Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII)

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Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.0 is a five-day instructor-led course that is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP© Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is implementation of LAN, SAN, and Data Center Unified Fabric using Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus switches, and Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders (FEXs). The course provides rich, hands-on experience of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure.

Target Audience

  • Systems and field engineers, consulting systems engineers, technical solutions architects, and Cisco integrators and partners who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series switches and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series fabric extenders
  • Data center engineers and managers, program managers, and project managers


The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course:

  • Describe data center networking concepts
  • Describe data center storage concepts
  • Describe data center virtualization
  • Describe Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Describe data center automation and orchestration with the focus on Cisco ACI and UCS Director
  • Identify products in the Cisco Data Center Nexus and MDS families
  • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs, including switching and routing

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Configure RSTP, MST, and port channels and implement Cisco FabricPath, OTV, VXLAN, and LISP
  • Configure first-hop redundancy, routing, and multicast in the data center
  • Configure user management and implement system security features on Nexus switches
  • Perform basic Fibre Channel configuration, manage Fibre Channel domains, and implement Fibre Channel port security and binding
  • Configure FCoE
  • Configure distributed device aliases, zoning, NPV, and FCIP
  • Configure system management and infrastructure monitoring

Course Outline

Module 1: Data Center Protocols

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Port Channels
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Fabric Extenders 
  • Lesson 4: Implementing Cisco FabricPath
  • Lesson 5: Understanding Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization
  • Lesson 6: Implementing VXLAN
  • Lesson 7: Implementing LISP
Module 2: Layer 3 Switching Features in the Data Center
  • Lesson 1: Configuring First-Hop Redundancy
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Routing
  • Lesson 3: Configuring IP Multicast
Module 3: Data Center Infrastructure Security
  • Lesson 1: Configuring User Management 
  • Lesson 2: Configuring System Security Features
Module 4: Data Center Infrastructure Storage Fabric
  • Lesson 1: Basic Fibre Channel Configuration 
  • Lesson 2: Managing Domains
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding
Module 5: FCoE Unified Fabric
  • Lesson 1: Describing FCoE
  • Lesson 2: Implementing FCoE
Module 6: Data Center Infrastructure Storage Services
  • Lesson 1: Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Zoning
  • Lesson 3: Configuring NPIV and NPV
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Fibre Channel Over IP 
Module 7: Data Center Infrastructure Maintenance, Management, and Operations
  • Lesson 1: Configuring System Management
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Infrastructure Monitoring
  • Guided Lab 1: Configure Layer 2 Switching
  • Guided Lab 2: Configure Port Channels
  • Guided Lab 3: Configure FEX
  • Guided Lab 4: Configure Cisco FabricPath
  • Guided Lab 5: Configure OTV 
  • Guided Lab 6: Configure VXLAN
  • Guided Lab 7: Configure VRRP
  • Guided Lab 8: Configure OSPF 
  • Guided Lab 9: Configure User Management Security Features 
  • Guided Lab 10: Configure System Security Features
  • Guided Lab 11: Configure Fibre Channel
  • Guided Lab 12: Manage Domains and Configure Persistent FCIDs
  • Guided Lab 13: Configure Fabric Binding and Port Security
  • Guided Lab 14: Configure FCoE
  • Guided Lab 15: Configure Device Aliases
  • Guided Lab 16: Configure Zoning
  • Guided Lab 17: Configure NPV
  • Guided Lab 18: Configure System Management
  • Guided Lab 19: Implement Infrastructure Monitoring

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