Description

The Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.1 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces students to the primary technologies that are used in the Cisco Data Center. The introductory level of knowledge that is taught in this course is targeted for individuals who will perform only the more basic configuration tasks. 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.

Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe Ethernet communication functions and standards
  • Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models
  • Describe the routing process on Cisco Nexus switches
  • Compare storage connectivity options in the data center
  • Describe the Fibre Channel name server and fabric login (FLOGI) process

Outline

The course contains these components:
  • Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication
    • Describing Ethernet Functions and Standards
    • Describing Ethernet Hardware and Switching
    • Describing OSI and TCP/IP Models
    • Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
    • Lab: Use the DCICN Lab System
    • Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
    • Lab: Explore LAN Communication
    • Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer
    • Lab: Explore Protocol Analysis
    • Lab: Explore TCP and UDP Communication
  • Basic Data Center Networking Concepts
    • Describing Data Center Network Architectures
    • Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
    • Lab: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface
    • Lab: Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation
    • Implementing VLANs and Trunks
    • Lab: Implement VLANs and Trunks
    • Describing Redundant Switched Topologies
    • Lab: Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels
  • Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts
    • Describing the Routing Process on Nexus Switches
    • Lab: Implement Multilayer Switching
    • Describing Routing Protocols on Nexus Switches
    • Lab: Configure OSPF
    • Lab: Configure EIGRP
    • Describing Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
    • Lab: Configure HSRP
    • Describing AAA on Nexus Switches
    • Lab: Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration
    • Describing ACLs on Nexus Switches
    • Lab: Configure ACLs
  • Basic Data Center Storage
    • Describing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
    • Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
    • Describing VSANs
    • Lab: Configure VSANs
  • Advanced Data Center Storage
    • Describing Communication Between Initiator and Target
    • Lab: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
    • Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
    • Lab: Configure Zoning
    • 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
    • Lab: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
    • Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
    • Describing the Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces
    • (Optional) Lab: Calculate Decimal, Binary, and Subnet

Prerequisite Knowledge

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