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DCUFI v5.0 - Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Training


The Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) v5.0 is a five-day instructor-led training course designed for Systems and Field Engineers, Consulting Systems Engineers, Technical Solutions Architects, and Cisco Integrators and Partners who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series switches and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders. This course covers the key components and procedures needed to install, configure, and manage the Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, 2000, and MDS Series switches in the network and SAN environment.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Describe the 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)
  • Identify which management tools are available for the Cisco Nexus switches and how to configure the relevant management tool in order to support the given design
  • Understand the Fibre Channel Protocol, the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol, and the Data Center Bridging (DCB) enhancements, as well as how to configure FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000 7000, MDS Series, and 5500 Platform switches


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Cisco CCNA Data Center certification
  • A good understanding of the Fibre Channel Protocol and the SAN environment
  • Recommended attendance of a Fibre Channel Protocol class or equivalent experience
  • Recommended attendance of the Implementing Cisco Storage Network Solutions (ICSNS) class or equivalent experience
  • Recommended reading of books by Robert Kembel on Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel switched fabrics

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data center designers, data center administrators, and system engineers

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data center engineers and managers

The tertiary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Program managers and project managers


Course Introduction

  • Overview
  • Course Goal and Objectives
  • Course Flow
  • Additional References
  • Your Training Curriculum

Module 1: Cisco Nexus Product Overview
Lesson 1: Describing the Cisco Data Center Network Architecture

  • Cisco Unified Fabric Fundamentals
  • Structured Layers: Core, Aggregation, Access
  • Product Placement
  • Positioning of Product Families in the Architecture

Lesson 2: Identifying Cisco Nexus Products

  • The Cisco Nexus Family of Products
  • Important Features of Cisco Nexus 7000 I/O Modules
  • Important Features of Cisco NX-OS

Module 2: Cisco Nexus Switch Feature Configuration
Lesson 1: Understanding High Availability and Redundancy

  • Network-Level High Availability
  • System-Level High Availability
  • Cisco IOS In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)

Lesson 2: 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

Lesson 3: 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

Lesson 4: Configuring PortChannels

  • Using PortChannels and Virtual PortChannels
  • Configuring PortChannels
  • vPC Architecture
  • Configuring a vPC
  • Configuring the FEX
  • Configuring Enhanced vPCs

Lesson 5: Implementing Cisco FabricPath

  • Implement Cisco FabricPath
  • Verify Cisco FabricPath

Lesson 6: 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

Lesson 7: Configuring IP Multicast

  • IP Multicast
  • Configuring IGMP and MLD
  • Configuring PIM
  • Configuring IGMP Snooping
  • Configuring MSDP

Module 3: Cisco Nexus Switch Advanced Feature Configuration
Lesson 1: Describing Cisco OTV

  • Cisco OTV
  • Basic Cisco OTV Configuration
  • Advanced Cisco OTV Configuration

Lesson 2: Configuring MPLS

  • Multiprotocol Label Switching
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching VPNs

Lesson 3: Configuring LISP

  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol
  • Configuring LISP

Lesson 4: Configuring QoS

  • QoS on the Cisco Nexus Family of switches
  • Modular QoS CLI
  • Marking
  • Mutation Mapping
  • Policing
  • Queuing and Scheduling
  • Monitoring QoS

Lesson 5: 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

Module 4: Cisco Nexus Storage Features
Lesson 1: Describing 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

Lesson 2: Describing FCoE Protocol

  • FCoE Essentials
  • FCoE Architecture
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol
  • Supported FCoE Topologies
  • FCoE Hardware

Lesson 3: Identifying DCB Enhancements

  • Data Center Bridging
  • Priority Flow Control
  • Enhanced Transmission Selection
  • DCBX Protocol

Lesson 4: Configuring FCoE

  • FCoE Configuration
  • FCoE VLANs and Virtual Interfaces
  • FCoE with Enhanced vPC and Cisco Adapter FEX

Lesson 5: 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

Lesson 6: Configuring NPV Mode

  • N-Port ID Virtualization
  • NPIV Configuration
  • NPV Mode
  • NPV Configuration
  • FCoE NPV Feature
  • FCoE NPV Configuration

Lesson 7: Using SAN Management Tools

  • Cisco Prime DCNM for SAN
  • Cisco Device Manager

Module 5: Cisco Nexus Switch Management
Lesson 1: Using the CMP

  • Connectivity Management Processor
  • Configuring the CMP
  • Verifying the CMP
  • Upgrading the CMP
  • Using the CMP

Lesson 2: Configuring User Management

  • User Management Features
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
  • Secure Shell
  • User Accounts and Roles

Lesson 3: Describing System Management

  • 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 Outline

      Lab 2-1: Configure Layer 2 Switching
      Lab 2-2: Configure vPCs
      Lab 2-3: Configure Cisco FabricPath
      Lab 2-4: Configure Layer 3 Switching
      Lab 3-1: Configure OTV
      Lab 3-2: Configure QoS
      Lab 3-3: Configure Security Features
      Lab 4-1: Configure FCoE
      Lab 4-2: Configure NPV
      Lab 5-1: Configure System Management
      Lab 5-2: Implement Cisco DCNM for LAN