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DCUFC v5.0 - Concentrated Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (7,5,2) Training


DCUFC v5.0 is a four day course designed for the newcomer to the Nexus Product line, but it is an intensive course designed to bring the student up to date on the most important features of the Nexus 7000, 5000 and 2000 products. This course involves discussion and hands-on labs involving the Nexus 7000 configuration and upgrade, Qos, NPV, NPIV, FCoE, OTV, FabricPath, LISP, vPC and FIP. The first three days will concentrate on the NX-OS and the Nexus 7000-centric technologies listed including Nexus 2000 connectivity to the Nexus 7000. The last day will deal with the Nexus 5000 and related technologies and will also involve Nexus 2000 connectivity.


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

  • 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 Virtual Device Contexts, Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), Virtual Port Channel, Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP), security, and quality of service (QoS)
  • Configure connectivity and access to a Nexus 2000 from both a Nexus 7000 and a Nexus 5000
  • Perform an In Service Software Upgrade and use technologies related to the efficient use of this tool.
  • 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 OR
  • A good understanding of the OSI model and CCNA level knowledge of routing and switching.

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data center administrators and System Engineers

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data Center Designers and Managers

The tertiary audience for this course is as follows:

Program Managers and Project Managers


Module 1: Nexus Product Basics

  • Nexus Product List and Description
  • Nexus 7000 Line Card Description
  • Central Arbiter and VoQs
  • ISSU
  • EPLD upgrade
  • Configuring VDCs
  • Nexus QoS

Module 2: Nexus Features

  • Nexus 2000 Connectivity
  • Virtual Port Channel
  • FabricPath
  • OTV
  • LISP

Module 3: Nexus 5000 Specific Features

  • Nexus 2000 Connectivity
  • FCoE and FIP
  • NPV

Lab Outline

         Lab 1-1: Perform an In Service Software Upgrade of a Nexus 7000
         Lab 1-2: Perform an Electronic Programmable Logic Device upgrade on a Nexus 7000 Module

 Lab 2-1: Configure Nexus 2000 connectivity to the Nexus 7000

 Lab 2-2: Configure Virtual Port Channel

 Lab 2-3: Configure Cisco FabricPath

 Lab 2-4: Configure Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization

 Lab 2-5: Configure Locator/Id Separation Protocol

 Lab 3-1: Configure Nexus 2000 connectivity on the Nexus 5000

 Lab 3-2: Configuring FCoE with the Nexus 5000 in Switch Mode

 Lab 3-3: Configuring the Nexus 5000 in NPV mode in conjunction with a Cisco MDS Switch