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Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.2

What you’ll learn in this course

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.2 course helps you prepare for the Cisco CCNP® Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. In this course, you will master the professional-level skills and technologies needed to implement Cisco® data center infrastructure, including LAN and SAN switching, routing, storage, security, system management, programmability, and monitoring.

IT professionals with Cisco CCNP Data Center training and certification are uniquely qualified for professional-level or higher roles in enterprise-class data center environments. The Cisco CCNP certification equips you with skills in a broad range of technologies and industry best practices to help you succeed in these in-demand roles.

Course duration

  • Instructor-led training: 5 days in the classroom with hands-on lab practice
  • Virtual instructor-led training: 5 days of web-based classes with hands-on lab practice
  • E-learning: Equivalent of 5 days of instruction with hands-on lab practice, videos, and challenges

How you’ll benefit

This course will help you:

  • Optimally implement and maintain various aspects of the data center infrastructure to increase overall security, health, and availability
  • Master the practical and technological knowledge necessary to implement key elements of data center infrastructure based on Cisco Nexus® and MDS switches
  • Prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification through a combination of lessons and practice that enables you to validate your skills
  • Qualify for professional-level job roles in the high-demand area of enterprise-class data center environments

Who should enroll

IT professionals with five to eight years of experience in these roles:

  • Data center administrator
  • Data center engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network engineer
  • System administrator
  • Systems engineer
  • Network designer
  • Consulting systems engineer
  • Technical solutions architect
  • Cisco integrator or partner

How to enroll

Technology areas

  • Data center

Course details


After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Configure Rapid PVST+, Multiple Spanning Tree (MST), and available Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) options
  • Configure Fabric Extenders (FEX) in static, dynamic, and enhanced virtual port channel setup
  • Configure port channels and virtual port channels
  • Implement FabricPath and describe Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA)
  • Configure Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
  • Configure a Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
  • Describe the Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
  • Configure first-hop redundancy protocols
  • Configure routing on a Cisco Nexus switch
  • Implement multicast functionality in a Cisco data center network architecture
  • Manage user accounts, Secure Shell (SSH), and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) on Cisco NX-OS
  • Describe and configure system security features
  • Perform basic Fibre Channel configuration
  • Manage Fibre Channel domains
  • Configure port security and fabric binding
  • Describe and configure Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Describe and configure distributed device aliases
  • Describe and configure zoning
  • Configure N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV) and N-Port Virtualization (NPV)
  • Describe and configure Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)
  • Configure system management and infrastructure monitoring
  • Configure infrastructure monitoring and programmability


Before taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe data center networking concepts
  • Describe data center storage concepts
  • Describe data center virtualization
  • Describe the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®)
  • Describe data center automation and orchestration focusing on Cisco ACI and Cisco UCS Director
  • Identify products in the Cisco Nexus and MDS families
  • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs, including switching and routing

To fully benefit from this course, you should have completed the following courses or obtained the equivalent level of knowledge:

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0 or higher
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 or higher
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX), or Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1 (ICND1), and Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 2 (ICND2)


  • Data Center Protocols
    • Configuring Spanning Tree Protocol
    • Configuring Port Channels
    • Configuring Fabric Extenders
    • Implementing Cisco FabricPath
    • Understanding Overlay Transport Virtualization
    • Implementing VXLAN
    • Implementing LISP
  • Layer 3 Switching Features in the Data Center
    • Configuring First-Hop Redundancy
    • Configuring Routing
    • Configuring IP Multicast
  • Data Center Infrastructure Security
    • Configuring User Management
    • Configuring System Security Features
  • Data Center Infrastructure Storage Fabric
    • Basic Fibre Channel Configuration
    • Managing Domains
    • Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding
  • FCoE Unified Fabric
    • Describing FCoE
    • Implementing FCoE
  • Data Center Infrastructure Storage Services
    • Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
    • Implementing Zoning
    • Configuring NPIV and NPV
    • Configuring Fibre Channel over IP
  • Data Center Infrastructure Maintenance, Management, and Operations
    • Configuring System Management
    • Configuring Infrastructure Monitoring

Lab outline

  • Configure Layer 2 Switching
  • Configure Port Channels
  • Configure FEX
  • Configure Cisco FabricPath
  • Configure OTV
  • Configure VXLAN
  • Configure VRRP
  • Configure OSPF
  • Configure User Management Security Features
  • Configure System Security Features
  • Configure Fibre Channel
  • Manage Domains and Configure Persistent FCIDs
  • Configure Fabric Binding and Port Security
  • Configure FCoE
  • Configure Device Aliases
  • Configure Zoning
  • Configure NPV
  • Configure System Management
  • Implement Infrastructure Monitoring