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Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist

Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist

Learn more about the Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist certification.

Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist for data center professionals who want to implement and support convergence, network scale and virtualization-awareness within their data center network. The Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Support Specialist consists of an implementation and troubleshooting track that tests a candidate's knowledge and implementation skills of a unified fabric architecture as well as high-availability, security and network virtualization.

Unlike other data center general certifications, this program combines implementation and troubleshooting knowledge of unified fabric architecture with specific skills on how to troubleshoot connectivity issues, storage issues and issues related to overlay transport virtualization

Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
642-997 DCUFI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) v5.0
642-980 DCUFT Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT) v5.0

The best way to prepare for the certification is to take the Cisco-approved training:

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI)

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) course covers the key components and procedures needed to install, configure, manage and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 switch in the network and SAN environment.
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Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT)

The Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT) course covers how to install , implement, maintain and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches, the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders, and the Cisco MDS Series Multilayer Fabric Switches.
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Self-Study Materials

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To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):

642-997 DCUFI v5.0

The 642-997 (DCUFI v5.0) Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric exam tests and validates a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center unified fabric architecture including security, management, high availability, and virtualization in the network. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI v5.0) course.

642-980 DCUFT v5.0

The 642-980 (DCUFT v5.0) Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric exam validates a candidate's troubleshooting skills in the unified fabric domain, including troubleshooting connectivity issues, convergent I/O, storage issues, and issues related to specific features like Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV). Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT v5.0) course.

Complete one of the following recertification options every two years:

  • Re-take and pass all exams for each Specialist certification indicated on the specific certification page. Please note: this includes ALL exams whether refreshed or not.
  • Pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam

Achieving or recertifying CCDE or any CCIE automatically extends your active Specialist certification(s) up to the point of expiration of the last certification achieved.

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