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What you’ll learn in this course

The Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.2 course prepares you for the Cisco CCNA® Data Center certification and for associate-level data center roles. The course covers foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies, including data center networking concepts, data center storage networking, and data center physical infrastructure. The training provided in this course is focused on data center basic operations covering the topics needed for today’s demanding associate-level positions.

Course duration

  • Instructor-led training: 5 days 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

How you’ll benefit

IT professionals who are Cisco trained and certified are uniquely qualified for associate-level or higher roles in enterprise-class data center environments. The Cisco CCNA certification equips you with skills in a broad range of technologies and industry best practices sought by hiring managers.

This class will help you:

  • Gain knowledge and skills through Cisco’s unique combination of theory, practical application, and hands-on practice
  • Succeed in today’s demanding associate-level data center roles
  • Prepare to pass the Cisco CCNA Data Center certification exam

Who should enroll:

IT professionals with one to three years of experience in the roles below:

  • Data center engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network engineer
  • System administrator
  • Systems engineer
  • Network designer
  • Consulting systems engineer
  • Technical solutions architect

How to enroll

Technology areas

  • Data center
  • Networking

Course details

Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of the Ethernet protocol
  • List Ethernet standardization
  • Describe the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models
  • Describe IPv4 and IPv6 network layer addressing
  • Describe the packet delivery process
  • Compare and contrast TCP/IP with the OSI model
  • Examine the Cisco data center network architectures, the 2- and 3-tier network design, and the spine/leaf network design
  • Describe Cisco Nexus® products and explain the basic functionalities and tools of Cisco NX-OS
  • Describe issues with Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
  • Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
  • Describe and configure user security features
  • Describe Access Control List (ACL) object groups
  • Describe storage connectivity options in the data center
  • Compare SCSI over IP (iSCSI), Fibre Channel, and Network-Attached Storage (NAS) connectivity for remote server storage
  • Describe Fibre Channel storage networking, VLANs, VSANs, N-Port Virtualization (NPV), and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Describe communication between the initiator and target
  • Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
  • Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  • Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Describe the components of a Cisco UCS server
  • Describe the Cisco UCS physical connectivity for a fabric interconnect cluster
  • Describe the Cisco UCS Manager interfaces

Prerequisites

  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Basic Internet skills

Outline

  • Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication
    • Describing Ethernet
    • Describing the OSI and TCP/IP Models
    • Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
    • Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
    • Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer
  • Basic Data Center Networking Concepts
    • Describing Data Center Network Architectures
    • Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
    • Implementing VLANs and Trunks
    • Describing Redundant Switched Topologies
  • Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts
    • Describing the Routing Process on Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy
    • Describing AAA on Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Describing ACLs on Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Basic Data Center Storage
    • Describing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
    • Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
    • Describing VSANS
  • Advanced Data Center Storage
    • Describing Communications Between Initiator and Target
    • Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
    • Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
    • Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
    • Describing Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Cisco UCS Architecture
    • Describing Cisco UCS Server Hardware Components
    • Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
    • Describing the Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces

Lab outline

  • Explore IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing
  • Explore LAN Communication
  • Explore Protocol Analysis
  • Explore TCP and UDP Communication
  • Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command-Line Interface
  • Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation
  • Implement VLANs and Trunks
  • Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels
  • Implement Multilayer Switching
  • Configure OSPF
  • Configure EIGRP
  • Configure HSRP
  • Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration
  • Configure ACLs
  • Configure VSANs
  • Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Configure Zoning
  • Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI