DCNXA - Cisco NX-OS for IOS Administrators v2.0



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 about the key components and procedures needed for installing and managing Cisco Nexus 9000, 7000, 5000, 2000, and 1000v series switches. This course covers important troubleshooting procedures for these platforms as well.


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

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 9000, 7000, 5000, 2000, and 1000 Series switches

  • Basic and advanced configurations of the Cisco Nexus 9000, 7000, 5000, 2000, and 1000 Series switches using the NX-OS

  • Troubleshooting techniques for the Cisco Nexus 9000, 7000, 5000, and 1000 Series switches using the NX-OS


1.�The Cisco Nexus platform and NX-OS

  • Cisco Nexus Products�
  • Nexus 7000 and 7700 Features at a High Level�
  • Nexus 9000 Features at a High Level�
  • The NX-OS Software Architecture���
  • Cisco NX-OS Architecture, Key Features, and Capabilities

2.�Configuring Layer 2 Features using the NX-OS

  • Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs) in the Nexus 7000 Switches�
  • Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features���
  • Configuring Nexus Fabric Extenders (FEX)��
  • Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels (VPCs)�
  • FabricPath

3.�Fiber Channel and FCoE

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

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)��

5.�VXLAN on Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

  • VXLAN Overview
  • Use of VTEPs
  • VXLAN Routing

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