CCIE Data Center Bootcamp


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This program offers a 6-day instructor led lessons and hands-on labs. Also, there is Troubleshooting on specific topics, Assessment labs, including instructor feedback to provide student mentoring and support.

Target Audience

  • Candidates that need to acquire their CCIE Data Center certificate.
  • Network engineers/designers that need to raise their knowledge to an expert-level.


There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. CCNP + or equivalent knowledge recommended.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to perform the necessary and invariant configuration and troubleshooting steps for the following key Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching technologies:

  • Cisco Data Center Layer 2 / Layer 3 Technologies
  • Cisco Data Center Network Services
  • Data Center Storage Networking and Compute
  • Data Center Automation and Orchestration
  • Cisco ACI

Full Course Outline

Day 1 

ACI Fabric and Infrastructure

  • Introduction
  • Cisco ACI Overview
  • Virtualization, Containers, and Third-Party Integration Features
  • Security and Monitoring Features
  • Cisco ACI External Networking
  • Cisco ACI Fabric Extensions and Interconnections
  • Fabric Management and Automation
  • Common Troubleshooting Scenarios

Lab Outline

  • Explore the Cisco ACI Fabric Inventory
  • Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity
  • Configure Cisco ACI Logical Constructs
  • Integrate Cisco ACI with VMware Using Native DVS
  • Migrating from Native DVS to AVE
  • Deploy Cisco ACI Virtual Edge and Micro-segmentation
  • Integrate Service Graphs with Cisco APIC
  • Configure Role-Based Access Control
  • Explore Cisco ACI Monitoring and Netflow
  • Enable Connectivity to External L3 Networks
    • Common Tenant & Normal Tenant
      • OSPF
      • MP-BGP
    • Enable Connectivity to External L2 Networks
    • Configure Cisco APIC Using REST API
    • Configure Cisco APIC Using Python Scripts
    • Explore Cisco ACI App Center and Cisco ACI Optimize Feature
    • Explore Cisco ACI Troubleshooting Tools

Day 2 

ACI Deployment Scenarios

  • ACI Multi-Pod Deployments
    • Introduction
    • Overview of ACI Multi-Pod
    • ACI Multi-Pod Use Cases and Supported Topologies
    • ACI Multi-Pod Scalability Considerations
    • Inter-Pod Connectivity Deployment Considerations
    • IPN Control Plane
    • IPN Multicast Support
    • Spines and IPN Connectivity Considerations
    • Pod Auto-Provisioning
    • APIC Cluster Deployment Considerations
    • Multi-Pod ’Overlay’ Control and Data Planes
    • Inter-Pods MP-BGP Control Plane
    • Inter-Pods VXLAN Data Plane
    • Connectivity to the External L3 Domain
    • Network Services Integration
    • Migration Scenarios
  • ACI Multi-Site Deployments
    • Cisco ACI Multi-Site Service Integration
    • Cisco ACI Multi-Site Back-to-Back Spine Connectivity Across Sites Without IPN
    • Stretched Bridge Domain with Layer 2 Broadcast Extension
    • Stretched Bridge Domain with No Layer 2 Broadcast Extension
    • Stretched EPG Across Sites
    • Stretched VRF with Inter-Site Contracts
    • Shared Services with Stretched Provider EPG
    • Migration of Cisco ACI Fabric to Cisco ACI Multi-Site
    • ACI Multi-Site Use Cases

Lab Outline

  • Explore/Demonstrate Multi-Pod Deployment
  • Explore/Demonstrate Multi-Site Deployment

Day 3 

Nexus and Advanced Fabric Deployments

  • Data Center Protocols
    • Configuring Spanning Tree Protocol
    • Configuring Port Channels
    • 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
  • Data Center Infrastructure Maintenance, Management and Operations
    • Configuring System Management
    • Configuring Infrastructure Monitoring

Lab Outline

  • Configure Layer 2 Switching
  • Configure Port Channels
  • 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

Day 4 

Programmable Fabric with VXLAN BGP EVPN

  • Introduction to Programmable Fabric
    • IP Fabric Overlays
    • Using VNI for Layer 2 & 3 Multi-tenancy
    • MP-BGP
    • MP-BGP EVPN Route Types
    • MP-BGP EVPN Subnet Route Redistribution
    • Detecting, Deleting and Moving Hosts
  • Introducing VXLAN/EVPN
  • Programmable Fabric Forwarding
  • The Underlay
  • Unicast Forwarding
  • Multi-tenancy
  • Multicast Forwarding
  • External Connectivity
  • Layer 4-7 Services Integration
  • Introduction to Programmable Fabric Management, Operations, and Provisioning via DCNM

Lab Outline

  • Implement IP underlay
  • OSPF
  • ISIS
  • BGP
  • Implement Multicast Forwarding
  • L2: Multicast Forwarding in VPC
  • L3: Multicast Forwarding
  • Implement BGP EVPN with VXLAN
  • Implementing Ingress Replication
  • Deploying BGP EVPN Enhancements
  • ARP Suppression
  • Distributed IP Anycast Gateway
  • Integrated Routing & Bridging
  • Endpoint Mobility
  • Multi-Tenancy
  • Implement Bridge Domains
  • Deploy VLANs in VXLAN
  • L2 Multi-Tenancy
  • Implement VLAN-Oriented Mode
  • Implement BD-Oriented Mode
  • L3 Multi-Tenancy
  • Unicast Forwarding
  • Deploy Intra-Subnet Unicast Forwarding
  • Unicast IP Forwarding (Bridging)
  • Non-IP Forwarding (Bridging)
  • Deploy Inter-Subnet-Subnet Unicast Forwarding
  • Routed Traffic to Silent Hosts
  • Explore Forwarding with Dual-Homed End-Points
  • Deploy VXLAN Fabric using DCNM as an orchestrator

Day 5 

Compute & Storage

  • Cisco Unified Computing System Implementation
    • Cisco UCS Connectivity
    • Identity Abstraction
    • Service Profile Templates
  • SAN Storage Implementation for Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Implementing iSCSI
    • Implementing Fibre Channel
    • Implementing FCoE
  • Security Implementation for Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Implementing Role-Based Access Control
    • Implementing External Authentication Providers
    • Implementing Key Management
  • Operations and Maintenance for Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Implementing Cisco UCS Firmware Updates
    • Implementing Cisco UCS Backups
    • Implementing Monitoring
  • Cisco Unified Computing System Automation
    • Implementing Cisco UCS Director and Cisco IMC Supervisor
    • Comparing Scripting Options for Cisco UCS Manager

Lab Outline

  • Configure Server and Uplink Ports
  • Configure VLANs
  • Configure a Cisco UCS Service Profile Using Hardware Identities
  • Configure Basic Identity Pools
  • Configure a Cisco UCS Service Profile Using Pools
  • Configure a Service Profile Template
  • Configure an iSCSI Service Profile
  • Configure Pod-Specific Device Aliases
  • Configure Zoning
  • Configure VSANs in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Configure Unified Ports on Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects
  • Install and Boot VMware ESXi on Cisco UCS C-Series Servers from SAN LUN
  • Install and Boot VMware ESXi on Cisco UCS B-Series Servers from SAN LUN
  • Configure Organizations and Locales
  • Configure Job-Specific Roles
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager to Authenticate Users with Microsoft Active Directory
  • Configure a Trusted Point and Key Ring in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Perform Backup and Restore Activities
  • Implement Syslog
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager with XML API

Day 6 

Orchestration and Automation

  • Python
  • Introduction
  • Understanding Python
  • Data types:
    • Strings
    • Numbers
    • Booleans
  • Lists
  • Dictionaries
  • Loops
  • Function
  • Working with Files
  • Deploying and Troubleshooting Python Scripts
    • Executing Scripts
    • Analyzing Code
    • Error Handling 
  • Python Libraries
    • Introduction
    • Python Module
    • Python Package
  • Cisco Cloud Center
    • Introduction to Cloud Center
    • Cloud Center Basics
    • Cloud Center Components
    • Private and Public Cloud Management

Lab Outline

  • Execute Python Scripts against:
  • Nexus Devices
  • ACI
  • UCS
  • Install LOG, CCC & DB Images
  • Install CCO and AMPQ images
  • Install Worker Image
  • Deploy an Application to a Private Cloud (vCenter)
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