Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)

Overview

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The Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT) course 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 troubleshooting of LANs, SANs, Cisco Unified Fabric, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). The course provides rich hands-on experience in resolving problems on Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus switches, Cisco fabric extenders (FEXs), Cisco UCS, and Cisco ACI.

Target Audience

  • Data center administrators and engineers
  • Network administrators and engineers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Cisco integrators and partners
  • Data center designers and managers
  • Network designers and managers
  • Systems engineers

Prerequisites

Students considered for this training should have attended the following classes or obtained equivalent level of knowledge:

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.0
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.0
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v6.0

Course Objectives

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

  • Outline the troubleshooting process, and highlight which questions to ask
  • Describe the troubleshooting tools and methodologies that are available from the CLI and are used to identify and resolve issues in a Cisco Data Center network architecture
  • Identify and resolve issues related to VLANs and PVLANs
  • Identify and resolve issues related to port channels and virtual port channels
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Cisco FabricPath
  • Identify and resolve issues related to OTV
  • Identify and resolve issues related to VXLAN
  • Identify and resolve issues related to LISP
  • Describe troubleshooting of routing protocols, such as OSPF, ISIS, and PIM.
  • Describe troubleshooting of the AAA and RBAC
  • Identify and resolve issues related to a single device
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Fibre Channel interface operation
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Fibre Channel switching when the Cisco NX-OS software switch is used in switched mode (vs. NPV mode)
  • Identify and resolve issues related to Fibre Channel switching when the NX-OS switch is used in N Port Virtualization (NPV) mode
  • Identify and resolve issues related to FIP and FCoE, including FCoE performance
  • Describe Cisco UCS architecture, initial setup, tools and service aids that are available for Cisco UCS troubleshooting and interpretation of the output
  • Describe Cisco UCS configuration and troubleshoot related issues
  • Describe Cisco UCS B-Series operation and troubleshoot related issues
  • Describe LAN, SAN and Fibre Channel operations, including in depth troubleshooting procedures
  • Describe Cisco IMC utilities to validate performance and facilitate data-gathering activities for Cisco UCS C-Series troubleshooting, as well troubleshooting approach to hardware and firmware failures
  • Define proper procedures to configure LAN and SAN connectivity and avoid issues with the P81E virtual interface card (VIC)
  • Troubleshoot integration of Cisco UCS C-Series servers with Cisco UCS Manager
  • Identify tools, protocols and methods to effectively troubleshoot Cisco ACI

Course Outline

Module 1: Troubleshooting the Data Center LAN Network

  • Lesson 1: Overview of the Troubleshooting Process
  • Lesson 2: Understanding CLI Troubleshooting Tools
  • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting VLANs and Private VLANs
  • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
  • Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Cisco FabricPath
  • Lesson 6: Troubleshooting Cisco OTV
  • Lesson 7: Troubleshooting VXLAN
  • Lesson 8: Troubleshooting LISP
  • Lesson 9: Troubleshooting Routing Protocols
  • Lesson 10: Troubleshooting Data Center LAN Security
  • Lesson 11: Troubleshooting Platform-Specific Issues
Module 2: Troubleshooting Data Center SAN
  • Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Interfaces
  • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Fibre Channel Fabric Service
  • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting NPV Mode
  • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting FCoE
Module 3: Troubleshooting Data Center Unified Computing
  • Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS Architecture and Initialization
  • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS Configuration
  • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series Servers
  • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS B-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
  • Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
  • Lesson 6: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series LAN and SAN Connectivity
  • Lesson 7: Troubleshooting Cisco UCS C-Series and Cisco UCS Manager Integration
Module 4: Troubleshooting Data Center ACI
  • Lesson 1: Exploring the Tools and Methodology of Troubleshooting Cisco ACI
Lab Outline
  • Guided Lab 1: Document the Network Baseline
  • Guided Lab 2: Troubleshoot LAN—RSTP
  • Guided Lab 3: Troubleshoot LAN—LACP
  • Guided Lab 4: Troubleshoot LAN—vPC
  • Guided Lab 5: Troubleshoot LAN—FabricPath
  • Guided Lab 6: Troubleshoot LAN—OTV
  • Guided Lab 7: Troubleshoot LAN—VXLAN
  • Guided Lab 8: Troubleshoot LAN—OSPF
  • Guided Lab 9: Troubleshoot LAN—FHRP
  • Guided Lab 10: Troubleshoot LAN—CFS
  • Guided Lab 11: Troubleshoot LAN—VRF
  • Guided Lab 12: Troubleshoot LAN—FEX
  • Guided Lab 13: Troubleshoot SAN—Fibre Channel Interfaces
  • Guided Lab 14: Troubleshoot SAN—Fibre Channel VSANs, Zones, and Domain Services
  • Guided Lab 15: Troubleshoot SAN—NPV Mode
  • Guided Lab 16: Troubleshoot SAN—FCoE
  • Guided Lab 17: Troubleshoot SAN—DCB
  • Guided Lab 18: Troubleshoot Compute—Cisco UCS Management and Service Profile Deployment
  • Guided Lab 19: Troubleshoot Compute—Cisco UCS Integrated C-Series Server Boot from SAN
  • Guided Lab 20: Troubleshoot Compute—LAN Connectivity, Part 1
  • Guided Lab 21: Troubleshoot Compute—LAN Connectivity, Part 2
  • Guided Lab 22: Troubleshoot Compute—Cisco UCS C-Series Server Boot from SAN
  • Guided Lab 23: Troubleshoot Compute—Network Connectivity
  • Guided Lab 24: Troubleshoot ACI—Bare-Metal Hosts
  • Guided Lab 25: Troubleshoot ACI—VMM
  • Guided Lab 26: Troubleshoot ACI—Contracts
  • Guided Lab 27: Troubleshoot ACI—External Layer 3
  • Guided Lab 28: Troubleshoot ACI—External Layer 2

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