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CCNDC v2.0 - Configuring the Cisco Nexus Data Center Training

Description

Configuring the Cisco Nexus Data Center (CCNDC) is a hands-on course that includes lecture by a Cisco subject matter expert and hands-on practice exercises that focus on designing and configuring a data center network to support a virtual computing environment (VCE). Using the Cisco Nexus and MDS family of products, you will construct a highly available and modular network infrastructure that can be used to provide virtualized cloud-based services. You will learn about configuring the Cisco Nexus 7000 (NX-OS 6.1) and 5000 (NX-OS 5.2) Series Switches as well as the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders and Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch into a scalable data center network. You will learn how to connect virtual machines using VMware vSphere 5 to the data center infrastructure. Topics covered include the configuration of a data center unified fabric using both Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet as well as the configuration of VMware virtual switching to a data center network based on Cisco Nexus technology. In addition, the lecture and labs will cover how to configure both VMware VMotion and Storage VMotion in the data center environment. You will also learn how to scale the data center Layer 2 environment using Cisco FabricPath and Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV).

Objectives

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

  • Describe current data center strategies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and unified fabric
  • Configure a modern end-to-end data center infrastructure using the Cisco Nexus 2000, 3000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 Series products to support a virtual computing environment
  • Configure a Cisco Nexus unified fabric data center network using Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Configure a Cisco MDSbased Fibre Channel data center storage area network
  • Connect VMware vSphere ESX-based virtual machines using redundant connections to a unified data center fabric based on Cisco Nexus technology
  • Configure a data center network to enable virtual machine migration using VMware VMotion and Storage VMotion technologies
  • Configure a Cisco Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switching environment
  • Scale the Layer 2 data center environment using Cisco FabricPath
  • Connect multiple data centers together using OTV

Prerequisites

Following are the prerequisites for this course:

  • CCNA level networking knowledge and experience configuring Cisco network routers and switches
  • Introductory level understanding of data center architectures and virtualization concepts

Who Should Attend

This session is intended for network or data center professionals who are involved in the design, implementation, or support of virtualized and/or cloud compute data centers.

Outline

Module 1: Configuring the Cisco Nexus Data Center Transport Infrastructure

  • Lesson 1: Determining the Elements of Proper Data Center Design
    • Cloud Computing Defined!
    • Designing a Data Center Using Virtualization!
    • Technology That Enables Server, Networking, and Storage Virtualization!
    • Building a Data Center Unified Fabric with Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Lesson 2: Selecting Hardware to Meet the Data Center Design Requirements
    • Building a Data Center with a Hierarchical Network Design
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 Core and Aggregation Layer Hardware Overview
    • Cisco Nexus 6000 Access and Compact Aggregation Layer Hardware Overview
    • Cisco Nexus 5000 Access Layer Hardware Overview
    • Cisco Nexus 3000 Access Layer Hardware Overview
    • Cisco Nexus 2000 Virtual Access Layer Hardware Overview
  • Lesson 3: Performing Initial Device Setup and Software Configuration
    • Cisco NX-OS Data Center Network Operating System Overview
    • Initializing and Monitoring a Cisco Nexus Device
    • Performing an Upgrade of the Cisco NX-OS Software
    • Creating a Virtual Network Device
  • Lesson 4: Configuring and Verifying the Data Center Transport Infrastructure
    • Layer 2 Data Center Design Using VLANs, Virtual Port Channels, Rapid Spanning Tree, and Fabric Extenders
    • Configuring and Verifying the Layer 2 Data Center Topology
    • Layer 3 Data Center Design Using Routed Interfaces/Subinterfaces/VLANs, Hot Standby Routing Protocol, and Open Shortest Path First
    • Configuring and Verifying the Layer 3 Data Center Topology

Module 2: Configuring the Cisco Nexus Data Center for Virtual Machines

  • Lesson 1: Connecting Virtualized Machines to the Network
    • VMware Virtualization Platform Overview
    • Configuring a Virtual Switch with Network Redundancy in VMware
    • Connecting a Virtualized Server to the Access Network
  • Lesson 2: Enabling the Storage Infrastructure
    • Building a Storage Area Network Using Fibre Channel
    • Configuring and Verifying a Fibre Channel Storage Area Network on the MDS 9000
    • Building a Data Center Unified Fabric Using Fibre Channel and FCoE
    • Configuring and Verifying Fibre Channel and FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000
  • Lesson 3: Verifying the End-to-End Virtual Computing Environment
    • Verifying Virtual Machine Connectivity to the Ethernet and FCoE Network
    • Verifying VMware Network Redundancy
    • Verifying Storage Resources Using FCoE and Fibre Channel
    • Verifying Virtual Machine Migration Using VMotion and Storage VMotion
  • Lesson 4: Configuring the Cisco Nexus 1000V
    • Cisco Nexus 1000V Licensing
    • Installing the Cisco Nexus 1000V
    • Troubleshooting the Installation
    • Creating Physical Port Profiles for Uplinks
    • Creating Port Profiles for Virtual Machines

Module 3: Scaling and Interconnecting the Cisco Nexus Data Center

  • Lesson 1: Scaling the Data Center Using Cisco FabricPath
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Layer 2 in the Data Center
    • Selecting Hardware for a Cisco FabricPath Network
    • Configuring and Verifying Cisco FabricPath
    • Using Cisco FabricPath with Virtual Port Channels (VPC+)
    • Designing a Data Center Using Cisco FabricPath
  • Lesson 2: Connecting Multiple Data Centers Together Using OTV
    • Goals and Challenges of Implementing Multiple Data Centers
    • Using OTV to Connect Multiple Data Centers Together
    • Selecting Hardware and Software for OTV
    • Configuring and Verifying OTV
    • Designing Multiple Data Centers Using OTV

Lab Outline

Lab 1: Managing the Cisco Nexus Hardware and Software Platforms
Lab 2: Creating a Virtual Network Device
Lab 3: Configuring and Verifying the Layer 2 Data Center Topology
Lab 4: Configuring and Verifying the Layer 3 Data Center Topology
Lab 5: Connecting Virtual Machines to the Network
Lab 6: Enabling the Storage Infrastructure
Lab 7: Verifying End-to-End Data Center Connectivity Using VMotion and Storage VMotion
Lab 8: Installing and Configuring the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch
Lab 9: Scaling the Data Center Using Cisco FabricPath
Lab 10: Connecting Multiple Data Centers Together Using OTV