The Cisco Data Center CCIE Unified Fabric Workshop (DCXUF) v1.0 instructor-led course is designed for candidates who are preparing to take the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert – Data Center (CCIE DC) certification lab exam.
This course challenges students with complex lab scenarios that provide a deep dive into the detailed configuration and optimization of protocols and features found in the data center unified fabric. Topics include configuration of Cisco unified fabric features available in NX-OS, encompassing both the Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS platforms. The labs provide detailed insight into the areas defined in the Cisco data center infrastructure – NX-OS and Cisco storage networking.
Although approximately 80 percent of the course consists of labs, instructor provides students with an understanding of how to interpret Cisco exam questions, a detailed solution for each challenge, as well as examples of common mistakes, troubleshooting techniques, and validation.
As students learn their weaknesses, instructor offers chalk talks to help candidates better understand protocols and work through deficiencies.


  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity
  • Multicast
  • Data center interconnect
  • High availability
  • Switch and port security and switch management services
  • Fibre Channel, FCoE, and iSCSI services


Course Introduction
  • Explain where the DCXUF course fits in the overall data center curriculum
  • Clarify prerequisite knowledge and skills
  • Review the CCIE data center lab exam blueprint

Cisco Data Center Infrastructure
  • Basic switch configuration
  • Implement virtual device contexts
  • Configure VLANs, ports, and UDLD
  • Optimize STP
  • Implement fabric extender connectivity
  • Configure and optimize fabric path
  • Implement virtual port channels (vPCs), EvPC, and vPC+
  • Optimize vPC
  • Implement basic EIGRP and basic OSPF in data center environment
  • Implement BFD for dynamic routing protocols, ECMP, and multicast
  • Configure FHRP
  • Optimize graceful restart and NSF
  • Configure OTV multicast and unicast
  • Optimize OTV
  • FHRP filtering across OTV
  • Create user accounts with RBAC, manage system files, and verify DCNM
  • Implement AAA services, port security, NTP, PTP, and NetFlow
  • Configure SNMPv2 and SNMPv3, ACLs, Cisco TrustSec, SPAN, ERSPAN, and Smart Call Home
  • Establish DHCP snooping, DAI, and source guard

Cisco Data Center Storage
  • Configure Fibre Channel
  • Implement port channel, ISL, trunking, and zoning
  • Configure security features
  • Manage FC oversubscription
  • Implement Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), NPV and NPIV features, unified fabric switch different modes of operation, QoS features, multihop FCoE, FCIP, and security features
  • Implement SAN extension tuner
  • Implement iSCSI (including advanced features) and iSCSI security features

Cisco Data Center Troubleshooting
  • Given an OTV problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a VDC problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a vPC problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a Layer 2 problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a Layer 3 problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a multicast problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a fabric path problem, identify the problem and potential fix
  • Given a unified fabric problem, identify the problem and potential fix

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Excellent understanding of networking protocols:
    • Recommended attendance of the Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) course or attendance of the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 product courses
    • Recommended CCNP data center certification
    • Passed CCIE data center written exam
  • Excellent understanding of the Fibre Channel protocol and the SAN environment:
    • Recommended attendance of a Fibre Channel protocol class or equivalent experience
    • Recommended attendance of the Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) course or equivalent experience
    • Read or be familiar with Robert Kembel’s books on Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel switched fabrics

Associated certifications