Posts Tagged ‘nexus’

Jul
10

This past Monday I passed the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam in San Jose CA, making me four time Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) #8593 in Routing & Switching, Service Provider, Security, and Data Center, as well as Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) #20130013.  This was my first – and thankfully last – attempt at the DC lab exam, and also my first experience in the San Jose CCIE Lab location.  In this post I’m going to outline my preparation process for CCIE Data Center, as well as to talk about my experience with the actual day of the lab.

 

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Apr
15

After many months of development, INE is happy to announce that our CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Workbook is now available! The initial release of the workbook contains over 100 hands-on lab scenarios that walk you through the technologies used in Cisco’s modern Data Center architecture. Whether you are preparing for the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam, have an upcoming implementation project with Cisco’s Nexus switches or Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), or you simply want to gain hands-on experience with these cutting-edge technologies, this workbook is for you.

The labs in this workbook are all individually focused advanced technology labs that present topics in an easy-to-follow, goal-oriented, step-by-step approach. Every scenario features detailed breakdowns and thorough verifications to help you completely understand the technology. The workbook is subdivided into two sections, Nexus Technology Labs and UCS Technology Labs. A sample of the Nexus Technology Labs can be found here, and a sample of the UCS Technology Labs can be found here. The workbook is priced at $399, and can be purchased here.

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Mar
24

Update: The CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Workbook is now available here

After a long and highly anticipated wait, INE’s CCIE Data Center Workbook and Rack Rentals are (almost ;) ) finally here! This post covers three items of business, the state of the DC Workbook & Rack Rentals release, and the Implementing Nexus 5-Day Bootcamp that I am running online next week.  This post ran a little longer than I had initially anticipated, so below are some quick links to the particular sections that you may be interested in:

Implementing Nexus 5-Day Bootcamp
DC Workbook Delivery
DC Rack Rental Topology
DC Workbook and Rack Rental Pricing
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Jan
07

This week I will be running a Nexus NX-OS Primer class online. This class is essentially Nexus NX-OS for Cisco IOS engineers, and is designed to get you quickly up to speed with using Cisco’s Next Generation Data Center Switching Network Operating System, Nexus NX-OS. Class will run Wednesday – Friday (Jan 9th – 11th) from 10am PST – 2pm PST (18:00 – 22:00 GMT). This class is free to attend for all users with active All Access Pass subscriptions. Recorded versions will be available in streaming format for AAP members a week or two after the class’s completion, as well as a download version available for separate purchase.

The advantage of attending the class live is that you will be able to ask me questions and get immediate feedback. Technically I guess you could still ask me questions while you’re watching the recordings, but I won’t be able to respond and you might get strange looks from those around you ;)

AAP members do not need to pre-register for this class.  Simply click the Nexus NX-OS Primer link under the All Access Pass section of your Members dashboard. This will also give you a countdown timer so you know exactly when class is starting.

Specifically this course will help engineers with a solid understanding of traditional Cisco IOS technologies and features to quickly transfer their knowledge to NX-OS. The course materials will be useful for engineers who plan to implement or support Cisco’s Data Center Unified Fabric architecture on platforms such as the Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000/5500, Nexus 3000, Nexus 2000, MDS 9200, MDS 9500, or the Unified Computing System Fabric Interconnects (UCS FIs). Candidates pursuing the CCNA Data Center, CCNP Data Center, or CCIE Data Center certifications will also benefit from this course.

This course consists primarily of live, hands-on examples comparing and contrasting Nexus NX-OS to traditional Cisco IOS, and introducing new Nexus NX-OS-specific features.

Topics Include

  • NX-OS CLI Fundamentals
  • NX-OS AAA & Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • NX-OS Setup Utility and Control Plane Policing (CoPP) Templates
  • NX-OS Feature Licensing
  • NX-OS Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)
  • NX-OS Virtual Routing & Forwarding Instances (VRFs)
  • NX-OS In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
  • NX-OS Parsing with GREP, PERL, & XML
  • NX-OS Ethanalyzer Packet Capture and Analysis
  • NX-OS vs. Catalyst IOS Ethernet Switching (VLANs, VTP, Trunking, STP, etc.)
  • NX-OS vs. IOS First-Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRP/GLBP/HSRP)
  • NX-OS vs. IOS IPv4 & IPv6 Routing (EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS, BGP, etc.)
  • NX-OS vs. IOS IPv4 & IPv6 Multicast Routing
  • NX-OS vs. IOS Security (ACLs, Port Security, DHCP Snooping, etc.)
  • NX-OS Specific Features (FEX, vPC, FabricPath, OTV, etc.)

I hope to see you in class!

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Dec
10

The third and final portion of our CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps – Unified Computing with Nexus 1000v – is now complete, and the videos are available for both streaming and download. This class focuses on the Cisco Unified Computing System – both B-Series and C-Series servers, Fabric Interconnects, and also the Nexus 1000v. We use the Nexus 5548UP switches along with Cisco MDS 9222i and a rack of JBODs to configure absolutely everything live in the class, including boot-from-SAN, FC zoning, static and dynamic pinning, normal and vPC port-channels, FCoE and vPC-HM (Host Mode) with MAC-Pinning. We also discuss many of the very recent enhancements to the Cisco UCS line with the new addition of version 2.1 and UCS Central.

All Access Pass (AAP) subscribers can view the videos in streaming format for no additional fee and also purchase the download version at a discounted rate. If you are not an AAP subscriber you can purchase the standalone download version here. As usual, all of these videos have cross-platform support (desktop, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows phone, etc.), and the download versions are DRM free. After you purchase them, they are yours to do with as you please.

A few samples of the class, along with the outline can be seen after the break.
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Nov
20

We had seen the official press release last week, but weren’t able to say anything until it became public today, and now the Learning@Cisco team has finally released the CCNA Data Center and CCNP Data Center certs for public consumption. A consolidated requirements page can be found here. One unique thing about these two is that they don’t require a standard CCNA (R&S) first as a pre-requisite. This makes sense, since this track has literally nothing to do with IOS. It also is largely because at the CCNA Data Center level, they are basically re-introducing you to every standard Ethernet and LAN switching concepts in the DCICN exam. Also, they seem to to be doubling down on the Cisco ACE, even though they are now partnering with, and recommending Citrix NetScaler to customers. Strange.

If I were a betting man, I’d wager that CCNA, CCNP and CCIE Video shouldn’t be too far around the corner as logical next steps for Cisco to release. Now, if you take a look at Cisco’s Career certs and learning paths, I wonder when they’ll finally fill in the CCNA and CCNP for Storage? My wager on that one would be … never. ;-)

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Oct
15

The second portion of our CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps – Storage Networking – is now complete, and the videos are available for streaming and download. This class focuses on Fibre Channel Switching, IP Storage, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) on the Nexus 5500, Nexus 7000, and MDS series switches.

All Access Pass (AAP) subscribers can view the videos in streaming format for no additional fee and also purchase the download version at a discounted rate. If you are not an AAP subscriber you can purchase the standalone download version here. As usual, all of these videos have cross-platform support (desktop, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows phone, etc.), and the download versions are DRM free. After you purchase them, they are yours to do with as you please.

The CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamp Series continues with Unified Computing the week of October 29th. All Access Pass subscribers can attend for free, in addition to anyone who purchased the download version.

Below is an excerpt from the Storage Networking class on how to configure Multihop FCoE on the Nexus 5000 and Nexus 7000:

CCIE Data Center :: Storage :: Multihop FCoE Configuration

The outline for the Storage Networking class is as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Storage Networking Hardware Architecture
  • Fibre Channel Switching Overview
  • Fibre Channel Switching Verification
  • Nexus 5500UP Initialization & FC Interface Configuration
  • SAN Port Channels
  • Virtual SANs (VSANs)
  • FC Fabric Services :: FC Domain
  • FC Fabric Services :: FSPF
  • FC Fabric Services :: FLOGI & FCNS
  • FC Fabric Services :: Basic Zoning
  • FC Fabric Services :: Enhanced Zoning & Aliases
  • FC Fabric Services :: Q&A
  • iSCSI :: Part 1
  • iSCSI :: Part 2
  • FCIP
  • NPV & NPIV
  • FCoE Overview
  • FCoE Configuration :: Part 1
  • FCoE Configuration :: Part 2
  • FCoE Q&A
  • Multihop FCoE Overview
  • Multihop FCoE Configuration
  • FCoE NPV
  • Data Center Network Manager (DCNM)

Questions and comments are welcome. Technical discussion can also be found on the Data Center Technical forum of INE’s Online Community at http://www.IEOC.com.

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Sep
17

Just about an hour ago, Cisco made the CCIE Data Center written exam available to be both scheduled and tested. So stop reading this and go schedule your written exam!
 
 
Assuming you are now back from scheduling your written, purchase and begin watching our CCIE Data Center Nexus Switching course to prepare for your lab exam, as those videos are now available for streaming and download (the page still notes they are coming, and we will get that updated today, but be sure they are indeed ready for your viewing pleasure). All Access Pass (AAP) customers can view the videos direct via this URL or via the link in their members account. To prepare for the written, get busy reading everything on the CCIE Data Center Recommended Reading List. Also don’t forget that the CCIE Data Center Storage class kicks off next week!

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Sep
05

This past week Mark Snow and I completed the first of three of our CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps – Nexus Switching. This class focused on the core Layer 2 Switching and Layer 3 Routing features of Nexus NX-OS on the 7000, 5500, and 2000 platforms, and the Data Center specific applications of the platforms with technologies such as vPC, FabricPath, and OTV, just to name a few. The videos from class are now in post-processing, and will be available both for download and in streaming format, both of which have cross platform support (Desktop, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows phone, etc.) Also as usual our videos are DRM free, so once you purchase them they are yours to do with as you please.

All Access Pass subscribers will get access to the videos in streaming format for no additional fee, and can also purchase the download version at a discounted rate. The download version can be purchased standalone here for people who are not AAP subscribers. Our next two classes, CCIE Data Center Storage and CCIE Data Center Unified Computing are coming up at the end of September and October respectively. All AAP subscribers can attend the live online classes for free, while anyone who want to purchase the download in advance also gets access to attend these classes.

Below are some excerpts from the class relating to the new FabricPath technology. FabricPath is a new alternative to running Spanning-Tree Protocol in the Layer 2 DC Core, and is a pre-standard version of the TRansparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) feature. The videos below cover the underlying theory of FabricPath, it’s basic configuration, it’s more advanced configurations and verifications, and its integration with Virtual Port Channels (vPCs) with the vPC+ feature.

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CCIE Data Center :: Nexus :: FabricPath Overview

CCIE Data Center :: Nexus :: FabricPath Initial Configuration

CCIE Data Center :: Nexus :: FabricPath Configuration & Verification

CCIE Data Center :: Nexus :: FabricPath & vPC+

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Jul
25

INE is proud to be able to bring you news that 2 CCIE Data Center seats will be tested per month in the Cisco RTP testing facility, with this number expected to increase to at least 1 per week (possibly 2 seats per week) very shortly based on demand. This is in addition to the CCIE DC seats that will already be available in San Jose, CA and Brussels, Belgium when the lab debuts in October. Also, another Security testing seat has been added to RTP, and many Saturday Security dates have been added as well in RTP, giving the RTP site many available Security seats open ahead of the pending blueprint update.

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