The Cisco Explorer Controller Intermediate (ECI) v1.0 is a 3-day instructor-led course that introduces the learners to the intermediate skills for operating the Cisco Explorer Controller (EC) server for the Cisco Digital Broadband Delivery System (DBDS). This course explores how to use Cisco DBDS methodology and tools for verifying that the following Cisco DBDS features are working correctly: EC communication interfaces, clear and secure broadcast services, pay-per-view (PPV) services, and RepDB synchronization. In addition, recovery scenarios and restoring a Cisco Explorer Controller are also covered.
When delivered remotely (via WebEx) the duration of this course is 4 days.

The course is available only as a private group training (up to 12 people).


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Access the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) interface on a Cisco Unified Computing SystemTM (Cisco UCS) server to observe hardware settings
  • Determine physical card and port interface assignments from VM configuration and EC host interface data
  • Investigate suggested verification process for EC communication
  • Practice using the Cisco DBDS verification method for verifying DBDS services
  • Verify a Broadcast service using system tools and the Cisco DBDS methodology
  • Verify a PPV service using system tools and the Cisco DBDS methodology
  • Verify RepDB is working and determine the primary and secondary servers
  • Restore a Cisco Explorer Controller from backup files


The course contains these components:
  • Cisco Explorer Controller Interfaces and Networking Verification
    • Explorer Controller Components and Interfaces
    • Verifying Explorer Controller Networking
  • Cisco Methodology for DBDS Verification
    • Basic Troubleshooting Principles
    • Using the Cisco DBDS Verification Methodology
  • Verifying Broadcast Services
    • Broadcast Services Process and Required Conditions
    • Verification Process for Broadcast Services
  • Verifying Pay-Per-View Services
    • Pay-Per-View Types and Required Conditions
    • Investigating Pay-Per-View Sub-Processes
    • Verifying Sub-Processes 4 and 5, If Needed
  • Data Synchronization and Recovery
    • Managing RepDB
    • Restoring Backups
    • Best Practices for Recovery Case Scenarios

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:
  • Knowledge that can be gained by attending the Cisco Explorer Controller Foundation (ECF) course
  • A general knowledge of hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network structure
  • A basic familiarity with UNIX, the vi editor, and basic file manipulation in a UNIX environment