Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)

Course Overview

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Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0 course is a five-day instructor-led training (ILT) program that introduces students to the primary technologies that are used in the Cisco Data Center. The introductory level of knowledge that is taught in this course is targeted for individuals that will perform only the more basic configuration tasks. The course lab exercises focus on viewing configurations, with some configuration changes made by the student.
 

Target Audience

Network Administrators, Network Engineers, Cisco Integrators/Partners, System Engineers, Network Designers, Network Managers, Consulting Systems Engineers, Technical Solutions Architects
 

Prerequisites

The knowledge, skills, and attitudes that a learner is expected to have before attending this course are as follows:

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

Course Objectives

The goal of the course is to give attendees a broad exposure to Cisco Data Center technologies in order to provide entry-level data center personnel with the skills that they require to be successful.

  • Describe Ethernet communication functions and standards
  • Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models
  • Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
  • Compare storage connectivity options in the data center
  • Describe the Fibre Channel name server and fabric login (FLOGI) process

Course Outline

Full Module and Lesson Details Available in Full Course Outline 

Module 1: Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication

  • Lesson 1: Describing Ethernet Functions and Standards
  • Lesson 2: Describing Ethernet Hardware and Switching
  • Lesson 3: Describing OSI and TCP/IP Models
  • Lesson 4: Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
  • Lesson 5: Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
  • Lesson 6: Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer
Module 2: Basic Data Center Networking Concepts
  • Lesson 1: Describing Data Center Network Architectures
  • Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
  • Lesson 3: Implementing VLANs and Trunks
  • Lesson 4: Describing Redundant Switched Topologies
Module 3: Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts
  • Lesson 1: Describing the Routing Process on Nexus Switches
  • Lesson 2: Describing Routing Protocols on Nexus Switches
  • Lesson 3: Describing Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
  • Lesson 4: Describing AAA on Nexus Switches
  • Lesson 5: Describing ACLs on Nexus Switches
Module 4: Basic Data Center Storage
  • Lesson 1: Describing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • Lesson 3: Describing VSANs
Module 5: Advanced Data Center Storage
  • Lesson 1: Describing Communication Between Initiator and Target
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
  • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
  • Lesson 4: Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
  • Lesson 5: Describing Fibre Channel over Ethernet
Module 6: Cisco UCS Architecture
  • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS Server Hardware Components
  • Lesson 2: Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
  • Lesson 3: Describing the Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces

Labs:
  • Guided Lab 1: Use the DCICN Lab System
  • Guided Lab 2: Explore LAN Communication
  • Guided Lab 3: Explore Protocol Analysis
  • Guided Lab 4: Explore TCP and UDP Communication
  • Guided Lab 5: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface
  • Guided Lab 6: Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation
  • Guided Lab 7: Implement VLANs and Trunks
  • Guided Lab 8: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels
  • Guided Lab 9: Implement Multilayer Switching
  • Guided Lab 10: Configure OSPF
  • Guided Lab 11: Configure EIGRP
  • Guided Lab 12: Configure HSRP
  • Guided Lab 13: Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration
  • Guided Lab 14: Configure ACLs
  • Guided Lab 15: Configure VSANs
  • Guided Lab 16: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Guided Lab 17: Configure Zoning
  • Guided Lab 18: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Written Lab 19: Calculate Decimal, Binary, and Subnet