The Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.1 is a 5-day instructor-led course that is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skill-building course is implementation of LAN, SAN, and Data Center Unified Fabric using Cisco MDS switches, Cisco Nexus switches, and Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders (FEXs). This course provides rich, hands-on experience of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Configure RSTP, MST, and port channels and implement Cisco FabricPath, OTV, VXLAN, and LISP
  • Configure first-hop redundancy, routing, and multicast in the data center
  • Configure user management and implement system security features on Nexus switches
  • Perform basic Fibre Channel configuration, manage Fibre Channel domains, and implement Fibre Channel port security and binding
  • Configure FCoE
  • Configure distributed device aliases, zoning, NPV, and FCIP
  • Configure system management and infrastructure monitoring


The course contains these components:
  • Data Center Protocols
    • Configuring Spanning Tree Protocol
    • Lab: Configure Layer 2 Switching
    • Configuring Port Channels
    • Lab: Configure Port Channels
    • Configuring Fabric Extenders
    • Lab: Configure FEX
    • Implementing Cisco FabricPath
    • Lab: Configure Cisco FabricPath
    • Understanding Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization
    • Lab: Configure OTV
    • Implementing VXLAN
    • Lab: Configure VXLAN
    • Implementing LISP
  • Layer 3 Switching Features in the Data Center
    • Configuring First-Hop Redundancy
    • Lab: Configure VRRP
    • Configuring Routing
    • Lab: Configure OSPF
    • Configuring IP Multicast
  • Data Center Infrastructure Security
    • Configuring User Management
    • Lab: Configure User Management Security Features
    • Configuring System Security Features
    • Lab: Configure System Security Features
  • Data Center Infrastructure Storage Fabric
    • Basic Fibre Channel Configuration
    • Lab: Configure Fibre Channel
    • Managing Domains
    • Lab: Manage Domains and Configure Persistent FCIDs
    • Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding
    • Lab: Configure Fabric Binding and Port Security
  • FCoE Unified Fabric
    • Describing FCoE
    • Implementing FCoE
    • Lab: Configure FCoE
  • Data Center Infrastructure Storage Services
    • Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
    • Lab: Configure Device Aliases
    • Implementing Zoning
    • Lab: Configure Zoning
    • Configuring NPIV and NPV
    • Lab: Configure NPV
    • Configuring Fibre Channel Over IP
  • Data Center Infrastructure Maintenance, Management, and Operations
    • Configuring System Management
    • Lab: Configure System Management
    • Configuring Infrastructure Monitoring
    • Lab: Implement Infrastructure Monitoring

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:

Associated certifications