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Configuring the Cisco Nexus 1000V (DCNX1K)

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1: Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch and Virtual Networking Architecture
  • Reviewing the Virtual Infrastructure
    • Explain the concept of server virtualization, and identify the differences between multiple virtualization approaches
    • Describe the characteristics of VMs
    • Explain the benefits of VMs
    • Explain the VMware management environment and tools
    • Describe how to position vSphere
    • Describe the ESX and ESXi architectures
    • Describe VMware vShield Edge devices and their management
    • Explain the concept of VDI
  • Networking in the VMware Infrastructure
    • Explain how a VMware vSwitch works
    • Describe how to set up a VM firewall
    • Describe different network connection types in an ESX server
    • Explain how to map physical network ports to virtual ones
    • Describe how to configure policies on port groups
    • Describe how to configure VLANs on port groups
    • Describe how to configure security policies for networking
    • Explain load balancing in VMware
    • Explain the importance of Fibre Channel in a VMware environment
    • Explain the role of the VMFS datastore and describe SDRS
    • Explain the role of NAS and NFS datastores
    • Describe the Cisco virtual networking difference
    • Explain how vCloud Director creates networks for vApps in a vCloud environment
  • Configuring VMware Switching
    • Installing a VMware vSwitch
    • New DVS Features
    • Installing a DVS
    • Configuring Network Adapters on a DVS
    • Configuring Port Groups on a DVS
    • Configuring Trunking on a DVS
  • Reviewing the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
    • Identify the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series components
    • Describe the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series virtual chassis
    • Discuss the benefits of single chassis management
    • Explain the scalability capabilities of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe the components that are required for communication on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain high availability in the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe how to troubleshoot high availability on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain the importance of the domain ID in the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain the licensing requirements in Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain how the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series fits into in the Cisco data center architecture
    • Explain how the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series integrates with vCloud Director
  • Reviewing the Cisco Nexus 1010 Virtual Services Appliance and Virtual Services Blades
    • Explain the function of the Cisco Nexus 1010 in the data center virtual infrastructure
    • Describe the function of the Cisco Prime NAM VSB in the data center virtual infrastructure
    • Describe the function of the Cisco VSG in the data center virtual infrastructure
    • Describe the function of Cisco vWAAS
  • Installing and Upgrading the Virtual Supervisor and VEMs
    • Describe how to install and upgrade the VSM, and perform the initial configuration
    • Describe how to create the VSM VM, and perform the initial configuration
    • Describe how to install the VEM on the ESX host
    • Describe the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Installation Management Center
    • Describe how to troubleshoot a module that is not coming up on the VSM
    • Describe how to troubleshoot VSMs that have not been brought into service as expected
    • Describe how to delete a DVS from the vCenter Server when there is no connectivity to the VSMs
2: Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch Feature Configuration
  • Configuring Port Profiles
    • Describe how port profiles are used on the ESX host
    • Describe how VLANs are used in port profiles
    • Describe how PVLANs are used in port profiles
    • Describe VXLANs, and explain how they are used and configured with port profiles in virtual infrastructure design
    • Describe how to use port profiles and port groups in virtual infrastructure design
    • Describe how to configure port profiles on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe how to troubleshoot port profiles on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe how to configure support for redundant routing protocols in VMs
    • Describe how to configure support for Microsoft NLB
    • Describe how to configure system port profiles on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe how to configure uplink port profiles on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe how to configure a port channel in the uplink port profile
    • Explain how to configure and use vPC-HM on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain how to troubleshoot problematic ports
  • Configuring Security Features
    • Describe the security features available on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe how to configure ACLs on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe how to use and configure port security on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe how to troubleshoot port security issues on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain the concept of DHCP snooping, and describe how it can be applied on a Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain the purpose of DAI, and describe how to configure it on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain the IP Source Guard feature, and describe how to configure it on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
  • Configuring Quality of Service
    • Explain the purpose of QoS on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain how QoS is implemented and used on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe how to configure QoS classification on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain the statistics monitoring process on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain the use of CBWFQ policies on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
  • Configuring Management Features
    • Describe the management features of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Discuss how to configure Secure Shell (SSH) connectivity on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
    • Explain how AAA functionality of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series can be configured
    • Explain the benefits of role-based access control (RBAC) and how it can be applied on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Explain the configuration process for the Cisco Nexus 1000V Network Segmentation Manager
    • Introduce the Cisco Data Center Network Manager
    • Explain the use and configuration of Virtual Service Domains
  • Configuring System Management Features
    • Identify the system management features available on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
    • Describe how to configure VSM backup and recovery on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
    • Describe how to configure the Cisco Discovery Protocol so that neighboring switches can be discovered
    • Describe how the configuration files can be managed on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
    • Describe how to configure Simple Network Management Protocol
    • Describe how to configure NetFlow for traffic monitoring on a Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
  • Using Basic Troubleshooting Tools
    • Use CLI commands to help identify the location of a problem
    • Describe how to configure and use the syslog feature on a Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
    • Describe how to configure and use local Switch Port Analyzer (SPAN) on the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch to monitor local virtual machine (VM) traffic
    • Describe how to configure and use Encapsulated Remote SPAN (ERSPAN) to capture VM traffic to a remote device
Course Labs
  • Lab 1-1: Setting Up the Lab Environment
  • Lab 1-2: Installing the Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM
  • Lab 1-3: Installing the Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM
  • Lab 1-4: Upgrading the Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM and VEM
  • Lab 2-1: Optimizing the Cisco Nexus 1000V Implementation
  • Lab 2-2: Configuring Security Features
  • Lab 2-3: Configuring Quality of Service
  • Lab 2-4: Configuring Management Features
  • Lab 2-5: Configuring SPAN and ERSPAN
  • Lab 2-6: Troubleshooting the Cisco Nexus 1000V