Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)

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Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.1 is a five-day instructor-led course is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNA© Data Center certification and for associate-level data center roles. The course covers foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies including network protocols and host-to-host communication, data center networking concepts and technologies, data center storage networking, and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) architecture.

Target Audience

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


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

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and identify data center network protocols and host-to-host communication
  • Describe basic data center networking concepts and use the Cisco NX-OS command-line interface andimplement VLANs, trunks, and port channels
  • Describe advanced data center networking concepts, implement multilayer switching, and perform basicconfiguration: protocols (OSPF, EIGRP, HSRP); AAA on Cisco NX-OS devices and secure remote administration; and access control lists
  • Describe and compare basic data center storage connectivity options and configure VSANs
  • Describe advanced data center storage and configure zoning, NPV mode, and NPIV on Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS switches
  • Identify the components of Cisco UCS architecture and use the Cisco UCS Manager GUI

Course Outline

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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

  • 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

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