Duration: 3 days
Version: 2.0
Continuing Education credits: 24 points

The Operating Cisco IP Fabric for Media Solution (IPFMSN) is an instructor-led or virtual instructor-led course that introduces you to the Cisco IP Fabric for Media (IPFM) solution. The course is designed for broadcast engineers who will use IP technologies to replace Serial Digital Interface (SDI)-based deployments. You will learn about Cisco IPFM deployment, operation, and troubleshooting.

The course also covers the Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) Media Controller, a core component of the Cisco IPFM solution. Through lab exercises that focus on building IP fabric as a baseline for a complete IPFM solution, you will learn how to deploy and troubleshoot the DCNM Media Controller to control flows through the fabric.


Upon completing this course, students will be able to meet these objectives:
  • Describe the overall solution, how the solution works, and identify all components in the solution and their function
  • Understand initial sizing and capacity
  • Understand the basic requirements for IPFM
  • Understand how NBM and Multicast function in IPFM
  • Understand and verify PTP clocking
  • Describe the DCNM Media Controller
  • Demonstrate the DCNM Media Controller configuration and verification
  • Explain how to deploy IPFM solution in high-availability manner
  • Ability to use DCNM to monitor fabric, basic connectivity troubleshooting and troubleshooting performance issues
  • Understand approach and basic steps involved in responding to alarms and other notifications


The course contains these components:
  • Broadcast and Media Evolution
  • Cisco IPFM Architecture
  • Cisco DCNM Media Controller
  • Precision Timing
  • Interior Gateway and Internet Group Management Protocols
  • Protocol Independent Multicast
  • Non-Blocking Multicast
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Cisco DCNM Platform
  • Quality of Service
  • Out-of-Band and In-band Management
  • Deployment Topologies Using Cisco IP Fabric for Media
  • Cisco DCNM Media Controller Installation, Management, and Maintenance
  • Cisco Nexus AAA Features
  • Power-On Auto Provisioning
  • Environment Discovery
  • Host and Flow Policies
  • Flow Setup, Teardown, and Verification
  • SMPTE 2022-7 Overview
  • Sizing and Capacity
  • Sample Deployment Scenario
  • DCNM and Cisco Nexus 9000 Series High Availability
  • Failure Scenarios
  • Cisco IPFM Troubleshooting
  • Events and Notifications
  • Logging on to Cisco Nexus 9000
Lab outline:
  • Implement IPFM Without DCNM Media Controller
  • Administer and Maintain the IPFM
  • Orchestrate Flows with Cisco DCNM Media Controller
  • Orchestrate Flows in Highly Available IPFM
  • Monitor and Troubleshoot Cisco IPFM Operation

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that students are expected to have before attending this course are:
  • Basic knowledge of IP addressing
  • Basic understanding of networking protocols
  • Understanding of broadcast industry requirements and standardization
  • Use of basic Linux commands

This course is designed for:
  • Broadcast Engineers
  • Technical Solution Architects
  • Network Engineers
  • Network Administrators