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What you’ll learn in this course

The Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) 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 networking technologies, data center network virtualization, unified computing, data center automation and orchestration, and Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™). The training provided in this course is focused on data center basic operations covering the topics needed for today’s demanding associate-level positions. The hands-on lab exercises focus on configuring features in Cisco NX-OS Software, Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®), and Cisco UCS Director.

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 these roles:

  • 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 switch virtualization
  • Describe machine virtualization
  • Describe network virtualization, including overlays, virtual switches, and the Cisco Nexus® 1000V solution
  • Describe Cisco FabricPath
  • Describe Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) connectivity
  • Describe Ethernet port channels and virtual Port Channels (vPCs)
  • Describe Cisco Unified Fabric
  • Identify Cisco UCS components
  • Describe the Cisco UCS organizational hierarchy and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Describe how to deploy servers in Cisco UCS
  • Describe the purpose and advantages of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  • Describe cloud computing basic concepts
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director and its functional blocks and deployment models
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director orchestration features: policies, virtual data centers, workflows, and catalogs
  • Describe Cisco ACI, traffic forwarding through the Cisco ACI fabric, and programming and orchestration capabilities
  • Explain the traffic forwarding mechanisms in Cisco ACI
  • Describe the programmability and orchestration capabilities of Cisco ACI

Prerequisites

  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment

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

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)

Outline

  • Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization
    • Describing Switch Virtualization
    • Describing Machine Virtualization
    • Describing Network Virtualization
  • Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration
    • Describing Cisco FabricPath
    • Describing Cisco Fabric Extender
    • Describing Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
    • Describing Cisco Unified Fabric
  • Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Describing Cisco UCS Components
    • Cisco UCS RBAC
    • Deploying Servers in Cisco UCS
  • Data Center Automation and Orchestration
    • Using Application Programming Interfaces
    • Cloud Computing
    • Describing Cisco UCS Director
    • Using Cisco UCS Director for Orchestration
  • Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure
    • Describing Cisco ACI
    • Describing Cisco ACI Traffic Forwarding
    • Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI

Lab outline

  • Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding by Using SSH
  • Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
  • Install VMware ESXi and vCenter
  • Configure Cisco FabricPath
  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender
  • Configure Virtual Port Channels
  • Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX
  • Configure Unified Ports on a Cisco Nexus Switch and Implement FCoE
  • Explore the Cisco UCS Server Environment
  • Configure Local RBAC
  • Configure Cisco UCS to Boot Servers from SAN
  • Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
  • Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API
  • Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
  • Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
  • Customize Cisco UCS Director
  • Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
  • Use Cisco UCS Director Orchestration Features