Learning Objectives

  • Differences between the Cisco IOS and NX-OS operating systems
  • Features and functionality of the Cisco NX-OS
  • How the Cisco NX-OS is used for functionality specific to different Cisco Nexus switching platforms, such as the 7000, 5000, 2000, and 1000 Series switches
  • Basic and advanced configurations of the Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, 2000, and 1000 Series switches using the NX-OS
  • Troubleshooting techniques for the Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, and 1000 Series switches using the NX-OS

1. The Cisco Nexus Platform and NX-OS

  • Identifying Cisco Nexus Products
  • Nexus 7000 Features
  • The NX-OS Software Architecture
  • Configuring Nexus Management Features
    • Modularity
    • Features
    • Licensing
    • Command Syntax
    • Context-Sensitive Help
    • RBAC
    • Navigation Between Configuration Modes
    • ISSU

2. Configuring Layer 2 Features using the NX-OS

  • Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features
    • 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
  • Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)

3. 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)
  • Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)

4. Fiber Channel and FCoE

  • The Fiber Channel Protocol
  • Configuring FCoE
  • Configuring SAN Switching Features

5. Troubleshooting Cisco NX-OS

  • NetFlow
  • GOLD
  • Embedded Event Manager (EEM)
  • Onboard Failure Logging (OBFL)

6. Cisco NX-OS on the Nexus 1000v Virtual Switch

  • Fundamentals of the Nexus 1000v Virtual Switch
  • Integrating the Nexus 1000v with the VMware vCenter Server
  • Basic Integration Process
  • Configuring Port Profiles
  • Configuring Security Features