DCUFI – Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric 5.0


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DCUFI – Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric 5.0
5 days  (Instructor Led Online)  |  Data Center Switching

Course Details

The DCUFI – Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric v5.0 is a five-day instructor-led training course designed for Systems and Field Engineers, Consulting Systems Engineers, Technical Solutions Architects, and Cisco integrators and partners who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series, and the Cisco MDS.

The course covers the key components and procedures needed to install, configure, and manage the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series, and the Cisco MDS in the network and SAN environment.


The corresponding exam 642-997 DCUFI has been retired on July 23, 2017. The replacement training and exam is the 300-165 DCII. See other Cisco courses available.


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

  • Describe the Cisco Unified Fabric products in a Cisco Data Center network architecture
  • 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 OTV, MPLS, LISP, security, and Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Identify which management tools are available for the Cisco Nexus Switches and how to configure the relevant management tool to support the given design
  • Understand the Fibre Channel protocol, the FCoE protocol, and the Data Center Bridging (DCB) enhancements, as well as how to configure FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000, 5500, 7000 and MDS Switches


Module 1: Cisco Nexus Product Overview

  • The Cisco Data Center Network Architecture
  • Cisco Unified Fabric Overview
  • Structured Layers – Core, Aggregation, Access
  • Placement of Products
  • The positioning of Product Families in the Architecture
  • Identifying Cisco Nexus Products
  • The Cisco Nexus Product Family
  • Key Features of Cisco Nexus I/O Modules
  • Key Features of Cisco NX-OS


Module 2: Cisco Nexus Switch Feature Configuration

  • Understanding High Availability and Redundancy
  • Network-Level High Availability
  • System-Level High Availability
  • In-Service Software Upgrade
  • Configuring Virtual Device Contexts
  • Using VDCs in Data Centers
  • Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)
  • Resource Allocation
  • New VDC Features in Cisco NX-OS 6.1
  • Configuring VDCs
  • Management Settings
  • Storage VDCs
  • Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features
  • Basic Interface Parameters
  • Cisco Nexus 7000 and Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch Feature Comparison
  • VLAN Configuration
  • Spanning Tree Protocol Extensions
  • Configuring PortChannels
  • Using PortChannels and Virtual PortChannels
  • Configuring PortChannels
  • vPC Architecture
  • Configuring vPC
  • Configuring the FEX
  • Configuring Enhanced vPCs
  • Implementing the Cisco FabricPath
  • Implement Cisco FabricPath
  • Verify Cisco FabricPath
  • Configuring Layer 3 Switching Features
  • Routing Protocols
  • First-Hop Redundancy Protocols
  • Bidirectional Forwarding Detection
  • Layer 3 Virtualization
  • Unicast RIB and FIB
  • Route Policy Manager
  • Policy-Based Routing (PBR)
  • IPv6
  • Configuring IP Multicast
  • IP Multicast
  • Configuring IGMP and MLD
  • Configuring PIM
  • Configuring IGMP Snooping
  • Configuring MSDP


Module 3: Cisco Nexus Switch Advanced Feature Configuration

  • Understanding Overlay Transport Virtualization
  • Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
  • Basic OTV
  • Advanced OTV
  • Configuring MPLS
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • Configuring LISP
  • Location ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
  • Configuring LISP
  • Configuring Quality of Service (QoS)
  • QoS on the Nexus Switches
  • Modular QoS CLI (MQC)
  • Marking
  • Mutation Mapping
  • Policing
  • Queuing and Scheduling
  • Monitoring QoS
  • Configuring Security Features
  • DHCP Snooping
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI)
  • IP Source Guard
  • Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF)
  • Traffic Storm Control
  • Port Security
  • Control Plane Policing (CoPP)
  • Cisco TrustSec


Module 4: Cisco Nexus Storage Features

  • Understanding Fibre Channel Protocol
  • SCSI Protocol
  • Fibre Channel
  • Fibre Channel Login and Communication
  • Fibre Channel Addressing Schemes
  • VSANs and IVR
  • Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) Protocol
  • Zoning
  • N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
  • N-Port Virtualization (NPV)
  • Understanding FCoE Protocol
  • FCoE Overview
  • FCoE Architecture
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP)
  • Supported FCoE Topologies
  • FCoE Hardware
  • Identifying Data Center Bridging Enhancements
  • Data Center Bridging (DCB)
  • Priority Flow Control (PFC)
  • Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)
  • DCBX Protocol
  • Configuring FCoE
  • Configure FCoE
  • FCoE VLANs and Virtual Interfaces
  • FCoE with Enhanced vPC and Cisco Adapter Fabric Extender
  • FCoE on MDS
  • Fibre Channel Interfaces
  • Domain Parameters
  • Managing VSANs
  • VSAN Trunking
  • SAN Port Channels
  • FLOGI and FCNS Databases
  • Cisco Fabric Services on MDS
  • Configuring NPV Mode
  • N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Configuring NPIV
  • N-Port Virtualization (NPV)
  • Configuring NPV
  • FCoE NPV
  • Configuring FCoE NPV
  • Using SAN Management Tools
  • Cisco DCNM for SAN
  • Cisco Device Manager


Module 5: Cisco Nexus Series Switch Management

  • Using the Connectivity Management Processor
  • Connectivity Management Processor (CMP)
  • Configuring the CMP
  • Verifying the CMP
  • Upgrading the CMP
  • Using the CMP
  • Configuring User Management
  • User Management Features
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
  • Secure Shell (SSH)
  • User Accounts and Roles
  • Understanding System Management
  • System Management Features
  • Cisco Fabric Services
  • NTP and PTP
  • Embedded Event Management (EEM)
  • NetFlow
  • Cisco Smart Call Home
  • Scheduler
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • XML Interface
  • Cisco DCNM for LAN
  • Integrating vCenter Manager
  • Licensing
  • Upgrading the Firmware and EPLDs


Course Labs

Lab 2-1: Configure Layer 2 Switching

Lab 2-2: Configure vPCs

Lab 2-3: Configure Cisco FabricPath

Lab 2-4: Configure Layer 3 Switching

Lab 3-1: Configure OTV

Lab 3-2: Configure QoS

Lab 3-3: Configure Security Features

Lab 4-1: Configure FCoE

Lab 4-2: Configure NPV

Lab 5-1: Configure System Management

Lab 5-2: Implement Cisco DCNM for LAN

Target Audience

  • Channel Partner / Reseller
  • Customer
  • Employee


The knowledge and skills that you must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center certification
  • Good understanding of the Fibre Channel protocol and the SAN environment
  • Recommended attendance of a Fibre Channel protocol class or equivalent experience
  • Recommended attendance of the Implementing Cisco Storage Networking (ICSNS) Solutions course or equivalent experience
  • Recommended to read Robert Kembel’s books on Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel switched fabrics