Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing

Last Day to test: Feb 28, 2013
    Exam Number:     642-994
Associated Certifications: Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist
CCNP Data Center Certification
Duration: 75 minutes (45-55 questions)
Available Languages: English
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Note to Channel Partners: The Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist should not be confused with the Cisco Unified Computing Technology Design Specialist. Channel Partner specializations do not require the specialist badge represented on this page for specialization job role qualification. For more information on job role requirements, please visit the Partner Central Specialization pages. For more information on qualifying exams, please visit the .Partner Education Connection.


Candidates can choose to take either exam 642-994 DCUCI v4.0 or 642-999 DCUCI v5.0 through February 28, 2013.

Beginning March 1, 2013, only the 642-999 DCUCI v5.0 and 642-035 DCUCT v5.0 exams will be available to achieve the Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist certification.

Exam Description

The 642-994 DCUCI Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Systems Implementation exam is associated with the DCUCI and CCNP Data Center certifications. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing systems. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Systems Implementation (DCUCI) course. Courses listed are offered by Cisco Learning Partners—the only authorized source for Cisco IT training delivered exclusively by Certified Cisco Instructors. Check the Global Learning Partner Locator for a Cisco Learning Partner near you.

Exam Topics

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

Install a Cisco virtualized data center

  • List the environmental elements that must be in place for a virtualized data center installation
  • List the connectivity elements that must be in place for a virtualized data center installation
  • Describe the cabling characteristics necessary for a Cisco virtualized data center
  • Describe the process to perform an initial software load on a Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Describe the process to perform an initial software load for server OS and drivers
  • Identify the best practices necessary to design, install, and maintain a Cisco virtualized data center
  • Describe the process to install the Nexus 1KV and integrate into the VMWare Virtual Infrastructure
  • List the terminology used to identify the VMWare and Nexus 1KV components

Configure Cisco virtualized data center operating parameters

  • Given a set of customer policies, determine the most appropriate Cisco virtualized data center configuration
  • Configure security in a Cisco virtualized data center
  • Configure networks in a Cisco virtualized data center
  • Configure storage sources in a Cisco virtualized data center
  • Configure resource pools/policies in a Cisco virtualized data center
  • Configure OS parameters in a Cisco virtualized data center
  • Configure the base Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Configures service profiles in a Cisco virtualized data center
  • Configure VNICs and VNIC policies in a Cisco virtualized data center

Manage a Cisco virtualized data center

  • Describe the steps necessary to manage software and firmware versions and upgrades in a Cisco Unified Computing System environment
  • Describe the procedure to backup and restore a Cisco virtualized data center system configuration
  • Describe the methods to monitor a Cisco virtualized data center system
  • Describe the process to map a VNIC to an ESX instance
  • Describe responses to common growth scenarios that affect Cisco virtualized data center capacity
  • Describe the methods to monitor a Cisco virtualized networks at a virtual machine level
  • Describe the Call Home feature in a Cisco virtualized data center system

Troubleshoot a Cisco virtualized data center

  • Describe the methods to produce debugging data in a Cisco virtualized data center environment
  • Describe the use of LED error codes in troubleshooting in a Cisco virtualized data center environment
  • Describe the method to determine common boot failures and their causes in a Cisco virtualized data center environment
  • Describe the causes of boot from SAN failures
  • Describe event log entries indicating invalid configurations
  • Describe the methods to perform hardware maintenance in a Cisco virtualized data system environment

Describe Cisco data center virtualization

  • Describe the reasons for data center virtualization
  • Describe the elements of typical data center virtualization
  • Describe the elements of Cisco data center virtualization
  • Describe the advantages of a Cisco data center virtualization
  • List the products making up the Cisco data center virtualization solution
  • List the capacities and maximums of a Cisco data center virtualization solution
  • Describe the differences between Nexus 1KV and Palo

Describe data center virtualization foundations

  • Describe virtualization technologies
  • Describe common virtualization solutions
  • Describe virtualization in a Cisco Unified Computing System solution