The Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces learners 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 goal of the course is to provide learners with broad exposure to Cisco data center technologies, and to provide entry-level data center personnel with the skills that they require to succeed in their job role.
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.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe and configure Cisco UCS
  • Describe and configure Cisco data center virtualization
  • Describe and configure Cisco data center networking
  • Describe and configure Cisco automation and orchestration
  • Describe and verify Cisco ACI


The course contains these components:
  • Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization
    • Describing Functional Planes of Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Describing Cisco Nexus Operating System VRF Contexts
    • Lab: Connect to Cisco Nexus Series Switches Using SSH
    • Lab: Configure VRFs
    • Describing Virtual Device Contexts
    • Lab: Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
    • Describing the Function of Overlays
    • Describing Virtualization
    • Lab: Install VMware ESXi on UCS C-Series Rack Server
    • Lab: Install VMware vCenter Server Appliance
    • Describing Virtual Switches
    • Lab: Install Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager
    • Lab: Install Cisco Nexus 1000V with VSUM
    • Lab: Configure a Port Group in the DVS
  • Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration
    • Describing Cisco Fabric Extender Connectivity
    • Lab: Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
    • Describing Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
    • Lab: Configure Virtual Port Channels
    • Lab: Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX
    • Describing Cisco FabricPath
    • Lab: Configure Cisco FabricPath
    • Describing Unified Port Feature of Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Lab: Configure Unified Ports on Cisco Nexus Switch
    • Describing Cisco Unified Fabric
    • Lab: Implement FCoE
  • Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Describing Data Center Server Connectivity
    • Describing Cisco IMC Supervisor
    • Lab: Install and Configure the Cisco IMC Supervisor
    • Describing Cisco UCS Manager Operations
    • Lab: Navigate the Cisco UCS Manager GUI Interfaces
    • Describing Role-Based Access Control
    • Lab: Configure Local RBAC
    • Describing Hardware Abstraction in Cisco UCS
    • Lab: Configure Pools
    • Lab: Configure a Service Profile Template
  • Data Center Automation and Orchestration
    • Exploring the Utility of Application Programming Interfaces
    • Lab: Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
    • Lab: Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API
    • Lab: Configure Cisco UCS Manager with the Postman REST Plugin for Google Chrome
    • Introducing Cloud Computing Basic Concepts
    • Describing Cloud Attributes and Service Models
    • Describing Cisco UCS Director
    • Lab: Install and Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
    • Lab: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
    • Lab: Customize Cisco UCS Director
    • Lab: Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
    • Describing VDCs, Tenants, and Policies
    • Lab: Create Policies and VDCs
    • Describing Orchestration
    • Managing Catalogs and Templates
    • Lab: Create a Catalog and Provision a VM Using the Self-Service Portal
    • Reporting in Cisco UCS Director (CloudSense)
    • Lab: Explore Cisco UCS Director Built-In Reports
    • Lab: View Chargeback and Reports
  • Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
    • Describing Cisco ACI
    • Describing Cisco ACI Fabric
    • Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI

Prerequisite Knowledge

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

Associated certifications