The Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.2 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces students to the primary technologies that are used in the Cisco Data Center. The DCICN course covers foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies, including data center networking concepts, data center storage networking, and data center physical infrastructure. The course lab exercises focus on viewing configurations, with some configuration changes made by the student.

The DCICN training is one of the official courses designed to help learners prepare for the CCNA Data Center certification, an associate level of Cisco Data Center certifications.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of the Ethernet protocol. List Ethernet standardization.
  • Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models
  • Describe IPv4 and IPv6 network layer addressing
  • Describe the packet delivery process
  • Compare and contrast TCP/IP with the OSI model
  • Examine the Cisco Data Center network architectures, the 2- and the 3-tier network design, and the spine/leaf network design.
  • Describe Cisco Nexus products and explain basic functionalities and tools of Cisco NX-OS.
  • Describe VLANs
  • Describe issues with STP
  • Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
  • Describe Layer 3 first hop redundancy
  • Describe and configure user security features
  • Describe ACL object groups
  • Describe storage connectivity options in the Data Center. Compare iSCSI, Fibre Channel, and NAS connectivity for remote server storage.
  • Describe Fibre Channel storage networking
  • Describe VSANs
  • Describe communication between the initiator and target
  • Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
  • Describe NPV and NPIV
  • Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  • Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Describe the components of a Cisco UCS server
  • Describe the Cisco UCS physical connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect cluster
  • Describe the Cisco UCS Manager interfaces


The course contains these components:

Course outline:
  • Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication
    • Describing Ethernet
    • Describing OSI and TCP/IP Models
    • Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
    • Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
    • Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer
  • Basic Data Center Networking Concepts
    • Describing Data Center Network Architectures
    • Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
    • Implementing VLANs and Trunks
    • Describing Redundant Switched Topologies
  • Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts
    • Describing the Routing Process on Nexus Switches
    • Describing Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
    • Describing AAA on Nexus Switches
    • Describing ACLs on Nexus Switches
  • Basic Data Center Storage
    • Describing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
    • Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
    • Describing VSANs
  • Advanced Data Center Storage
    • Describing Communication Between Initiator and Target
    • Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
    • Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
    • Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
    • Describing Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Cisco UCS Architecture
    • Describing Cisco UCS Server Hardware Components
    • Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
    • Describing the Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces

Lab Outline
  • Lab 1: Explore IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing
  • Lab 2: Explore LAN Communication
  • Lab 3: Explore Protocol Analysis
  • Lab 4: Explore TCP and UDP Communication
  • Lab 5: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface
  • Lab 6: Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation
  • Lab 7: Implement VLANs and Trunks
  • Lab 8: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels
  • Lab 9: Implement Multilayer Switching
  • Lab 10: Configure OSPF
  • Lab 11: Configure EIGRP
  • Lab 12: Configure HSRP
  • Lab 13: Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration
  • Lab 14: Configure ACLs
  • Lab 15: Configure VSANs
  • Lab 16: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Lab 17: Configure Zoning
  • Lab 18: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI

Prerequisite Knowledge

It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:
  • 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

Associated certifications