The Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.2 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces students to Cisco technologies and products that are deployed in the data center: network virtualization, network technologies, unified computing, automation and orchestration, and the Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI). The introductory level of knowledge that is provided in these courses is targeted for individuals who can perform basic configuration tasks. The hands-on lab exercises focus on configuring features on Cisco Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS), Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), and Cisco UCS Director.

The DCICT v6.2training prepares students for the Cisco CCNA Data Center certification and for associate-level data center roles.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe switch virtualization
  • Describe machine virtualization
  • Describe network virtualization, including overlays, virtual switches, and the Cisco Nexus 1000V solution.
  • Describe Cisco FabricPath
  • Describe Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) connectivity
  • Describe Ethernet port channels and virtual port channels (vPC)
  • Describe Cisco unified fabric
  • Identify Cisco UCS components
  • Describe Cisco UCS organizational hierarchy and role-based access control (RBAC)
  • Describe how to deploy servers in Cisco UCS
  • Describe the purpose and advantages of application programming interfaces (API)
  • Describe cloud computing basic concepts
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director, its functional blocks and deployment models
  • Describe Cisco UCS Director Orchestration features: policies, virtual data centers, workflows, and catalogs.
  • Describe Cisco ACI, traffic forwarding through the Cisco ACI fabric, as well as programming and orchestration capabilities
  • Explain traffic forwarding mechanisms in Cisco ACI
  • Describe programmability and orchestration capabilities of Cisco ACI


The course contains these components:

Course Outline
  • Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization
    • Describing Switch Virtualization
    • Describing Machine Virtualization
    • Describing Network Virtualization
  • Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration
    • Describing Cisco FabricPath
    • Describing Cisco Fabric Extender
    • Describing Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
    • Describing Cisco Unified Fabric
  • Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Describing Cisco UCS Components
    • Cisco UCS RBAC
    • Deploying Servers in Cisco UCS
  • Data Center Automation and Orchestration
    • Using Application Programming Interfaces
    • Cloud Computing
    • Describing Cisco UCS Director
    • Using Cisco UCS Director for Orchestration
  • Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure
    • Describing Cisco ACI
    • Describing Cisco ACI Traffic Forwarding
    • Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI

Lab Outline
  • Lab 1: Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding by Using SSH
  • Lab 2: Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
  • Lab 3: Install VMware ESXi and vCenter
  • Lab 4: Configure Cisco FabricPath
  • Lab 5: Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
  • Lab 6: Configure Virtual Port Channels
  • Lab 7: Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX
  • Lab 8: Configure Unified Ports on Cisco Nexus Switch and Implement FCoE
  • Lab 9: Explore Cisco UCS Server Environment
  • Lab 10: Configure Local RBAC
  • Lab 11: Configure Cisco UCS to Boot Servers from SAN
  • Lab 12: Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
  • Lab 13: Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API
  • Lab 14: Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
  • Lab 15: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
  • Lab 16: Customize Cisco UCS Director
  • Lab 17: Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
  • Lab 18: Use Cisco UCS Director Orchestration Features

Prerequisite Knowledge

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

Associated certifications