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CCNDC(LVC) Configuring the Cisco Nexus Data Center (LVC)

Network Training Course Description:
Configuring the Cisco Nexus Data Center (CCNDC) is a eight day, four hours a day, hands-on virtual live classroom course that includes lecture 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 and 5000 Series Switches as well as the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders into a scalable data center network. You will learn how to connect VMware vSphere ESX® based virtual machines 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 Cisco Nexus based data center network. 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.
Network Training Course Duration:
Network Training Course Target Audience:
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.
Network Training Course Prerequisite:
CCNA® level networking knowledge and experience configuring Cisco® network routers and switches,Introductory level understanding of data center architectures and virtualization concepts.
Course Content:
  • 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

  • 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 5000 Access Layer Hardware Overview
    • Cisco Nexus 2000 Virtual Access Layer Hardware Overview
    • Placing the Physical Equipment in the Data Center Design

  • 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

  • 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

  • Connecting Virtualized Machines to the Network

    • Building a Virtualized Data Center using VMware vSphere
    • How a Virtual Machine Views the Network
    • Configuring a Virtual Switch with Network Redundancy in VMware
    • Connecting a Virtualized Server to the Access Network

  • Enabling the Storage Infrastructure

    • Building a Storage Area Network Using Fibre Channel
    • Selecting Hardware for a Storage Area Network
    • 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 Nexus 5000

  • 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 via FCoE and Fibre Channel
    • Verifying Virtual Machine Migration Using vMotion and Storage vMotion

  • Scaling the Data Center Using Cisco FabricPath

    • Issues in Building Large Layer 2 Domains for Data Centers
    • Scaling Layer 2 Networks Using Cisco FabricPath
    • Selecting a Network Topology for the FabricPath Environment
    • Configuring and Verifying Cisco FabricPath

  • Connecting Multiple Data Centers Together Using OTV

    • Distributing Data Center Workload Across Multiple Locations
    • Using Overlay Transport Virtualization to Connect Multiple Data Centers Together
    • Configuring and Verifying Overlay Transport Virtualization

  • 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
    • Lab 8: Scaling the Data Center Using Cisco FabricPath
    • Lab 9: Connecting Multiple Data Centers Together Using OTV