CISCO Training

  Implementing and Configuring Cisco Nexus 7000 v1.0

ICNX7 Course Description

In this 3-day course, you will learn how to implement an enterprise Data Center routing and switching infrastructure with the next-generation Cisco Nexus 7000 platform. This course provides a technical overview of the Nexus platform architecture, deployment, and operations, including Virtual Device Contexts, Layer 2 and Layer 3 features, QoS, and security.

You will explore the features of NX-OS and the Nexus platform by performing hands-on labs using an NX-OS simulator.


To fully benefit from this course, it is recommended that you have the following prerequisite skills and knowledge:

  • Familiarity with TCP/IP protocol suite
  • Knowledge of Layer 2 switching
  • Knowledge of Layer 3 routing protocols
  • Understanding of Cisco data center architecture

Associated Certifications

  • None

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for the following audience:

  • This course is designed for experienced Network Field Engineers who are already capable of implementing Layer 2 and Layer 3 services using Cisco IOS and the Cisco Catalyst switching platform.

Number of Days

3 Days instructor-led classroom training. (Approx. 7 hours each day.)

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the features of the Nexus 7010 chassis, Supervisor Engine, and line cards
  • Describe the architecture of NX-OS
  • Describe the Connectivity Management Processor
  • Configure switch management features like Call Home, logging, AAA, and RBAC
  • Use configuration checkpoints and rollbacks
  • Configure Virtual Device Contexts
  • Configure Layer 2 and Layer 3 services
  • Configure NX-OS Process Recovery
  • Configure NX-OS Supervisor Redundancy
  • Configure Quality of Service
  • Configure traffic integrity features and Control Plane Protection
  • Configure access and admission control
  • Configure LinkSec encryption
  • Use SPAN and Ethanalyzer to monitor traffic

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Overview of the Nexus 7000

  • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Chassis Overview
  • Introducing Supervisor Engine and Line Cards
  • Introducing Power Supplies and Cooling
  • Connectivity Management Processor
  • Introducing NX-OS
  • Introducing NX-OS Supervisor Redundancy

Lesson 2: Introduction to Virtual Device Contexts

  • Introducing Virtualization
  • VDC Configuration
  • High Availability

Lesson 3: Managing the Nexus 7000

  • SNMP and XML
  • Generic OnLine Diagnosis
  • Embedded Event Manager
  • SMART Call Home
  • Data Center Network Manager
  • System Message Logging
  • AAA
  • Role-Based Access Control
  • Configuration Rollback

Lesson 4: Layer 2 Protocols and Features

  • Nexus 7000/NX-OS Layer 2 Overview
  • VLANs and PVLANs
  • Spanning-Tree Protocols
  • EtherChannels
  • IGMP Snooping
  • Uni-Directional Link Detection

Lesson 5: Layer 3 Protocols and Features

  • Layer 3 Unicast Routing Overview
  • Virtualizing Routing
  • First-Hop Routing Protocols
  • Routing Protocols
  • Policy Routing
  • Equal Cost Multipathing
  • Tunnels
  • Layer 3 Multicast

Lesson 6: Nexus 7000 Fabric Switching

  • Introduction to the Nexus 7000 Fabric Modules
  • Virtual Output Queuing Overview
  • VOQ Operation

Lesson 7: Quality of Service

  • Nexus 7000 Series QoS Overview
  • Port QoS
  • Forwarding Engine QoS
  • Modular QoS CLI Overview
  • Class Map
  • Policy Map
  • Service Policy

Lesson 8: Security

  • Introduction to Nexus/NX-OS Security
  • Traffic Integrity
  • Control Plane Protection
  • Access Control
  • Admission Control
  • Data Confidentiality

Lesson 9: Troubleshooting

  • Ethanalyzer (WireShark in NX-OS)
  • SPAN and RSPAN

Course Labs

  • Lab 1: Using the Cisco Power Calculator
  • Lab 2: Managing System Configuration
  • Lab 3: Layer 2 Switching
  • Lab 4: First Hop Redundancy Protocols
  • Lab 5: Configuring Routing Protocols