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Unified Computing Administrator I
Build skills equivalent to the DCUFI - Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric v5.0 program
  • Credit Hours: 5 Days

  • Format: Virtual Classroom - Instructor-led, Online

  • Professional Certificate: CCNP Data Center

  • Recommended for: Data center engineers and managers, program managers, and project managers

The Unified Computing Administrator I course prepares students for employment in the Informational Technology industry. This course covers key components and procedures needed to install, configure, and manage the Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, and 2000 series switches and MDS series switches in the network and SAN environment. Through theory-based lectures and virtual labs, students will gain an understanding of the exploration, configuration, and troubleshooting with a focus on NX-OS specific features. The programs curriculum satisfies the requirements needed to obtain employment and/or career advancement. 

This program prepares students for employment as a System Engineer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment change between 2010 and 2020 will grow 15% greater than the annual average.

What You'll Learn

  • Cisco Unified Fabric products in a Cisco Data Center network architecture
  • Select and configure the distinctive Cisco Nexus Series switch features to meet the implementation requirements and expectations in the Cisco Data Center architecture
  • Configure advanced features, such as Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP), security, and quality of service (QoS)
  • Management tools available for the Cisco Nexus switches and configure the relevant management tool in order to support the given design
  • Fibre Channel Protocol, the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol, and the Data Center Bridging (DCB) enhancements
  • Configure FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000 7000, MDS Series, and 5500 Platform switches

Who Needs to Attend

Data center engineers and managers, program managers, and project managers


CCNA Data Center certification is recommended

Understanding of and experience with the Fibre Channel protocol and the SAN environment

Course Outline

1. Cisco Nexus Product

  • Cisco Data Center Network Architecture
  • Cisco Unified Fabric Fundamentals
  • Structured Layers: Core, Aggregation, and Access
  • Product Placement
  • Positioning of Product Families in the Architecture
  • Cisco Nexus Products
  • Cisco Nexus Family of Products
  • Important Features of Cisco Nexus 7000 I/O Modules
  • Important Features of Cisco NX-OS

2. Cisco Nexus Switch Feature Configuration

  • High Availability and Redundancy
  • Network-Level High Availability
  • System-Level High Availability
  • Cisco IOS In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
  • Configuring Virtual Device Contexts
  • Using VDCs in Data Centers
  • Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)
  • Resource Allocation
  • New VDC Features in Cisco NX-OS 6.1
  • Configuring VDCs
  • Management Settings
  • Storage VDCs
  • Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features
  • Basic Interface Parameters
  • Cisco Nexus 7000 and Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Feature Comparison
  • VLAN Configuration
  • Spanning Tree Protocol Extensions
  • Configuring PortChannels
  • Using PortChannels and Virtual PortChannels
  • Configuring PortChannels
  • vPC Architecture
  • Configuring a vPC
  • Configuring the FEX
  • Configuring Enhanced vPCs
  • Implementing Cisco FabricPath
  • Implement Cisco FabricPath
  • Verify Cisco FabricPath
  • Configuring Layer 3 Switching Features
  • Routing Protocols
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocols
  • Bidirectional Forwarding Detection
  • Layer 3 Virtualization
  • Unicast RIB and FIB
  • Route Policy Manager
  • Policy-Based Routing (PBR)
  • IPv6
  • Configuring IP Multicast
  • IP Multicast
  • Configuring Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) and Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD)
  • Configuring Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM)
  • Configuring IGMP Snooping
  • Configuring Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP)

3. Cisco Nexus Switch Advanced Feature Configuration

  • Cisco OTV
  • Basic Cisco OTV Configuration
  • Advanced Cisco OTV Configuration
  • Configuring MPLS
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching VPNs
  • Configuring LISP
  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
  • Configuring QoS
  • QoS on the Cisco Nexus Family of Switches
  • Modular QoS Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Marking
  • Mutation Mapping
  • Policing
  • Queuing and Scheduling
  • Monitoring QoS
  • Configuring Security Features
  • DHCP Snooping
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection
  • IP Source Guard
  • Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding
  • Traffic Storm Control
  • Port Security
  • Control Plane Policing
  • Cisco TrustSec

4. Cisco Nexus Storage Features

  • Fibre Channel Protocol
  • SCSI Protocol
  • Fibre Channel
  • Fibre Channel Login and Communication
  • Fibre Channel Addressing Schemes
  • VSANs and IRV
  • FSPF Protocol
  • Zoning
  • N-Port ID Virtualization
  • N-Port Virtualization (NPV)
  • FCoE Protocol
  • FCoE Essentials
  • FCoE Architecture
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol
  • Supported FCoE Topologies
  • FCoE Hardware
  • DCB Enhancements
  • Data Center Bridging
  • Priority Flow Control
  • Enhanced Transmission Selection
  • DCBX Protocol
  • Configuring FCoE
  • FCoE Configuration
  • FCoE VLANs and Virtual Interfaces
  • FCoE with Enhanced vPC and Cisco Adapter FEX
  • Configuring SAN Switching Features
  • FCoE on Cisco MDS
  • Fibre Channel Interfaces
  • Domain Parameters
  • VSAN Management
  • VSAN Trunking
  • SAN Port Channels
  • FLOGI and FCNS Databases
  • Cisco Fabric Services on Cisco MDS
  • Configuring NPV Mode
  • N-Port ID Virtualization
  • NPIV Configuration
  • NPV Mode
  • NPV Configuration
  • FCoE NPV Feature
  • FCoE NPV Configuration
  • Using SAN Management Tools
  • Cisco Prime DCNM for SAN
  • Cisco Device Manager

5. Cisco Nexus Switch Management

  • Using the Connectivity Management Processor (CMP)
  • Configuring the CMP
  • Verifying the CMP
  • Upgrading the CMP
  • Using the CMP
  • Configuring User Management
  • User Management Features
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
  • Secure Shell
  • User Accounts and Roles
  • System Management
  • Features
  • Configuring Cisco Fabric Services
  • Configuring NTP and PTP
  • Configuring EEM
  • Configuring NetFlow
  • Configuring Smart Call Home
  • Configuring Scheduler
  • Configuring SPAN and ERSPAN
  • Configuring SNMP
  • Using XML Interface
  • Implementing Cisco Prime DCNM for LAN
  • Integrating vCenter Manager
  • Licensing
  • Upgrading the Firmware and EPLDs


Lab 1: Configure Layer 2 Switching

Lab 2: Configure vPCs

Lab 3: Configure Cisco FabricPath

Lab 4: Configure Layer 3 Switching

Lab 5: Configure OTV

Lab 6: Configure QoS

Lab 7: Configure Security Features

Lab 8: Configure FCoE

Lab 9: Configure NPV

Lab 10: Configure System Management

Lab 11: Implement Cisco DCNM for LAN

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